Azuki says Twitter account compromised after posts promote virtual land scam

Quick Take

  • Suspected hackers gained access to the Twitter account of blue-chip NFT project Azuki, promoting fraudulent virtual land claims. 
  • The scam exploits elements of Azuki’s new virtual city called Hilumia, which was released on Jan. 12. 

The blue-chip NFT project Azuki said Friday that its Twitter account had been compromised, with apparent hackers posting two tweets that prompted users to claim virtual land. One tweet was pinned to the top of Azuki's timeline for maximum visibility. 

The post scammers made on Azuki's hacked Twitter account. Do not enter the website.

Azuki officials alerted followers of the scam and instructed people not to click any links. Azuki's Head of Community & Product Manager, who goes by Dem, confirmed that the Twitter account was compromised on their personal account.

A representative for Chiru Labs, the firm behind Azuki, said that the company is in contact with Twitter "and investigating the breach."

The incident comes just two days after Robinhood, a crypto-friendly investment app, saw its Twitter account compromised. Twitter did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Block. 


Keep up with the latest news, trends, charts and views on crypto and DeFi with a new biweekly newsletter from The Block's Frank Chaparro

By signing-up you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy
By signing-up you agree to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

Azuki's Head of Community and Product Manager confirming the hack on their personal Twitter account.

The unauthorized posts play on Azuki's newly launched virtual world called Hilumia that is designed to be an expanding virtual city that combines physical and digital elements. 

The Block identified two wallets that appear to be associated with the scam posts, with one containing over 468 ETH ($782,000). 

(Updates with comment from company in third paragraph.)

© 2023 The Block. All Rights Reserved. This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.

About Author

MK Manoylov has been a reporter for The Block since 2020 — joining just before bitcoin surpassed $20,000 for the first time. Since then, MK has written nearly 1,000 articles for the publication, covering any and all crypto news but with a penchant toward NFT, metaverse, web3 gaming, funding, crime, hack and crypto ecosystem stories. MK holds a graduate degree from New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program (SHERP) and has also covered health topics for WebMD and Insider. You can follow MK on X @MManoylov and on LinkedIn.


To contact the editors of this story:
Nathan Crooks at
[email protected]
Christiana Loureiro at
[email protected]