The Sandbox’s Instagram account was hacked late last night, completely locking its developers out.
The news was originally tweeted by co-founder Sebastien Borget and retweeted by the official Sandbox account.
To be clear, the hack only impacted their Instagram account; the Sandbox platform and other social media accounts were not affected.
As outlined in the image included with Borget’s tweet, the hackers shared an image enticing followers to register for The Sandbox’s Alpha Season 4. Season 3 has only just begun, so it’s unlikely that The Sandbox will open registration for Season 4 anytime soon.
The hackers also inserted a phishing URL into the bio while encouraging followers to enter a raffle for free virtual land. The link looks similar to the platform’s name, but is far from its actual URL, sandbox.game.
The Sandbox quickly used Twitter and Facebook to warn users of the hack.
“⚠️ OUR INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT HAS BEEN COMPROMISED – DO NOT CLICK ANY LINKS OR INTERACT WITH IT IN ANYWAY UNTIL WE RESOLVE THIS ⚠️. Stay SAFE and alert. Thanks for reporting,” they said. No information has been released on how many users may have fallen victim to the hacking and fishing attempt.
The Sandbox has since regained control of their Instagram account. However, as of this writing, a story published by the hackers with the phishing link remains on the page even though the post and bio link have been removed.
In the meantime, avoid clicking this story until The Sandbox removes it: