Actor Bill Murray Lost $185,000 in Ethereum
Bill Murray's Ethereum wallet was hacked a few hours after receiving funds from an NFT auction inspired by his life.
The actor lost 119.2 ETH he had made in the auction
An investigation is currently underway to identify the perpetrator according to CoinDesk report.
Blockchain data from Etherscan shows that the hacker started collecting the funds on September 1. In addition, the actor’s team determined that the perpetrator attempted to steal about 800 NFTs from Murray’s personal collection, but was unsuccessful.
After this failed attempt, the security team at NFT advisory platform Project Venkman moved the actor’s collection to other “secure” wallets.
The stolen funds were transferred to an address linked to Binance
Initial investigations indicate that the hacker transferred the stolen funds to an address connected to the crypto exchange Binance and Union Chain. At the same time, it is still unclear how the hacker managed to gain access to the funds.
Murray’s team has also hired blockchain investigation firm Chainalysis to conduct a forensic audit of the incident.
“We engaged Chainalysis within 10 minutes of learning about last night’s attack. They will be doing a major report on it and are still following up on all leads”, said Gavin Giles of the Venkman Project.
The actor’s team also filed a police report after the incident to launch an investigation.
The NFT auction ended Aug. 31 as part of a fundraiser for the Chive Charities initiative. The proceeds were to support the care of a three-year-old girl named Evelyn, who is struggling with the effects of a rare mutation of the CLDN5 gene and intractable epilepsy.
Interestingly, after the loss, one generous Coinbase user sent 120 ETH to Chive Charities to replace the lost amount.