An NFT that was being auctioned by Bill Murray raised 119.2 ETH ($185,000) before being stolen by a cryptocurrency hacker.
The hacker was able to access Murray’s personal wallet on Thursday evening, information from Etherscan revealed.
The hacker also attempted to hack into the actor’s personal collection and spirit away with other valuable digital currencies.
This case is the latest reminder that even prominent celebrities and personalities may be misled or fall victim to cryptocurrency hackers and thieves.
In fact, Dallas Maverick owner Mark Cuban, a strong proponent of digital assets, has been the victim of scams, and notably the titan stablecoin which ended up with Cuban losing funds.
The sector is still very new, and many companies prioritize customer acquisition over security which has led to many frauds taking place.
Notorious hacks, such as the Ronin bridge hack cost the Ronin Network $615m, which is one of the most serious breaches ever recorded.
While no specific technical details were available on how Murray lost the amount, the runner-up in the auction stepped up and sent the missing amount so that the funds can go to charity.
Murray has already filed a report with the police and is working with Chainalysis which is likely to be able to track down the hacker.
Murray dodged a bullet as the hacker was attempting to seize control of the actor’s 800 NFTs, belonging to his own collection.
However, the storage custodians managed to detect the attempt and move the NFTs to a safehouse from Murray’s wallet.