MyEtherWallet victim of another cyberattack
MyEtherWallet (MEW), an online cryptocurrency management service, has been breached for the second time this year after the VPN Hola was compromised for around five hours.
The affected VPN plugs into the browser, but the breach didn’t interrupt MEW’s service. Only those who accessed their wallet through the VPN could be affected, which prompted the site to recommend a relocation of tokens to a new wallet.
We received a report that suggest Hola chrome extension was hacked for approximately 5 hrs and the attack was logging your activity on MEW.
— MyEtherWallet.com (@myetherwallet) July 10, 2018
The company said the attack “appeared to be a Russian-based IP address.” Check out our recent cybersecurity report from the International Cybersecurity Moscow to read more.
“The safety and security of MEW users is our priority. We’d like to remind our users that we do not hold their personal data, including passwords so they can be assured that the hackers would not get their hands on that information if they have not interacted with the Hola chrome extension in the past day,” MEW says.
Back in February, MEW was affected by a DNS attack that saw at least $365,000 worth of crypto stolen from users.
“This is a text book example of the risks involving cryptocurrency – as safe as users may think they are from becoming victims of crimes, it only takes a weak link in a system for their whole security to be compromised,” comments Raj Samani, chief scientist and fellow, McAfee.
McAfee researchers found that the spike in Bitcoin value in Q4 2017 prompted many actors to extend their activities into the hijacking of crypto wallets – and this appetite for cryptocurrency shows no signs of slowing down.