These 15 monkeys have been stolen and cost millions!

Theft is of all times and also happens online regularly. Now 15 monkeys have been stolen that are worth millions online.

It will just happen to you. If you have millions of euros worth of digital monkeys, they will be stolen from you. Then you must be having a bad day. The art was digitally stolen on the OpenSea platform. This is the largest marketplace for non-fungible tokens or NFTs worldwide. It was founded on December 20, 2017. The 15 monkeys have a value of 2.2 million dollars (converted 1.94 million euros). They are so-called Bored Apes. The NFTs are now ‘frozen’, having been reported stolen. The NFTs show a warning stating that they have been reported for suspicious activity.

Monkeys stolen

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.

Freezing NFTs

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.

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