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Bored Ape Yacht Club Co-Founder Gordon Goner Calls For Better Community Platform After Discord Hack:

After the Bored Ape Yacht Club Discord was hacked this morning, the club’s Co-Founder Gordon Goner called for a better platform for Web 3 communities.

“Our Discord servers were briefly exploited today,” the BAYC tweeted earlier today. “The team caught and addressed it quickly. About 200 ETH worth of NFTs appear to have been impacted. We are still investigating, but if you were impacted, email us at As a reminder, we do not offer surprise mints or giveaways.”

The BAYC’s server was “briefly exploited” after one of the community managers’ accounts were compromised, according to social media post right after the incident. Once the account was comprised, the scammer tweeted a link to a phishing site.

As the BAYC said in it tweet, the club will not offer surprise mints or giveaways. If you see a message about a surprise mint or giveaway, it is a scam!

Follow this morning’s exploit, BAYC Co-Founder Gordon Goner took to Twitter to say that Web 3 needs a better platform for its communities. “Discord isn’t working for web3 communities. We need a better platform that puts security first.”

Later in the day, Goner took to Twitter again to discuss the recent issues that NFT communities have had on Discord.

“We took accountability with our tweet from BAYC,” Goner tweeted in a reply to a now deleted tweet. “We are directly working with those impacted. Just two weeks ago a dozen high profile discords were hacked in a single night. If you think discord is working out great for web3 communities, you’re crazy.”

Following Goner’s tweets, notable BAYC member Bender shared their thoughts on the situation and what the club should do about Discord going forward.

“Due to BAYC’s success and size it should evolve and stop using discord as its de facto source of truth, I agree,” Bender tweeted. “But discord does work as a platform for other communities and that is it’s intended purpose Users, admins, and team members should be more diligent in their security. The existence of discord is not mandatory for a community imo, especially lately as we see how prevalent the inability to keep permissioned accounts safe is.”

While many apes and NFT community members are fed up with Discord, many believe that the real issue here is a lack of knowledge.

“I dislike discord but, a Web3 alternative to discord doesn’t solve scams and exploits,” BAYC member Justinn.Eth tweeted. “Ignorance is the reason behind every scam I’ve yet to see a real alternative just people using it as an opportunity to sell another dream or strawman.”

Regardless of one’s opinions or thoughts on Discord, everyone needs remain vigilant and cautious when using the app. DO NOT click on surprise mint links! Also, if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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