KuCoin Hacked: $22K Stolen; Exchange Vows to Reimburse Victims

• KuCoin’s Twitter account was hacked for 45 minutes and malicious post promoting a fake giveaway was published.
• 22 users lost a total of 22,628 Tether (USDT) after interacting with the phishing site.
• KuCoin has promised to fully reimburse all verified asset losses caused by the breach.

KuCoin’s Twitter Account Hacked

KuCoin’s official Twitter account was compromised for about 45 minutes in the early hours of April 24th. A malicious post for a giveaway with a link to a phishing site was published on the platform, resulting in 22 transactions where users lost funds after interacting with the phishing site. The total amount of USDT lost by users amounted to 22,628.

Reimbursement Promise

In response to this incident, KuCoin has promised to „fully reimburse all verified asset losses caused by the social media breach and the fake activity.“ The exchange also assured users that the hack was limited only to their social media account and that all funds stored on their exchange were safe.

Impact on KCS Token

The news of KuCoin’s hack had an impact on its native token KCS as well — it is down 1.37% over the past 24 hours and trading at just over $8 at press time.

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