Seth Green NFT Theft Part of Multi-Million Dollar Scam Campaign, Investigator Says

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In May, someone stole several valuable NFTs by actor Seth Green. The Rogues got their hands on a Bored Ape, which was supposed to star in an NFT-themed TV show started by Green. The theft raised questions about whether Green was still allowed to use the Bored Ape for the show or if he had lost the copyright.

Green pleaded with the hacker, and a person who bought an NFT from the hacker, to return his valuable NFTs. “We can prove the promise of the ape community,” Green said at the time, hoping the theft would be solved. And eventually, the crook is back the stolen Bored Ape. BuzzFeed News reported that blockchain records suggest Green may have paid a $100,000 bounty for the safe return of the NFT.

Now, a blockchain sleuth says the theft of Green’s NFTs was part of a sophisticated multimillion-dollar scam operation that claimed many victims. ZachXBT, one of the best-known independent researchers which exposes scammers, con artists and hackers in the world of cryptocurrency, wrote a long thread explaining his findings.

ZachXBT wrote that he was able to trace the movement of the crypto the scammer obtained by selling the stolen NFTs, even though the hacker laundered “large amounts of crypto through small transactions”, a technique known as name “peel chain”. After that, the scammer returned the funds to his wallet.

“This is just one example of the actions taken by the scammer. In reality, the scammer laundered the stolen crypto the same way through many different addresses for millions of dollars,” ZachBXT wrote on Twitter.

In an online chat with Motherboard, ZachBXT said blockchain records show the scammer sent crypto to a series of new wallets, which were used to create NFT contracts containing links to a website. phishing messages, which they sent to targets. One of those targets, he said, was Seth Green.

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The scammer was able to steal NFTs from more victims than Green through these malicious contracts. The researcher said he was able to link the wallet used to transfer the stolen Seth Green NFTs to the scammer, as it was one of many funded by a single crypto wallet. The scammer sent the stolen crypto to Wasabi, a bitcoin mixing service that allows users to hide their cryptocurrency’s movement trail, ZachXBT added.

Publicists and Seth Green’s agent did not respond to an email request for comment.

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