JVTech News If you use this wallet, your Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies may have been compromised
Bad news for the crypto industry at the beginning of 2023. A popular storage wallet for cryptocurrencies was hacked, damaging the Bitcoin and crypto savings of several users of the application.
The Bitkeep cryptocurrency wallet has suffered a major attack
Bitkeep, a company that provides an online wallet service (hotwallet) to store its Cryptos, recently suffered an exceptional attack that emptied the wallets of several users of the platform.
The attack took place on December 26 and was recently officially confirmed by BitKeep. In a Twitter FAQ, the company’s teams returned to this unfortunate incident. Thus, today, we know a little more about the theft that allowed hackers to leave no less than 8.5 million euros in bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies.
To do so, the hackers hijacked version 729 of the Android App Package (.APK) file directly from the BitKeep site.
“What are the reasons for this hack? This incident is a malicious attack planned and organized by the hack team. The CDN file downloaded via APK was hacked and replaced by the hacker, which led some users to version 729 to download the ‘counterfeit app.” BItkeep explains on Twitter.
Therefore, versions downloaded through Google Play, the App Store or the Google Web Store were not affected. However, for anyone who downloaded the app from the website, the file was compromised and allowed hackers to steal users’ private keys.
Bitkeep counted no fewer than five infected versions of the application that were also distributed on phishing websites. As Cointribune reports, the infected versions are:
In this story, 200 cryptocurrency addresses have been identified as victims.
To do justice to the users of its platform, BitKeep called in cybersecurity experts. These have already managed to freeze some funds belonging to the hacked crypto wallets.
Bitkeep also informed that a refund procedure will soon be launched to redistribute the funds to users whose wallets have been hacked. However, this could also allow attackers to repeat, as the team indicates:
“Also, there have recently been phishing links posing as official names on Telegram and Twitter, harvesting user addresses and private information in the name of retribution.”
Also, to protect against possible new risks, BitKeep has updated its application and strongly recommends users to update to the latest available version (730). Also, the company encourages transferring funds to a new wallet.