Hacked: KickICO Recovers $7.7 Million Stolen After Smart Contract Breach

  • The KickICO crowdfunding platform was hacked due to a smart contract breach. $7.7 million worth of KickICO’s native tokens were stolen.
  • The funds were reportedly recovered and will be returned to users.

KickICO, a blockchain-powered crowdfunding platform, was reportedly hacked on July 26, which resulted in a loss of over 70 million KICK tokens worth an estimated $7.7 million. The project’s team revealed the hackers managed to access “the account of the KICK smart contract,” thus stealing the tokens.

KickICO’s official incident report noted they had “experienced a security breach [and] learned about the incident after the complaints of several victims, who did not find tokens worth 800 thousand dollars in their wallets.” The report added that the blockchain network’s developers had managed to regain control over their smart contract account

The project’s team assured users their stolen tokens will be returned. Token holders were told to report all their complaints to official KickICO representatives.

“We’ll return exact amount of tokens to [the wallets of] their legit owners. We apologize for the inconveniences, but guarantee that the situation is under control,” the incident report stated.

KickICO team

According to KickICO’s developers, hackers were able gain access to the private key associated with the token’s smart contract. After that, “they employed methods used by the KickCoin smart contract in integration with the Bancor network: hackers destroyed tokens at approximately 40 addresses and created tokens at the other 40 addresses in the corresponding amount.” As a result, the overall number of KickCoins remained intact.

Avoiding Further Losses

The report went on to acknowledge the timely response the KickICO community had, which helped the blockchain network’s developers regain control over the stolen funds. Users were also told that preventive measures had been taken to avoid "further losses” by “replacing the compromised private key with the private key of the cold storage.”

Notably, this marks the second time this month that the Tim Draper-backed Bancor network has been associated with a security breach. Some members of the KickICO community have attributed the hacking incident to a dramatic prise rise KICK tokens had the last couple of weeks.

In fact, KickICO’s report noted that the platform’s native token “tripled in price in the last two weeks (from $0.04 to $0.12).” The report also mentioned that KickCoins ranked “among top 10 coins in [terms of the rate of price increase] last week.”

Huobi Wallet Adds Support for Decentralized Finance Apps MakerDAO and Compound

Francisco Memoria

Huobi’s multi-currency wallet, Huobi Wallet, has added support for two decentralized finance (DeFI) projects – Compound and MakerDAO – in an expansion into the ecosystem.

According to a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, Huobi Wallet will now be supporting all decentralized applications and tokens associated with these projects, which are mainly focused on the Ethereum blockchain.

The document notes the Maker project is comprised of a decentralized stablecoin – Dai – collateral loans, and community governance. Huobi’s multi-currency wallet supports the stablecoin, as well as its MKR token and CDP Portal which lets users take collateralized debt positions.

MakerDAO, Maker’s decentralized portal, is fully managed by smart contracts. The project has created a lot of buzz in the cryptocurrency space over the popularity of its Dai stablecoin, which has been listed on various major exchanges.

Compound, on the other hand, is an open-source autonomous protocol allowing users to lend cryptocurrency and earn interest on their holdings, or borrow on the platform at a specific rate. Huobi Wallet’s support meaning users will be able to use the Compound decentralized application directly from the wallet.

Livio Weng, Huobi’s chief executive, was quoted as saying:

We think blockchain technology has great potential not just for cryptocurrency but also in providing better overall financial services and products to the public. Both Compound and MakerDAO share our vision and we're happy to add support for them.

Compound’s founder and CEO, Robert Leshner, added that decentralized financial applications will “lead to a wealthier, more connected world,” but have so far been difficult to access. Per his words, this type of partnership will help more users access DeFi platforms.

The move comes shortly after Huobi Wallet partnered with Equiilibrium, the framework behind an EOS-based stablecoin called EOSDT, to add the cryptocurrency to the multi-currency wallet.