Security Newsletter
6 Dec 2021
Hacked Cryptocurrency Platform Begs Hacker to Please Return $119 Million
Last week, an unknown hacker or hackers stole around 2,100 BTC ($118,500,000) and 151 ETH ($679,000) worth of cryptocurrency tokens from a blockchain company called BadgerDAO.
Now, the blockchain "bridge" protocol BadgerDAO is pleading with the hacker to return the stolen funds. “You have taken funds that do not belong to you, but we are willing to work with you and compensate you for identifying this vulnerability in the systems,” BadgerDAO wrote in a public announcement. “We are providing you with a direct line of communication to discuss a peaceful resolution without involving any outside parties. Contact us to discuss further and do the right thing on behalf of the community.”
The hack on BadgerDAO took advantage of an old-school web-based attack: The hacker was able to steal an API key that gave them control of BadgerDAO’s account on Cloudflare, the project’s content delivery network for its site. This gave the hacker the ability to inject a malicious script on the site that prompted users to give up wallet permissions, which then allowed the hackers to steal customers’ cryptocurrency.
Read More on Vice
Facebook Will Force More At-Risk Accounts to Use Two-Factor
For years, Facebook has given its users the option of protecting their accounts with two-factor authentication. Soon, the platform's highest-risk users will no longer have a choice: The social network will require them to lock up their profiles with more than just a password. Good.
Facebook's parent company, Meta, has required since last year that advertising accounts and administrators of popular pages turn on two-factor. It's not the only platform taking this step; in May, Google announced a move toward making two-factor authentication the default for all of its users.
And while Meta says that its current initiative applies only to the politicians, activists, journalists, and others enrolled in its Facebook Protect program, this seems like a sort of test for figuring out how to make two-factor authentication as easy as possible for everyone to turn on. Meta is also working to make sure it can help troubleshoot any related issues that may arise for users around the world.
Read More on Wired
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