Open-source P2P digital asset transactional network Mixin Network recently confirmed a massive hack that led to a staggering loss of $200 million. The news has sent ripples across the crypto community as users and stakeholders anxiously await further details.
Mixin Network disclosed the attack via X, the successor to the popular social media platform Twitter, on Sept. 25, revealing that they fell victim to this major security breach just a few days prior. The focus of the cyberattack was reportedly the database of Mixin's cloud service provider.
"In the early morning of Sept. 23, 2023, Hong Kong time, the database of Mixin Network's cloud service provider was attacked by hackers, resulting in the loss of some assets on the mainnet," stated Mixin's announcement on X.
"After initial verification, the funds involved are approximately US$200 million," the company added. "Deposit and withdrawal services on Mixin Network have been temporarily suspended. After discussion and consensus among all nodes, these services will be reopened once the vulnerabilities are confirmed and fixed. During this period, transfers are not affected."
While the incident has evoked widespread concern among the platform's users, Mixin's immediate move to suspend withdrawals and deposits is meant to prevent the compromise of more assets. However, with the exact remedial actions still under wraps, stakeholders are left speculating on the next steps that the platform will undertake.
The founder of Mixin, Feng Xiaodong, is expected to clarify the situation soon, hopefully shedding light on the measures to be taken to protect assets and the network's future operations.
Blockchain trackers have already located a substantial portion of the stolen funds. Of the $200 million, roughly $141 million has been identified, including $93.5 million in Ethereum, $23.5 million in DAI, and $23.3 million in Bitcoin.
With the identity of the perpetrators still unknown, speculation is rife, and many are pointing at the infamous Lazarus group. Known for their prowess at large-scale crypto heists, the suspicion surrounding Lazarus group's involvement doesn't seem misplaced.
As investigations continue, the crypto world awaits more details on this high-profile hack and the steps that will be taken to prevent such breaches in the future.