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BNB Chain Resumes Operations After $100M in Crypto Was Drained by ‘Potential Exploit’

BNB Chain Resumes Operations After $100M in Crypto Was Drained by ‘Potential Exploit'

In response to what it termed a “possible exploit,” BNB Chain has been back in action as of 07:00 Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) following a forced halt on Thursday due to on-chain data showing it might have targeted hundreds of millions in cryptocurrency.

As a result of irregular activity, BNB Chain temporarily halted BSC and later described the activity as a “possible exploit.”

How did it all happen?

According to initial token movements, a hacker targeted at least two million BSC tokens late on Thursday, although the actual loss may be much lower. In a tweet, BNB Chain noted that $7 million had already been frozen but estimated the assets had been taken off the chain worth $100 million to $110 million.

Due to the small number of assets actually taken, BNB made the right decision by breaking the chain rather than risking having more assets escape. The blockchain is supposedly a decentralized machine built to function independently of individual actors; it cannot be switched off at will.

BSC shut down the Binance-linked chain after discovering problems with BSC Token Hub, which is a clearinghouse for crypto transactions between interconnected chains. A lot of praise was given to the validators for their quickness.

CoinMarketCap, which Binance controls, shows that BSC’s native BNB cryptocurrency fell from $293.10 to $280.40 after an assault threat.

According to data on-chain, an attacker used cross-chain swaps, bridges, and borrows to steal 1 million BSC tokens this afternoon from the BSC token hub. 

According to Twitter users, Tether, the company that supplies stablecoins, has banned the offending address, indicating that the token transfer was caused by an assault rather than something more innocent.


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