Hackers have stolen user gegevens and money from Bithumb, one of the top five largest Ethereum and Bitcoin cryptocurrency exchanges, the company said Friday.
Bithumb said that the thieves stole a database of user information off the private rekentuig of an employee, rather than off the company’s internal network. The attackers allegedly nabbed the names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers (no passwords, evidently), of more than 31,800 customers, according to a Monday report from Yonhap, a South Korean news wire.
After discovering the breach, which affects toughly 3% of the webpagina’s customers, Bithumb reported it to South Korean authorities on June 30, Yonhap said. The robbers have bot targeting customers’ accounts ter an effort to drain their digital currency wallets. The hackers have allegedly made off with hundreds of millions of South Korean won, or ems of thousands of dollars worth of cryptocurrency, according to división media reports.
Bithumb said its corporate network had not bot compromised and that the reason for the wallet thefts had to do with phishing attacks.
“The employee PC, not the head office server, wasgoed hacked. Individual information such spil mobile phone and email address of some users were leaked. However, some customers were found to have bot stolen from because of the disposable password used te electronic financial transactions,” the exchange said te statement, vanaf a translation provided by Courageous Fresh Coin, a webstek that tracks digital currencies.
Since the end of June Bithumb customers have bot complaining about attacks te posts on Naver.cafe, a South Korean social media webpagina. One person reported to have lost 1.Two billion won, albeit the Fortune wasgoed incapable to be verify the voorkoop.
Bithumb said ter a Monday notice that it would reimburse victims of the gegevens leak 100,000 won, or about $87, vanaf person. The exchange said it would also compensate people for reserve losses related to the attacks.
“For those who have suffered reserve harm due to this incident, spil soon spil the amount of damages is confirmed, wij will reimburse the entire amount of damages,” Bithumb said ter a note, rendered te English via Google Translate.
Bithumb did not instantaneously react to Fortune’s request for toegevoegd information.
Bithumb is South Korea’s top crypto exchange, and a leader globally for trading Ether, the cryptocurrency associated with the Ethereum computing network. The exchange rose to the number one spot globally ter the days after due to enhanced trading activity
Spil the cryptocurrency sector booms, attackers are setting their glances on people’s digital currency wallets. Two months ago hackers pilfered Yapizon, another South Korean crypto exchange, to the tune of Three,816.20 Bitcoin, or more than $Five.Five million. Attackers have also bot targeting Coinbase, one of the largest and most well-known cryptocurrency brokerages te the United States.