OpenSea, a popular trading platform in the non-fungible token (NFT) space, has reportedly warned its users about the safety of their API keys. This action comes after Nansen disclosed that its customer data may have been compromised due to a security incident.
On Friday, September 22, the prominent blockchain data analytics company Nansen revealed via a post on X (formerly Twitter) that one of its third-party vendors suffered a security breach, which affected 6.8% of its users. According to the crypto intelligence firm, this attack allowed the hackers to access admin rights to “an account used to provision customer access to its platform.”
🚨 Important update from us at Nansen. Please take a moment to read this. pic.twitter.com/syKE0sNnC6
— Nansen 🧭 (@nansen_ai) September 22, 2023
In its announcement, Nansen claimed that the third-party vendor is an “established company” that manages data of several Fortune 500 companies and other companies in the cryptocurrency industry. Given OpenSea’s latest action, it appears the NFT marketplace is also a victim of the data security breach.
OpenSea Addresses API Users In New Email
According to a post by a pseudonymous X user, MatriXBT, OpenSea sent an email to its users warning them that information related to their API keys may have been exposed due to a security incident experienced by one of its vendors. The NFT platform said:
We do not expect this to have any immediate effect on your integration with our platform. However, your key could be used by external parties which will use its allocated rate limit.
In the email circulating on the X platform, OpenSea asked its users to immediately refrain from using their existing keys and replace them with newly generated API keys. Nevertheless, the current keys will expire on October 2, 2023.
The NFT marketplace assured developers that the new API keys will possess the same permissions and rate limits as the old keys.
Crypto Community Reacts
It is worth noting that OpenSea has yet to give a public statement on the alleged security breach. Nonetheless, some crypto community members have weighed in on the alleged security incident.
An anonymous crypto enthusiast said on X:
Data leaks like these raise questions about the security of cryptocurrency projects. OpenSea needs to work closely with suppliers and ensure that user personal information is as well-protected as possible.
Another X user urged the marketplace to address the security incident in a transparent and proactive manner. “Security breaches can be quite concerning, so it’s important for platforms to be transparent and proactive in protecting user data,” they said.
Despite the struggles of the NFT market, OpenSea remains one of the largest marketplaces in the space. According to Dune Analytics, the platform recorded more than $100 million in trading volume in August 2023.
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