Bittensor wallets drained

Some users of the Bittensor wallet software suffered wallet drains as thieves emptied their cryptocurrency wallets of the project’s TAO token. Around 32,000 TAO, notionally worth around $8 million, was siphoned. Although blockchain sleuth zachxbt hypothesized that the attack may have been thanks to a private key leak, Bittensor later claimed that affected users had in fact been compromised by a malicious Bittensor package that had been uploaded to Python's PyPi package manager. It's not yet clear how the malicious package made it onto the package manager.

Bittensor is among the artificial intelligence-focused cryptocurrency projects that have become popular recently amid the AI hype. Although the project website boasts that "Bittensor is creating a new future for humanity, where new economies and new commodities are decentralized by design and where no single entity is a sole authority," the group unilaterally halted the chain in the wake of the attack.

Silvergate Bank pays $63 million to settle charges from multiple agencies

More than a year after the crypto-friendly Silvergate Bank collapsed, its parent company has agreed to pay $63 million in fines to the Federal Reserve and California Department of Financial Protection and the Innovation. The SEC also imposed a $50 million fine, though the terms of the settlement noted this "may be offset" by the other penalties.

According to the regulators, Silvergate "had serious deficiencies" in its anti-money laundering programs, including in its intra-customer crypto transfer product. In particular, the SEC highlighted $9 billion in suspicious transfers among FTX entities that should have been detected by compliance programs. The SEC also alleged that Silvergate misrepresented its financial state during the post-FTX collapse bank run.

Yield App declares insolvency, citing FTX losses

Yield App, a crypto investment platform, has announced that it will be entering liquidation proceedings. Citing "significant financial challenges", the project announced that the platform would be suspended pending liquidation.

In the immediate aftermath of the FTX collapse in November 2022, Yield App CEO Tim Frost had assured customers that "Yield App has no exposure to Alameda or the FTT token, and no signifiant exposure to FTX". However, Yield is now — going on two years after the FTX collapse — claiming to be suing "several hedge funds" that had lost money on FTX.

SEC sues Consensys, maker of MetaMask wallet

As expected, the SEC has filed a lawsuit against Consensys, the maker of the popular MetaMask cryptocurrency wallet. Although Consensys had recently gloated about the SEC completing an investigation into the company's offering of ETH, and determining not to pursue action over it, a Wells notice sent to the firm in April suggested that some legal action was impending. Shortly afterwards, Consensys filed a lawsuit against the SEC, alleging regulatory overreach.

The SEC's lawsuit claims that Consensys violated securities laws by acting as an unregistered securities broker, and by offering staking services that constituted unregistered securities offerings. The SEC has previously cracked down on staking offerings by other firms, including Coinbase and Kraken.

Logan Paul files defamation lawsuit over Coffeezilla's coverage of his failed CryptoZoo project

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A year and a half after threatening to sue YouTuber Coffeezilla for his series of videos exposing influencer Logan Paul's (alleged) role in (allegedly) scamming his large following with a failed blockchain game, Paul has followed through on the threat. Although he acknowledges in the lawsuit that the project was definitely a scam, Paul says that he too was duped by several "conmen" who he'd brought on as advisers.

In the lawsuit, Paul claims that Coffeezilla knowingly falsely accused Paul of being in on the scam in hopes of getting more attention on his videos. Paul is seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

In January 2024, Paul filed suit against the advisers he's described as "conmen". He's also pointed the finger at them while defending a potential class action complaint from defrauded investors.

FBI busts group of crypto-seeking home invaders

The Department of Justice busted a group of more than a dozen people, led by a 24-year-old man named Remy St. Felix, who perpetrated a string of break-ins and violent assaults in hopes of obtaining their victims' cryptocurrency holdings. The group seems to have been far more successful with their hacking thefts than with their in-person attempts to obtain cryptocurrency, but that didn't stop them from committing a string of eleven break-ins where they assaulted, threatened, and kidnapped victims.

In one case, a victim was able to transfer $150,000 in cryptocurrency to the attackers before their cryptocurrency exchange blocked the suspicious transfers. However, in their other attempts to physically steal crypto, they were unsuccessful, with victims either refusing to hand over their crypto or successfully escaping.

In one case, St. Felix and his associates targeted a woman from whom his group had already stolen $3 million in a SIM swapping attack. When they broke in and held the woman at gunpoint to try to steal the $500,000 in crypto she had left, the woman refused to turn over her password to her cryptocurrency account, so dismayed by her earlier loss that she told the men just to shoot her.

St. Felix was convicted on nine counts by a federal jury, and faces a sentence of seven years to life in prison. Thirteen co-conspirators also pleaded guilty.

Farcana token plummets 60% amid murky explanations

The token for the Farcana blockchain shooting game plummeted in value by around 60%. First, the project team announced that one of the project wallets had been compromised. However, they later deleted that tweet, then claimed that one of their market makers had been compromised. They emphasized that their wallets had not been hacked, and that their smart contracts had not been exploited.

23.8 million FAR were taken from a wallet, and the majority were sold for around $164,000 in USDT. The exploiter still holds 3.4 million FAR, which are notionally worth $83,250 but not likely to be sellable for that amount.

Farcana raised $10 million in seed funding in November 2023 from investors including Animoca and Polygon Ventures.

Victim loses $11 million to permit phishing

A victim lost $11 million in Aave Ethereum (aEthMK) and Pendle USDe tokens after signing several permit phishing signatures. Permit phishing is a technique in which scammers convince a victim to sign a transaction that grants broad permissions, allowing the scammer to then drain assets from the wallets. likely hacked for $3.5 million

It appears that the online crypto sports betting platform suffered a theft of around $3.5 million in USDT and Tron's TRX tokens. The theft was observed by crypto sleuth zachxbt, who noted that the theft seems to have been perpetrated by the same attacker who stole at least $55 million from the BtcTurk cryptocurrency exchange only hours earlier.

SportsBet has not yet disclosed any theft.

"Read-only" CoinStats crypto application enables wallet breaches

CoinStats, an application promising to help people track their cryptocurrency holdings, has suffered a breach impacting more than 1,500 user wallets.

The application asks its users to connect their wallets to allow it to track their holdings, but promises on the website that it offers "the ultimate security for your digital assets". "Since we ask for read-only access only, your holdings are perfectly safe under any conditions," the website promises, later touting its "military-grade encryption".

CoinStats shut down the platform while investigating the incident. Losses have been estimated at around $2.2 million.

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