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Crypto crime: Combatting hacks, thefts, and fraud in the decentralized finance ecosystem

The last seven months have been thrilling for us. In October 2021, Mastercard acquired CipherTrace. Together, we’ve been accelerating our efforts to ensure that the crypto economy is instilled with the same trust and peace of mind that consumers currently experience with more traditional payment methods. Now that we’re part of the Mastercard family, we…

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Poly Network Suffers Largest Crypto Hack Ever Recorded

Standoff between Poly Network and Hacker over keys to multisig wallet Aug 18 Update: In an August 17 Medium article, the Poly Network team announced that they had offered the hacker, whom they refer to as “Mr. White Hat,” the position of Chief Security Officer along with a $500,000 bounty for identifying the exploit. In… Read more

Infinite Minting Exploit Nets Attacker $4.4M

As DeFi protocols continue to heat up within the Ethereum ecosystem, CipherTrace is seeing more and more exploits and attack vectors come to light. This past week, on December 28th, 2020, Cover Protocol’s shield mining contract, Blacksmith, was exploited. Hackers used a bug in the mining contract to mint an infinite amount of COVER tokens…

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Half of 2020 Crypto Hacks are from DeFi Protocols and Exchanges

This blog is an excerpt from the upcoming CipherTrace 2020 Cryptocurrency Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Report In first half of 2020 DeFi took up 45% of all thefts and hacks ($51.5M or 40% of hacked volume). In second half of 2020 DeFi took up 50% of all thefts and hacks ($47.7M or 14% of hacked… Read more
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