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A Hacker Was Selling A Cybersecurity Exploit As An NFT. Then OpenSea Stepped In

With all the attention currently on non-fungible tokens (NFTs), there may be a new, darker side emerging – the auctioning of cybersecurity exploits. A Hacker Was Selling A Cybersecurity Exploit As An NFT. Then OpenSea Stepped In

In a tweet Monday, Matthew Hickey of Hacker House introduced the “zero-day collection,” an “exclusive HackerFantastic authored [zero-day] exploit as part of our NFT proof-of-concept sale series.”

The first digital asset for sale in the collection is for Quake3, and Hickey termed it “highly collectable hacker artwork.”

While it may seem harmless, the idea of selling a cyber exploit raises questions about ethics and identity when in the wrong hands.

The NFT

NFTs are digital assets that represent a wide range of unique tangible and intangible items, from sports cards to virtual real estate. Unlike bitcoin (BTC, +3.41%) and other cryptocurrencies, whose units are meant to be interchangeable, each NFT contains distinguishing information that makes it distinct from any other NFT.

In this case, the token to be auctioned was for a cybersecurity exploit.

The listing, on the OpenSea NFT marketplace, advertised the token as a “post-authentication memory corruption vulnerability in ioquake3 engine. The issue can be exploited to cause a denial-of-service condition, code execution has been deemed unlikely. This issue has been tested on OpenArena, but should be present in all 28 games using the idTech3 (ioquake3) engine.”

“A proof-of-concept exploit is redeemed with this NFT, which contains an overview of the vulnerability and can be used to reliably trigger the issue on networked game servers. This is a single-sale item sold exclusively one time, no additional information will be provided publicly or resold by the discoverer of the issue,” the listing said.

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