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Deribit Crypto Exchange Suspends Withdrawals After Hot Wallet Hack Costs It $28 Million.
In addition to the $3 billion in losses from attacks in the digital asset industry so far this year, cryptocurrency exchange Deribit lost $28 million on Tuesday as a result of a hot wallet hack. Deribit tweeted on Wednesday that client monies are secure and that the business will use its reserves to offset the loss. The company stated on Twitter that “Deribit remains in a financially stable position and ongoing activities will not be harmed. “According to Deribit, the business has stopped withdrawals to carry out security checks. According to Deribit, the theft only affected the company’s hot wallets for bitcoin, ether, and stablecoin; any monies kept in cold storage were unaffected. In contrast to cold storage, which keeps the cryptographic keys offline for security, hot wallets are those that are connected to the Internet.
Deribit stated in the tweet that “it’s corporate policy to retain 99% of our user funds in cold storage to minimize the impact of these type[s] of incidents.” Deribit is the most recent organization to experience a crypto breach, which has increased pressure on the as the price of digital assets has fallen this year. According to blockchain analytics company Chainalysis, hackers had taken advantage of 125 hacks to the tune of almost $3 billion as of October. A $570 million theft occurred last month on a blockchain connected to Binance’s BNB chain, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange. The decentralized finance operation of cryptocurrency market maker Wintermute was the target of a $160 million attack in September. In an attack on the Ronin Network of the NFT-based computer game Axie Infinity in March, hackers stole more than $600 million. Wormhole, a bridge that allows for the transfer of assets between blockchains, suffered a loss of nearly $320 million in February due to an exploit.
Deribit’s chief commercial officer, Luuk Strijers, stated that customer funds have not been impacted but that withdrawals have been temporarily suspended while the exchange conducts security checks during an appearance on CoinDesk TV on Wednesday. Hackers were able to start withdrawals from our hot wallet since they had access to our wallet server, according to Strijers. “We only retain 1% of our assets in hot wallets and keep the other 99% in cold storage. These hot wallets were accessible to the hacker.” Strijers also disclosed that Deribit’s balance sheet assets, which stand apart from the company’s $40 million insurance pool, will pay the whole loss.
“Examining the attack vectors is still ongoing. We are unable to reveal much more at this time, but we are investigating how access was obtained “, added Strijers. Deribit joins a lengthy list of cryptocurrency businesses that have recently been the target of hostile hacks. With approximately $718 million stolen in only the first two weeks, October was the worst month ever recorded. The company tweeted that “Deribit remains in a financially stable position and continuing activities will not be impacted.”