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Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

Check Point Software said Wednesday that it recently found vulnerabilities in the platform used by OpenSea, the largest marketplace for digital collectibles known as NFTs, or non-fungible tokens.

Why it matters: The since-patched vulnerabilities, if exploited, could have allowed hackers to take control of accounts and even entire crypto wallets by sending a malicious NFT.

Details: Check Point said it began investigating the issue after seeing reports of people having accounts hijacked after receiving unsolicited NFTs.

  • It reported the flaw to OpenSea on Sept. 26 and the company put out a fix within an hour to prevent the exploit.

What they're saying:

  • OpenSea thanked Check Point for bringing the issue to its attention and said it has yet to identify any instances where the flaw was exploited. It also said it is trying to better coordinate with third-party wallets that integrate with its platform as well as to educate users.
  • Check Point Software's Oded Vanunu warned that bad actors are seizing upon the opportunity presented as consumer adoption of NFTs soars even as the security around the tokens is still ramping up. "Given the sheer pace of innovation, there is an inherent challenge in securely integrating software applications and crypto markets," Vanunu said.

Be smart: Check Point recommends people be extra wary of unsolicited requests to log into their crypto wallets.

Our thought bubble: While this flaw appears to have been caught before significant damage, it highlights the precarious nature of digital collectibles and currencies.

Go deeper: Check Point posted a video with more details on the flaw here.

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to remove a reference to Apple's AirDrop that was inaccurate.

Go deeper

The year ahead in gaming

Image: Courtesy of Sony

As we kick off 2022, there are a handful of topics we expect to hear more about — from ongoing conversations about unions to increased interest in NFTs.

Why it matters: The big gaming stories of 2021 inform the trends that will continue into this new year.

Democrats fail to change Senate rules to pass voting rights bill

Senate Majority Leader during a news conference in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democrats failed Wednesday night to change Senate filibuster rules to pass the voting rights bill, with Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.) voting with Republicans.

The big picture: The failed effort came after Senate Republicans blocked the voting rights measure from coming to a final vote earlier Wednesday.

Updated 2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court rejects Trump's attempt to shield documents from Jan. 6 committee

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The Supreme Court rejected on Wednesday night a bid by former President Trump to block the release of documents and records from his administration to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol.

Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.