Doubling Down On NFT Security 🛡️ - By William M. Peaster - Metaversal

Doubling Down On NFT Security 🛡️ – By William M. Peaster – Metaversal

Metaversal is a Bankless newsletter for weekly level-ups on NFTs, virtual worlds, & collectibles

Dear Bankless Nation,

Kevin Rose, a co-founder of Proof Collective and projects like Moonbirds, was tragically hacked this week. 

He was tricked into signing a bad transaction that seemed legit, at which point a hacker was able to swipe out dozens of grail NFTs from one of his wallets. 

The episode is an unfortunate and stark reminder that in this early crypto frontier, one slip up can be enough to give hackers the in that they need. 

The good news? There is a growing field of resources people can use to prevent these sorts of NFT thefts. 

For my Bankless Tactic Tuesday post next week I’ll be publishing a guide on how to double down with these security tools, so be on the lookout for that. In the meantime stay vigilante out there, thanks for reading everyone, and have a great weekend ✌️


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The cumulative market cap of the NFT space has risen to 8.8 million ETH, or ~$14.2B USD, a week-over-week climb of 6%. At a time when many mainstream critics are writing off NFTs as totally dead, the economy of digital things on Ethereum continues to thrive. 

Unsurprisingly, the Sewer Pass access NFTs dominated weekly volume stats as all eyes remain on Yuga Labs’s Dookey Dash skill-based mint competition. We also saw a really strong volume showing around The Memes Collection by 6529, which has become an iconic series to watch in 2023. 

This week we saw OpenSea break out with a decisive volume lead over Blur once more. Stats-wise, X2Y2 is firmly in 3rd place right now with LooksRare a distant 4th. 

There were more major Yuga Labs transactions this week. One was a BAYC sale and the other was an Otherdeed sale, and both purchases were for over the equivalent of ~$240k USD in ETH. This week we also saw a Fidenza, the crown jewel of the Art Blocks ecosystem, crack the top 3 with a Ξ145 resale. 

  • Floor, the NFT price tracker service, acquired NFT analytics platform

  • owl.eth introduced the Guardian Contract, a way to lock NFTs from being stolen.

  • Nounlets kicked off auctions for Noun 129, which was tributed by Beets DAO

  • Doodles announced plans to 1) acquire animation studio Golden Wolf and 2) migrate its upcoming Doodles 2 collection to Flow

  • Pudgy Penguins launched support for cross-chain bridging Lil Pudgys

  • RARE SCRILLA and other Pepe artists are launching Fake The Memes of Production, a dank satirical spinoff of Punk 6529’s The Memes

  • Folia hosted the mint for Joan Heemskerk’s CABLE, a collection of 545 on-chain SVGs representing the undersea fiber-optic cables that underpin much of the internet. 

  • RAC released Sonhar, a limited-edition song. 

  • Sound rolled out support for open edition (OE) mints

  • Axie Infinity published its January Dev Update and introduced the Budget Axie Challenge

  • Sorare rolled out a new Capped Mode competitions

  • Decentraland is hosting a Film Club 2023 contest to field 30-second videos showcasing its virtual world. 

  • Treasure DAO voted to sunset its Atlas Mine $MAGIC staking system. 

Released last week by Yuga Labs as a free claim for BAYC, MAYC, and BAKC holders, the Sewer Pass access NFTs have since undergone a trading frenzy as people have been cramming in to try the associated Dookey Dash game + speculating on what the Sewer Pass NFTs will evolve into. The collection has already done over Ξ24,000 in trading, and its highest-tiered NFTs have already reached a floor price of nearly Ξ8. 

  • Balagana generative art series by Sapir Cohen, Balagan’s amazing blocky aesthetics and backing make this a compelling drop; reserved mints begin on Jan. 28th

  • Night Rundeveloped by the creators of Terraforms, Night Run is a cross between conceptual art, hypnotic music, and a procedurally-generated city driving game; pre-sale minting kicks off today with a public sale potentially slated to start on Jan. 28th if remaining supply allows

  • Nyan Balloons — launched by Nyan Cat creator Chris Torres, Nyan Balloons is a burn-to-redeem NFT color changing experiment that doesn’t disappoint in the cuteness department

1. underground on how to trade NFTs based on market momentum:

2. GameFi Guide on how to start playing The Beacon:

3. Ian Rogers on security tips for Ledger hardware wallet users:

Developed by web3 launchpad Forefront, Terminal is an awesome dashboard for tokenized communities. You can use this site to track live DAO auctions, review governance proposals, sort projects by various metrics, and more. If you’re looking to keep tabs on a range of NFT DAOs, this platform is a great place to start. 

Are you a regular MetaMask user who always uses the default gas settings when conducting your wallet transactions? Then you may be paying up to x10 more in ETH than you need to! Here rayzhu.eth suggests a priority fee of ~0.2 gwei as a more than sufficient lower alternative for your transactions:

You know how you can tell? There’s seemingly an endless stream of interesting projects to keep track of again, yet only so much time in the day to do so:

  • 🆕 Read Ethereum’s Economic Engine and Arbitrum Is Mooning in Bankless

  • 🌱 Watch Common Ground | Erik Voorhees on Green Pill 

  • 🙇 Catch up on my other write-ups from this week: 

    • Leveling Up NFT Games with MagicSwap

    • Minting on Manifold 101

    • How to Use Decentralized Stablecoins

William M. Peaster is a professional writer and creator of Metaversal — a Bankless newsletter focused on the emergence of NFTs in the cryptoeconomy. He’s also recently been contributing content to Bankless, JPG, and beyond!

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