June 15, 2021

The Block Paid Subscribers Database Allegedly Sold at Hacker Forum

The data of users who bought a paid subscription to the analytic materials of the cryptocurrency publication The Block, allegedly sold for $ 5,000 on one of the hacker forums.

About an incident that occurred several weeksback, writes Twitter account Shadow Intelligence. According to a screenshot posted on a forum post, a hacker under the pseudonym zeph0 was selling a database of paid The Block subscribers who paid $ 1,000 or more for accessing the publication’s exclusive content.

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The database was allegedly obtained atThis January, as a result of a phishing attack on co-founder and CTO The Block Jake McGraw. The hacker suggested using this data to reach potential victims and steal bitcoins from them.

Shadow Intelligence also included a screenshot of a recent McGraw letter to clients. It says that the database could be at the disposal of attackers during a leak in September 2019.

The company reported it in a separate entry, andalso in a letter to customers, emphasizing then that The Block does not have access to users' payment information and does not store any data other than names and email addresses.

The Block Paid Subscribers Database Allegedly Sold at Hacker Forum

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Jake Macrow at the same time expressed doubts thatunauthorized access could be obtained after the September incident. Nevertheless, he announced his intention to contact the police to determine possible methods of prosecuting a hacker.

The attacker himself, meanwhile, announced the successful sale of the base. According to Shadow Intelligence, he received $ 5,000 for it.

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Shadow Intelligence writes that it also intends to conduct its own investigation to establish exactly how the data leak occurred.

Recall previously reported that for saleMore than 200,000 users of popular cryptocurrency exchanges, financial applications and wallets have exposed their personal data. Behind the attack was supposedly a hacker who hacked the database of the official Ethereum forum in 2016, but those on the list of Ledger and Trezor deny the leak.