Friday, May 20, 2022

Fnatic TQ Twitter account hacked and replaced with an NFT monkey

updated: As per April 6th, Fnatic TQ have their account back. They said: “Official statement: The password is no longer “password”. We have added a number so that this never happens again.”

original article:

Global esports organization Fnatic, whose headquarters are in London, have had their academy team’s Twitter account hacked this evening.

The Fnatic TQ logo was removed and a tweet featuring an NFT monkey was pinned at the top. The account has been spouting various information about NFTs, as well as spamming different Twitter handles.

The account currently has a blank profile picture and header.

fnatic nft monkey

The main Team Queso Twitter account has also been hacked in a similar fashion.

An NFT, or non-fungible token, is a unique digital asset (usually an image or a piece of digital art), with the buyer receiving a digital receipt saying they own it. NFTs can be bought and owned and re-sold, usually for cryptocurrency.

One popular form of NFT are collectibles, like the range of NFT monkeys.

Fnatic and Team Queso’s other accounts swiftly responded with an update to let their fans know what’s happened.

Fnatic TQ is the organization’s League of Legends academy team brand. It was formed in partnership with Team Queso last year when Fnatic Rising left the NLC UK and Nordics European Regional League (ERL) in favor of the Spanish Superliga.

Fnatic TQ had a fantastic first season in Spain’s LVP, winning the Spring 2022 regular season before going on to win the playoffs, giving them first seed in the EU Masters.

This means Fnatic TQ will play in the EU Masters Spring 2022 group stage. The play-ins are taking place right now.

The news also comes a few days after Fnatic announced a membership offering powered by the blockchain in partnership with Crypto.com, resulting in a mixed to negative response from the community.

Earlier this year, British games critic James Stephanie Sterling had used their likeness in an NFT without their permission. James Stephanie Sterling previously described NFTs as ‘Nasty Fucking Things’.

Elsewhere, Team Queso recently finished runners-up at RLCS Winter Major.

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