Over Three Million User Addresses Leaked in CoinMarketCap Hack

CoinMarketCap, the cryptocurrency price-tracking website, recently confirmed it was the victim of a large hack, resulting in the leak of 3.1 million email addresses. The identity of the attackers remains unknown. In a press release, CoinMarketCap stated:

“CoinMarketCap has become aware that batches of data have shown up online purporting to be a list of user accounts. While the data lists we have seen are only email addresses (no passwords), we have found a correlation with our subscriber base.”

While the fact that passwords were not included in the leak will be a relief to users, the hack nonetheless constitutes yet another large-scale data leak — of the sort which nowadays seem a weekly occurrence. Several other cryptocurrencies have been the victims of similar hacks, among them CelsiusLedger,BitMEX, and Binance. CoinMarketCap has stated that the leak did not come from their own servers — which has had users wanting to know where else the data was being stored. 

Source: Twitter

Of concern is the fact that the leak was only discovered due to the consistently great work of Have I Been Pwned. The website, which tracks hacks and compromised accounts, discovered hacked email addresses being bought and sold on the dark web. When even basic email addresses carry a market value in the criminal sphere, it should indicate to users the level of risk with involved with even our most basic forms of data.

Protecting Our Data

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