Hacked: Crypto.com user account breached, cryptocurrencies worth $34mn stolen

January 21, 2022

Singapore-based platform Crypto.com said that the customer account breached, cryptocurrencies worth $34 million stolen, according to a statement released on 20th January 2022.

Here’s a breakdown of the story:

  • On 17th January 2022, some users of the platform raised concerns regarding unauthorized crypto withdrawals on their accounts. This means that transactions were being authorized without the two-factor (2F) authentication control being entered by the user.
  • At the same time, the platform halted withdrawals. In an interview with Bloomberg, Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto.com, said that the exchange was back online after 13-14 hours of downtime and that all impacted customers had been fully reimbursed with the stolen funds.
  • After an internal investigation, it was found that a total of 483 accounts were compromised in the data breach. The unauthorized withdrawals totaled 4,836.26 Ethereum, 443.93 Bitcoin, and $66,200.
  • The platform currently has over 10 million users and is implementing a new 2FA infrastructure with a mandatory 24-hour delay between registration of a new whitelisted withdrawal address and the first withdrawal.
  • The company said that they would also implement the Worldwide Account Protection Program (WAPP) to protect user funds in the event that a third party gains unauthorized access to their account withdraws funds without the user’s permission.
  • Crypto.com was the latest of many security breaches and disruptions that have exploited network vulnerabilities over the years.

 


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Sharan Kaur Phillora’s thirst for knowledge has led her to study many different subjects, including NFTs and Blockchain technology – two emerging technologies that will change how we interact with each other in the future. When she isn’t exploring a new idea or concept, she enjoys reading literary masterpieces.

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