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July 03, 2023

PolyNetwork Halts Operations Amid Massive Cyberattack

In Brief

PolyNetwork has suspended all platform activities due to a massive security breach.

The estimated damages are $34 billion and is the most severe cyberattack the crypto industry has ever seen.

This is not the first attack PolyNetwork has experienced in recent years.

PolyNetwork, a prominent cross-chain interoperability protocol, recently announced the suspension of all its platform activities due to a massive security breach. The unexpected cyberattack has left an unsettling effect on 57 assets spread across 10 different blockchains. Beosin Alert monitoring estimates the damages incurred at an astronomical $34 billion. This places the incident among some of the most severe cyberattacks the crypto industry has seen.

PolyNetwork Halts Operations Amid Massive Cyberattack

In response to this attack, the platform took immediate action. The project team reached out to the majority of their partners, urging them to withdraw liquidity from decentralized exchanges as swiftly as possible. The PolyNetwork team further advised users holding any of the affected assets to act similarly.

While the exact cause behind the attack remains undisclosed, blockchain security unit Peckshield identified a vulnerability that might have played a significant role. This vulnerability reportedly allowed attackers to mint an extensive number of tokens across several chains. Notably, an interaction between the hacker’s address and the Poly Network has been detected, with the former minting a staggering $42.1 billion worth of tokens.

Despite the large amount minted, the hackers managed to move only approximately $800,000 to the Ethereum address: 0xe0Afadad1d93704761c8550F21A53DE3468Ba599.

First PolyNetwork Fallen

This isn’t the first time PolyNetwork has fallen prey to such an incident. Rewinding to August 10, 2021, it suffered a severe attack that led to the theft of $611 million – the largest crypto hack up to that point. The record was then surpassed by Axie Infinity’s Ronin bridge hack in March 2022, causing $622 million in damage.

In the previous incident, the pressure from the project and the broader crypto community led the hacker to return almost all the stolen funds within a few days. With the current situation unfolding, PolyNetwork expects the attackers to cooperate, return the stolen assets, and avoid possible legal ramifications.

PolyNetwork’s latest incident reminds us of the ongoing risks associated with the crypto industry. As the sector continues to evolve, addressing vulnerabilities and enhancing security must remain a top priority. For now, the focus is on the immediate remediation of this incident and the recovery of users’ assets.

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Nik is an accomplished analyst and writer at Metaverse Post, specializing in delivering cutting-edge insights into the fast-paced world of technology, with a particular emphasis on AI/ML, XR, VR, on-chain analytics, and blockchain development. His articles engage and inform a diverse audience, helping them stay ahead of the technological curve. Possessing a Master's degree in Economics and Management, Nik has a solid grasp of the nuances of the business world and its intersection with emergent technologies.

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