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Poloniex Hacked, Over $120M in BTC, ETH, XRP and Shiba Inu Reportedly Gone


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Poloniex exchange hacked for millions.

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The cryptocurrency industry is licking the wounds of another high-profile security breach. On Friday, Poloniex confirmed that hackers gained authorized access to funds on the platform. On-chain data reveals that the hacker has already siphoned over $120 million worth of cryptocurrencies from Poloniex.


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While investigations continue, early indications are that the security breach resulted from a compromised private key. The hackers have accessed funds across different networks, including Bitcoin, Ethereum, XRP, and Tron. 

At the time of writing, the hacker’s loot is worth an estimated $127 million, aided by a green day across the crypto market. Ether (ETH). Tron (TRX) and Bitcoin (BTC) make up over 80% of the stolen amount, according to data from Arkham Intelligence.

Poloniex Hacker
Poloniex Hacker

According to XRP forensics, 3.1M XRP have been lost so far.

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According to Look on Chain 577 billions Shiba Inu are lost.


Poloniex Offers 5% Bounty and Promises Reimbursement

Owned by popular crypto entrepreneur Justin Sun, Poloniex has taken measures to calm affected customers in the aftermath of today’s incident. According to an update by Justin Sun, subsequently shared on the official Poloniex handle, the exchange will reimburse affected users.

Additionally, Poloniex is offering a 5% bounty to the hacker if they agree to return the stolen funds. Accepting such a bounty will mean that the hacker gets to keep $6.35 million of the total amount and return the balance to wallet addresses already made public by Poloniex.

There is no indication that the hacker has taken this offer at the time of writing, as the provided addresses have not received new deposits.

However, as part of diplomatic measures, Poloniex has given the hackers a seven-day ultimatum to return the funds while keeping the bounty. The exchange threatened to involve law enforcement agencies if the hacker refused to oblige. It has already begun collaboration with other crypto exchanges to recover any funds deposited to their platforms.

Meanwhile, Poloniex sought to assure users that it was well capitalized and would reimburse 100% of lost user funds irrespective of the outcome of its investigations. The exchange, which has had over $300 million in trading volume in the past 24 hours, still had user withdrawals halted at the time of writing.

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Unifred is an avid crypto reporter with more than a decade of experience covering the industry. He considers it a privilege to spread mainstream awareness about this exciting technology that will underpin the future of finance.

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