Vulcan Forged Game Hacked, Crypto Assets Worth $140 Million Stolen

Vulcan Forged CEO Jaime Thomson plans to let community members handle their own wallet keys from now, rather than saving them on the company servers.

Vulcan Forged Game Hacked, Crypto Assets Worth $140 Million Stolen

Photo Credit: Vulcan Forged

Vulcan Forged is a blockchain-based game studio and NFT marketplace

Highlights
  • The company is reimbursing the victims of this hack attack
  • The Vulcan Forged CEO has shared details on Twitter
  • Hack attacks targeting crypto space rising by the day

Hacks targeting crypto-related platforms have risen exponentially in recent times. Recently, a crypto-gaming ecosystem called Vulcan Forged fell prey to a hack attack, losing $140 million (roughly Rs. 1,062 crore) worth of users' crypto assets. Hackers reportedly accessed the keys of 96 wallets, stealing 23.7 percent of the project's circulating supply of tokens. The gaming ecosystem provides players with these crypto wallets built on Ethereum, Polygon, and VeChain blockchains and manages the key to these wallets.

Jaime Thomson, the CEO of Vulcan Forged posted a video message on Twitter, acknowledging the breach and calling December 13 the “darkest day in Vulcan Forged history”.

“We use Venly which is a semi-custodial wallet solution. Venly itself is a service, which as far as we know is all fine and has not been exploited or hacked. What has happened is someone has exploited our servers, gotten the Venly credentials and used it to extract the private keys of the Forged users. Going forward, of course, we are going to be using nothing but decentralised wallets so we never have to encounter this problem again,” Thomson said while revealing that the company is using its treasury to reimburse victims of the hack attack.

Thomson basically said that the company will now allow users to handle their own wallet keys rather than taking responsibility for their keys on its servers.

The hackers have stolen assets in EtherPolygon as well as the native PYR cryptocurrency of Vulcan Forged, which dipped in value after the hack and is presently trading at $20 (roughly Rs. 1,517 per token) on CoinMarketCap.

To make it harder for the hacker to cash out the stolen funds, Vulcan Forged had asked its community members to pull out funds from the liquidity pools on decentralised exchanges.

The cyber-criminal however, managed to sell small batches of PYR for Ether. As per a report by The Block Crypto, $2 million in PYR (roughly Rs. 15 crore) are lying in one compromised wallet, now under the hacker's control.

The company has asked affected members to set up accounts with MetaMask to receive their compensation.

The crypto market is currently witnessing a global boom with the overall market cap touching the $3 trillion mark (roughly Rs. 2,22,79,296 crore) mark, as per market research tracker CoinGecko.

In October, a major hack attack cost Ethereum-powered lending protocol called “Cream Finance” $130 million (roughly Rs. 972 crore) worth of crypto assets.

A recent report has revealed that cryptocurrency-related crimes in 2020 have amounted to around $10.52 billion (roughly Rs. 79,194 crore).

Earlier in November, US' Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) had said that cyber scammers are making innocent people use physical cryptocurrency ATMs and digital QR Codes to complete malicious transactions and dupe them of their assets.


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Radhika Parashar
Radhika Parashar is a senior correspondent for Gadgets 360. She has been reporting on tech and telecom for the last three years now and will be focussing on writing about all things crypto. Besides this, she is a major sitcom nerd and often replies in Chandler Bing and Michael Scott references. For tips or queries you could reach out to her at RadhikaP@ndtv.com. More
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