LCX loses $6.8M in a hot wallet compromise over Ethereum blockchain

The hot wallet compromise was followed by an unauthorized transfer of eight types of ERC-20 tokens including ETH, USDC, LINK and MKR.

The hack was first identified by PeckShield, a blockchain security company, based on the suspicious transfer of ERC-20 tokens from LXC to an unknown Ethereum (ETH) wallet.

Liechtenstein-based crypto exchange LCX has confirmed the compromise of one of its hot wallets after temporarily suspending all deposits and withdrawals on the platform. 

The probable hot wallet compromise was soon confirmed by the exchange as it announced the loss of numerous tokens including ETH, USD Coin (USDC) and other tokens including its in-house LCX token.

Based on PeckShield’s investigation, LCX lost a cumulative of $6.8 million after the hacker successfully transferred eight types of tokens that included Sandbox (SAND), Quant (QNT), Chainlink (LINK), Enjin Coin (ENJ) and Maker (MKR).

Details of the stolen funds on LCX. Source: PeckShield.

At the time of writing, LCX has not shared any plans to help return the stolen funds. However, the company has confirmed to take security measures to protect other wallets and assets:

“During this difficult period, we greatly appreciate the support from our customers, other exchanges, security experts, and the broader crypto community.”

LCX has not yet responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.

Related: ImmuneFi report $10B in DeFi hacks and losses across 2021

A recent report from security platform ImmuneFi found that crypto companies incurred losses of over $10.2 billion in 2021 due to hacks, scams and other malicious activities.

As Cointelegraph reported, ImmuneFi identified 120 instances of crypto exploits and rug-pulls, the highest-valued hack being Poly Network at $613 million, followed by Venus and BitMart with $200 million and $150 million, respectively.

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