Hackers asked Binance 300 BTC not to reveal private user information.
Hackers have attacked the Binance exchange house again. Apparently, there could be a leak that revealed the personal data (KYC) of its customers. So far, passport data, identification and photos of alleged clients of the platform have already been published in a Telegram group to which thousands of people have joined. Most of the victims seem to come from the Asian region.
In a tweet on August 7, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), CEO of Binance, described the rumors that circulated about the alleged leak of data from Meet Your Client (KYC) as an attempt to spread “FUD” (fear, uncertainty and doubt, in the jargon of investors).
Binance reported that there was an attempt to blackmail the hacker group. They claim that they require 300 Bitcoin to not publish other data of about 10,000 customers, which means that the photos in the group may have been an advance. Binance is still verifying the authenticity of the data, as explained in an official statement.
“We are still investigating this case for legitimacy and relevance. After refusing to cooperate and continue with this extortion, this individual has begun to distribute the data to the public and the media.”
First, there are inconsistencies when comparing this data with our system data. Currently, no evidence has been provided indicating that Binance KYC images were obtained because these images do not contain a digital watermark printed by our system. Our security team is working hard to identify the source of these images, ”they add.
However, the exchange office confirms that the photographs appear to have been created in early 2018, when “I had hired an external provider for KYC verification, due to the large volume of requests at that time.”
The company’s CEO added via Twitter that by spreading the link from the Telegram group, he is actually helping malicious hackers or at least paying attention to them. He concluded:
“What we must do as an industry is to fight against them. Stay on the positive side. Report the group, then leave.”
Binance also added that the exchange house security service is trying to determine the source of the images. For any information that helps identify this person, the exchange office is offering a reward of up to 25 BTC.
In May, Binance was subjected to a hacker attack, during which hackers stole more than 7,000 BTC and transferred the funds to a total of 7 Bitcoin addresses, mobilizing them from the main wallet that was involved in the hacking.
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