The major cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex has been victim of a new fraud and a data leak which forced a password reset for all customers. Now, the Poloniex exchange confirms that it did leak a list of email addresses and passwords on Twitter after an awkward email sent to all of its customers.
On December 30, the exchange emailed its customers to inform them about the list of leaked email addresses and passwords – and how they could potentially be used to log in to Poloniex accounts. The exchange forced a reset on any email address that have an account with the exchange and was featured in the latest cryptocurrencies news.
“While almost all of the [leaked] email addresses listed do not belong to Poloniex accounts, we are forcing a password reset on any email addresses that do have an account with us, including yours,” the email read.
Meanwhile, a customer of the Poloniex exchange was convinced that tthe email was a scam and took to Twitter to bring attention to the perceived hoax. As Poloniex exchange confirms, this has put their customer support into the awkward position of having to explain that the email was actually real and not a scam.
“This is a real email! Please reset your password for account security,” they responded.
It is still unclear how the email addresses and passwords landed on Twitter in the first place – and what percentage of the leaked data actually contained current data from Poloniex customers. We tried to contact Poloniex regarding these latest developments but haven’t received a response yet. We will update the article if any comments comei n.
Meanwhile, at the end of November we talked about the Poloniex exchange in our Tron news, showing that it now controls the largest decentralized exchange on blockchain network Tron (TRX). Confirmed by the Tron CEO Justin Sun, Poloniex will operate TRX Market under a new name – Poloni DEX.
The total cryptocurrency market is still fighting with the $190 billion mark and finds it hard to surpass it. Today, we can see that many cryptocurrencies have dropped by a couple of percents and this includes Bitcoin (BTC) which retraced in the lower $7,000 region.The only gainer in the top 10 at press time is Tezos (XTZ) with a 2% increase on the day.
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