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Crypto exchange HTX sees outflows top $258M following exploit

Crypto exchange HTX has seen over $258 million exit the platform since resuming operations on November 25 after a major security breach, according to data from DefiLlama.

Crypto exchange HTX has seen over $258 million

Between Nov. 25 — the day that HTX resumed its providers — and Dec. 10, the trade had some $258 million in internet outflows, according to knowledge from DefiLlama.

Crypto exchange HTX has seen over $258 million
HTX had $258 million in net outflows between Nov. 25 and Dec. 10. Source: DefiLlama

DefiLlama data shows HTX’s reserves comprise 32.3% Bitcoin BTC$42,334 and 31.8% Tron TRXtickers down$0.1056. TRX is the native currency of the Tron network, a blockchain launched by Sun in 2017.

At the time of publication, HTX is the 16th largest crypto exchange by daily trading volume, with a total of $1.6 billion in trading volume in the last 24 hours, per CoinMarketCap data.

Following HTX’s restart on Nov. 25, Sun promised any affected HTX users that they would be fully compensated for the hot wallet losses and said a probe was underway.

HTX and Heco Cross-Chain Bridge Undergo Hacker Attack. HTX Will Fully Compensate for HTX’s hot wallet Losses. Deposits and Withdrawals Temporarily Suspended. All Funds in HTX Are Secure, and the Community Can Rest Assured. We are investigating the specific reasons for the hacker…— H.E. Justin Sun 孙宇晨 (@justinsuntron) November 22, 2023

Over the past two months, HTX and other Sun-linked entities, such as crypto exchange Poloniex and the HTX Eco Chain (HECO) bridge, have been hacked a total of four times.

The first HTX hack occurred less than two weeks after the exchange rebranded itself to HTX, with an unknown attacker stealing nearly $8 million in crypto on Sept. 24, 2023.

The largest of the exploits was the $100 million Poloniex exchange exploit on Nov. 10, allegedly caused by a private key compromise.

HTX’s HECO Chain bridge — a tool designed for moving digital assets between HTX and other blockchain networks — also suffered a massive breach on Nov. 22. Hackers compromised HECO and sent at least $86.6 million to suspicious addresses.

Meanwhile, November was the worst month for crypto theft in 2023, with hackers and other malicious actors making off with $363 million of ill-gotten digital assets.

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