Updated on 2022-12-07: Helio crypto-heist
Apparently, as Binance was working with Ankr to prevent the hacker from stealing BNB coins, this left the door open for another attacker to exploit the Helio platform and steal $15 million. See CoinDesk’s explanation for what happened. It’s hard to keep track of the card castle that cryptocurrency protocols are starting to look like. Read more: How Attackers Made $15M From Staking Platform Helio After Ankr Exploit
Updated on 2022-12-05
DeFi protocol Ankr revealed suffering a cyberattack in which the threat actor was able to mint 6 quadrillion aBNBc tokens and later convert it into $5 million. Read more: DeFi Protocol Ankr to Reimburse Users Affected by $5M Exploit
The team at Ankr has assessed the damage and it is max 5M USD worth of BNB from the liquidity pools.
We are currently working hard to resolve this issue efficiently and we would like to propose the following to address the current situation:
— Ankr (@ankr) December 2, 2022
Overview: Ankr crypto-heist
Cryptocurrency platform Binance said it paused its integration with the Ankr DeFi protocol after an attacker used a leaked Ankr platform developer key and minted Binance BNB coins worth more than $4 billion in fiat currency. The attacker is believed to have stolen roughly $5 million worth of cryptocurrency before Binance stopped in to cut off their access, although it appears that Binance did manage to freeze $3 million of this. Read more: Unknown Hacker Makes Away With $5 million From Ankr Protocol
Possible hacks on Ankr and Hay. Initial analysis is developer private key was hacked, and the hacker updated the smart contract to a more malicious one. Binance paused withdrawals a few hrs ago. Also froze about $3m that hackers move to our CEX.
— CZ 🔶 Binance (@cz_binance) December 2, 2022