Magic Eden Blames Third-Party Image Caching Service for Pornographic NFT Images

The third-party image caching service that Magic Eden uses was hacked.
Image source: Magic Eden

Quick take:

  • Magic Eden displayed lewd images for some NFTs yesterday.
  • The NFT marketplace assured users that their NFTs are safe.
  • Magic Eden told users to do a hard refresh on their browser to fix the issue.

Users of the leading Solana NFT marketplace, Magic Eden, saw pornographic images and stills of hit TV series Big Bang Theory in place of their NFT art on Monday night

The issue was brought to Magic Eden’s attention on Twitter, prompting the marketplace to clarify that a third-party image caching service that it uses was hacked. 

Magic Eden assured users that their NFTs are safe and that the issue has been fixed. An NFT (non-fungible token) is a digital asset that can be identified through its unique qualities held within its metadata. Due to the way they are designed and minted, NFTs are unique and cannot be replaced, altered, or changed in any way.

“Your NFTs are safe and Magic Eden has not been hacked. Unfortunately you might’ve seen some um, unsavory images. Make sure you do a hard refresh on your browser to fix it,” Magic Eden tweeted.

A Magic Eden spokesperson said that the compromise was not specifically targeted at the marketplace via the image caching service, and that other sites using the same service were also affected. Due to security concerns, Magic Eden declined to name the image caching service.

Due to Solana’s volatility since the collapse of FTX, Magic Eden has been focusing its efforts on expanding to other blockchains as well as growing its gaming vertical.

 In November, the company announced plans to integrate with the Polygon network, allowing the marketplace to work with strategic IP owners, world-class game developers, and emerging creators from the Polygon ecosystem.

Last month, Magic Eden hired its first chief gaming officer Chris Akhavan – a games industry veteran – who will be responsible for driving the growth of Magic Eden’s gaming partnerships.

It also recently announced a rewards program that allows users to claim rewards, benefits, and fee discounts based on their marketplace activity.



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