On June 3, 2023, numerous sources revealed details about an attack on Atomic Wallet that resulted in significant financial losses for many victims. The Atomic Wallet team announced they are looking into the issue, while onchain investigators like Zachxbt have also been digging deeper, searching for explanations.
Decentralized Finance Nightmare: Atomic Wallet Compromised, Millions in Crypto Stolen
Based on several reports, the decentralized finance (defi) wallet platform Atomic Wallet appears to have been breached. On Saturday, the Atomic Wallet team acknowledged the event on their Twitter account after hearing from affected users. “We have received reports of wallets being compromised. We are doing all we can to investigate and analyse the situation. As we have more information, we will share it accordingly,” stated the Twitter account for Atomic Wallet.
Boasting an estimated user base of five million, Atomic Wallet saw several of its users voicing their frustrations after the update. One victim lamented, “All of my hard working money has vanished from Atomic Wallet only. This is your responsibility to secure the funds. What will happened to our funds?”
Some Atomic Wallet users said their funds were unaffected, but still received warnings to remove their money from the platform immediately. One individual advised, “Your wallet will be emptied if you don’t move your funds.” While Atomic Wallet says it is investigating, the onchain sleuth Zachxbt is also looking for clues.
“Some things to note about this hack,” Zachxbt stated. “Largest single victim I have observed is for 2.8M USDT. Multiple other losses for 6 figures across different chains. Thanks to all of the victims who have messaged me their transaction hash. The root cause is still tbd,” he added. The reason behind the Atomic Wallet breach is still unknown; however, Zachxbt later tweeted that he aided in recovering $1 million for one of the victims.
“A huge shoutout goes to [Buffalu] and [Brian Smith] for helping us successfully rescue $1m from the Atomic Wallet hacker for one of the victims,” tweeted Zachxbt. When questioned about how the funds were retrieved, the onchain investigator said the details would be disclosed at a later date.
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