Binance seizes $450,000 stolen in Curve’s front-end hack

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said his team seized a large portion of the funds stolen during Tuesday’s front-end exploit on Curve.

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In an update Zhao said on Twitter that the centralized exchange froze $450,000 in stolen assets, which the Curve hacker had deposited to the exchange. Zhao added the team is working with law enforcement to help return them. Meanwhile, Curve is yet to comment in relation to the recovery of the funds.

“Binance froze/recovered $450k of the Curve stolen funds,” Zhao said. “We are working with LE [law enforcement] to return the funds to the users.”

This was the second such seizure of funds tied to the Curve exploit. Previously, The Block reported that Fixed Float, an exchange based on the Lightning Network, had also frozen 112 ETH (200,000) deposited from the Curve exploiter in a likely attempt to launder the assets. As such, the recovered sum is now up to more than $650,000. 

On Tuesday, Curve Finance had its front end compromised with a Domain Name Service (DNS) spoof. During this attack, the perpetrator altered Curve’s DNS to redirect users to another website, which hosted a malicious contract.

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When the unsuspecting users interacted with the contract, it gave the hacker the ability to drain their wallets. After the exploit, the hacker transferred the large majority of the stolen funds to Binance as well as Fixed Float — where they were frozen.


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Vishal Chawla is a reporter who has covered the ins and outs of the tech industry for more than half a decade. Prior to joining The Block, Vishal worked for media firms like Crypto Briefing, IDG ComputerWorld and Follow him on Twitter @vishal4c.

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