Compound Finance site potentially breached — ZachXBT

The NFT Unicorn 79a5cc66-2891-4aec-81be-5f99ecc63d0a Compound Finance site potentially breached — ZachXBT Crypto News

Crypto investigator ZachXBT has warned users to avoid the Compound Finance website, which appears to have been hijacked. 

On July 11, the security investigator published a post on Telegram telling the community to stay away from the website for the time being. According to ZachXBT, the website redirects to a newly registered phishing site and may pose a substantial security risk.

ZachXBT warns users to stay away from the Compound Finance website. Source: ZachXBT

In the meantime, a member of the Compound Finance team confirmed the breach and advised users to avoid interacting with the site to prevent potential losses of personal data and funds.

The NFT Unicorn e0a19f9d-d313-4d12-8063-71806b44b162 Compound Finance site potentially breached — ZachXBT Crypto News
Source: Michael Lewellen

Michael Lewellen, security adviser at the Compound Finance DAO, alerted users of the breach. According to Lewellen, the URL has been compromised and is hosting a phishing website. The security adviser warned users not to interact with the site. Despite this, Lewellen assured users that the protocol was not impacted and that the smart contract funds were safe.

Cointelegraph approached the Compound Labs team for comments but has not yet received a response.

Compound Finance’s X account hacked in 2023

The company is not new to security attacks. In 2023, the decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol’s official X account was taken over by hackers. Like the recent incident, the hackers exploited the company’s social media platform to promote a phishing website.

Back then, the account posted an advertisement promoting free crypto tokens. It also urged users to click a link imitating the protocol’s official site. However, it was quickly flagged as a scam.

Cybersecurity blogger Officer’s Notes and blockchain security platform Scam Sniffer confirmed that the account had posted phishing links.

On Dec. 30, 2023, the Compound Labs team confirmed they were compromised for four hours before recovering the account. They also informed their users that they had removed the spam messages.

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Phishing attacks caused almost $498 million in losses in 2024

On April 4, CertiK CEO co-founder Ronghui Gu urged the community to proactively prepare for attacks as the market continues to grow. At the time, the company noticed that phishing attacks in the crypto space had reached “alarming levels.”

On July 3, the company reported that losses in crypto security incidents reached $1.19 billion in the first half of 2024. The report attributed almost $498 million in digital asset losses to phishing attacks. Because of this, Gu emphasized the need for multifactor authentication and better security practices.

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