Security breaches are an unfortunate but prevalent occurrence in the cryptocurrency realm. The latest victim in this ongoing battle for digital asset security is HTX, formerly known as Huobi.
The HTX exchange fell victim to a hack, resulting in a heist of 5000 ether (ETH), equivalent to approximately $8 million.
The HTX Hack: What Happened?
Tron founder and HTX adviser Justin Sun was quick to confirm the incident. It was immediately evident that the exchange’s hot wallet had been compromised.
While $8 million is by no means a small sum, especially for the average individual, it represents a relatively modest amount, especially for Sun. Sun was prompt in providing context, stating that HTX currently holds over $3 billion worth of assets belonging to its users.
He further emphasized that the $8 million ETH heist amounted to just two weeks’ revenue for the HTX platform.
In the wake of the hack, HTX took immediate action. The exchange assured its users that their funds were safe and that the losses would be fully covered. This rapid response is a testament to the exchange’s commitment to the security and trust of its users.
To add another layer of intrigue to the story, data from Arkham revealed that the compromised wallet had received approximately $500 million in deposits from Binance since its creation in March. This raises questions about the security measures in place when handling such substantial sums of cryptocurrency.