Theft of works of art reaches the digital world: someone has taken NFTs valued in thousands of dollars
Nifty Gateway, a platform for buying and selling NFTs, has suffered what can be considered the first thefts of digital works of art in history. Several users have reported in recent days that their accounts have been hacked, losing your NFTs worth thousands of dollars and the purchase of more NFTs without permission with their bank cards.
Nifty Gateway permite convenient buying and selling of NFTs using bank cards instead of cryptocurrencies. According pick up ViceSome users reported that their accounts were hacked in recent days. The intruders generally sold the NFTs or bought more with the credit card and then sold them again. All for the purpose of getting the money and being transferred to an external bank account.
An user reported on Twitter have lost a total of $ 20,000. All this, of course, for the value given to the NFTs in question. Also circulate a list of artistic items that have been stolen:
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How did it happen? According to Nifty Gateway, it is because the hacked users did not have two-step verification activated on your accounts. This allowed hackers access users’ email and from there to the Nifty Gateway account.
The peculiarity of NFTs
NFTs have become all the rage in recent weeks. Just like we saw at the time, allow you to buy and sell unique digital items by keeping track of who owns them mediante blockchain. NFT son tokens that can be assigned to any digital file to know where it is and who owns it.
They have made a lot of headlines lately, not in vain. There are those who are selling up tweets, with the first by Jack Dorsey as the most popular. For now the largest purchase corresponds to the artist Beeple who has sold an NFT for $ 69 million.
Via | Vice