50 Cent claims his accounts were compromised to promote a memecoin

Tweet by 50cent: "Get Rich or Die Tryin! 💪🏾 Get the official $GUNIT Now"Scam tweet from 50 Cent's account (attribution)
50 Cent has claimed his Twitter account and website were hacked to promote a memecoin called $GUNIT. "I have no association with this crypto," the rapper wrote on Instagram.

50 Cent also claimed in the post that "Who ever did this made $300,000,000 in 30 minutes." It's not clear where 50 Cent got this number, because the token has only done $19.8 million in volume. One wallet made around $722,000 off the token, and three others also made over $100,000.

BtcTurk exploited for at least $55 million

The Turkish cryptocurrency exchange BtcTurk has acknowledged that they suffered a hack that impacted ten hot wallets containing multiple cryptocurrencies. The exchange halted deposits and withdrawals while investigating, and said they are working with law enforcement.

It appears that assets notionally worth around $55 million were stolen. Furthermore, the exploiter sold substantial amounts of some cryptocurrencies, including Luna Classic, causing major price movements in those tokens.

According to newly installed Binance CEO Richard Teng, Binance froze $5.3 million of the stolen assets.

CertiK and Kraken accuse each other of misconduct over bug report and $3 million "testing"

Prominent blockchain security firm CertiK has accused American cryptocurrency exchange Kraken of threatening them after they reported a bug. According to CertiK, they discovered a bug in the exchange software, which they tested with multiple transactions over several days. Some of these were large transactions, which CertiK said they performed to test whether Kraken had alerting in place to detect higher-value transfers. When they reported the vulnerability to the exchange, they say the exchange patched the bug, but then threatened CertiK employees and demanded they repay a "mismatched" amount of crypto allegedly taken during the testing period.

However, others have noted that the number of transactions and amount of cryptocurrency taken by CertiK while "investigating" the bug seems to far exceed the norm for whitehat security researchers, and that they took cryptocurrency amounting to millions of dollars — making their "testing" look a lot more like a blackhat theft. Furthermore, CertiK made several transfers to Tornado Cash as part of their "testing" — an entity that is sanctioned by the United States.

Kraken alleged that CertiK did not disclose the full extent of their employees' transactions, and refused to return the $3 million they had taken. They also alleged that CertiK had attempted to extort them. Kraken said they had been in contact with law enforcement, and were "treating this as a criminal case".

Ultimately, CertiK returned the funds. However, it's not clear if criminal action may be ongoing.

Martin Shkreli claims to have been behind a Donald Trump memecoin

Martin Shkreli sits at a table, arms crossed and smirkingMartin Shkreli (attribution)
After Arkham Intelligence announced a $150,000 bounty for anyone who could prove the identity of the person behind a Donald Trump memecoin called $DJT, blockchain sleuth zachxbt quickly rose to the occasion. He submitted evidence that Martin Shkreli, the "pharma bro" who spent years in federal prison for financial fraud and who was previously known for hiking the price of an anti-malaria drug 56×, was behind the token. This wouldn't have been Shkreli's first foray into the blockchain world, after he launched a "web3 drug discovery platform", and then later dubiously claimed to have been hacked for over $450,000 after his computer was infected by a trojan after he torrented a porn video.

Shkreli attempted to frontrun the news in a Twitter space, and came out with his own claims that he had collaborated with Barron Trump to create the token, and with Andrew Tate to pump its price. However, fellow felon and memecoin pumper Roger Stone subsequently crawled out of the woodwork to claim that neither Barron nor Donald Trump was involved with $DJT.

Shkreli has yet to provide solid proof that he created the memecoin, though zachxbt's research tends to be very strong. If true, Shkreli faces potential legal repercussions, as he is still on parole after his release in 2022. The terms of his parole require him to "refrain from engaging in self-employment which involves access to client's assets, investments, or money, or solicitation of assets, investments, or money", and to make financial disclosures to the courts. Shkreli was also banned from the securities industry in 2018, as part of a settlement with the SEC.

Holograph exploited for more than $1.2 million

The Holograph tokenization project was exploited on June 13 after they took advantage of a flaw in a smart contract that allowed them to mint 1 billion HLG tokens. Notionally worth $14.4 million at the time the tokens were minted, relatively low liquidity meant that the introduction of a billion additional tokens crashed the token price by 80%. The attacker ultimately was able to cash out around 348 ETH (~$1.2 million).

One of the addresses involved in the exploit appears to have contributed to the Holograph protocol, though it's not clear if they took advantage of insider knowledge to pull off the heist.

UwU Lend re-enables protocol after hack, immediately gets hacked again

After suffering a $20 million loss in a June 10 hack, the UwU Lend defi lending protocol has now seen another $3.7 million in suspicious outflows only days later. Although UwU Lend paused the protocol after the attack, they re-enabled it on June 12, claiming to have identified and resolved the vulnerability. This apparently wasn't the case, given the same attacker quickly repeated their exploit.

UwU Lend was created by Michael Patryn, aka Omar Dhanani, aka "0xSifu", who has been behind several cryptocurrency projects that have suffered major exploits. This is not exactly helping concerns among some observers that perhaps Sifu is the common denominator in these suspicious losses.

Phishing scammers impersonate Andreessen Horowitz employee to drain crypto wallets

DMs from a person impersonating Peter Lauten:
Impersonator: "hi 👋"
Victim: "Hello Peter"
Impersonator: "It's great connecting with you here. I'm from @a16z, and we're on the lookout for compelling stories in the web3 space for our "My First 16" podcast. We love diving into the early stages of innovative projects - the ups, the downs, and everything in between."Messages from a scammer impersonating Peter Lauten (attribution)
Attentive phishers noticed when Andreessen Horowitz partner Peter Lauten changed his Twitter username from @peter_lauten to @lauten, and snapped up the previous username. They then began contacting various targets in the cryptocurrency world, asking to set up meetings to arrange appearances on the venture capital firm's crypto podcast.

The scammers followed a familiar playbook in which they asked their targets to download video call software called "Vortax", which was actually wallet draining malware. However, these scammers had a leg up on some others who have been running that scheme: the Andreessen Horowitz website still listed Lauten's old username on their website, giving even skeptical victims some reassurance that the account was legitimate.

According to crypto sleuth zachxbt, who first reported on this incident, one victim lost $245,000 when his wallets were drained by the malware.

Terraform Labs, Do Kwon reach $4.5 billion settlement with the SEC

Terraform Labs and its former CEO Do Kwon have agreed to settle the SEC's civil action against them with a $4.5 billion payment of disgorgement, interest, and penalties. Kwon and the company were behind the collapsed Terra/Luna stablecoin project, which imploded in May 2022. It was among the first dominoes in what ended up being an industry-wide collapse.

If the settlement is approved by the judge, Kwon will personally be responsible for around $200 million of the settlement payment, with Terraform Labs shouldering the rest. Although the settlement is among the largest the SEC has received in a securities fraud lawsuit, it's unlikely the company will ever pay anything close to the total amount, as it is in bankruptcy and claims to have only around $150 million in assets remaining. Both the company and Kwon will be banned from trading crypto asset securities.

The substantial fine is among the lesser of Kwon's worries at the moment, as he is still in jail in Montenegro pending extradition to either South Korea or the United States to face serious criminal charges for his role in the fraud.

UwU Lend suffers almost $20 million hack

The defi lending protocol UwU Lend was hacked for around $20 million. After various blockchain security firms observed suspicious outflows of funds, the protocol acknowledged there had been a "situation" on their Twitter account, and wrote that they had paused the protocol while they were investigating.

UwU Lend was founded by Michael Patryn, aka Omar Dhanani, aka "0xSifu" — a co-founder of the ill-fated QuadrigaCX exchange and ex-con. He also pseudonymously ran the defi cryptocurrency project Wonderland until his identity was revealed after the protocol suffered a meltdown.

Loopring's "most secure" wallet hacked for at least $5 million

Although Loopring markets its wallet application as "Ethereum's most secure wallet", that's evidently a pretty low bar. They disclosed that they had suffered a breach in their wallet recovery service, which allows individuals to designate trusted entities to recover assets or freeze compromised accounts. An attacker was able to "recover" assets from wallets that had only designated a single Loopring guardian, pilfering at least $5 million.

Loopring announced that they had suspended their account recovery operations, and were working with law enforcement to trace the attackers.

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