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After a Phishing Attack, OpenSea’s CEO Reassures Users

After speaking with people, companies, and projects in the NFT field, OpenSea CEO Devin Finzer is sure that users’ NFT losses were caused by third-party websites rather than



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On Saturday evening, the largest Ethereum NFT marketplace was the target of a phishing attempt. Some users complained their Cool Cats and Doodle collections had been stolen.

“As far as we can tell, this is a phishing attack,” said CEO Devin Finzer in a tweet. We don’t think it has anything to do with the OpenSea website. It appears that 32 users have signed a malicious payload from an attacker so far, with part of their NFTs taken.” Some NFT holders were tricked into transferring their NFTs to a different wallet. The trickster’s Ethereum wallet currently has a 641 ETH balance, according to Etherscan.

Finzer disputed accusations that the attack resulted in the loss of $200 million in NFTs. According to him, those who want to defend themselves from the attack should “un-approve” access to their NFTs on OpenSea.

When signing communications, Finzer encouraged users to make sure they were on

Not a good few months for OpenSea

On Friday, February 20, 2021, OpenSea recommended that clients move their NFTs to a new smart contract. This move was made to address a flaw on OpenSea’s website that allowed NFTs to be advertised for a fraction of their current value and subsequently sold for a profit by at least three people.

OpenSea’s recent user interface glitch resulted in the loss of $1.8 million in NFTs, which the company refunded. Users who did not cancel their old listings after transferring their NFTs to new wallets saw their NFTs sold for the same price as the old listings. The incident, according to OpenSea, was “not an exploit or a flaw” but rather a problem caused by the blockchain’s structure. All listings on old smart contracts will expire on Friday, February 25, 2021. If the migration date is missed, it is still possible to relist without paying for gas. Before that, users are taken through moving their listings via an instructional video.

CEO reassures OpenSea users

Via the new migration tool, minting, purchasing, selling, or listing NFTs using, interacting with an OpenSea email, and clicking on the site banner, according to Finzer on Twitter, are not vectors for the attack. OpenSea is working with individuals whose belongings were taken to narrow down a collection of popular websites that they visited that could have been the source of the insufficient signatures, according to Finzer. “We have confidence this is not a phishing attack,” he informed users. “We are actively examining rumors of an exploit associated with OpenSea related smart contracts,” says OpenSea on Twitter. This appears to be a phishing attempt launched from somewhere other than OpenSea’s website. Outside of, do not click any links.”


To accelerate ecosystem growth, Fireblocks introduces Web3 Engine with developer tools

This set of tools is intended for developers working on DeFi, GameFi, and NFT products and services.



Fireblocks, a digital assets custody platform, announced the debut of their new Web3 Engine to assist encourage the development of the Web3 ecosystem as the world moves closer to a decentralized future.

The dedicated Web3 engine contains a set of tools for developers to create goods and services in decentralized finance (DeFi), GameFi, and nonfungible currencies, the business revealed on Tuesday (NFT). For alternative asset managers and capital market participants, Fireblocks has opened up a world of decentralized programs (DApps), exchanges, NFT markets, and more.

“Web3 is the future,” Fireblocks CEO Michael Shaulov said, adding that “the Internet has already entered a new era.” According to Shaulov, in order for the Web3 ecosystem to continue to grow, the community must address a major issue: security.

Fireblocks’ new Web3 Engine, according to the announcement, makes it simple for developers to build DApps on top of Fireblocks’ tech stack or securely access the entire spectrum of current web3 apps. Web3 companies such as Animoca, Stardust, MoonPay, Xternity Games, Griffin Gaming, Wirex, Celsius, and Utopian Labs use Fireblocks to secure themselves from human mistake and hackers.

Web3 has sparked a lot of interest in the sector, as evidenced by the rise in market capitalization of Web3 coins in recent years. It’s an ecosystem that everyone can access from anywhere at any time, with no restrictions or middlemen. Many large corporations have made considerable investments in Web3’s potential.

Google Cloud has formed an internal team focused to developing services for blockchain developers and Web3-based application operators. With Metaverse involvement and NFT enthusiasm, industry titans like Meta and Amazon have entered the market. Square Enix, the gaming behemoth, recently announced that it would spend heavily in Web3 gaming.

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Is Fender quietly getting ready to enter the NFT market?

In order to preserve or launch its brand in web3, Fender has filed various NFT-related patents and trademark applications in the United States.



Fender, a well-known guitar manufacturer, has filed three patents related to NFT with the US Patent and Trademark Office.

When it comes to developing, selling, or buying NFTs with the Fender brand name, the patents would suggest a purpose to make or protect its brand.

Fender filed a series of trademark applications linked to its headstock design in possible NFTs, according to GuitarWorld, including NFT collectibles, virtual products, pictures, artwork, video, and audio recordings featuring music and musical instruments.

Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney, noticed the application to the US Patent and Trademark Office, which was filed on April 28.

Source: Twitter

Fender isn’t the first guitar company to think about using NFTs. Billboard reported in January that Gibson, the legendary guitar brand and Fender rival, was preparing to join the NFT industry with six trademark applications connected to NFTs and digital goods.

Big brands, from Adidas to Gucci, have been fast to experiment with NFTs and the Metaverse as two new distribution channels. They’re still figuring out where they belong in the virtual worlds.

NFTs are being used by musicians to reinvent fan involvement

NFTs and the Metaverse are being used by many established bands and brands to redefine how they communicate with fans. Additionally, musicians that rely significantly on in-person concerts as a fundamental income source will find the revenue streams and royalties available by the sale of NFTs appealing.

Music producers and platforms such as Audius, DAOrecords, and TokenTraxx are collaborating with musicians to demonstrate the possibilities of Web3 technology and allow fans to be creative using NFTs.

As famous guitarists get involved in the NFT realm, guitar brands are naturally interested. Keith Richards sold one of his beloved guitars with an exclusive 1-of-1 Tezos blockchain NFT produced for $57,600 in January of this year. The guitar, as well as a digital replica in the shape of an NFT and a video of Richards signing the guitar, were all up for auction.

Since the beginning of the year, the number of NFT trademark applications has increased dramatically, with 3,306 applications filed between January and April.

Source: Twiter

Despite the applications, Fender has yet to reveal its plans for NFT.

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According to Music Ally, Spotify has begun testing NFTs on its platform

If a trial deployment goes well, artists may soon be allowed to market their non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on Spotify, according to Music Ally.



Spotify, the most recent tech business to join the NFT bandwagon, entered the web3 world earlier this month with the introduction of “Spotify Island” on Roblox on May 3. Spotify will now test NFTs on the platform to specifically selected US consumers, starting with a single trial selection of artists, including Steve Aoki and The Wombats.

Users will have to purchase NFTs through an external marketplace, thus they won’t be able to sell them directly. As part of the trial, Spotify has stated that it will not take a portion of the sales.

Simultaneously, customers have stated that Spotify is sending out surveys and even paying some people to talk to team members about their feelings regarding NFTs and web3. Questions concerning sentiment, cryptocurrency purchases, and why people acquired NFTs have been circulated on Twitter. Some poster responded with mockery to the queries.

Since March, when Spotify placed two job offers for working on early-stage web3 projects, rumors have circulated that the firm was interested in entering the web3. The announcement comes only days after Meta revealed that it would begin testing digital collectibles and NFTs on Instagram as well.

By the time of publication, Spotify had not responded to a request for comment from The Block.

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