RTFKT COO Nikhil Gopalani Lost Over $300,000 Worth Of NFTs In A Phishing Hack
Reports said that last week, RTFKT COO Nikhil Gopalani lost over $300,000 worth of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) in a phishing hack. The NFT project leader took to Twitter to announce the devastating news.
It has been reported that the attack has affected almost all of his digital asset portfolio, including grail NFTs and more. Due to the phishing attack on the RTFKT CloneX COO, Nikhil Gopalani’s wallet only holds a single NFT at the time of writing. The NFT is the Death Row Records CloneX Theme Song NFT.
However, this digital artifact is worth $59. The tweet that he sent out to announce the hack mentions that the clever scammer has the same phone number as his apple ID. Moreover, the hacker has sold all of Nikhil’s CloneX NFTs. Upon further investigation, it was found that the hacker used two wallets to steal all of the CloneX COO’s NFTs.
The report said that this was derived from OpenSea trading data from the original wallet. The NFTs in total are worth over $173,000, given current floor prices. The valuable portfolio includes 19 CloneX NFTs, with a current estimated worth of around $140,000. There are 18 RTKFT Space Pods (worth over $6300), 17 Loot Pods valued over $6,200, 11 CryptoKicks worth over $3000, and 19 Animus Eggs valued over $20,000, among many others.
Likewise, this is a truly disastrous phishing hack during the raging crypto winter. Another striking detail was that a rare NFT, the highly coveted Murakami Clone #17088 was also a part of the stolen collection. This NFT is an esteemed piece in RTFKT’s collaboration with prolific Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. The digital collectible is still Nikhil Gopalani’s Twitter (@Nikgopalani) PFP. As of January 9, no further details have come out about the hack.
Samuel Cardillo, the CTO of RTFKT, said:
“For legal purposes, we won’t be able to go into deeper details until further notice. All I can say is: be aware that companies such as Microsoft, and Apple, will never ask you for your password, your private key, or any other forms of private information via phone or emails.”
Thus, RTFKT (pronounced artifact) is a digital fashion, collectible, and metaverse company. The company was founded in January 2020 by Benoit Pagotto, Chris Le, and Steven Vasilev. RTFKT prides itself on being a “creator-led” organization, which includes a community of collectors, investors, artists, gamers, and fans. One of RTFKTs major releases was its collaboration with Takashi Murakami – the Clone X project, launched in November 2021.
Source: NFT Evening