Reports emerged on Monday revealing that hackers had targeted the database of Mixin Network’s cloud service provider on Saturday, resulting in a staggering loss of approximately $200 million.
In an official disclosure, Mixin Network, a decentralized peer-to-peer network, confirmed the loss of around $200 million in digital assets. The exploit is currently under investigation, and as a precautionary measure, the platform has temporarily suspended deposits and withdrawals for its customers.
Mixin Network defines itself as an “open and transparent decentralized ledger, collectively booked and maintained by 35 mainnet nodes.” In simpler terms, it operates as a decentralized exchange and cross-chain network enabling users to transfer digital assets with an emphasis on security, privacy, and decentralization.
The perplexing aspect of this breach is how the hackers managed to access and pilfer funds from Mixin’s supposedly decentralized platform.
The $200 million loss resulted from a cyberattack that transpired on Saturday, compromising the database of a third-party cloud service provider, according to Mixin’s announcement on Twitter.
Mixin has engaged the services of blockchain security firm SlowMist and tech giant Google to assist in the ongoing investigation and potential asset recovery.
Additional insights into the incident were provided by 0xScope, a Web3 SaaS analytics platform. It revealed a prior interaction between the suspected hacker’s address, identified as 0x1795, and Mixin Network. In 2022, this address received 5 ETH from Mixin, which was subsequently deposited into the Binance exchange.
Analysts at 0xScope speculate that the hacker converted the stolen USDT to DAI, possibly as a tactic to evade potential fund-freezing measures.
Mixin Network has stated that it will resume deposits and withdrawals once all vulnerabilities are confirmed and resolved. However, the company has not yet outlined a detailed plan for recovering the lost assets on behalf of its users.
This incident further underscores the prevailing security challenges within the blockchain realm, particularly when significant sums of money are involved.
Notably, numerous high-profile hacking incidents have targeted cryptocurrency platforms this year, with many attributed to the notorious North Korean-affiliated Lazarus Group.
Just a week ago, Balancer suffered an exploit following an initial attack, and Solana’s Cypher Protocol experienced an attack resulting in losses of around $1 million.
In a disconcerting development on Monday, one of the prominent cryptocurrency exchanges, HTX (Huobi), fell victim to an $8 million security breach. Blockchain analytics firm Cyvers reported that Huobi Global’s HTX crypto exchange was hacked, with approximately $7.9 million worth of crypto stolen in the attack.
Although Huobi (HTX) has claimed to fully cover the losses, these incidents underscore the vulnerabilities within the cryptocurrency space, which has witnessed numerous breaches in recent times.