The Fried account compromise is only one instance of what has become a trend on Twitter: Twitter accounts belonging to high-profile individuals, or accounts that are verified or have a large number of followers, being compromised and sold to NFT scammers. On March 11, ESPN baseball reporter Jeff Passan also had his twitter account compromised and repurposed to shill Skulltoons NFTs. Skulltoons distanced themselves from that incident, writing that they believed the hackers were trying to scam their NFT community.
The Twitter account belonging to Nikki Fried, the current Florida Agriculture Commissioner and a Democratic candidate for the 2022 Florida gubernatorial race, was compromised and repurposed as an NFT shill account. The account, which was verified and had more than 270,000 followers, suddenly underwent what I imagine was a bit of a startling rebrand for her followers: her name was changed to "nikki.eth", and the Twitter bio was replaced with "Mod for SkulltoonsNFT, ThugBirdz, AzukiZen. Web3 Enthusiast". The account also changed its banner and profile pictures to Skulltoons images, and started tweeting about giveaways. By March 20, Fried had apparently regained control of the account, though the account privacy had been changed to protected.
- "Hackers hijack Nikki Fried’s campaign Twitter account", Florida Politics