On December 30, 2021, a BAYC collector told the public that 15 Bored Ape Yacht Club and Mutant Ape Yacht Club NFTs were stolen. “NFTX these apes and mutants have been stolen and flagged on Opensea. Please remove from your liquidity pool,” he added. Todd Kramer also listed all the apes that were stolen. Kramer also stressed in another tweet that it was “arguably the worst night” of his life.
The 15 ape theft is one of the first NFT collection crimes since NFT collections like Cryptopunks, BAYC, MAYC, and others have seen significant demand. After the incident, there have been claims that Opensea stepped in and froze the NFTs. However, there is no official confirmation that the leading NFT marketplace performed this task.
Moreover, there’s been complaints about the alleged frozen BAYCs, as the “lack of decentralization” was called into question. “Who was able to freeze the NFTs?” an individual replied to Kramer’s now-deleted tweet. “Feels pretty anti-crypto to be asking third parties to do this and ideally they shouldn’t be able to. This was just extremely poor OPSEC on your part. True decentralized ownership no one should be able to step in. Good luck.”
The co-developer of the Unified Modeling Language and renowned software engineer Grady Booch also replied to the now-deleted tweet. “Silly me,” Booch tweeted. “And here I thought that the code is the law and that one of the very ideas of cryptocurrencies was the elimination of any possibility of centralized intervention.” Booch added:
Hypocrites; everyone of you.
The end result of the stolen BAYC and MAYC NFT fiasco has not been disclosed publicly, but it seems a few individuals helped ease Kramer’s worries. We also don’t know why Kramer decided to delete a few of the tweets he wrote on December 29th and the 30th. However, the tweets were saved to archive.org and the statements are still accessible.