Bean obsessed crypto-weeb community harvested for $2.74m in cryptocurrency & NFTs

Azuki anime world's Alley drenched in red as an anime girls flips a red bean.
(Image credit: Azuki)

Another instalment in the series of life affirming Web3 downfalls, over $1.74 million has been robbed from unsuspecting, would-be cryptocurrency investors after the Azuki NFT anime world's Twitter account was hacked. That's on top of a potential $1 million worth of stolen NFTs.

Having taken over the Azuki Official Twitter account, hackers' attempted to seduce its 334,600 large fanbase with a series of posts advertising fake mints. The fanbase, consisting of anime, crypto, and bean enthusiasts, all seem in good spirits despite the attack.

In case you're wondering about the bean connection, Azuki beans are a kind of sweet red bean commonly used in Japanese cooking—a necessary piece of context for later.

Users who fell for the feat of social engineering and clicked through, attempting to mint through the fake links, had not only their entire cryptocurrency wallets drained, but many of their precious NFTs stolen. These included 74 Otherdeeds NFTs worth around $2,700 each, three Porsche NFTs worth maybe $3,100, 57 Beanz NFTs at $2,600, 12 Doodles NFTs at $10,600, and 49 Pudgy Penguins worth $9,200. Two Mutant Apes were also lost, which could sell for around $24,300 at floor price (via Web3isgoinggreat).

One user in particular is said to have lost $750,000 in USDC stablecoin from a single wallet. Tragic, really. Would have been safer to invest in real-life Azuki bean stocks.

In a thread detailing the events of the January 27 attack, Azuki officials say they "immediately reached out to our contacts at Twitter, as well as took steps to alert the community. The malicious tweets and links were taken down swiftly."

How the hack came to be is unclear, though Azuki says it's currently looking into it. "We take security seriously, and the Twitter account was secured using a 2FA Authentication app."

Somewhat appropriately, Azuki recently partnered with a clothing brand named Ambush, only for their followers to end up ambushed a little later down the line. Foreshadowing, perhaps? The least I can say about Azuki is that their stuff looks a darn sight better animated than Adata's terrible web3 anime, Xtreme Saga.

The Azuki site is truly something to behold. Saturated with a kind of Matrix inspired "take the red bean" spiel, you can journey to different parts of the world to discover stories that undoubtedly are a gateway to moneymaking schemes of the NFT variety. 

The Alley is my favourite, and almost had me in tears when the hilarious bell tune from the Teriyaki Boys' Fast & Furious Tokyo Drift theme started playing in the background. It promises potential NFT investors "many many diamonds dangling" as the original song proposes, though that seems to have fallen through here.

Sounds like just another nail in the NFT coffin.

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Katie Wickens
Hardware Writer

Screw sports, Katie would rather watch Intel, AMD and Nvidia go at it. Having been obsessed with computers and graphics for three long decades, she took Game Art and Design up to Masters level at uni, and has been demystifying tech and science—rather sarcastically—for three years since. She can be found admiring AI advancements, scrambling for scintillating Raspberry Pi projects, preaching cybersecurity awareness, sighing over semiconductors, and gawping at the latest GPU upgrades. She's been heading the PCG Steam Deck content hike, while waiting patiently for her chance to upload her consciousness into the cloud.