Hackers Use Solana Discord to Pull Off Another Vile Attack

Recently, Discord became a means for hackers to attack the Solana network. An X (formerly Twitter) user shared a post alerting the community about it. The user mentioned that hackers posed as renowned personalities of the Solana community. As per the details shared, the hackers followed a tried and tested modus operandi. They shared links with promises of “DAO rewards” and added some FOMO factors to it as well. 

Impersonating famous figures, they convinced quite a few people to click on the links. Upon reaching the destination site, the visitors found a bevy of duds instead of rewards. They were exposed to direct loss of funds, unauthorized transactions, and data breaches. 

As soon as the incident surfaced, experts started suggestions on protecting discord channels. Some of them struck the chords with many users.

Things Users Can Do to Protect Their Discord

For users, it’s important to keep in mind that no platform is impervious to hackers. Thus, they need to take every precaution while using.

Double-Check User Profiles– Impersonating well-known figures isn’t a novel trick for scammers. They know that people fall into such traps and thus, they use this ruse occasionally. Users need to check user profiles carefully, especially when they claim to be who’s who of any industry. 

Don’t Click on Unsolicited Links– Unsolicited links often convince people that it is a gateway to opportunities. Needless to mention, many people hope for such miracles to happen. Scammers take advantage of this human notion to make a quick buck. Hence, users need to avoid these links invariably. 

Use Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)– Be it social media or banking, two-factor authentication has emerged as a safe and secure way to protect user accounts. With this, an added layer of security is added to the account that protects it from the vial gaze of the hackers.  

Be Wary of “Exclusive” Offers– Another hoax that mostly works for scammers is exclusive rewards. They convince naive people about such offers and swindle them easily. Therefore, users need to verify such claims before clicking on anything.

Don’t Share Personal Details– Some scammers even get innocent users to disclose their personal details. The lack of awareness also plays a pivotal part here. Come what may, users must never disclose personal information to strangers. 

Update Software Regularly– Platforms like Discord keep updating their applications. But many times, users tend to skip them. Users of any device must install the recent updates for their applications instantly.

Report Suspicious Activity– Everyone should feel responsible for reporting suspicious activity. They need to remember how in the cyber world, everyone is invulnerable. A scam could happen to anyone so be proactive when one sees something like this. 

By following these measures, users can ensure safety to a large extent. However, this isn’t the first time that Solana has become a victim of a malicious attack. Just last month, hackers siphoned off 38,500 SOL tokens and $123,184 USDC from Solana-based Cypher Protocol. It should also be noted that crypto space suffers huge losses every year due to such attacks. 

It is commendable that it hasn’t affected people’s enthusiasm toward crypto. However, the industry leader must work on preventing such attacks. 

Nancy J. Allen
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