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Decentralized Exchange Bancor Loses $24 Mln in Crypto in Security Attack

Tue, 07/10/2018 - 08:56
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Yuri Molchan
The platform has lost almost 25,000 ETH and other coins after one wallet was compromised
Decentralized Exchange Bancor Loses $24 Mln in Crypto in Security Attack
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On Monday, July 9, Bancor notified its users on Twitter that the website would be shut down for maintenance. Later on, the exchange posted that it had faced a security attack, however, they wrote, all funds were safe and that they had started an investigation.

Damage done

Nevertheless, later the exchange team announced that hackers managed to get control of a wallet, which was used for working with smart contracts. The hackers got hold of slightly under 25,000 ETH, a large number of NXPS and the local coin BNT.

The amount of the funds stolen equaled to $24 mln. However, the Twitter update made by Bancor insists that no user money was lost.

A quick response followed

The exchange team quickly activated a BNT smart contract and froze the coins. However, they failed to trace or get hold of the stolen ETH and NXPS. The team is busy finding a solution to this problem together with many other crypto exchanges in an attempt to trace the coins and identify the criminals.

Bancor background

Last year Bancor raised around $153 mln in an ICO and became the most significant decentralized exchange (DEX) in the industry. It has also consistently exceeded other decentralized exchanges in trading volumes.

Opponents’ critics

After yesterday’s hack, various experts started heavily criticizing the platform regarding its operations security methods. Charlie Lee on Twitter expressed his doubts regarding the exchange being decentralized at all since it froze users’ funds after the hack.


Lee’s critical assessment of the situation is caused by the similar situation that happened a few years ago with DAO when the Ethereum team decided to hardfork to save the frozen ETH tokens. This resulted in the split in the community and the creation of the Ethereum Classic platform.

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About the author

Yuri is a crypto journalist interested in technology and technical innovations. He has been in crypto since 2017. Believes that blockchain and cryptocurrencies have a potential to transform the world in the future in many of its aspects. ‘Hodls’ major cryptocurrencies and has written for multiple crypto media outlets. 

His articles have been quoted by such crypto influencers as Tyler Winklevoss, John McAfee, CZ Binance, Max Keiser, etc.

Currently Yuri is a news writer at U.Today and can be contacted at