NFT music platform Audius robbed of 18mn crypto to scammers

July 29, 2022

By Anjali Kochhar

NFT Music Platform Audius was exploited by cybercriminals costing the crypto company around $6 million, which the company accepted recently on social media.

As per MisTrack, a crypto compliance platform, Audius was recently exploited, leading to the loss of 18.5 million Audio tokens. It seems like $6 million in Audio tokens was only traded for just a little over $1 million in Ethereum.

The funds were swapped via Uniswap for 705 ETH and remain in the scammer’s address at this time. Uniswap is a decentralised cryptocurrency exchange.

“Our team is aware of reports of an unauthorized transfer of AUDIO tokens from the community treasury. We are actively investigating and will report back as soon as we know more,” Audius said in a tweet.

“The issue has been found and fixes are in progress to get things back to a stable state. To prevent further damage, all Audius smart contracts on Ethereum had to be halted, including the token. We do not believe any further funds are at risk,” another tweet read.

Audius is a music streaming and sharing platform that puts the power back into the hands of content creators, making it a decentralised platform.

The platform enables listeners to support artists directly via its native cryptocurrency, AUDIO.

The transaction history of the scammer’s crypto wallet reveals that they earlier received crypto tokens via Tornado Cash, a private crypto mixer. This protocol is usually used to transfer cryptocurrency, offering full anonymity.

In recent times, Defi has been targeted by hackers many times.

“DeFi is one of the most exciting areas of the wider cryptocurrency ecosystem, presenting huge opportunities to entrepreneurs and cryptocurrency users alike,” Chainalysis wrote in its annual Crypto Crime report.

About the author

Anjali Kochhar covers cryptocurrency stories in India as well as globally. Having been in the field of media and journalism for over three years now, she has developed a sharp news sense and works hard to present information that goes beyond the obvious. She is an avid reader and loves writing on a wide range of subjects.

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