Users of a cryptocurrency storage and exchange application woke up on Saturday morning to the unpleasant surprise of finding that their wallet had been completely emptied of its virtual currencies.
The app designers Atomic Wallet informed the general public on June 3 that their application has been compromised. A flaw whose nature is still unknown has allowed hackers to steal no less than $35 million in users’ wallets.
Atomic Wallet is an application allowing not only to store cryptocurrencies, but also to exchange “Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin, USDT, and more than 1000 other kinds of currencies and tokens”. We can say that it has a storefront, since it is offered on operating systems for PCs and mobile devices and has approximately 5 million users. On its site, the company prides itself on offering a “secure, decentralized and anonymous” product. However, this did not prevent him from being the target of a real heist online.
Hackers emptied Atomic Wallet users’ accounts over the weekend
The exchange has indeed received dozens of complaints from customers who claim that their virtual wallet has been emptied in the space of a weekend. The total damage amounts to nearly $35 million.. Bitcoin, ETH, Tron, BSC or Dogecoin: thieves stole all types of cryptocurrency without distinction. Company representatives said on Twitter: “We have received reports of compromised wallets. We are doing everything we can to investigate and analyze the situation. As soon as we have more information, we will share it accordingly.”
Although Atomic Wallet has partnered with expert cybersecurity companies, the modus operandi of the hackers is still undetermined. Downloading the app has been temporarily disabled as a precaution. It’s time to collect data from victims, and work with “major exchanges and blockchain analytics firms to trace and block stolen funds.” The company recommends that app users ” transfer their virtual currencies to other wallets while the investigation takes its course.
Source: Bleeping Computer