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Just another day and another massive hack in the cryptocurrency industry. But this one is weird.
Binance revealed on Friday that unidentified hackers managed to exploit a flaw in the company’s BNB chain encrypted token, allowing them to mint 2 million of the company’s decentralized tokens, worth a total of $569 million. In other words, the money was not actually stolen from Binance, but was fabricated out of thin air due to security flaws in the Binance cryptocurrency. But despite this, the hackers appear ready to flood the market with BNB, thereby reducing its value to legitimate owners, while giving the hackers $5 billion.
Unfortunately for those hackers, even they don’t seem ready for a sudden windfall. Cryptocurrency tracking firm Elliptic found that they quickly swapped some of their tokens for various other cryptocurrencies. This allowed them to acquire about $53 million in ethereum-based tokens. But other cryptocurrencies they trade with BNB, such as Tether and USDC, are more centrally controlled, allowing funds to be frozen. Meanwhile, Binance managed to temporarily shut down its BNB blockchain to prevent further movement of the newly mined currency by the hackers. “So we had a very sophisticated vulnerability that managed to generate $569 million for ourselves,” said Thibaud Madelin, head of research at Elliptic. “But honestly, it was a mess.”