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IOTA Trinity Wallet Believed to Be Facing Hacker Attack – Investigation Underway

The IOTA Foundation tweets that the IOTA Trinity wallet may be suffering a hacker attack and urges everyone to refrain from using mobile or desktop wallets for a while.

On February 12, the IOTA team took to its official Twitter account to spread the word about a situation with the IOTA Trinity Wallet that has led to suspicions of a coordinated attack – this was the result of a preliminary investigation conducted by the cybersecurity experts.

As per a discord message from IOTA, that attack mainly targeted 40 GI+ accounts with the culprits beginning to steal their balances. They are believed to either know the seed phrases to those wallets or use other methods for cracking them.

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Investigation is underway
While the investigation is ongoing, the work of the Coordinator (a temporary protection mechanism on the Tangle network, COO for short) has been stopped and so have all monetary transactions on the network.

Meanwhile, IOTA urges all users to stop utilizing their IOTA Trinity wallets (both mobile and on PCs) until this is all over – the reason is that the culprits may have found a soft spot for their attack within Trinity itself.

“We are continuing to investigate all attack vectors and patterns and are working with the affected users to gather more information. At this moment, there is no indication of a protocol breach of any kind. We also have no indication that users using a hardware wallet are affected.”

“As an exploit within Trinity is not completely ruled out, we ask all users to not open Trinity on any Operating System.”

IOTA and the Trinity Wallet team are working with law enforcement agencies and are collaborating with crypto exchanges to prevent the ultimate loss of the stolen crypto.

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The Full IOTA Network Incident Report has been Released

The recent incident affecting the IOTA network still leaves many people surplussed. A full incident report has finally come to light, which puts things in their proper perspective. 

It is rare for a cryptocurrency network to be halted completely.

DOCUMENTING THE IOTA NETWORK HACK

This is especially true when it comes to developers causing this situation.

In the case of IOTA, the developers decided to take this action following a Trinity wallet issue.

Some money has been stolen, albeit the situation could have ended up far worse.

In the full report, a lot of details have been provided as to what went down exactly.

It paints an interesting picture, although one that shows how shutting down the IOTA network is crucial.

One could also argue that the attacker(s) could have been more successful if patience was exercised.

Interestingly enough, this attack dates back all the way to late November 2019.

This goes to show how elaborate the procedure is, and how much preparation is involved.

The report also confirms how the MoonPay integration is what allowed for the hack.

That service’s API endpoints were rewritten, allowing the culprit to further advance the scheme. 

There will still be some concern as to whether this is an inside job, however. 

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Despite Network Outage, IOTA Investors Continue to “HODL”

IOTA recently had to shut down its network due to an attack on its official wallet, Trinity. Despite the significance of the outage, a recent poll suggests that investors will not sell their holdings once the network is reinstated. 

IOTA Holders Remain Positive 

On Feb. 13, the IOTA Foundation was obligated to turn off the Coordinator, a system that checkpoints valid transactions, following a vulnerability exploit in its Trinity wallet. 

Thus far, ten victims have been identified and the losses are estimated to be between $300,000 and $1.2 million worth of IOTA.

Due to the network outage, nobody can send or receive IOTA at the moment. Nevertheless, investors do not seem bothered about this fact. 

Julian Hosp, co-founder of Cake DeFi and I-Unlimited, conducted a Twitter poll asking IOTA holders whether they plan to sell or hold their tokens once the network is back online. Out of the 1,610 respondents, 67.5% percent said they will continue to hold their tokens while only 32.5% showed their intent to sell. 

A Twitter user under the pseudonym C4chaos affirmed that he will remain a “HODLer” and is currently waiting to move his tokens through the “seed migration tool.” He insisted that if IOTA is able to resolve this issue he would likely become a “perma bull” and buy more tokens in the event of a sell-off. 

Along the same lines, another Twitter user said that “sellers are already gone, because they could’ve sold their IOTA at the exchanges.” He believes that those who kept their funds in the Trinity wallet are long-term investors and will continue to hold their tokens until their investments flourish. 

Although IOTA holders appear positive, there is a high probability of a sell-off after the network is reinstated, according to Hosp. 

A look at IOTA’s price chart could give a better idea of where this cryptocurrency could go if the selling pressure behind it increases.

Strong Support Ahead

Based on its 12-hour chart, IOTA is sitting on top of a significant support level presented by the 100-twelve-hour moving average (MA). If investors indeed rush to exchanges to sell their holdings once the network is back online, this hurdle could break pushing the price of this cryptocurrency down. 

A candlestick close below the 100-twelve-hour MA suggests a move to the 200-twelve-hour MA, which could prevent the price of IOTA from a steeper decline. This support barrier is currently sitting at $0.23. 

If the 200-twelve-hour MA fails to contain the fall, market participants could panic sell their tokens sending the price to $0.20 or $0.15.

IOTA/USD by TradingView

Nevertheless, if the 100-twelve-hour MA continues to hold, the bearish outlook could be invalidated. A spike in buy orders could take IOTA to test the resistance given by the 50-twelve-hour MA. Breaking above this level could send this crypto further up to test the recent yearly high of $0.37. 

It is worth noting that this is not the first time that the IOTA network has been halted. In December 2019, it was briefly shut down for 15 hours due to technical issues rather than a security threat. Following the incident, IOTA’s price appreciated over 16% . 

Now, it remains to be seen how market participants will react once the network is fully functional.

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IOTA HOLDERS URGED TO CHANGE WALLET PASSWORDS NOW

The Rundown

  • MANY IOTA ACCOUNTS MAY BE COMPROMISED
  • FULL REPORT PROMISED 

After releasing an update for their compromised Trinity wallet, the IOTA Foundation is directing users to change their passwords. More steps will soon be announced to ensure funds are secure.

MANY IOTA ACCOUNTS MAY BE COMPROMISED

Last week the Iota Foundation stopped its network, the Tangle, after hackers stole funds from at least ten high-value accounts. The foundation soon tracked the vulnerability to the desktop version of Trinity. 

The foundation states:

The foundation is confident that only users that opened desktop Trinity during the specific date range are at risk. Nevertheless, it has also released an update for the mobile wallet, and is calling on those users to change their passwords out of an “abundance of caution.”

The password change is only the first step in resolving this issue. Users will also need to acquire new seeds, which are the 81 character keys that hold Iota tokens on the Tangle. The foundation promises soon to release a seed migration tool to enable this process. The network will not be restarted until after the tool has been made available.

FULL REPORT PROMISED 

The IOTA Foundation promises a full report on this hack. The vulnerability appears to be connected to MoonPay, a service recently integrated into Trinity that enables users to purchase IOTA directly from within the wallet. The MoonPay feature does not appear in the patched version.14 BTC & 30,000 Free Spins for every player, only in mBitcasino’s Crypto Love Affair! Play Now!

Regardless of the cause, this is a serious breach of the IOTA platform. Although it appears that the hackers did not compromise the core protocol, they may have acquired a large number of seeds. Thus, users that do not use the migration tool will remain vulnerable. 

IOTA holders that have lost funds are encouraged to contact the foundation through its Discord channel. The foundation has stated that it is working on a remediation plan for the theft victims. It is unclear, however, if this plan will involve direct compensation or a chain reorganization. The foundation is also working with law enforcement to help locate the perpetrators. 

This event is one of many incidents of theft that have become common in the crypto space. It is proof positive that blockchain technology remains a work in progress, and that even very secure platforms can be made vulnerable. Before this incident, Trinity had been independently audited and was widely considered extremely safe to use.

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