April 1st came early for fans of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible token collection.
April 1st came early for fans of the popular Bored Ape Yacht Club non-fungible token collection. The company behind the top-selling NFTs warned users around 2 a.m. EST on Friday that hackers had “temporarily compromised” chat servers hosted by messaging platform Discord. They urged users not to mint monkeys on the platform – the process of taking a digital asset and converting it into a digital file stored on a blockchain.
Domain name provider Namecheap said on Twitter that it blocked the phishing sites used by the hackers shortly after users flagged them.
Acquired by celebrities such as Madonna, Paris Hilton and Justin Bieber, the Bored Apes have been at the forefront of the craze for NFTs as digital collectibles increasingly push into the mainstream. Linking the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain to the realm of creative pursuits, the tokens are fodder for retailers and professional investors alike.
The BAYC Discord channel remained closed. The Bored Ape Yacht Club allows users to mint ape-inspired NFTs built on the Ethereum blockchain with profiles of cartoon primates. Yuga Labs, the company that created the collection, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
ApeCoin, an Ethereum token linked to the collection, fell after the alert before recovering. According to data from CoinMarketCap, the coin is up about 2.5% to $13.34 over the past 24 hours.