VeChain Foundation’s 'Buyback' Wallet Gets ‘Compromised’, Hacker Steals 1.1 Billion VET Tokens

Siamak Masnavi

At 17:00 UTC on Friday (December 13), the VeChain Foundation announced that their "buyback address was compromised." 

This was the tweet they sent out to announce this terrible news:

So, what is the buyback address that the VeChain Foundation is referring to?

Well, back on 30 June 2019, the VeChain Foundation announced a $25 million buyback plan:

In today's announcement, the foundation says that 1.1 billion VET tokens (worth roughly $6.5 million at current VET prices) were taken from the hot wallet they were using for the buyback plan, and that these VET tokens were transferred by the hacker to 0xD802A148f38aBa4759879c33E8d04deb00cFB92b:

They go on to say that "all the addresses associated with the said hacker’s address have been tagged on VeChainStats, the list is automatically updated as soon as the hacker sends any funds from the original hacker’s address."

VeChain Foundation "has been tracing the transfer of these VET Tokens in real-time," and here is what they have done so far to manage this situation:

  • "We have notified all exchanges to monitor, blacklist and freeze any funds coming from the hacker address and any withdraws from the corresponding exchanging wallets."
  • "We have launched an investigation into every fact around the address to determine the motive, method, and data flow behind this malicious act."
  • "We have enlisted the assistance of Hacken along with its whitehat community, and teams to help with monitoring and containment of the situation."
  • "We have also started a security check immediately on the other crypto assets under the custodian of the Foundation, to make sure no further breach will occur."
  • "We have reported this incident to law enforcement in Singapore."

According to data from CryptoCompare, VET is currently trading at $0.005824, down 4.93% in the past 24-hour period:

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We will update this article as more details become available...

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Coinbase, EOS Community Clash Over Supposed ‘Degraded Performance’

Francisco Memoria

The San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has been clashing with the EOS community on social media over supposed “degraded performance” the EOS network has been suffering.

According to a tweet published by one of Coinbase’s official accounts, the EOS network is experiencing “degraded performance levels” and as a result EOS sends have been disabled, while receives may be delayed. Coinbase’s status page shows it has been seeing degraded performance on the network for four days.

In February 17, Coinbase also noted there were delays in EOS sends/receives as it was working “rough a backlog of outgoing EOS transactions.” Responding to Coinbase EOS New York, a major EOS block producer, claimed the network was fully functional and that the problem came from the cryptocurrency exchange itself.

On Reddit, EOS New York wrote that the “network is operating fine and Coinbase is shifting blame away from their internal infrastructure problems.” It added no other entity reported issues and that instead the exchange could reach out to block producers for free help.

EOS Nation, another major EOS block producer, responded to the exhcnage saying the network did face some hiccups but is nevertheless “extremely reliable.”

Some speculate the EOS network may still be facing congestion from time to time over the controversial EIDOS airdrop, that put the network into a “congestion mode” late last year and forced Coinbase to raise the amount of staked CPU on its wallets to process transactions.

Some believe the EIDOS airdrop is being run to make EOS’s shortcomings stand out and incentivize users to use other blockchains using the EOSIO software, created by the company Voice, the social network the company is set to launch ,is for example launching on a “purpose-made EOSIO blockchain.”

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