A hacker, who on Monday stole $8.3 million from the non-public pockets of Nexus Mutual CEO Hugh Karp, has despatched a ransom demand for $2.66 million in Ether (ETH) embedded within the enter information of an Ethereum transaction.
Within the poorly-worded Dec. 16 message, the attacker addresses Karp immediately, and appears to recommend that they are going to stop promoting off the stolen NXM till the worth recovers or Karp sends 4,500 ETH.
“Hey Hugh. I can’t promote wNXM any extra till wNXM recovers his worth otherwise you ship me 4.5k ETH. When you want any negotiation with me, ship msg to my eth tackle. Following are your addresses. You’re wealthy, Hugh […]”
It’s unclear if the hacker provided to return the rest of the stolen NXM within the latter situation, although this may possible be a prerequisite situation for Karp if he decides to ship the ransom.
Any negotiation is requested to be directed through the attacker’s Ethereum tackle, and the message concludes by itemizing three pockets addresses claimed to belong to Karp, together with the assertion that he’s “wealthy.”
As Cointelegraph reported, the hacker supposedly managed to put in a compromised model of Metamask that tricked Karp into signing a transaction transferring all his 370,000 NXM to the attacker’s pockets.
In a tweet, Karp complemented the attacker on some “subsequent stage stuff,” whereas noting that it will be troublesome to money out a lot NXM, and providing a $300,000 bounty if the tokens had been returned in full.
Nevertheless, undeterred, the attacker has reportedly already laundered as much as $2.7 million price of the stolen NXM, and is now demanding an analogous quantity to not unload the remainder.