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Hackers plunder $12 million USD in Ether from decentralized exchange Bancor

Bancor has revealed that a security breach has enabled hackers to make off with as much as $12 million USD in Ether.

In a new statement, Bancor has confirmed that hackers have leveraged a latent vulnerability to steal some 24,984 ETH – worth about $12 million USD – as well as $1 million USD worth of NPXS and $10 million USD worth of BNT.

Bancor is a decentralized protocol that enables users to convert between different cryptographic tokens directly, without the need to use a conventional cryptocurrency exchange.

The hack, which took place at 00:00 UTC, targeted a wallet address used to upgrade several smart contracts on the protocol. While the stolen BNT balance has since been frozen using a proprietary mechanism, the stolen ETH and NPXS have not been as fortunate, as the hackers have since withdrawn both cryptocurrencies from a recipient wallet.

In a statement to the press, Bancor has confirmed that it is now “working together with dozens of cryptocurrency exchanges to trace the stolen funds and make it more difficult for the thief to liquidate them”.

It remains to be seen, however, if the plan will be successful. Bancor has confirmed that it will continue to post updates on both its Twitter account as well as its official Telegram channel.


In the wake of the hack, Ethereum has fallen by some -4.94% day-on day, and presently trades at $461.23 USD. NPXS has similarly dipped, and is down by some -14.25% – trading at $0.003551 USD.

Bancor’s BNT has taken the brunt of the blow, however, and has fallen by some -14.91% over the past twenty-four hours. At press time, BNT trades at $2.46 USD.