A cryptocurrency exchange with about 2 million users worldwide announced that it has â€œsuffered a serious cyber attack.â€ A number of basic services are paralyzed and the attacker tried to access the exchangeâ€™s wallets. Consequently, the platform has shut down, stating that it needs to perform a â€œcomprehensive inspectionâ€ which is expected to last one to two weeks.
Hotbit Says It â€˜Suffered a Serious Cyber Attackâ€™
Crypto exchange Hotbit announced Friday:
The announcement adds that â€œthe attackers also tried to hack into Hotbitâ€™s wallets,â€ but the exchange claims that â€œthe attempt was identified and stopped by our risk control system.â€
The exchange says that it is â€œabout to exceed 2 million registered users and has a huge service system architecture of more than 200 servers online, in order to ensure security, Hotbit team will completely rebuild all servers.â€
While insisting that all customersâ€™ assets are â€œsafe and secure,â€ the exchange announced:
Regarding the recovery period, the exchange expects it to take about 7-14 days, emphasizing that it â€œis expected to be no less than 7 days.â€ Furthermore, â€œThe estimated time of recovery will be more as all things going on.â€
Following the hack announcement, crypto transfers were spotted from Hotbitâ€™s addresses. The exchange claims that the transfers resulted from them â€œcreating new cold wallet.â€
The exchange explained that the attacker deleted the user database after failing to obtain assets. It also warned that â€œThe attacker has already gained access to the database,â€ so usersâ€™ â€œregistered phone number, email address and asset dataâ€ may have been leaked.
While stating that the database is backed up, the company says, â€œwe are still uncertain whether the attacker has polluted data or not before the attack,â€ justifying the need for â€œa comprehensive inspection.â€
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