Vitalik Buterin, Unwilling Scammer of $691000?

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin has recently lost control of his X account, leading to a cybersecurity crisis. A hacker infiltrated the account and posted a fraudulent message promoting a non-existent NFT, along with a malicious link. Before the security breach was identified and the tweet removed, several users had clicked on the link, resulting in significant financial losses. This incident has sparked a heated debate over Vitalik Buterin’s potential responsibility due to the security flaws in his account.

Warning, Vitalik’s X account has been hacked

What action would you take if Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency, invited you to click on a link to earn free NFTs? Given Vitalik’s esteemed reputation in the cryptocurrency ecosystem, many would undoubtedly click without a second thought. However, this proved to be a perilous mistake over the weekend. On September 9, a message was posted on Vitalik’s X account, inviting users to click on a shared link to acquire free NFTs.

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Contrary to initial impressions, the message did not originate from the Ethereum (ETH) founder himself. According to Dmitry Buterin, Vitalik’s father, his son fell victim to a hacking incident on his X account.

Delayed Detection of Fraudulent Message Causes Chaos

After receiving multiple alerts, including one from Dmitry Buterin, the misleading message was promptly deleted. Nevertheless, numerous users had already fallen for the scam.

Trusting Vitalik’s credibility, many users clicked on the harmful link, which led to the unauthorized access of their cryptocurrency wallets and subsequent financial losses. In total, the hacker absconded with $691,000.

As of now, there has been no official announcement regarding the recovery of Vitalik’s account. Therefore, caution is still advised.

Is Vitalik Buterin Liable?

The considerable loss of funds due to the hacking of Vitalik Buterin‘s X account has ignited public discourse. While it’s clear that the users themselves bear some responsibility for compromising their wallets, questions are being raised about Vitalik Buterin‘s individual accountability.

Some users, operating under pseudonyms like “Satoshi”, argue that influential figures should implement robust security measures for their social media accounts. They contend that Vitalik‘s account was compromised due to his own oversight, specifically the lack of two-factor authentication (2FA).

I hate to be the one to say it, but Vitalik should take accountability for his poor op-sec and compensate those affected.


However, others like ZachXBT defend Vitalik, stating that it’s premature to conclude that a simple security oversight led to the hack. Given Vitalik’s high-profile status, the hacking attempt could have been far more sophisticated than initially suspected.

You do not know yet whether it was a SIM swap. Vitalik is a big enough target to where an insider could have been paid off or panel was used.


Refunds following social media hacks are not uncommon in the cryptocurrency world. Last April, KuCoin exchange committed to reimbursing users who lost funds due to a similar scam. As such, calls for Vitalik Buterin to take similar actions are growing louder.

Nevertheless it remains everyone’s responsibility to exercise caution so as not to fall victim to this type of scam. Take a look at our wallet security tips and invest in a cold wallet if you haven’t already done so.