Crypto Security

$103 Million Liquidated on DeFi Protocol Compound After DAI Price Rise

A total of $103 million were liquidated on popular decentralized finance protocol Compound after a sudden rise in the price of the DAI stablecoin on Coinbase Pro saw some loans become under-collateralized. After what appears to have been an error or malicious attack, the price of the dollar-pegged stablecoin DAI surged on Coinbase to $1.30 […]

5 Tips to Protect Your Cryptoassets by Securing Your Browser

Wirrten by: Dmytro Volkov, CTO of the international cryptocurrency exchange CEX.IO. He has over 15 years’ work experience in IT, including over 10 years in financial markets. Author of trainings on financial and tech topics. Speaker at industry-wide conferences.  2020 has been a year filled with threats for crypto owners, not the least of which were frauds and hacking […]

Hacked Platform Value DeFi Offers 1 Million DAI for Return of Funds

Value DeFi, a decentralized finance protocol that was hacked for $6 million worth of DAI via a flash loan taken out for 80,000 ETH on the Aave protocol, has offered the hacker $1 million in DAI as a bounty for them to return funds to their users. Data from the Ethereum blockchain shows that the […]

Chainalysis Launches Program to Help Governments Store and Sell Seized Cryptoassets

Blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis is launching a new program to help governments recover, store, and sell cryptoassets seized their operations, less than two weeks after the U.S.  government seized over 69,000 BTC worth over $1 billion. According to announcement Chainalysis published, the program could help government agencies and insolvency practitioners “handle, store, realize, and monitor […]

DeFi Project Akropolis Loses 2 Million DAI in Exploit

Decentralized finance (DeFi) project Akropolis has lost over $2 million in DAI after hackers managed to exploit it via a flash loan taken out on dYdX. Akropolis is a DeFi lending and savings service provider. On social media, the team behind Akropolis stated it identified a hack was executed “across a body of smart contracts […]

Binance Awards $200,000 to Researchers Who Helped Identify Its Attackers

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance has revealed it is rewarding a team of investigators with $200,000 for submitting a long-form report that identified one of the attackers that tried to hack the exchange in 2018. In a press release shared with CryptoGlobe, Binance revealed that the U.S. Department of Justice revealed its indictment of two individuals […]

Hacked Crypto Exchange KuCoin Has Recovered Most of the Stolen Funds, Co-Founder Says

Johnny Lyu, co-founder and CEO of the hacked Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange KuCoin, has revealed the trading platform recovered 84% of the assets that were stolen from it back in September. KuCoin suffered a major security breach in September, in which a hacker managed to access its hot wallets and steal over $280 million worth of […]

Phishing Scam Reportedly Steals Over 1.15 Million XRP From Ledger Wallet Owners

Ledger owners have reportedly lost more than 1,150,000 XRP following a surge in phishing attempts involving the cryptocurrency hardware wallet.  According to XRP Forensics, a massive phishing scam has stolen more than 1.15 million XRP from Ledger users using a fake domain resembling the official website. The Twitter account warned users to pay careful attention […]

Italian Airport Employee Accused of Using Airport’s Computers to Mine Ethereum

An Italian airport worker has been caught allegedly using the facility’s computer systems to mine Ethereum.  According to a report by Italian media outlet Rai News, a 41-year old technician in the city of Lamezia Terme was caught allegedly putting mining malware on the airport’s computer systems. The report claims the staffer put the security […]

Trump Campaign Website Defaced to Promote XMR Scam

Hackers have defaced the campaign website of U.S. President Donald Trump to briefly promote a scam trying to get donations in the privacy-centric cryptocurrency Monero (XMR). It’s unclear whether any donations were made. The defacement, according to the New York Times, latest less than 30 minutes and was first spotted by Gabriel Lorenzo Greschler, a […]

Monero Up 200% Year-to-Date, Hits 2-Year High Amidst Regulatory Concerns

Privacy-focused cryptocurrency Monero is up 200 percent year-to-date after reaching a 2-year price high on October 26.

Harvest Finance Places $100,000 Bounty on Hacker Behind $24 Million Attack

Decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol Harvest Finance has been exploited by a hacker who drained $24 million from its pools, and then mysteriously returned $2.5 million to the protocol. Harvest finance has put a $100,000 on the first person or team to reach out to the attacker. Harvest Finance is a DeFi yield farming protocol […]

Ripple Board Member Arrested on Cyberstalking Charges

Ripple board member Ken Kurson is being held in federal custody after being arrested for charges related to cyberstalking.

Ransomware Hacking Group Donates Extorted Bitcoin to Charity

Hackers from the Darkside ransomware group, which claims to have extorted millions of dollars from various companies, vowed to “make the world a better place” and donated some of the extorted BTC to charities. In a post on the dark web, according to the BBC, the ransomware group posted receipts of 0.88 BTC ($10,000) donations […]

Gold Bug Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Under Investigation by Global Task Force

Gold bug and crypto critic Peter Schiff’s Euro Pacific Bank is under investigation by a joint task force of authorities for alleged tax evasion and other financial crimes.

Bitstamp Adds Crime Insurance Policy for Crypto Assets Held on Exchange

Cryptocurrency exchange Bitstamp has announced a new crime insurance policy to cover digital assets held on the platform.

New Zealand Man Charged With Laundering Crypto and Luxury Cars

A 40-year-old New Zealand faces over 30 charges related to money laundering, including the purchase of crypto-assets and luxury cars.

Binance Helps Crypto Investor Recover $30,000 From Exit Scam

Popular cryptocurrency exchange Binance has helped a cryptocurrency investor recover 200,000 yuan (about $30,000) that were lost after the user fell victim to an exit scam posing as a yield farming project. According to the exchange, the cryptocurrency investors identified the liquidity mining project and after a few days of doing some research, he concluded […]

Financial Watchdog Reports Belgian Investors Lost $12 Million to Crypto and Forex Scams

A report by the financial watchdog FSMA estimates Belgian investors lost nearly $12 million to crypto and forex-related scams over the past year.

Fake Electrum Wallet Update Has Scammed Users out of $22 Million in Bitcoin

Malware attackers have used fake Electrum wallet updates to scam users out of more than $22 million in bitcoin.

You Can Now Buy Crypto From Within the Coinbase Wallet Mobile App

On Monday (October 12), crypto exchange Coinbase announced that its non-custodial crypto wallet app can now be used not just for holding digital assets but buying them as well directly from within the app. In a blog post published yesterday, Group Product Manager Sid Coelho-Prabhu explained the motivation for this new feature: “Wallet allows users […]

Bitcoin Extortion Bomb Threats Hit Rural Japan: Report

Local government premises and schools in Japan have been being hit by various extortion attempts from someone demanding bitcoin payments, threatening to detonate explosives if the demands are not met. According to Japan Today, the threats have been received in at least 18 prefectures since July, and city halls and schools have been the main […]

Group Crowdfunds Lawsuit Against Yearn.Finance Founder Andre Cronje Over EMN Hack

A group of aggrieved cryptocurrency investors are crowdfunding a lawsuit against Yearn.Finance’s founder Andre Cronje for his role in the $15 million hack of EMN.

Privacy-Focused Brave Browser Adds Dark Web Access to Its Services

Brave has updated its privacy-focused browser with Tor integration, allowing users to access the service from dark web portals. for increased security.

Fake Yield Farming Project Costs User $140,000 in Uniswap Tokens

A DeFi user was scammed out of $140K in Uniswap tokens after investing in a scam yield-farming project dubbed UniCats.

Senior Citizen Says ‘Life Savings’ Were Stolen When He Tried to Invest in Bitcoin

An elderly UK-based victim of a Bitcoin scam says that fraudsters posing as cryptocurrency brokers stole his life savings (around £82,532 or $106,000) when he tried to invest in Bitcoin. According to an article by Tony Hazell published on Tuesday (September 29) on financial news website “This Is Money” (which is owned by DMG Media), […]

Crypto Broker Cryptenix Added to UK Markets Watchdog’s Warning List

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned Britons against using cryptocurrency broker Cryptenix, as the regulator believes the firm “has been providing financial services or products in the UK without our authorisation.” In the announcement, the FCA pointed out that the firm if offering cryptocurrency-related and FX services to UK residents without being authorized […]

KuCoin Hacker Starts Moving Millions in ERC-20 Tokens, XRP to Cash Out

The hacker who stole hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of cryptassets form Singapore-based crypto exchange KuCoin have started moving millions in ERC-20 tokens and XRP to cash out using various methods. Data from the Ethereum blockchain, spotted by Whale Alert, shows that the hacker, who managed to steal an estimated over $200 million from […]

Hacker Steals $15 Million From Unreleased DeFi Project Eminence

An unknown hacker has stolen over $15 million worth of cryptoassets from an unreleased decentralized finance (DeFI) project being built by Yearn.Finance founder Andre Cronje. The exploit allowed the hacker to mint new tokens, and steal funds in the process. Andre Cronje is a controversial developer in the space for his “I test in prod” […]

Nevada Woman Charged in Bitcoin Murder-for-Hire of Ex-Husband

A Nevada woman has been charged by Federal authorities for attempting to pay a darkweb hitman $5,000 in bitcoin to murder her ex-husband.

Bank of New York Mellon Allegedly Aided OneCoin Ponzi Scheme’s $4 Billion Fraud

Bank of New York Mellon has been accused of playing a role in the $4 billion Ponzi Scheme OneCoin, according to an updated court filing.

Whitehat Hacker Prevents $10 Million Ethereum Theft

Whitehat hacker samczsun discovered a vulnerability in an ethereum smart contract putting nearly $10 million ETH at risk of theft.

Crypto Exchange KuCoin Gets Hacked

On Saturday (September 26), Singapore-based crypto exchange KuCoin suffered a security breach, as the result of which a part of the cryptoassets in the exchange’s hot wallets were stolen. According to KuCoin Global CEO Johnny Lyu, who hosted a live stream that started at 04:30 UTC on September 26, here are some important details about […]

Indian Authorities Investigate $270,000 Crypto Exchange Scam

Indian authorities are reportedly investigating a cryptocurrency exchange scam that allegedly duped 43 investors out of more than $270,000 through supposed cryptocurrency investments. According to local news outlet Milenium Post, the Economic Offence Wing of the New Delhi Police is now investigating the operators of the Pluto Exchange, after receiving a complaint from 43 investors […]

Former Contractor Avoids Jail Time After Mining Crypto on Government Supercomputers

A former government contractor in Sydney avoided jail time after hijacking processing power from state-owned supercomputers for the purpose of mining cryptocurrency.

Bitcoin Scammers Defy Canadian Authorities’ Attempt to Issue Warning

Authorities in Canada have launched a poster campaign warning locals about a crypto scam involving the use of bitcoin ATMs.

Spanish Crypto Ponzi Scheme Freezes Accounts of 120,000 Investors

Spanish crypto Ponzi scheme Arbicorp froze the accounts of more than 120,000 investors after discovering an error in trading bot that led to overpayments.

U.S. DOJ Charges Two Over $16.8 Million Crypto Phishing Campaign

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has indicted two Russian nationals for allegedly running a near $17 million cryptocurrency phishing campaign that defrauded both crypto exchanges and their customers. According to the DOJ’s official statement both individuals, Danil Potekhin and Dimitrii Karasavidi, created numerous websites mimicking those of legitimate cryptocurrency exchanges and lured users onto […]

Cardano co-founder CEO Charles Hoskinson Slams YouTube Over Fake Channels

IOHK CEO and ethereum co-founder Charles Hoskinson slammed YouTube for failing to shut down cryptocurrency giveaway scams.

DeFi Protocol bZx Recovers $8 Million in Crypto Stolen in Third Exploit

Decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol bZx has revealed it managed to recover the over $8 million worth of cryptocurrency that an attacker stole from it earlier this week. On Twitter, the protocol’s official account announced it recovered the funds without providing the community with a lot of details. According to CoinDesk, a spokesperson for the […]

Binance Sued by Crypto Exchange for Allegedly Facilitating Laundering of Stolen Bitcoin

Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Fisco has sued leading crypto exchange Binance for allegedly facilitating the laundering of $9 million in bitcoin. According to a 33-page complaint filed in the Northern California District Court on September 14, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange is accusing Binance of “aiding and abetting” the laundering of 1,451 BTC – then worth $9.4 […]

Bitcoin Engineers Rediscover Major Blockchain Vulnerability on Decred

Bitcoin engineers have rediscovered a major blockchain vulnerability found in 2018 on the software that powers the Bitcoin blockchain, Bitcoin Core. The vulnerability was discovered on Decred (DCR). The vulnerability was first found by Bitcoin protocol engineer Brandon Fuller. Called INVDoS, short for inventory out-of-memory denial-of-service attack,  it could see an attacker create malformed Bitcoin […]

DeFi Protocol bZx Loses $8 Million in Third Exploit

Decentralized finance (DeFi) lending protocol bZx has suffered a third exploit, and this time the attackers got over $8 million in cryptocurrency by duplicating assets. The exploit, according to the bZx team, allowed the attackers to use flawed code to duplicate assets or increase their balance of interest-bearing tokens on bZx, dubbed iTokens. After noticing […]

Singaporean Man Caned Over $267,000 in Bitcoin Theft

A Singaporean man has been sentenced to three years in prison and 12 cane strikes after pleading guilty for his role in the theft of $267K from a bitcoin investor.

DeFi Exit Scam Vanishes with $20 Million two Days After Launch

A supposed new liquidity mining pool on the decentralized finance ecosystem, YFDEX.Finance (YFDEX) has allegedly pulled an exit scam, leaving with $20 million worth of investors’ funds merely two days after launch. The supposed DeFi project ran a two-day campaign heavily promoting itself on social media, even incentivizing cryptocurrency giveaways on Twitter to get more […]

Binance to Assist in Recovering Crypto Stolen From Crypto Exchange ETERBASE

Leading cryptocurrency exchange Binance is set to assist hacked crypto trading platform ETERBASE in recovering funds hackers stole from its hot wallets earlier this month. In an announcement on Twitter, where ETERBASE revealed it will continue operating despite being hacked for millions worth of cryptocurrency, it also revealed that its investigations show a “big part” […]

IRS Offering $625,000 to Anyone Who Can Crack Monero’s Privacy Network

The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is offering participants $625,000 in order to crack Monero’s privacy network.

Netwalker Ransomware Group Demands $7.7 Million in Bitcoin From Electricity Firm

The Netwalker ransomware group has hit the sole electricity provider for the city of Karachi, K-Electric, with a ransomware attack and is demanding a $7.7 million bitcoin ransom. According to BleepingComputer, K-Electric is Pakistan’s largest power supplier and serves 2.5 million customers. It employs 10,000 people and since yesterday, customers have been unable to access […]

Bitcoin Wallet Holding $700 Million Has Been Under Attack by Hackers For Years

A new report by Vice details a bitcoin wallet holding over $700 million in BTC has been under attack by hackers for the last several years.

MetaMask Now Available for iOS and Android

ConsenSys has announced that MetaMask Mobile, which is a mobile app that combines the features of a non-custodial Ethereum wallet and a Web3 (DApp) browser, is now available for both iOS and Android. Here are the things that the mobile version of MetaMask allows you to do: Manage your digital assets (there is support for […]

New Malware Uses Tor and Bittorrent to Mine Crypto and Steal Funds

ESET researchers claim a previously undocumented malware family is using the Tor network and Bittorrent protocol to infect user computers, mine crypto and steal funds.

US Air Force Renews Contract With Chainalysis For Nearly $800K

The US Air Force has agreed to a third contract with blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis for nearly $800,000.

Hackers Hijack Twitter Account Linked to India’s Prime Minister to Ask for Crypto

A Twitter account linked to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been hijacked by hackers who used their access to trick users into sending them cryptocurrencies. According to Nikkei Asian Review, the hackers managed to hijack the account used for Modi’s personal website and the Narendra Modi mobile application, which has over 2.5 million followers. […]

Authorities Raid Bithumb, South’s Korea’s Largest Crypto Exchange

The Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency has reportedly seized Bithumb, South Korea’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, for alleged fraud related to a $25 million token sale. According to a report published by the country’s oldest newspaper, the Seoul Shinmun, Bithumb’s offices have been raided by authorities over the alleged pre-sale of its native BXA tokens. The firm […]

Suspected North Korean Hackers Move $140,000 in BTC After U.S. DOJ Moves to Seize Funds

Suspected North Korean hackers have moved 12 bitcoins, worth about $140,000, from one of the 280 cryptocurrency accounts the U.S. Department of Justice has targeted for seizure. The transaction was spotted by cryptocurrency transaction monitor Whale Alert, with the service pointing out that one of the inputs in the transaction “has been listed by the […]

CipherTrace Builds Monero-Tracing Tool for U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Blockchain forensics firm CipherTrace has claimed in a press release it has developed the “world’s first” Monero (XMR) tracing fools for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Monero is a privacy-centric, open-source cryptocurrency launched in 2014 that rose to prominence thanks to its privacy enhancements over other cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. It uses ring signatures, […]

Ethereum Classic Suffers Third 51% Attack in a Month

The Ethereum Classic (ETC) blockchain has suffered its third 51% attack this month, as hackers haven ow reorganized over 7,000 blocks on its blockchain, equivalent to two days’ worth of mining. Mining firm Bitfly, the parent company of the Ethermine mining pool and the first to spot the 51% on ETC earlier this month, was […]

‘DDoS-for-Bitcoin’ Group Attacks Financial Services Including PayPal and MoneyGram

Over the last few weeks a group of cybercriminals has reportedly been launching distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against financial service providers while demanding bitocin payments as extortion fees for the attacks to stop. This type of attack, according ot ZDNet, is known as ‘DDoS-for-Bitcoin’ and was first seen in the Summer of 2016, […]

Reddit Community Member Issues Warning Over Copy and Paste Crypto Scam

A Reddit user has warned the community about a crypto scam involving the use of the copy and paste function when attempting to send funds through exchanges.

U.S. DOJ Files Lawsuit to Seize Crypto Tied to North Korean Exchange Hacks

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a lawsuit to seize funds from 280 accounts across various cryptocurrency networks, tied to alleged North Korean hackers and their accomplices. According to the Wall Street Journal, the North Korean hackers stole over $250 million worth of cryptocurrency from “over a dozen virtual exchanges,” and used a Chinese […]