Scraped data of 101,000 users links their wallet addresses

đź“— Date: 21 Aug, 2023
Source: The Block

They’re downplaying the seriousness of this event, of course. No hack or exploit here as far as I can see, just bad design.


  • Banteg, a core contributor to Yearn Finance, published scraped details of over 101,000 users — including addresses and Twitter usernames.

Banteg, a pseudonymous core contributor to Yearn Finance, has published a repository of publicly available scraped data, containing critical details of users on the platform on GitHub. This includes wallet addresses on Base and corresponding Twitter usernames for over 101,000 users.

“101,183 people have given access to post as them, leaked db (database) indicates,” Banteg said. This statement came after he released a CSV file containing detailed user data.

Banteg’s move extended beyond the repository. He also highlighted a troubling situation involving’s permissions, asserting that these users had granted the ability to post on their behalf — possibly without complete understanding or consent.

The information was unveiled following Spot On chain analysts’ discovery that’s API had “leaked” information. For example, wallets created by users can be viewed through the API., operating as a web3 social application on the Coinbase-incubated Layer 2 chain Base, provides a platform for trading shares in Twitter accounts. This feature gives shareholders unique access to private chat rooms.

With the platform gaining traction due to recent high-profile signups, it has also generated protocol fees exceeding $1.42 million in the last 24 hours, ranking it among the top three crypto projects in terms of user-paid fees. responded by saying the information was publicly available and hence not leaked.

“This is just someone scraping our public API that shows the association between public wallet addresses and public Twitter usernames,” the company said in a comment on social media. “It’s like saying someone hacked you by looking at your public Twitter feed.”

(Corrects headline and depiction to characterize list as resulting from scraping.)

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