Should the Bored Apes Incident Really Concern You About the Security of NFTs?

The world prepared for another New Year’s Eve that was most likely to be spent at home, in quiet with their families. But for NFT collector Todd Kramer, it was all about scrambling to save nearly $2.2 million in collectible NFTs that were stolen from his collection after he was reportedly hacked.

The NFTs belonged to the Bored Apes Yacht Collection, a series of 10,000 algorithmically generated images of monkeys in varying attire, actions, and backgrounds that comes with exclusive benefits to owners in the collection. These benefits include a free minting opportunity for a Club Dog NFT, a donation to animal charities on secondary sales, an exclusive club for BAYC holders, and many others.

The project has proven extremely successful and popular among collectors, with celebrities such as Eminem, Jimmy Fallon, and many others among its members. The cheapest available Ape in the collection fetched a recent price of $217,000!

An Unpleasant End to 2021:

Kramer reportedly clicked a phishing link that was designed to imitate a popular NFT decentralized application. A click through the link allowed the hackers to gain access to Kramer’s collection, stealing eight BAYC tokens and seven MAYC tokens, a spin-off from the original collection. Hackers had planted this to exploit unwitting collectors such as Kramer.

Kramer then reported the theft, tweeting about it and warning collectors to remove the tokens in question from their liquidity pools. Furthermore, things took an interesting turn when reports emerged about the tokens in question being frozen by the NFT platform OpenSea, triggering a debate about whether blockchain technology was truly decentralized.

The theft also highlighted existing and potential security concerns over NFTs and crypto wallets in general, with many pointing towards other incidents of NFT theft and the losses that these thefts have incurred. These include the theft of BAYC NFTs from another collector, Calvin Becerra, and other isolated fraud and theft incidents such as spoofing and wash trading.

Are there other ways for NFTs to be Manipulated?

The answer to that question is, unfortunately, yes. One of the most insidious ways to do this is by wash trading or circular trading. This is done when two collectors deliberately inflate the price or sale volume of NFTs with the sole intention of making a quick profit. Once again, the BAYC collection has become infamous, as a lot of circular trades were done on its NFTs.

Should This Worry You, As A Collector?

It is a double-edged sword, as the NFT community is one of the most dynamic and innovative applications of blockchain technology. It has so many varied potential use case scenarios and applications. Recent applications of the NFT technology to pay to earn models in gaming are a prime example of how the technology can foster vibrant online communities with enthusiastic participants and a quickly growing digital economy.

However, the true value that many collectors see in such marketplaces and platforms is in their decentralized approach to their data. It also relies on the level of control afforded to third parties over assets on the blockchain. Reports of OpenSea freezing Kramer’s stolen NFTs on the platform raise several valid concerns about just how decentralized blockchain platforms can be and how to address collectors’ concerns in situations similar to Kramer.

While some argue that perhaps Kramer should have been more careful about his security onlineothers are quick to point out the increasingly innovative approaches taken to steal, manipulate or otherwise behave unethically in the blockchain marketplace.

What Can You Do To Secure Your Collection?

While the vulnerabilities discussed above are true causes for concern for any collector looking to explore the NFT space, all the news is certainly not bad. A host of analytical tools and applications are on the rise that allow collectors to monitor their collection, flag any transactions that seem out of the ordinary, and subsequently guard against inflated prices by providing the end-user with the information they need to make an informed purchase.

With the use of such tools, collectors can begin to worry less about their NFTs’ security and more about the value that they can gain from them in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

The Unleash NFT platform from Munich-based firm bitsCrunch is an excellent example of such a solution. bitsCrunch consists of a suite of AI tools that can seamlessly perform complex analysis. Be it transaction histories, volumes of decentralized databases, or providing users with the true value of an NFT, their tools can play the game better.

The right tools can guide your decisions and protect you from the misfortune that Kramer had to suffer. With bitsCrunch, rest assured as a collector, NFTs are a valuable way forward, as their adoption and engagement continue to grow and their applications continue to evolve.


Frequently Asked Questions

NFTs are Non-Fungible Tokens, and in layman terms, representing digital art or collection, video clips of best moments in the sports and entertainment field, gaming skins and collectibles, stored in a distributed ledger powered by blockchain technology. These are unique items and are not interchangeable with another NFT.

Generally, things are valuable when they are scarce. There is only one Mona Lisa. There are only 59 Le Bron James dunking NBA Top Shots (one of which sold for $US387,000).

The primary difference between the two is that unlike cryptocurrency and digital currency, NFTs cannot be traded for each other as they are unique. representations of real-world assets. Cryptocurrencies and digital currencies can be traded for each other as there will be no loss to their value.

An NFT is a unique digital signature that you can attach to an asset. Whether that’s a song, or an image, or a piece of footage, a unique digital signature is like a fingerprint that contains information like who created the asset, when, and any conditions on its future sale (for example, whether or not the creator gets a percentage of when it is on-sold).

BCUT is the native digital utility token, it provides access to bitsCrunch services and the bitsCrunch network.

BCUT is the native digital utility token, it provides access to bitsCrunch services and the bitsCrunch network. It is designed to play a vital role in the functioning of the bitsCrunch ecosystem and is intended to be solely used as the primary utility token on the network.

We are a Cross-functional team with more than 25+ years of experience in Data Analytics & Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain. We already have all the NFT data since its inception. We blend our AI expertise with the Blockchain to bolster the NFT ecosystem.

We have built a model to identify the impersonation of artworks, thereby preventing the Provenance of the artist and the artwork. We are offering our services in a SaaS manner, wherein the customers can stake a certain amount of our native tokens to avail our services.

We haven't launched our BCUT Token yet, but we will send out a confirmation on the launch of the token on our official website and official Telegram channel.