Monday, January 17

Bitmart Exchange Hacked: $200 Million Allegedly Stolen


Bitmart has confirmed that it was hacked, with early estimations indicating that the total amount swiped is around $200 million in various cryptocurrencies. Sheldon Xia, founder and CEO of the exchange, asserted that the company has temporarily suspended withdrawals.

  • Users on Twitter started to complain about a possible security breach against Bitmart earlier on December 5th before the company confirmed the news hours later.
  • The statement described the event as a “large-scale security breach” related to one of the hot Ethereum (ETH) wallets and one of the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) hot wallets.
  • The company promised that the funds contained in those two addresses are a “small percentage of assets on Bitmart” and all other wallets are “secure and unharmed.”
  • Initially, Bitmart noted that the hackers were able to swipe around $150 million worth of several cryptocurrencies.
  • However, another report from the blockchain security and data analytics resource PeckShield, showed that the amount is actually around $200 million – $100 million on Ethereum and $96 million on BSC. The company also provided a list of the affected assets.
  • Although Bitmart ultimately confirmed the hack and Sheldon Xia said all withdrawals are temporarily suspended, this was not the case initially.
  • PeckShield showed several chats on Telegram, in which an admin from Bitmart refuted the allegations that the exchange was hacked.
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