Liquid exchange hacked to the tune of $80 million

Japanese exchange Liquid has been hacked, with about $80 million in digital assets moved off the platform.

The exchange confirmed the security breach in a Thursday tweet, with Liquid revealing the wallet addresses implicated in the breach. The exchange noted that only its warm wallets were affected, adding that its assets are currently being moved into cold storage.

Withdrawals and deposits have been suspended on Liquid, with the exchange promising to provide regular updates as its investigation unfolds.

While Liquid has yet to confirm exactly how much was taken, it was determined that more than 107 bitcoins (BTC), 9,000,000 thrones (TRX), 11,000,000 XRP and almost $ 60 million of ether (ETH) and ERC-20 tokens were taken by hackers.

There are unconfirmed reports that the Ethereum wallet compromised held deposits from crypto yield provider Celsius Network. In April, Celsius announced that it had integrated with Liquid to offer the exchange’s customers a compounding return on digital asset purchases.

The announcement noted that Liquid became one of the first fiat-to-cryptocurrency exchanges to support Celsius’s native CEL token in 2019, stating that the two firms “have continued to grow their partnership” since.

Another exchange, KuCoin, promptly responded to the hack by blacklisting the addresses involved in the hack, according to a tweet from the exchange’s CEO, Jonny Lyu.

In November 2018, Liquid suffered a breach that saw its users’ personal information exposed to hackers, possibly including names, addresses and passwords.

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