The Bored Ape Yacht Club is a collection of 10,000 NFTs, each depicting a monkey with different traits and visual attributes. It is one of the most prestigious NFT collections in the world. Celebrities jump on it and buy these monkeys. Think Jimmy Fallon, Steph Curry and Post Malone. You can check the stolen monkeys on OpenSea or through the owner’s account. The owner is Todd Kramer and he had ‘perhaps the worst night of his life’. Of course he is keen to have this problem solved as soon as possible. It’s not only important for him (money!), but also for confidence in the NFT market. It is quite something if such a large collection can be stolen in one go.
So OpenSea has decided to freeze the NFTs. The crypto community does not seem to agree with that, as it is not a decentralized decision. There are also rumors that this is actually anti-crypto. What also plays a role is that there is a lot of uncertainty about how the digital artworks were stolen. OpenSea is very vague about that.