- BitMEX leaks customers’ data with a simple mistake.
- The crypto community condemns the incident.
- BitMEX is among the world’s biggest crypto derivatives exchanges.
Cryptocurrency exchange and derivates trading platform BitMEX is under fire after doxxing thousands of user email addresses.
BitMEX’s Data Leak
Today, a Twitter user with the handle @sakuraricebird shared several screenshots of official mass email coming from BitMEX. The images show the crypto derivates platform forgot to use the blind carbon copy (bcc) feature. Consequently, leaking thousands of email addresses belonging to its users.
BitMEX immediately issued a statement about the general user update email that contained the email addresses of other users. The announcement reads:
“Our team has 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.”
BitMEX also apologized about the incident claiming that privacy is their number one priority.
“The privacy of our users is a top priority and we are very sorry for the concern this has caused to our users.”
The Crypto Community Reacts
In a tweet, the General Counsel at Compound Jake Chervinsky stated that BitMEX’s data leak was done in the most “outrageously incompetent way imaginable.”
According to Kevin McSheehan, co-founder and CEO at Envadr, the company may have leaked its entire database or perhaps most of it. Now, bad actors can use these email addresses and reference them with public breaches to associate them with universal passwords. This could allow them to break into email inboxes,