Thefts are common in the cryptocurrency world, but they have a massive new dimension: hackers have seized nearly $600 million worth of cryptocurrency in the United States. But not all is lost, nearly half of the loot is said to have resurfaced in the meantime.
According to the Cryptonews portal, hackers stole $273 million from Ethereum — the cryptocurrency, Ether, which is the second largest cryptocurrency after Bitcoin — about $253 million from Binance Smart Chain and about $85 million from Polygon Network. This was demonstrated by blockchain data from the respective networks.
Ronen explained that most of the loot is still in the hackers’ accounts. The service was founded by the maker of the popular online game «Axie Infinity», Sky Mavis, to enable the transfer of digital currencies in and out of the game. Accordingly, Sky Mavis discovered the attack after a user complained on Tuesday that he could not transfer cryptocurrency from his account.
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The company promised to use all available resources to implement advanced security measures and processes to prevent future attacks. It works with law enforcement, forensic scientists, and investors to ensure that users’ money is not lost.
In the game «Axie Infinity», players engage in battles with colorful bubble-like avatars. These avatars are non-fungible (NFT) tokens, a type of unique digital artwork that can be sold, rented, and cultivated. Users can exchange in-game rewards for cryptocurrency or cash. According to the manufacturer, the game has 2.5 million active users every day.
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