Even fake Banksy pieces can bring in big money.
A hacker reportedly took advantage of a security flaw for the site of the artist Banksy and was able to set up a page to sell a fake . The result was one person being out $336,000, 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 to an online auction for an NFT supposedly made by the artist, according to a report from the BBC on Tuesday. NFTs are tokens for digital assets such as . Owning an NFT doesn't give an individual any rights to the asset or copyright. The trend of buying NFTs took off earlier in the year, especially for the Art Sites 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, the hacker who was responsible for the auction reportedly refunded the money minus the $5,000 transaction fee.