Deribit, a significant cryptocurrency derivatives market, has stopped accepting withdrawals following a $28 million hot wallet attack.
On November 1, Deribit exchange’s hot wallet was compromised, the company announced on Twitter. The exchange highlighted that client assets are secure because Deribit’s reserves cover losses, saying, “client assets, Fireblocks, and any addresses used for cold storage are unaffected. In order to lessen the impact of these kinds of incidents, it is corporate policy to retain 99% of our users’ cash in cold storage.”
The information in Deribit’s Telegram channel indicates that trade is going on normally. A Deribit support representative said, “Thanks to our hot wallet policy, we were able to limit the loss of user funds.”
The hack won’t have an impact on Deribit’s insurance money because the exchange will cover the loss as well. The statement states that “Deribit remains in a financially sound position and continuing activities will not be harmed.”
According to a Deribit spokeswoman, the corporation is currently reviewing “all security measures” in order to restore withdrawals as soon as feasible. The platform is currently working on a comprehensive incident review to provide further information regarding the vulnerability that could have resulted in the problem, the person added.
According to the spokesman, the hack was the first time since Deribit’s founding that the company has been subjected to such an attack and damages. Deribit, one of the world’s biggest exchanges for cryptocurrency derivatives, was established in 2016 and lets customers trade cryptocurrency futures and options. Deribit currently has a $280 million daily trading volume, based on information from CoinGecko.
The business has warned against making additional deposits of money. Deposits that have already been sent will still be processed and credited to the account once the necessary amount of confirmations has been received, according to Deribit.