OpenSea is investigating rumors of a multi-million dollar NFT exploit

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UPDATE: (11:01 PM): OpenSea co-founder Devin Finzer tweeted that the firm was still investigating the incident, adding that they believe it stemmed from a “phishing attack.”

He added: “We do not believe it’s connected to the OpenSea website. It appears 32 users thus far have signed a malicious payload from an attacker, and some of their NFTs were stolen.”

Finzer suggested impacted users reach out to the firm via Twitter support.


The nascent market for non-fungible tokens was sent into a tizzy Saturday night after millions of dollars worth of NFTs on OpenSea were swiped by a hacker.

At the time of writing, it is not clear if the assets were stolen via a breach stemming from a deficiency in OpenSea’s platform or a phishing attack — a commonplace way for thieves to access accounts through factitious emails.

“We are actively investigating rumors of an exploit associated with OpenSea related smart contracts,” the firm said in a tweet. “This appears to be a phishing attack originating outside of OpenSea’s website.”

A spokeswoman for the firm directed The Block to this tweet when reached for further update.

At this point The Block can confirm that the hacker has stolen roughly $ 3 million in assets, which includes popular NFTs like Bored Apes, Azuki and CloneX.

The CEO of Nasen, Alex Svanevik estimates that about 19 OpenSea users have been impacted.

OpenSea — which recently raised at a valuation topping $ 13 billion — is one of the largest platforms for NFT trading. It counts Andreessen Horowitz and actor Ashton Kutcher as backers.

We will update this report when we learn more.

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