$1.2 million in Bitcoins hijacked in 'social engineering' attack

Sponsored Links

Steve Dent
November 9th, 2013
In this article: bitcoin, hijack
$1.2 million in Bitcoins hijacked in 'social engineering' attack

So, you've amassed a fortune in Bitcoins, possibly ill-gotten. If you're storing them on a computer that's exposed to the internet, you may want to rethink that strategy thanks to a huge theft from a digital wallet service called Input.io. 4,100 Bitcoins worth $1.2 million were plundered through two separate attacks by a hacker that gained access through social engineering, according to "TradeFortress," the site's owner. The thief managed to reset the site's password through an email recovery scheme, routing the process through a proxy server near the Australian service's location to avoid suspicion. Unfortunately, Input.io is unable to return the lion's share of the theft, though TradeFortress told Wired he'd pay back 1,540 Bitcoins from his personal stash. The service is now dead and you may want to heed to rueful owner's parting words: "I don't recommend storing any Bitcoins accessible on computers connected to the internet."

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Popular on Engadget