In a recent development following the reported $81.5 million hack on Orbit Bridge, the platform disclosed that the purloined cryptocurrencies have not seen any movement from the addresses where the pilfered funds are held. This disclosure adds a layer of intrigue to the aftermath of the security breach, as the status quo of the stolen assets raises questions about the motives and strategies of the perpetrators.
Are the Hackers up to Something?
The hack, which dealt a significant blow to the cross-chain bridge protocol, prompted the platform to address its user base and stakeholders. Despite Swift and decisive action taken by Orbit Chain’s security team to contain the breach, the lack of movement in the stolen funds has become a central point of interest.
Meanwhile, one plausible interpretation is that the hackers adopt a cautious and patient approach, refraining from immediate transactions that could expose them. However, in the cryptocurrency space, converting stolen assets without leaving a trial demands meticulous planning and timing. As such, the conclusion to keep the funds stagnant could be a deliberate move to elude detection and ensure a seamless transition into untraceable assets.
As of now, the stolen assets remain unmoved.
Our team is constantly monitoring the stolen asset, and we promise to inform the community once the address associated with the stolen asset has taken action.
— Orbit Chain (@Orbit_Chain) January 2, 2024
Orbit Bridge Investigates the Hack Thoroughly
As per a post on X (formerly called Twitter), Orbit in collaboration with relevant authorities, is actively engaged in efforts to trace the movement of the stolen funds and bring the perpetrators to justice. The platform’s team has also instructed some major cryptocurrency exchanges to freeze stolen assets.
As the investigation into the hack progresses, the broader cryptocurrency community remains vigilant, anticipating the outcomes that will likely influence future security protocols and regulatory frameworks.
Crypto Exchange Security on a Global Scale
Orbit Bridge is not the only protocol that has faced cyberattacks. Crypto exchanges worldwide have become attractive targets for cybercriminals due to the potential for significant financial gains. CoinEx, a Hong Kong-based exchange, suffered a massive $27 million hack in September 2023, attributed to a compromised private key. In a separate attraction that same month, Huobi Global’s HTX exchange lost $7.9 million.
As cyberattacks on crypto exchanges continue to increase, ensuring the security of digital assets becomes a paramount concern. Investors must take active steps to protect their funds and investments, such as using secure wallets, enabling two-factor authentication, and staying informed about potential threats.
As reported by Web 3.0 security firm Beosin, the crypto industry suffered huge losses of around $656 million owing to hacks, scams, rug pulls in the first half of 2023.