A discarded Discord vanity URL for CryptoBatz was hijacked by cybercriminals to drain cryptocurrency wallets.
Ozzy Osbourne and his famously enterprising wife and manager Sharon decided to launch a new non-fungible token (NFT) collection called CryptoBatz, but the rollout was clouded by scammers who used an abandoned vanity Discord URL to drain users’ crypto wallets out of at least $150,000 worth of Ethereum.
CryptoBatz launched on Jan. 19 with 9,666 blockchain bats – a nod to the iconic image of the senior Black Sabbath singer biting the head off a live bat in front of the press.
“Cryptobatz is a chance to own a completely unique piece of collectible art created by one of the most legendary rock artists of our lifetime,” CryptoBatz crowed on its website.
But a tweak to the CryptoBatz vanity URL by the company behind the project, Sutter Systems, mistakenly left the old URL active, along with old tweets referencing the abandoned URL. Soon scammers set up a dummy Discord server with the old URL and started targeting users and draining their crypto wallets, according to Malwarebytes Labs.
We’re proud/excited/nervous to announce our new NFT project with @OzzyOsbourne!