As reported by us previously, on Tuesday, Binance a Malta-registered Bitcoin & crypto asset exchange that is one of the most well-respected in the market, divulged that it has been slammed by a “large scale security breach”. The platform reported a loss of 7,000 BTC, valued at $42 million at current values.
In the post, it was explained that on Tuesday, “hackers”, which remain unnamed, were able to obtain a large number of user API keys, two-factor authentication codes, and “potentially other” tidbits of information, giving them access to users’ accounts on the platform, withdrawal permissions included. Binance reports that the malicious group/entity used a serious of techniques to get their hands on this information, including phishing, viruses, potentially the extremely devious SIM swapping technique, and “other [vectors of] attack.” Once hackers managed to get their hands on the aforementioned bits of information, they were able to withdraw 7,000 BTC from Binance’s hot wallet. The company asserts that 7,000 BTC is peanuts: