Billionaire and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban reportedly fell victim to a significant online scam, losing close to $1 million in cryptocurrency. The issue was first noticed on September 15 when a blockchain observer on a social media platform highlighted suspicious activity in a wallet associated with Cuban, showing a series of rapid transfers from the wallet that had been inactive for 160 days.
Cuban confirmed to DL News that he believes the loss resulted from downloading a compromised version of the MetaMask crypto wallet software. He accessed MetaMask after several months, suggesting the scammers may have been monitoring his wallet. In total, about $870,000 in various cryptocurrencies was stolen.
The exact method of the hack remains unclear. Possible scenarios include a trojan horse disguised as legitimate software, or phishing, where Cuban might have been misled into revealing his login credentials. Despite Cuban’s digital expertise, this incident underscores that even tech-savvy individuals are vulnerable to cyberattacks.
Phishing involves hackers tricking individuals into sharing sensitive information through deceptive emails, texts, or calls. These attacks are increasingly common and lucrative, with the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center receiving numerous complaints and significant financial losses reported in 2022.
To guard against such scams, it’s important to be vigilant about digital communications, practice good digital hygiene, use multi-factor authentication, and keep software and browsers updated with antivirus protection. While no measure is foolproof, these steps can reduce the risk of becoming a victim of cyber fraud.