Understanding the flaws of Metaverse Security and where to improve

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  • The Metaverse is an ever-expanding pool of digital information exchanged at light speed, containing sensitive information on millions of users.
  • The social construct behind virtual reality provides a platform where users openly express their views.
  • The virtual reality ecosystem, MetaPoint lost nearly $1 million due to a security breach in April 2023. 

Initially, there are four main components of the web3 industry; blockchain technology, cryptocurrency, NFTs and Artificial Intelligence. Individually, these components have led to the development of some of the most revolutionary innovations that have redefined several industries. As time passed, developers finally achieved one of the biggest milestones in technology; the Metaverse. Its very existence showcases how interoperable all the elements of web3 are. Unfortunately, due to its high-value and vast potential of virtual reality, it also provides a lucrative attack surface for scammers and hackers. Various organizations have implemented standard cybersecurity measures to curb any form of data breach. Others have gone as far as developing several third-party blockchain security measures for additional protection. Despite this, Metaverse security is still significantly lacking. This article will highlight the several flaws of Metaverse security and how developers and users can prevent them in the future.

The Grand Dream of the Metaverse

The Metaverse is a concept that we once considered science fiction. The ability to create a functioning virtual reality ecosystem uncanny from the real world seemed impossible, but after years of development and research, we finally attained it. 

The virtual reality ecosystem is a marvel of ingenuity and one of the highest achievements of the Web3 industry. It has provided conducive environments that allow all elements of web3 to co-exist. This feat gives us a scaled look at how the global takeover of wen3 would essentially look like. Blockchain technology, AI and the use of smart contracts serve as the backbone of its operations.

These three provide the necessary automation and handle most underlying processes within the virtual reality ecosystem. The Metaverse also heavily relies on NFTs or digital ownership privileges. As a result, virtual real estate, web3 music, NFT fashion and artwork, and virtual restaurants and tourism have thrived within the past decade. In all Metaverse platforms, NT also provides a full-proof digital identification system that creates immutable avatars for users, preventing any likelihood of fraud. 

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Cryptocurrency functions as the standard financial currency, allowing the entire virtual reality ecosystem to develop its economy.

The Metaverse comprises different elements of technology each working in harmony.[Photo/Medium]
The achievements and sheer scale of such devices have ushered in a new form of digital advertisement; blockchain marketing. Through these organizations, individuals can advertise their services and products in several Metaverse spaces. The use of smart contracts automates this process, thus reducing the complexity of its supply chain hierarchy. Thus, organizations and users spend less to advertise themselves while earning directly from their consumers, and promptly. 

Companies such as Meta, Microsoft, IBM and other top companies have poured in millions to ensure the development of several virtual reality platforms.

Unfortunately, due to the sheer scale and power such a platform requires, numerous Metaverse security issues occur yearly. 

The massive strain on Metaverse Security

In a nutshell, the Metaverse is an ever-expanding pool of digital information exchanged at light speed, containing sensitive information on millions of users. To ensure the Metaverse functions in real-time almost 24/7, investors have spared no expense. Thus, requiring high-energy levels to render the graphics of the virtual reality ecosystem. The result presents a perfect opportunity for vulnerabilities such as zero-day attacks, social engineering and phishing scams. 

Standard web2 cybersecurity measures used presented a problem soon enough. At its basic level, blockchain technology has several innate cybersecurity measures that protect data integrity. Unfortunately, as we develop, so do scammers and hackers. Soon enough, they acquired the skills to bypass such cybersecurity measures. For example, the virtual reality ecosystem, MetaPoint lost nearly $1 million due to a security breach in April 2023. 

Some have implemented additional blockchain security measures, but unfortunately, Metaverse security encompasses a wide array of technology. This gives analysts a hard time in creating a single Metaverse security system for the entire web3 element.

The virtual reality ecosystem, the Metapoint, was breached on April 2023 after hackers exploited a vulnerability in their Metaverse Security system.[Photo/MDPI]

Device Vulnerability

Today, we use special devices to access any virtual reality ecosystem, like VR headsets, and specialized controllers and processors. Unfortunately, these very devices have presented a significant risk to Metaverse Security. These devices usually require user input, presenting a vital vulnerability that most users have suffered. 

Despite the revolutionary aspect of this web3 element, it still requires standard equipment. For this reason, such devices are prone to hacking, malware and other types of cybersecurity threats. It is due to this flaw, companies such as Meta and Valve have dedicated many of their security analysts to developing hardware designed to resist such attacks.

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Meta has dedicated a team to developing a big bounty within their virtual reality ecosystems. Neta Oren, security analyst manager and lead bounty lead at Meta, said, “One of our priorities is to further integrate the external research community with us on our journey to secure the Metaverse. Because this is a relatively new space for many, we’re working to make the technology more accessible to bug hunters and to help them submit valid reports faster.”

Rules and Moderation challenges

The entire idea behind Metaverse Security is to provide a better security measure that does not infringe on the availability of services and products within any virtual reality ecosystem. Unfortunately, this has proven quite cumbersome for most organizations.

The social construct behind virtual reality provides a platform where users openly express their views. Despite its pure intention, it has bred rather adverse outcomes. Today, several platforms find it hard to identify harmful content, allowing the spread of scams and fraudulent activity. The vast data has made it difficult to create a filtration system identifying what is good and bad. 

Furthermore, its scalability accommodates an array of individual views with different views and principles. Thus, finding an elaborate system preventing abusive language, social engineering scenarios and illegal selling of tokens has proven to be far from reach. Cyberbullying is also a rising concern since many users are underage children. Exposure to inappropriate content or propaganda has been a rising issue for its blockchain Security systems.

Upgrading Metaverse Security

Virtual Reality ecosystems offer a change of freedom never seen before. Unfortunately, this very freedom has significantly hindered the development of a robust Metaverse security system. Although not all hope is lost, with advances in cybersecurity and blockchain security, analysts have discovered more innovative ways to secure user information.

One of the foremost solutions to improve Metaverse security is to educate the users. Despite all the positive impact this web3 element has made, its primary objective revolves around active users. It is paramount that every virtual reality ecosystem educates its users about the cybersecurity risk that plague their organizations. This should also include educating them on best practices to safeguard their digital assets, such as NFT and crypto coins.

Other organizations have turned to increasing the use of AI tools within their blockchain security systems. AI-powered security tools like anomaly detection algorithms, behaviour-based threat analyses and other monitoring tools are significantly effective within a vast collection of information. Through its use, organizations strengthen their data processing skills and even boost their Metaverse security systems.

A community-driven moderation system would also go a long way in protecting users. Typically, rules created by a community that serves the community operate best. Thus, developing a moderation system that accounts for the ideas and suggestions of users can create an algorithm that monitors them based on their rules.

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Furthermore, additional security protocols can curb several flaws within Metaverse Security systems. Implementing strong security protocols can protect a user’s personal and financial data. We can also view this method as an improvement to its underlying blockchain security systems.

Since 2022, Blockchain developers have worked tirelessly to ensure that crypto breaches become a thing of the past. Their resilience has led to unique security protocols such as KYC systems, and Zero-knowledge proof blockchain security systems. Both have significantly repaired the damaged reputation blockchain security experts acquired during the dark days of 2022.


Metaverse security is still a work in progress due to the infancy of virtual reality. Today, most organizations still claim that virtual reality is far from reaching its true potential. If this statement holds merit, developers have plenty of room for improvement. Cybersecurity is, unfortunately, a never-ending race without any form of perfection. As this web3 element continues to exist, the needed or improved blockchain security system will still exist.


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Ken Mutuku
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