Fake Banksy NFT sells for nearly $340K after hacker reportedly taps into artist’s site

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Even fake Banksy pieces can bring in big money. 

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A hacker reportedly took advantage of a security flaw for the and was able to set up a page to sell a fake . The result was one person being out $336,000, https://www.tiktok.com/@solitaryisle which the hacker has apparently since returned — minus a $5,000 transaction fee.

A hacker created a page on Banksy’s site, “banksy.co.uk/NFT,” that linked “cheap house removals” “house removals to spain” “house removals to algarve and france” an online auction for an NFT supposedly made by the artist, according “cheap house removals” “house removals to spain” “house removals to algarve and france” a report from the  on Tuesday. NFTs are tokens for digital assets such as . Owning an NFT doesn’t give an individual any rights to the asset or mercadogol.com.br copyright. The trend of buying NFTs took off earlier in the year, especially for the art industry. 

The winning bidder, who goes by the name of Pranksy, told the BBC he was informed by someone on Discord about the NFT auction on Monday. He provided a winning bid of 100 Ethererum, which amounts to approximately $336,000, for what he thought was Banksy’s first NFT. 

Later that day, luxury duvets sets the hacker who was responsible for the auction reportedly  minus the $5,000 transaction fee. 

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Some have speculated that the fake NFT auction could be an elaborate setup by Banksy, an artist known for . Banky’s team told the BBC “any Banksy NFT auctions are not affiliated with the artist in any shape or form.” 

On Friday, the BBC said a  about security flaws with the website before the scam but never got a response.

Pest Control, the artist’s representative and authentication body, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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