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    Hackers Steal $10 Million From EXMO Exchange

    How was $10 million stolen from EXMO Exchange?
    The U.K.-based cryptocurrency exchange EXMO lost 6% of its assets last Monday due to a hack, according to a report from CoinDesk. The attacker is believed to have had access to internal keys. The EXMO’s security measures prevented the theft from being much worse, the exchange said in a statement.

    Key Points

    • Cryptocurrency exchange EXMO was hacked Monday, losing millions of dollars worth in 6 different currencies
    • The loss was limited by security measures, but the attackers seemed to have access to internal keys
    • The exchange resumed depositing and withdrawals on Thursday

    Over 306 bitcoin were taken, worth $7 million, and transferred to an anonymous wallet. Smaller amounts of XRP, Zcash, USDT, Ethereum Classic and Ethereum were also stolen. Until the exact method of attack can be discovered, EXMO will limit the amount of currency in “hot wallets” and suspended client deposits and withdrawals. 

    While EXMO has not confirmed a dollar total for the attack, analysts for various cryptocurrency news outlets are reporting it to be around $10.5 million. Deposit and withdrawal services should resume Thursday. 

    EXMO typically stores only 5-10% of its funds inactive “hot wallets,” one of the measures that limited the exchange's losses. The hack was also stymied by the distribution of each of EXMO’s 57 currencies to individual servers.

    “We don’t believe it could somehow affect a going concern basis for EXMO,” read EXMO’s statement. “The hack didn’t affect the production server. All information about transactions and clients also remained out of reach for the hackers.”

    Some of the stolen XRP and Ethereum went to the Poloniex exchange. EXMO said it contacted Poloniex to get the account blocked, and is working with both officials and private institutions to mark the address as fraudulent and recover the funds.

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