A wallet linked to the well-known exchange Binance has been breached, leading to a significant loss of $27 million.
The incident primarily involved the theft of Tether (USDT) and was brought to light by the reputable on-chain investigator ZachXBT.
ZachXBT Reveals $27M Crypto Heist on Binance-Linked Wallet
According to on-chain detective ZachXBT, a cryptocurrency wallet has recently suffered a breach. The attack, which transpired on November 11, resulted in the loss of the wallet’s $27 million in Tether stablecoins (USDT).
It appears someone had 27M USDT stolen yesterday.
USDT was quickly swapped for ETH, then transferred to a number of services (FixedFloat, ChangeNow, etc), and bridged to Bitcoin via THORChain. pic.twitter.com/SgEBwyZZSc
— ZachXBT (@zachxbt) November 12, 2023
According to ZachXBT’s analysis, the stolen funds were swiftly converted from USDT to Ethereum (ETH). Following this, they underwent a series of transactions across various services, including FixedFloat and ChangeNow, a common tactic used by hackers to hide the trail of stolen assets. The final phase involved bridging these assets to Bitcoin through THORChain, a decentralized liquidity protocol.
The origin of the funds adds an intriguing layer to the story. The wallet had received the sum through a withdrawal from Binance just a week prior to the heist. Further deepening the connection, ZachXBT’s investigation revealed that in May 2019, the same wallet received funds from an address marked by Etherscan as a Binance smart contract deployer.
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