Socket protocol loses $3.3 million in exploit, details here
- Socket protocol lost $3.3 million due to a vulnerability on one of its exchanges.
- The team at Socket Protocol made swift moves to contain the damages.
Socket protocol, a cross-chain infrastructure protocol supporting various Web3 apps, suffered a significant security breach recently resulting in substantial financial losses.
The attack specifically targeted the Bungee Exchange within the Socket Protocol, resulting in the loss of $3.3 million.
Another day, another hack
The hack, as reported by the Socket Protocol team, occurred on the 16th of January. To mitigate the risk, Socket has disabled the compromised smart contract.
Socket has experienced a security incident which affected wallets with infinite approvals to Socket contracts.
We have identified the issue & have paused the affected contracts.
We’re working on the situation & will keep you informed with regular updates & next steps.
— Socket (@SocketDotTech) January 16, 2024
Looking at the finer details
PeckShield, a blockchain security firm, shed light on the technical aspects of the breach. The hacker exploited the incomplete validation of user input. This meant that the hacker found a weakness in the system that checks information from users.
The attack focused on a specific part of the system called SocketGateway. The weakness helped the hacker to take money from users who had given permission to that part of the system. This happened without the users knowing or agreeing to it.
Today's hack on @SocketDotTech results in the loss of >$3.3m.
— PeckShield Inc. (@peckshield) January 16, 2024
At press time, Socket tweeted out that all the damage had been contained and the protocol was operational yet again.
However, Socket advised users to be wary of potential scams, as phishing accounts are flooding the replies under Socket Protocol’s tweets. They urged users to revoke approvals through other malicious apps, to avoid additional threats.
Socket is now operational again.
The affected contract has been paused and damage is fully contained.
Bridging on @BungeeExchange and most of our partner frontends has resumed.
A detailed post mortem and next steps will follow shortly.
— Socket (@SocketDotTech) January 17, 2024
Turning it into ETH
In terms of impact, approximately 230 users were affected by the malicious transactions on the Socket Gateway contract. The total loss amounted to $3.3 million, primarily involving assets such as USDC, USDT, WBTC, DAI, and WETH.
The exploiter executed token swaps, converting USDC and USDT tokens into ETH.
🚨ALERT📷$3.3 million exploit detected on @SocketDotTech ! Our advanced AI system has detected malicious transactions on Socket Gateway contract, 230 users were affected, total loss of $3.3 million mainly USDC, USDT, WBTC DAI and WETH, the exploiter swapped USDC and USDT tokens… pic.twitter.com/cw8RUJO9Oh
— 🚨 Cyvers Alerts 🚨 (@CyversAlerts) January 16, 2024
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Even though it isn’t apparent whether the hackers plan to hold or sell their ETH, the massive accumulation of ETH done by the hackers may help ETH’s price momentum in the short term.
At press time, ETH was trading at $2,568.03 and its price rose by 1.53% in the last 24 hours.