Huobi and Shiba Inu community to help BitMart overcome $200M hack

Following a near-$200-million hack on the BitMart exchange, the Shiba Inu (SHIB) community and crypto exchange Huobi Global aim to help the exchange strengthen security and track inflows of stolen assets.

On Sunday, crypto exchange BitMart became victim to a hot wallet compromise hosted over the Ethereum and Binance Smart Chain (BSC) blockchains. As a result, the hackers stole over $196 million, roughly $100 million over the Ethernet network and around $96 million over the BSC blockchain.

1/3 We have identified a large-scale security breach related to one of our ETH hot wallets and one of our BSC hot wallets. At this moment we are still concluding the possible methods used. The hackers were able to withdraw assets of the value of approximately USD 150 millions.

— Sheldon Xia (@sheldonbitmart) December 5, 2021

Soon after BitMart CEO Sheldon Xia confirmed the hack, Huobi announced it would help BitMart track the inflow of assets on its exchange and report matches to the stolen funds.

Huobi will do our best to assist #BitMart in handling this issue. If there are any inflows of related assets, we will report and assist in a timely manner.

— Huobi (@HuobiGlobal) December 5, 2021

Speaking to Cointelegraph, Huobi director of global strategy Jeff Mei suggested that transparency and quick responses are essential in dealing with such attacks:

“Exchanges should alert their users, other exchanges and law enforcement authorities as soon as possible and be transparent about what they are doing to handle the hack and the loss of user funds.”

Mei also stressed that users should not pool all of their assets on a single platform or a single wallet. He advised users to closely research safety measures of a platform before investing and promptly notify the personnel of the relevant exchange if they become aware of any potential security incident.

Following suit, the Shiba Inu community also confirmed it would help the hacked crypto exchange, citing its already existing efforts in reviewing potential security threats for ShibaSwap, a community-built decentralized exchange.

Dear #ShibArmy,

Even though the core of our project is decentralization, we want to show our support and give some love to our friends at @BitMartExchange, who are already working hard to fix the security incident that happened yesterday.

— Shib (@Shibtoken) December 5, 2021

Xia also said the exchange would compensate affected investors with its own funds. “We are also talking to multiple project teams to confirm the most reasonable solutions such as token swaps. No user assets will be harmed,” he added.

The hack forced the exchange to stop all withdrawals and deposits temporarily. However, Xia is confident BitMart will have resumed services by Tuesday.

Related: Synapse Bridge prevents $8M hack

Cross-chain protocol Synapse Bridge recently averted a multi-million-dollar exploit on the Avalanche Neutral Dollar (nUSD) Metapool.

As Cointelegraph reported, Synapse Bridge prevented a hacker from stealing approximately $8 million worth of cryptocurrencies:

“Over the past 16 hours, we encountered and discovered a contract bug in the way that the AMM Metapool contracts handle virtual price calculations against the base pool’s virtual price.”

While the threat was averted, Synapse Bridge soon deployed new nUSD pools to strengthen its security against similar attacks.

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