OpenSea, a leading NFT marketplace, is taking measures to prevent unintended purchases by implementing new safeguards. The platform has introduced a new feature in SeaPort 1.4 that validates an item’s current status before accepting an offer. These measures aim to address situations where an item was considered valid when the request was made, but later turned out to be stolen or had its attributes changed. OpenSea’s primary goal is to provide additional protection to buyers and enhance their shopping experience.
However, recent reports suggest that hackers are exploiting loopholes in OpenSea’s system to steal millions of dollars in Apes. Harpie, a cybersecurity firm, has warned NFT users about the new tactics used by these hackers, which involve gasless purchases on the OpenSea platform. Signature requests are mandatory steps required to log in and use the website, and hackers are using phishing websites to exploit this technical loophole. Unsuspecting customers are asked to sign incomprehensible characters without realizing the potential consequences.
Hackers have tricked victims into approving the transfer of assets to their accounts for free, disguised as signature requests for private sales. Unfortunately, this phishing campaign has resulted in millions of dollars worth of Apes being transferred from the popular NFT marketplace.
In conclusion, OpenSea is taking proactive steps to ensure the safety and protection of its customers, but NFT users must remain vigilant against phishing scams and cyberattacks.