Atlas, which is a popular cryptocurrency investment platform from Brazil, has recently been hack. The result of the hack is quite tremendous – Atlas lost data from more than 264,000 of its customers.
What happened is the following…
A security breach was first noticed by the Investimentos Digitais YouTube channel, where more than 14,500 records of leaked data showed the user’ balances, their email addresses, names as well as phone numbers. The leaked data also showed that there are 5,813 BTC (worth $39 million) active and deposited on the platform.
As the Brazilian news outlet Portal do Bitcoin reported, one of the Atlas’ users who had over 2 BTC deposited, confirmed that this data is real. Among the users who got hacked were popular people too – such as the CEO of Stratum coinBR, as well as Atlas’ own profile which had 792 BTC in total.
After acknowledging the incident, Atlas published a statement with its plans to launch an official investigation. The statement read:
“We would like to point out that this wasn’t a bitcoin theft or a violation of our accounts in the exchanges. However, our customer base was exposed. At the time of the incident, we took immediate steps to protect the database and [the] passwords and private keys are encrypted.”
The Brazilian investment platform also noted that the company will be adopting new security measures and would not send users emails regarding their data in the next few hours – even though it is actively monitoring the affected accounts. For security reasons, the withdrawals on the platform are also currently restricted.
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