- Following the mammoth BitMEX user data leak, the bitcoin exchange’s Twitter account was allegedly hacked.
- While under the perpetrator’s control, the account tweeted an ominous warning: “Take your BTC and run.”
- BitMEX withdrawals are currently disabled, at least for some users.
Things have gone from bad to worse for BitMEX today as a mass leak of user emails has seemingly turned into a full-blown crisis for the world’s most significant bitcoin trading platform.
As CCN reported, the maligned derivatives trading platform came under intense scrutiny after it leaked thousands of users’ email addresses. The compromise was revealed by a pseudonymous Twitter user named “@sakuraricebird.”
BitMEX leaked emails | Source: Twitter (Translated)
The leak was apparently due to blatant incompetence. The exchange purportedly forgot to use blind carbon copy (bcc) to send an email. Instead, an email addressed to the entirety of subscribed users exposed a trove of personal information, creating a data protection nightmare for the exchange.
BitMEX’ Twitter Account Is Compromised
This, as it turns out, was just the beginning of the horror story. Several hours later, the official BitMEX Twitter account began posting a series of strange messages, including one that warned users to “take your BTC and run.”
For most observers, this was a clear sign of a compromise. Supposedly, according to crypto trader, @IamNomad, the Twitter “hack” was actually just a parting shot from the disgruntled former BitMEX employee responsible for the email leak.
BitMEX employee purportedly exits messily | Source: Twitter (Account Protected)
Bitcoin Exchange Disables Withdrawals (Partially)
As if this wasn’t enough, shortly after the ominous Twitter “hack,” users started reporting that withdrawals had been disabled.