Bitcoin mining pool and blockchain browser BTC.com reported a cyberattack earlier this month in which the attackers made away with $3 million in customer and company assets.
BTC.com Suffers $3 Million Hack
In a December 26th announcement, the seventh largest BTC mining pool, BTC.com, revealed that it was exploited on December 3rd, with attackers stealing around $700,000 in customer assets and $2.3 million in company assets.
BTC.com reported the incident to the Shenzhen law enforcement authorities in China, which began investigations last week. The law enforcement authority also coordinates with relevant agencies to resolve the case.
As per the press release, some of the assets stolen in the BTC.com exploit have already been recovered. The mining pool also notes that “client fund services are unaffected” as it continues to run its mining pool services.
The Growing Threat of Cyberattacks on the Crypto Industry
BTC.com is at the receiving end of a growing number of sophisticated crypto cyberattacks. Adam Levin, a cyber security expert, believes the trend could continue as hackers use “increasingly sophisticated software created by threat actors.”
To cope with the growing sophistication of crypto attacks, the mining pool has deployed new technology to “better block and intercept hackers.” The company will also “devote considerable efforts to recover the stolen digital assets.”
On the Flipside
- In addition to reporting the incident more than three weeks after it happened, BTC.com did not reveal specific details regarding the attack.
Why You Should Care
Cyberattacks continue to prove a significant problem that the crypto industry must overcome in 2023.
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