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Circle and Tether Seize $65MY Assets Illegally Moved from Multichain

Operations in Multichain have been temporarily halted following a questionable crypto assets transfer worth millions of dollars that occurred on July 6.  

Circle Facilitate Freeze $65M Mysterious Outflow from Multichain MPC Bridge

Assets worth more than 65 million have been frozen by Circle and Ether. These assets are linked to the alleged exploit of Multichain, a cross-chain router protocol. This move comes after mysterious massive outflows that occurred in the Multichain MPC bridge on July 6. 0xScope, a knowledge graph protocol, confirmed freezing three addresses that obtained at least $63.2 million in USD Coin from Multichain.

An additional report by the Fantom Foundation reveals the freezing of more than $2.5 million in Tether. The addresses involved are listed as ‘Multichain Suspicious Addresses’ by Etherscan. On July 6, cryptocurrencies worth more than $125 million were withdrawn from several wallets.

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The situation affected different ecosystems, including Fantom Bridge, Moonriver, Dogechain, and Conflux. The reason behind the atypical assets transfer remains uncertain.

Multichain Suspend Services, Return Date Uncertain

Multichain revealed its currently suspended services via Twitter without stipulating the return date. It cautioned people to cease utilizing the Multichain bridging service and added that all bridge transactions would remain on the source chains. Michael Kong, Fantom protocol’s chief executive officer, revealed that the funds’ transfer was not an ordinary hack because the assets directed to the wallets of the suspected attacker were not directed somewhere else. Investigations into the matter are continuing.

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Via Multichain, users can direct tokens between various networks. The disappearance of its leadership some weeks ago has resulted in operational and technical challenges. Often, crypto hackers target vulnerable bridges such as Multichain, and numerous occurrences were reported in 2022.

Crypto Assets Suffer Billion-Dollar Loss Through Hackers

A report by SlowMist, a blockchain security organization, showed that from 2012, crypto assets worth more than $30 billion had been hacked during various events. Rug pulls, contract susceptibilities, scams, private key leaks, and flash loan attacks are examples of the most prevalent hacks.

The overall number of incidents comprised 217 Ethereum ecosystem hacks while exchanges suffered 118 incidents. Also, the EOS ecosystem reported 119 hacks six lower than the BNB Smart Chain that witnessed 123. Additionally, nonfungible tokens became hackers victims in 85 occasions. Over the past ten years, hacking crypto exchange platforms have plunged the operators into incurring losses exceeding $10 billion.  

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Stephen Causby

Stephen Causby is an experienced crypto journalist who writes for Tokenhell. He is passionate for coverage in crypto news, blockchain, DeFi, and NFT.

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