March 2, 2024

Inferno Drainer says it’s shutting down after helping steal $70M in crypto

“We hope you can remember us as the best drainer that has ever existed,” wrote the scam-as-a-service wallet drainer.

Inferno Drainer, one of the most popular crypto wallet-draining kits for hire says it is shutting down for good after helping phishing scammers steal nearly $70 million worth of crypto this year.

In a Nov. 26 Telegram post, the team behind Inferno Drainer said it was “time for us to move on.” However, it said that the files and infrastructure needed to run the wallet drainer won’t be destroyed but instead will remain active so users can make a “smooth transition” to other services.

“It has been a long ride with all of you and we’d like to thank you from heart [sic]. Unfortunately, nothing lasts forever.”

“A big thank [sic] to everyone who has worked with us,” it added. “We hope you can remember us as the best drainer that has ever existed and that we succeeded in helping you in the quest of making money.”

Inferno Drainer’s final message to its users. Source: Telegram

Inferno Drainer gained prominence early this year and saw increased use after the popular Monkey Drainer tool shut down. Like its peers, Inferno offered its crypto wallet-draining software and took a 20% cut of what users stole.

Since February, Inferno Drainer has stolen nearly $70 million from over 100,000 victims, according to analytics from Web3 anti-scam platform Scam Sniffer. However, the Inferno Drainer team suggested the amount stolen was over $80 million.

The Inferno Drainer team has deleted the affiliate Telegram account “mr_inferno_drainer” used for arranging its service and warned its users not to trust other drainers using its name in the future.

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Blockchain security firm CertiK told Cointelegraph that Inferno Drainer was “one of the most damaging phishing kits to the community we’ve seen.”

It added there are still “plenty of providers out there” who are active, including rival Pink Drainer and Angel Drainer, the latter of which released an update on Nov. 25 to help users drain wallets on more blockchains.

Monkey Drainer, another high-profile crypto drainer that stole millions, shut down in March, saying it was “time to move on to something better.”

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