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FranklinIsHacked! Do NOT Click Any Links!

Crypto whale and NFT influencer FranklinIsBored was hacked last night. The unfortunate hack occurred just as Franklin was preparing to make a significant announcement.

The hackers’ tweet gained further credibility when they breached Franklin’s account and posted a tweet containing an ETH address, asserting that the Bored Ape whale is introducing $FRANKLIN, a memecoin of their own.

TL;DR:

  • FranklinIsBored, a crypto whale and NFT influencer, was hacked during a crucial announcement.
  • The hacker used Franklin’s account to promote their own memecoin, gaining credibility.
  • The hacker persists in posting fake links and announcements, draining NFT wallets, despite Franklin’s prior warnings.
screenshots of hacked tweets from NFT Influencer Franklin.ETH's main account
FRANKLIN.ETH IS HACKED

FranklinIsBored Hack: What Happened To The NFT Influencer’s Account?

Shortly after the hack, crypto detective ZachXBT sent tweets announcing the hack. Zach’s response to inquiries from other NFT Twitter personalities, questioning how he became aware of the hack, was that Franklin had sent him a text message. In a short span of time, 27 transactions already occurred, raking in over 1.76 ETH thereafter. Moreover, the hacker still seems to have control over the account.

The hacker is STILL tweeting out fake links and announcements. The latest of which leads to “green.franklin” a scam site that drains NFT wallets. Interestingly, Franklin had warned about impersonation accounts and sharing harmful links just a few days before the hack. He has since sent tweets via his other account (a real account, confirmed by ZachXBT) announcing the hack and users not to engage.

Hey it’s Franklin – the @franklinisbored account is hacked. Don’t send any crypto or click any links (this is Franklin’s old twitter username) pic.twitter.com/T3GzKCD8pC

— @franklinisbored’s account is hacked (@ElectionDayMad1) June 8, 2023

Here’s Where Things Get Interesting

Something that stands out is the updated description on Franklin’s second account. He made it clear that his main account had been hacked as of June 8, 2023, and advised against sending any cryptocurrency or clicking on any links.

Strangely, Franklin’s account experienced a similar hacking incident on July 9, 2022. Even more intriguingly, this most recent hack took place almost precisely 11 months minus one day after the previous occurrence. Does this indicate a mere coincidence, or is there an emerging pattern? Twitter user @NFTBringer believes this is a sign of a repeating pattern, and that there’s something deeper going on.

Whatever the case, we want to spread the word about impersonators and scammers taking advantage of crypto users. In the recent climate of the crypto wars,  the last thing we need is another bad rep.


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This article is educational material.

As always, make your own research prior to making any kind of investment.

Vineet is a storyteller based in Mumbai. Having previously worked for various web2 organizations as a journalist, instructional designer, and event manager, he got into blockchain in early 2021. As a musician by passion, he fell in love with the digital megastructures building the future of art and creativity. He believes that web3 unlocks creativity at a higher level, and works towards onboarding music projects to the space.

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