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Developer Turns Hacker: Munchables Recovers $62.8M Ether After Internal Exploit

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Developer Turns Hacker: Munchables Recovers $62.8M Ether After Internal Exploit

Developer Turns Hacker: Munchables Recovers $62.8M Ether After Internal Exploit

Crypto News – In the early hours of March 27th, at 4:40 am UTC, Munchables, a prominent Ethereum-based nonfungible token (NFT) game, found itself embroiled in a cybersecurity crisis. The unthinkable had occurred: one of its own developers was identified as the perpetrator behind a significant exploit that had drained over 17,400 ETH from the GameFi app.

Swift action was imperative. With the help of blockchain investigators like PeckShield and ZachXBT, Munchables initiated a frantic pursuit to track the movement of the stolen funds, hoping to intercept them before irreparable damage was done.

ZachXBT‘s investigations pointed towards a disturbing revelation: the exploit appeared to be rooted in the hiring of a developer operating under the alias “Werewolves0943,” allegedly affiliated with North Korea.

As dawn broke, Munchables confronted the harsh truth: the hacker was indeed one of its own. However, what followed was unexpected. Through an hour of tense negotiations, the former developer responsible for the breach agreed to return the pilfered funds, amounting to a staggering $62.8 million worth of Ether. Remarkably, no ransom was demanded.

In an official statement, Munchables acknowledged the cooperation of the repentant developer, who provided all necessary private keys to facilitate the recovery process. This included the keys holding $62,535,441.24 USD, 73 WETH, and the owner key containing the remaining funds.

Pacman, the enigmatic creator of the Ethereum layer-2 blockchain Blast, expressed gratitude to ZachXBT for his invaluable assistance. He revealed that the ex-Munchables developer had chosen to return the entirety of the funds without any coercive demands.

Developer Turns Hacker: Munchables Recovers $62.8M Ether After Internal Exploit

With the stolen assets reclaimed, attention turned to restoring normalcy. Pacman pledged to collaborate with the Munchables team to redistribute the recovered funds effectively.

However, amidst the chaos, a cautionary tale emerged. Victims of such hacks were urged to exercise caution, relying solely on communications from verified sources to avoid falling prey to refund scams.

The Munchables incident unfolded against the backdrop of another crypto breach. Just days prior, a hacker had siphoned approximately $24,000 from multiple decentralized finance (DeFi) aggregator ParaSwap addresses. Fortunately, swift action by the protocol, aided by white hat hackers, facilitated the recovery process and initiated refunds for affected users.

ParaSwap‘s proactive measures included the revocation of permissions for the vulnerable AugustusV6 smart contract. Despite these efforts, a significant number of addresses affected by the breach had yet to revoke allowances for the compromised contract as of March 25th.

In the ever-evolving landscape of cryptocurrency, such incidents serve as stark reminders of the importance of vigilance and swift response in mitigating the impact of cyber threats.

Developer Turns Hacker: Munchables Recovers $62.8M Ether After Internal Exploit

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