One of the largest Bitcoin derivatives platforms in the world, BitMEX, is caught in a fiasco, resulting in the email addresses of many of its users being leaked. This was first discovered by its customers when they could view the email addresses of other users after an email regarding an update was sent to everyone by BitMEX. The mistake, according to many, seems to be that the person in charge of sending the mail listed all the email address in carbon copy [CC], instead of blind carbon copy [BCC].
Jake Chervinsky, a well-known lawyer in the crypto-space, opined on the issue by stating,
“BitMEX just doxxed its users in the most outrageously incompetent way imaginable: forgetting to use blind copy on mass email. Someone must be cleaning out their desk already.“
After this incident started to draw more attention, the cryptocurrency platform released an official statement on their website. The derivatives platform stated that they “are aware” of the mishap and that they have taken all the necessary measures required to gauge the level of damage caused.
“Our team have acted immediately to contain the issue and we are taking steps to understand the extent of the impact. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to identify the root cause of the fault and we will be in touch with any users affected by the issue.”
Importantly, this leak has resulted in some users and influencers on Twitter recommending others to change their email addresses as soon as possible, while even enabling two-factor authentication considering the possibility that their BitMEX accounts could now be vulnerable.
Crypto Loomdart, a Twitter user,