TECH:
Hackers take $ 196 million from crypto trading platform Bitmart.

December 6, 2021, 3:57 pm

Bit­mart con­firmed the hack in an offi­cial state­ment on Sat­ur­day evening, call­ing it a “large-scale secu­ri­ty breach” and writ­ing that the hack­ers had removed around $ 150 mil­lion in assets. How­ev­er, blockchain secu­ri­ty and data ana­lyt­ics firm Peck­shield esti­mates the loss to be clos­er to $ 200 million.

Bit­mart added in a state­ment that all with­drawals have been tem­porar­i­ly sus­pend­ed until fur­ther notice and said a com­pre­hen­sive secu­ri­ty review is underway.

Peck­shield was the first to notice the breach on Sat­ur­day, not­ing that one of Bit­mart’s address­es showed a con­stant flow of tens of mil­lions of dol­lars to an address Ether­scan called the “Bit­mart Hacker.”

Peck­shield esti­mat­ed that Bit­mart lost around $ 100 mil­lion in var­i­ous cryp­tocur­ren­cies on the ethereum blockchain and an addi­tion­al $ 96 mil­lion in coins on the binance smart chain. The hack­ers left with a mix of over 20 tokens, includ­ing Binance Coin, Safemoon, and Shi­ba Inu.

Bit­mart claims that the affect­ed ethereum and binance smart chain “hot wal­lets” were car­ry­ing only a “small per­cent­age” of the exchange’s assets. The state­ment went on to say that all oth­er wal­lets were “secure and unharmed”

Peo­ple who choose to hold their own cryp­tocur­ren­cy can store it “hot”, “cold”, or a com­bi­na­tion of both. A hot wal­let is con­nect­ed to the inter­net and allows own­ers to access their coins rel­a­tive­ly eas­i­ly so that they can access and spend their cryp­to. Trade-off for con­ve­nience is poten­tial expo­sure to bad actors

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