HTX Exchange Hacked for $8 Million: Justin Sun Offers Reward for Hackers
Cryptocurrency exchange HTX (formerly known as Huobi) has fallen victim to a cyberattack, resulting in the theft of $8 million worth of Ethereum. Justin Sun, the head of the Tron network, has come forward to acknowledge the breach and has taken swift action to address the situation.
Justin Sun publicly admitted that HTX had been "hacked" for the sum of $8 million. However, he made it clear that all losses incurred during the attack have been fully covered from the funds of the Tron network's creator. What's more, Sun has extended an unusual proposition to the hackers: return the stolen assets, and a reward of $400,000 (equivalent to 5% of the stolen amount) awaits them. Should the hackers refuse this offer, Sun has indicated that he will involve law enforcement authorities in resolving the matter, setting a one-week deadline for their response.
The primary cryptocurrency affected by this breach was Ethereum, which was eventually withdrawn from the exchange. Justin Sun reassured users that all assets held on the HTX platform are currently secure and that the exchange is operating normally.
In a series of tweets, the Tron CEO sought to calm the crypto community's concerns by highlighting the relatively modest nature of the $8 million loss in comparison to the staggering $3 billion worth of assets held by HTX users on the platform. Sun's proactive approach to resolving the situation and protecting user assets is commendable.
Furthermore, Justin Sun has made an intriguing offer to the hacker responsible for the attack. In addition to the reward for returning the stolen funds, the hacker is also being offered a position as a security consultant for Huobi. This unique proposal highlights the growing importance of cybersecurity in the cryptocurrency world and the willingness of industry leaders to engage with hackers to enhance platform security.
As the crypto community watches this unfolding situation, it's evident that security remains a paramount concern for exchanges and their users. Cryptocurrency exchanges are increasingly becoming prime targets for cyberattacks, and their ability to respond swiftly and responsibly to such incidents is crucial for maintaining trust within the industry.
In response to the incident, Changpeng Zhao (CZ), the CEO of Binance, humorously quipped about the recent renaming of Huobi to HTX, while also affirming that his security team would assist in tracking the hacker's funds in cases where they could be traced.