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Crypto.com (CRO) hacked, freezes withdrawals for all users

The crypto exchange announced that it was hit by a hack early hours of Monday after users complained of suspicious activity on their accounts.

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Wed, 19 Jan 2022
Crypto.com (CRO) hacked, freezes withdrawals for all users
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It is the first centralised exchange to succumb to a hack for the year 2022 coming out of the year 2021 which was riddled with numerous hacks that saw exchanges and users alike lose billions.

Users of the Crypto.com exchange began experiencing issues with their accounts. Subsequently, these users realised that their accounts had been hacked and they were missing cryptocurrencies from their balances.

In some cases, the hacker had made off with all of the funds in the accounts.

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Crypto.com took to Twitter to address these issues.

In response to reports of the hack, the crypto exchange had promptly announced that it was restricting withdrawals for all users on the platform while assuring the community that all of their funds were safe.

The tweet noted that only a small number of users had been affected by the hack.

In response, users of the platform rolled out en masse to say that this was not so.

The number of complaints regarding funds being lost by users in the hack had grown continuously on social media. Most had a significant amount of crypto stolen and called for the exchange to do something about the attack.

All accounts restricted
Following news of the hack, Crypto.com had promptly restricted all withdrawals on its platform.

Users were unable to carry out any withdrawals and those with pending withdrawals could not complete their transactions. This was done in an effort to prevent the hacker(s) from being able to perform any more withdrawals from the accounts of the affected users.

The attack is speculated to have occurred after the attackers found a way to bypass the 2FA security measures on the exchange.

This has prompted Crypto.com to alert users to reset their 2FA information, as well as having to log back into the platform to regain access to their accounts.

The crypto exchange announced that this update will be rolled out gradually to users. Upon completion, withdrawals will then be enabled, and users will be able to send their funds out of the exchange.

“We understand this may be an inconvenience, but security comes first,” the exchange said.

[Related: UK National Crime Agency finds rise in school kids engaging in cyber crime]

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