Bancor Network is ‘close’ to reactivating following $23.5 million hack

Posted: 10 July 2018 3:21 pm
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No user wallets were compromised in the theft, which saw millions worth of various cryptocurrencies stolen.

Cryptocurrency network Bancor, a purportedly decentralized exchange service, has announced that following a $23.5 million security breach that occurred Monday, the network is “close to reactivating” all services.

Although the exchange’s website remains offline as a result of maintenance issues in response to the hack, the Bancor Network revealed that services would be resuming soon in a tweet posted just a few hours ago.

In a statement regarding the hack, also posted on Twitter, The Bancor Network revealed that the exchange was subject to a “security breach”. A wallet used to upgrade some smart contracts was compromised.

The same wallet was then used to withdraw ether (ETH) from the Bancor (BNT) smart contract in the amount of $12.5 million. The hacker also made away with $10 million worth of BNT and $1 million in Pundi X (NPXS).

Once the theft was identified, the exchange managed to freeze the stolen BNT funds, limiting some of the damage. However, it is not possible to freeze the ETH or any other cryptocurrency stolen tokens.

Bancor Network said it was working with “dozens of cryptocurrency exchanges” to track down the funds. The exchange also alleviated any concerns that customer wallets may have been compromised in the attack.

In an interview with Cointelegraph, Bancor Network said it expects to be back online in less than 24 hours.

Given that many cryptocurrency exchanges deal with issues such as financial regulations, steep price fluctuations, theft and fraud, traders may be inclined to seek alternative cryptocurrency conversion methods.

Enter Bancor’s mobile-friendly native wallet. Bancor Wallet allows users to purchase, store and manage any ERC20 token and convert between any token on its network, including Ethereum, OmiseGo and others. The Bancor Wallet services instant, on-chain conversions across almost 70 cryptocurrencies. These conversions are made via smart contracts, rather than by matching buyers and sellers, to enhance transparency for users.

Disclaimer: This information should not be interpreted as an endorsement of cryptocurrency or any specific provider, service or offering. It is not a recommendation to trade. Cryptocurrencies are speculative, complex and involve significant risks – they are highly volatile and sensitive to secondary activity. Performance is unpredictable and past performance is no guarantee of future performance. Consider your own circumstances, and obtain your own advice, before relying on this information. You should also verify the nature of any product or service (including its legal status and relevant regulatory requirements) and consult the relevant Regulators' websites before making any decision. Finder, or the author, may have holdings in the cryptocurrencies discussed.

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