FTX compensating users who lost $6M to phishing attacks “just this once,” says SBF


3Commas, a platform that allows users to build automated trading bots, announced On October 21st, it was revealed that three of the customer’s keys were used to perform fraudulent transactions on a partner’s exchange account.

Investigation revealed that the affected user had been phished using a fake 3Commas website, indicating that the keys had been stolen outside of 3Commas.

Sam Bankman-Fried, CEO of cryptocurrency exchange FTX, said: murmured On October 24th, it was revealed that several other users had also fallen prey to other phishing attacks emulating sites such as 3Commas. FTX can’t stop bad guys from creating fake sites for other crypto services, but as a “one-time thing”, in total he will compensate users who lost $6 million. he said.

Bankman-Fried said FTX has a team dedicated to thwarting fake FTX clones and the exchange has a “huge number of controls” to prevent fake sites from attacking FTX accounts. I explained that there is. He added that it was “a lot of work,” but that attempts to prevent phishing attacks were “mostly successful.”

Bankman-Fried pointed out that phishing is “bad” and “something we have to fight as an industry.” This is unlike today, where each company has to independently suppress phishing attempts.

In current phishing attacks, FTX and other exchange users unknowingly provide API keys to use trading services on fake platforms, SBF explained. Techniques may vary depending on the site targeted, but in each case the victim was exploited by a “third-party attacker,” he wrote.

SBF further proposed asking the scammers to return 90% of the loot, or about $5.7 million, in exchange for immunity. He added that other exchanges, such as Binance, whose users were affected by the scam, also hope to compensate victims. reiterated its warning that it would not compensate users who were willing to provide information in phishing attacks.

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