NFT influencer CryptoNovo announced on January 4 that he had fallen victim to a cyberattack, resulting in the loss of two CryptoPunks and other NFTs including Meebits, CloneX, Mutant Ape Yacht Club, and Bored Ape Yacht Club.
The two CryptoPunks were quickly sold by the attacker, one for 70 Ether (worth $88,434 at the time of publication) and the other for 199 ETH (worth $251,404), resulting in losses of over $300,000 for CryptoNovo.
CryptoPunk #3706, which is associated with the influencer, was also transferred to a different address and sold for 75 ETH (worth $94,751), although it is not clear whether this was done by the owner or an attacker.
CryptoNovo claimed that he had been hacked, but some have suggested that he may have fallen victim to phishing. An imposter claiming to be CryptoNovo also appeared on Discord.
CryptoPunks, which were among the first NFT collections, sell for an average price of over $100,000.