Singapore High Court Approves Unique NFT-based Freeze Order on Stolen Crypto Assets


  • The High Court of Singapore approved using NFTs by iSanctuary to mark wallets linked to a high-profile hack as a means of digital asset recovery.
  • These NFTs contain a worldwide freeze order issued by the court and are a constant reminder to parties involved in transactions with the marked wallets.
  • The NFTs are designed to help track any funds that depart from these wallets, enhancing their effectiveness in asset recovery.

In a unique approach to digital asset recovery, the High Court of Singapore recently approved a move by UK financial investigation firm Intelligent Sanctuary (iSanctuary). The court allowed Sanctuary to use nonfungible tokens (NFTs) to mark wallets linked to a high-profile hack.

Significantly, these are not your everyday NFTs; these digital tokens house a worldwide freeze order issued by the court. While these NFTs don’t impede transactions, they act as a constant reminder to all parties involved. Exchanges and potential trading partners will be notified of the wallets’ questionable history. Moreover, this creative use of technology doesn’t stop at the warning. The NFTs, produced by Singapore’s Mintable studio, are designed to aid in tracking any funds that depart from these wallets.

However, these measures didn’t come out of the blue. iSanctuary was roped in by an entrepreneur who faced the misfortune of losing $3 million in cryptocurrency assets. With the melding of on-chain and off-chain evidence, iSanctuary was able to pin down the stolen funds. Presented before the Singapore High Court, their findings were instrumental in securing the unprecedented injunction.

Besides the core details, iSanctuary has maintained discretion regarding the facts of the case. Still, it’s evident that Mintology, an application by Mintable, played a role in crafting these unique NFTs. Additionally, Zach Burks, the founder of Mintable, gave an indirect nod to their involvement in a recent post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

While the story unfolds, The Straits Times sheds light on a few elements. The case pivots around a stolen private key, indicating compromised security. Singapore-based crypto exchanges have been implicated in laundering the stolen money, with fraudulent actors alleged to be Singaporeans. Furthermore, the scope of this incident is vast, involving nations from Singapore to Spain, Ireland, Britain, and various European countries.

This landmark decision by the Singapore High Court marks a shift in how legal jurisdictions may approach the intricacies of digital assets. As technology advances, judicial systems worldwide will likely have to adapt and find innovative solutions to unique challenges.