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Comedian Bill Murray’s Wallet Hacked for $186K Worth of ETH

03-Sep-2022 By: Divya Behl
Comedian Bill Murray

On September 1, 2022, American actor and comedian Bill Murray had 119.2 ethereum drained from his wallet after hosting a non-fungible token (NFT) charity auction. 

Statistics show that the majority of the tokens and NFTs in Murray's wallet have been transferred, and roughly $556 in token value remains.

Bill Murray, the iconic actor and comedian known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and The National Lampoon Radio Hour, saw 119 ETH stolen from his wallet on Thursday. 

A local media outlet reported that onchain statistics and "information from Murray's staff" explain why his wallet was drained on Thursday evening. Murray's wallet had around $556 in tokens and NFTs as of 4:30 a.m. (IST) on September 2.

As per the report, a significant amount of Murray's wealth was stolen from the compromised wallet. Onchain data shows Murray's security team erased blockchain assets including The Flower Girls NFTs, Boss Beauties, Hashmasks, Adam Bomb Squad, Deadfellaz, Gutter Cat Gang, Cryptopunks, Veefriends, Cool Cats, Damien Hirst NFTs, Pudgy Penguins, and Cryptotoads.

Murray's charity sold a 1/1 NFT from the Coinbase NFT marketplace's "Bill Murray 1000" NFT collection. Murray's team believes the stolen funds were transferred to an exchange, and the culprit is still unknown. 

The funds from the NFT auction were supposed to be donated to a non-profit called Chive Charities. According to Tan's claim, a Coinbase NFT marketplace spokesperson revealed that the runner-up in the NFT auction contributed 120 ether to Chive Charities to replace the misappropriated funds.

The report, which was released on Friday, does not explain how the hacker obtained the 119.2 ether from Murray's ethereum wallet. Murray's team informed Tan that they had filed a report with law enforcement and that they were working with the blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis.

This year, Bill Murray is not the only high-profile celebrity who has been targeted by crypto hackers. Seth Green of Family Guy had his Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT stolen and apparently paid to have it back.

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