BlockThreat - Week 7, 2021
Verge | EXMO | Cryptopia | Primitive | Hashmask | ForTube | Dexter
|Peter Kacherginsky||Feb 24|
Last week we saw a record-setting 51% attack against Verge with more than 560K blocks orphaned. Cryptopia continues getting hacked even as it’s going through liquidation, EXMO and other exchanges are getting DDoSed, first of a kind NFT vulnerability discovered by samczsun, Iranian Antminers are getting bricked, and more in this week’s edition of Blockchain Threat Intelligence.
US DoJ issued indictments against three North Korean military hackers involved in various criminal schemes including hacking of cryptocurrency companies, development of fake cryptocurrency applications (CryptoNeuro Trade, Kupay Wallet, CoinGo Trade, Dorusio), ransomware (WannaCry 2.0), Marine Chain ICO and other schemes.
Kia Motors America suffered a ransomware attack by the DoppelPaymer gang which demand 404.5833 BTC.
Ten individuals associated with a SIM-swapping gang arrested. The gang stole more than $100M in cryptocurrency.
Five foreign nationals taken hostage in Pakistan to extort a $93K ransom in Bitcoin.
On February 15th, 2021 Verge suffered a 51% attack which orphaned 560K+ blocks (200 days). In an incident post-mortem Verge team described the process to retake the chain by hard forking the network and distributing patched node software which ignored attacker’s chain.
On February 15th, 2021 EXMO exchange has reported a DDoS attack.
On February 1st, 2021 Cryptopia exchange reported an unauthorized transfer of $45K worth of XSN from its cold wallet. The exchange is currently under liquidation after a series of hacks in 2020 and 2019.
Primitive Finance hacked its own contracts after discovering a vulnerability.
A vulnerability was discovered in Dexter contract on Tezos network. Funds were secured by exploiting the vulnerability.
Antminer hardware was targeted by destroy_miner malware which bricked them by wiping their memory.
Kaspersky published a report on DDoS attacks in Q4 2020 which notes a trend of criminal groups switching their DDoS botnets to cryptomining.
Smart Contract Security 101 by Secureum shares an in-depth smart contract security checklist.
A DeFi Security Standard: The Scaling Bug Bounty by Immunefi explores DeFi threat space and economics of bug bounties.
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