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Crypto Exchange FixedFloat Suffers Second Security Breach With $2.80 Million Lost


The cryptocurrency exchange FixedFloat has fallen victim to a second security breach, resulting in a loss of $2.80 million.

Blockchain forensics firm Cyvers sounded the alarm, revealing that suspicious transactions were detected, leading to the withdrawal of funds from FixedFloat’s hot wallet on the Ethereum (ETH) blockchain.

Crypto Exchange FixedFloat Hacked

FixedFloat’s incident, detected on April 2, involved the transfer of various digital assets, including ETH, USDT, WETH, DAI, and USDC, to a dubious address. The malicious actors swiftly converted these assets into ETH through a decentralized exchange (DEX) before moving the entirety to eXch.

Following these transactions, the compromised hot wallet ceased operations, and the company’s website was taken offline for maintenance.

Unfortunately, this security breach is not the first for FixedFloat. On February 16, the crypto exchange experienced a security compromise that led to a loss of $26 million.

“The security breach at FixedFloat suggests an access control issue, similar to a previous hack on February 16. In both incidents, unauthorized access to the hot wallet led to the withdrawal of significant funds. Notably, blacklisted tokens like USDT and USDC were swiftly swapped to avoid being frozen, while DAI was directly deposited to eXch without conversion. This pattern indicates a targeted exploitation of vulnerabilities within the system’s access controls,” analysts at Cyvers told BeInCrypto.

Crypto Exchange Stolen Funds
FixedFloat Stolen Funds. Source: Cyvers

The crypto exchange emphasized that the stolen funds served as operational liquidity for the service. It also assured that the non-custodial service model of FixedFloat protected user assets from direct impact.

“We would like to emphasize that financial losses affected only our service; hackers stole funds to ensure the liquidity of the service, that is, the company’s funds and user funds were not affected. We also want to emphasize that FixedFloat does not perform the functions of a custodial service, that is, it does not store user funds,” FixedFloat emphasized.

The exchange is currently conducting a thorough investigation into the hack. While details remain sparse, FixedFloat aims to enhance its security framework to thwart future attacks. The company reassured its users that it is taking measures to fortify its defenses and mitigate risks.

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Conclusion

In conclusion, the cryptocurrency exchange FixedFloat has experienced a second security breach, resulting in a loss of $2.80 million. The breach involved the transfer of various digital assets to a dubious address, highlighting vulnerabilities in the system’s access controls. This incident, following a previous hack in February, emphasizes the importance of robust security measures in the crypto industry. Although the stolen funds were used for operational liquidity and did not impact user assets directly, FixedFloat is taking steps to enhance its security framework to prevent future attacks. Users are advised to remain vigilant and verify information independently to protect their assets in the volatile crypto market.

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