Web3 wallet provider MetaMask has been caught up in a dispute following allegations that its wallet was exploited in a major “wallet-draining operation,” resulting in over 5,000 Ethereum (ETH) being lost.
The claims surfaced after Taylor Monahan, a MetaMask developer and founder of MyCrypto, reported a loss of $10.5 million in crypto and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) since December 2022 on Twitter. However, MetaMask has refuted the allegations through a series of tweets, stating that their platform was not exploited in any way.
Recent reporting on @tayvano_’s thread has incorrectly claimed that a massive wallet draining operation is a result of a MetaMask exploit.
This is incorrect. This is not a MetaMask-specific exploit. https://t.co/MiJ3QgslMy
— MetaMask 🦊💙 (@MetaMask) April 18, 2023
MetaMask recently reported that funds were stolen from various addresses spread out over a whopping 11 different blockchains! However, they have staunchly denied any possibility of their wallet being compromised.
MetaMask has confirmed that they are collaborating with other Web3 providers to identify the source of the exploit. While it is still unclear how the exploit was carried out, Monahan speculated that the attacker may have obtained a significant amount of old data to exploit the funds.
At first, she claimed that the attacker was targeting long-time MetaMask users and employees, but later clarified that the exploit is not specific to MetaMask, and users of all wallets, including those created on a hardware wallet, had been affected.
The cryptocurrency industry is no stranger to hacks, rug-pulls, and exploits of various kinds. Unfortunately, 2023 has been a difficult year for several DeFi protocols, including Ronin Network, Euler Finance, Nomad Bridge, and Wormhole Bridge. All of these platforms have experienced significant losses due to various exploits, adding to the growing list of incidents in the industry.
MetaMask Assures Users of its Security
Despite the allegations against MetaMask, the wallet provider has assured its users of its security. The funds were siphoned from different addresses across 11 blockchains, and the wallet provider has denied that its wallet was compromised in any way. MetaMask has a robust security system in place, including two-factor authentication, and it is committed to ensuring the safety and security of its users.