reportedly suffers hack, losing more than $15 million in Ethereum

Hacker using a phone and pc while wearing a ski mask.
(Image credit: Getty- South_Agency), one of the worlds’ largest cryptocurrency exchanges has reportedly suffered a hack, with at least $15 million worth of Ethereum stolen. The hack is the latest in a series of security branches that have affected crypto currency exchanges and it further damages confidence in the nascent cryptocurrency sphere. 

The issues came to light when users began reporting that their funds were missing, even those with two factor authorization enabled. tweeted that it was pausing withdrawals after it received complaints from users. 

These issues led PeckShield, a blockchain security firm to look at the blockchain data. It discovered that at least 4600 Eth is being laundered through Tornado Cash, which is an Ethereum privacy protocol that breaks the link between source and destination addresses. 

The hack is noteworthy as isn’t an obscure exchange, but one of the largest of all, with a 24hr volume of over $3 billion which is around that of Coinbase. Interestingly, hasn’t officially confirmed a hack. To its credit, the company has promised that users’ funds are safe. The company is investigating internally and is expected to release a report or detailed statement in the coming days. It’s also taking steps to harden its security infrastructure.

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But has the horse already bolted? Once the trust of users is lost, it can be hard to regain. There’s an old saying among crypto currency enthusiasts: “Not your keys? Not your coins”. This means that your crypto is at the mercy of the exchange you hold your funds on. Unless you’re buying, selling or trading, its always best to keep your private keys safely offline and away from potential hackers. Many of whom are probably state backed. has seen its profile raised through a series of expensive sponsorship deals involving Formula One, European football teams and even stadium naming rights. This is hardly the kind of PR black eye the company needs.

At a time when the crypto market is trying to move out of the wild west and integrate itself with the wider financial system, reports of hacks are not what the market needs. Sadly all too many people consider crytocurrencies to be a den of scammers and criminals. As an avid cryto enthusiast myself, I wonder if they're not wrong.

Chris Szewczyk
Hardware Writer

Chris' gaming experiences go back to the mid-nineties when he conned his parents into buying an 'educational PC' that was conveniently overpowered to play Doom and Tie Fighter. He developed a love of extreme overclocking that destroyed his savings despite the cheaper hardware on offer via his job at a PC store. To afford more LN2 he began moonlighting as a reviewer for VR-Zone before jumping the fence to work for MSI Australia. Since then, he's gone back to journalism, enthusiastically reviewing the latest and greatest components for PC & Tech Authority, PC Powerplay and currently Australian Personal Computer magazine and PC Gamer. Chris still puts far too many hours into Borderlands 3, always striving to become a more efficient killer.