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Over 3M CoinMarketCap email addresses leaked


Unknown persons put up for sale a database with the email addresses of 3.1 million users of analytical service CoinMarketCap. The records do not contain passwords, according to HaveIBeenPwned.

According to the website, the alleged hacking occurred on October 12. CoinMarketCap confirmed that the merged addresses “correlate with the subscriber base” of the service.

The company conducted a “comprehensive check of the servers”. But “did not find any traces of a security breach.” Experts believe that third-party platforms obtained the data.

The list of addresses looks real

“Since there are no passwords in the records we viewed, we believe that the data was most likely obtained from another platform where users could reuse passwords on several sites. We believe that the attacker (or attackers) compared the list of addresses with other data leaks. Thus, the list of addresses of CoinMarketCap users looks real – it is a “cleaned up” set of email data from the darknet, which was encountered in previous drains unrelated to the service,” the company’s blog says.

Previously in 2020, Binance cryptocurrency exchange acquired CoinMarketCap. According to media reports, the amount was close to $300 million.

Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao said that the vision, ethics and corporate culture of CoinMarketCap are in harmony with the values of his company. As well as the service’s commitment to transparency and user orientation. “This will allow us to use each other’s strengths by acting as infrastructure providers for the cryptocurrency sector,” he added.

Coinbase case

Recall that earlier in October, hackers took advantage of a vulnerability in the multi-factor authentication system of the Bitcoin exchange Coinbase and gained access to thousands of user accounts.

According to a report from Bleeping Computer, the attackers stole cryptos from 6,000 accounts. However, the firm did not reveal the monetary amount of the heist.

Coinbase allegedly alerted impacted customers earlier this week that the fraud occurred between March and May of this year.

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