This article was originally published by 8btc and written by Vincent He.
Since May 1, 2019, bitcoin’s price has been rising, reaching a top of over $6,000. As the whole cryptocurrency industry was enjoying the rise, an unexpected hack put a stop to the rise of bitcoin. The major exchange Binance was hacked for $40 million.
Binance has issued an announcement revealing more information about the attack. The announcement said that a large-scale security bug was found in the exchange and that the hacker stole 7,000 bitcoins from the wallet at a height of 575,012 blocks.
According to the announcement, the hacker mainly used complex technology, including fishing techniques and the implementation of viruses. The hacker obtained a large number of registered users’ API keys, Google authentication 2FA codes and other related information to carry out withdrawal operations.
Now, the 7,000 bitcoins have been transferred to 40 different wallets and these addresses have been monitored. After that, Zhao Changpeng, the CEO of Binance, said…