The Chinese cryptocurrency exchange Binance is offering $250,000 in Binance Coin (BNB) to anyone who can provide conclusive evidence against hackers and lead to prosecution and jail for attempting to hack the exchange on March 7th, 2018.
Binance exchange, allows people to trade cryptocurrencies for other assets. According to information security training experts was hit by a coordinated phishing attack that was also thwarted by the company’s automatic risk management system.
The unknown hackers tricked users to visit the cloned version of Binance’s official website to steal their login credential and transfer funds. The same day, hackers used the stolen credentials to log in and increase the rate of an otherwise illiquid cryptocurrency Viacoin and siphoned the returns into various accounts that they already controlled.
As per investigation of information security training professionals, the massive surge in Viacoin’s buying orders capitalized its market from $64million to $159 million within few minutes. However, Binance detected the unusual activity and detected unauthorized sale orders and prevented hackers from doing any further damage.
Nevertheless, Binance is gearing up for payback and offering anyone with details that would lead to the legal arrest of the hackers behind the scam. According to Binance’s blog post:
“The first person to supply substantial information and evidence that leads to the legal arrest of the hackers, in any jurisdiction, will receive the equivalent of $250,000 USD in BNB. The exchange rate will be determined at the time of transfer.”
“If your local laws allow, you may remain anonymous,” the company wrote. “If multiple sources/segments of data are used to lead to the final legal arrests, the bounty may be split between sources.”
Moreover, Binance has also allocated $10 million for hackers who help the company in protecting itself from cyber attacks in future.
Cyber attacks against cryptocurrency exchange and users are increasing where hackers are getting highly sophisticated and persistent, information security training analysts said. There are malware especially developed to steal cryptocurrency from online wallets, therefore, it is advised that you must avoid storing your funds in online wallets.
Working as a cyber security solutions architect, Alisa focuses on bug bounty and network security. Before joining us she held a cyber security researcher positions within a variety of cyber security start-ups. She also experience in different industry domains like finance, healthcare and consumer products.