Binance is Investigating a Crypto Exploit that Almost Wiped Out an Ankr Service Token

Binance is Investigating a Crypto Exploit that Almost Wiped Out an Ankr Service Token
Binance is Investigating a Crypto Exploit that Almost Wiped Out an Ankr Service Token

Another unwanted addition has been made to the large list of crypto security attacks that target decentralized financial systems that were compiled this year.

The biggest digital asset exchange, Binance, said on Friday that it assists with investigating an attack on a token provided by the Ankr protocol. After trading for around $300 only one day earlier, the token known as aBNBc is now essentially worthless.

The value of the aBNBc token had been partially generated from a connection to Binance Coin, and it was designed to provide holders of the latter with options to earn returns on their investments.

According to the website for the Ankr protocol, there are assets worth around 123 million dollars put on it. Ankr said that it was collaborating with several exchanges in an effort to halt the trade of the impacted currency.

PeckShield Inc., a company specializing in blockchain security, said on Twitter that the attacker may have taken advantage of a software flaw to generate massive sums of the token and immediately rushed to convert them into other currencies to make off with the digital loot.

According to blockchain expert Chainalysis, more than $3 billion has been stolen from the cryptocurrency industry so far in 2022, which is on track to be a record year for exploits involving digital assets. This information comes from the cryptocurrency sector.

The assaults compound the problems caused by a yearlong decline in the value of Bitcoin and other tokens and high-profile failures at cryptocurrency companies like the FTX exchange.


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