Little-known Asian crypto exchange VinDAX got hacked; lost ‘half a million USD’ worth of tokens
November 8, 2019, 5:35AM EST · 2 min read
- Vietnam-based little-known crypto exchange VinDAX has been hacked and lost at least $500,000 worth of cryptocurrencies
- The exchange is mainly engaged in conducting token sales of little-known blockchain projects
Vietnam-based little-known cryptocurrency exchange VinDAX has been hacked, losing “half a million USD” worth of cryptocurrencies, The Block has learned.
An admin of VinDAX’s official Telegram channel, with the handle “@VinDAXSupport” confirmed to The Block on Friday that it is “true” that the exchange got hacked and lost cryptocurrencies worth the amount. They said the breach took place “3 days ago.”
One source familiar with the matter told The Block that VinDAX has lost the funds via 23 cryptocurrencies. The admin declined to share further information but said: "We have made a full recovery from this attack," without providing details.
VinDAX is primarily engaged in conducting token sales of little-known projects via its Launchpad platform. There is currently a token sale going on the platform for blockchain project MyFie, while there are at least 5 more token sales scheduled on the platform.
Notably, VinDAX had over 390,000 visitors last month and the majority (over 65%) of them were from India, according to web analytics firm SimilarWeb.
The Block has further learned that VinDAX has been sending emails to projects of hacked tokens, asking for funds.
"Please lend us an amount of your token/coin equal to 30%-100% the amount that was stolen in the last accident so that we can address the withdrawal request of the users that are related to your token/coin,” one of the emails reportedly read.
7th hack of the year
VinDAX's hack marks this year’s seventh breach, and the total amount stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges to date now stands at around $1.39 billion, according to The Block’s research.
While for this year alone, cryptocurrency exchanges have so far lost over $100 million.
Source: The Block
In July, Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint got hacked and lost about $32 million in cryptocurrencies, including XRP. A month prior to that, Singapore-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitrue suffered a hack, losing about $4.3 million in XRP and Cardano (ADA) tokens. Other exchanges include Binance, Bithumb, DragonEX and Cryptopia.
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