Target said it was cutting store opening hours in San Francisco to try to curb a rise in shoplifting.
In a statement shared with multiple news organizations, the big-box chain said there had been an “alarming rise” in thefts at its San Francisco stores over the past month, and that it was working with local law enforcement.
Miraflor said on Twitter he has been in contact with Nifty Gateway co-founder Griffin Cock Foster, but that the co-founder said Nifty Gateway could not transfer the digital tokens back to Miraflor after they had already been resold to unsuspecting buyers.
Now, Miraflor said he’s is in the process of filing a police report.
A Nifty Gateway spokesperson told Insider it had not seen any evidence that the platform was hacked and that the impacted accounts were accessed using valid account credentials.
“We have seen no indication of compromise of the Nifty Gateway platform,” the spokesperson told Insider. “The Nifty Gateway team is communicating with a small number of users who appear to have been impacted by an account takeover.”
That means the alleged thefts could be the result of users who reused passwords between other accounts or did not have two-factor authentication – an optional security measure on the site – enabled.
“We have seen some reports that NFTs involved in these account takeovers were sold in transactions negotiated over Discord or Twitter,” the spokesperson told Insider. “We strongly encourage all Nifty Gateway customers to purchase their NFTs on the official Nifty Gateway marketplace.”
The crypto world has always posed a risk of theft and potential fraud. Since blockchain transactions are anonymous and irreversible, a compromised password poses a significant risk for people who have invested thousands in digital assets.
Nifty Gateway is one of the only platforms that allows users to buy directly from the site using their credit card, while most other sites like SuperRare and Foundations require users to have a digital wallet to purchase pieces using Ether.
Miraflor said on Twitter he had already contacted his credit card provider to prevent future purchases.
As the pandemic continues and millions of Americans face hunger, many are resorting to stealing basic essentials to survive, The Washington Post reported.
On the week of December 5, some 853,000 people filed new claims for state unemployment benefits, an increase of 137,000 from the previous week. The US Department of Labor said.
NPR reported the number of people filing claims for a federal assistance program for gig workers and self-employed individuals increased by 48% the same week.
The Post previously reported hunger has reached levels not seen in decades, impacting at least 26 million Americans who say they don’t have enough food to eat.
Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, said in October that this year, as a result of the pandemic, more than 13 million more Americans could face food insecurity compared to 2018, bringing the total number of food-insecure people in the overall population to 50.4 million.
All of that combined has resulted in more theft of necessities like food items and baby supplies as Americans struggle to survive.
“We’re seeing an increase in low-impact crimes,” Jeff Zisner, chief executive of workplace security firm Aegis told The Post. “It’s not a whole lot of people going in, grabbing TVs and running out the front door. It’s a very different kind of crime – it’s people stealing consumables and items associated with children and babies.”
Altogether, as many as 20 million Americans are behind on rent. Moody’s Analytics found that nearly 12 million renters will owe an average of $5,850 in back rent and utilities by January, Business Insider’s Taylor Borden reported.
Additionally, The Post reported the $4.5 billion Trump food program, Farmers to Families Food Box program, is running out of money. The program helped feed millions of Americans throughout the pandemic.
Other food programs are also set to expire by the end of the year, even as food banks see an increase in demand.