At 6:19 PM EST, Binance acknowledged the security breach and froze the BNB Smart Chain while they looked into it.
The CEO of Binance tweeted at 7:51 PM EST that an exploit had been used in the BSC Token Hub to transfer BNB to the attacker and that they had instructed all validators to pause the Binance Smart Chain.
An exploit on a cross-chain bridge, BSC Token Hub, resulted in extra BNB. We have asked all validators to temporarily suspend BSC. The issue is contained now. Your funds are safe. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide further updates accordingly.
The majority of the stolen money is still contained on the BNB Smart Chain and is therefore no longer available to the hacker, but according to Binance, between $70 million and $80 million were taken off-chain. Of those off-chain assets, $7 million have already been frozen through collaboration with partners in the crypto community.
The Binance Bridge Project is a cross-chain bridging service that attempts to improve blockchain interoperability. It allows anyone to convert selected coins into wrapped tokens (or “pegged tokens”) for use on the BNB Chain. Binance Coin Price (BNB) is currently worth $284.46, down 3.60% in the last 24 hours, according to CoinMarketCap, the most-referenced price-tracking website for cryptocurrency assets.
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