Hours after an NFT auction for the charity of American actor Bill Murray closed, a hacker stole the proceeds. The auction had yielded some 119.2 Ether coins (about $185,000).
Hollywood actor Bill Murray (71), known for ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Lost in Translation’, among other things, has been the victim of a high profile crypto hack.
After a charity auction, a hacker began draining Murray’s personal wallet at 7 p.m. local time on Thursday evening, according to blockchain data from Etherscan and Murray’s team. The unknown individual also attempted to rob NFTs from the actor’s personal collection.
However, the actor was saved from worse by his wallet securityteam, from the blockchain startup Project Venkman (named after the character Murray plays in “Ghostbusters”). The firm intervened to shield the actor’s NFTs by sending its expensive JPEGs — including an NFT by commerce artist Damien Hirst and two CryptoPunks — to a few safe house– to move wallets, so message fortune. Project Venkman claims to have run a script to automatically secure the NFTs.
However, they were less successful in protecting the Ether coins. The hacker made off with 119.2 ETH, which Murray had collected from the charity auction the day before.
The perpetrator allegedly used a false identity to channel the stolen funds to wallet addresses linked to the crypto exchange Binance and the data company Unionchain.ai, the actor’s team said. He has yet to be identified.
Meet and greet
Six JPEG collectors participated in the auction. A meeting with the actor was bid; the prospect of such a meeting has generated 60 bids. Brant Boersma, a Coinbase user, beat them all and won the meet and greet with the (dry) comic legend.
It is currently unclear whether the date will continue. Murray’s team says it has reported it to police and is working with blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis to bring the attacker to justice.
Although the original ETH is gone, the last bidder at the auction, Coinbase user Mishap72, has offered to help. For example, it wants to replace the stolen money with 120 ETH (about $ 187,500), an insider told the crypto news site CoinDesk.