Cryptocurrency $ 60 million Stolen From the Japanese Online Exchange
OREANDA-NEWS The attackers brought, illegally, of the order of 6.7 billion yen ($60 million) in cash with an online exchange Bureau Tech Corp. This was reported on Thursday by Kyodo.
The Osaka-based online exchange was hacked on the evening of September 14. Intervention of malefactors proceeded no more than two hours - from 17:00 till 19:00 local time. Meanwhile, the fact of theft was discovered by the administration of Tech Bureau Corp only on September 17.
Most of the stolen funds are deposits of the platform's clients. All of them were stored in a "hot wallet", which was connected to the Internet. Currently, the company has suspended all operations on accounts until clarification of the circumstances of the incident.
Tech Bureau trades several types of cryptocurrencies, including bitcoin.
Earlier this year, hackers broke into another Japanese exchange-Coincheck-and withdrew from its accounts cryptocurrency NEM in the amount of 58 billion yen (about $534 million). A total of 523 million NEM coins were stolen. In March, the exchange promised to compensate investors for the damage at the rate of about $ 0.84 per NEM coin.
Earlier, on June 20, it became known that hackers stole $32 million cryptocurrency from one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea Bithumb.
And before that, in the same month, the South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail was subjected to a cyber attack. In the attack she lost ICO-tokens startups NPXS, Aston X, Dent and Tron for $40 million.
Since then, the state Japanese financial services Agency, which oversees banking and financial operations, has audited all such online trading platforms in the country.
In 2017, Russia, the USA and China became leaders in the number of cyber attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges. This was reported in the study of the company Group-IB.
It is specified that this study is based on data on attacks committed on 19 major exchanges that trade cryptocurrencies in 2016 and 2017.