Haider Jamal

Jun 26, 2024

Metallica Twitter Account Hacked To Promote Solana Meme Coin

The Twitter account belonging to heavy metal band Metallica was reportedly compromised late Tuesday, used to promote a Solana (SOL) meme coin. This incident follows a trend where celebrities are targeted for pump-and-dump schemes, falsely presented as legitimate ventures.


The Context

The tweets, which included a Twitter Spaces audio call and replies to users, were swiftly deleted within 90 minutes. Despite this, the promoted METAL token experienced over $10 million in trading volume before plummeting in value.

The perpetrators falsely claimed collaboration with Ticketmaster and MoonPay, suggesting token holders could receive discounts on tickets and merchandise. This comes shortly after similar scams involving rapper 50 Cent and wrestler Hulk Hogan earlier this month.


Another Scam

Following widespread skepticism on Crypto Twitter, MoonPay President Keith Grossman clarified that METAL was not supported on their platform, cautioning against the scam. MoonPay later tweeted a warning using a reference to Metallica and their music, stating those promoting the METAL token are the Master of Scams, an obvious reference to the song Master of Puppets.

The compromised Metallica account subsequently blocked MoonPay. During its brief surge, the METAL token saw significant trading activity with over 30,000 transactions, peaking at $0.003, but has since crashed to under $0.00007, with a market cap of just $65,000.


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