Cryptocurrency wallet MyEtherWallet (MEW) has told Cointelegraph that rumors about it being hacked are “FUD” and “a stupid lie.”
In a private message today, Jan. 9, the wallet provider categorically denied accusations circling on social media that hackers had gained access to their DNS, creating a phishing scam to gather login data.
The rumors that MEW had been hacked appeared to stem from developers of altcoin Ethereum Blue (BLUE) on Twitter, who posted a string of warnings about the DNS compromise, along with advice not to use MEW.
Referring to BLUE’s tweets, MEW told Cointelegraph:
“MEW is not compromised. They [BLUE] are either maliciously spreading FUD to harm others, maliciously spreading FUD to boost their own coin's price, or just so incompetent and were confused. Regardless, it's a stupid lie.”
Several of the tweets from BLUE today have already been deleted, but a screenshot of the original tweets was published in a reddit post, which has since marked the story as “fake.”
A reddit user who allegedly works for MEW replied to the post, stating that the wallet was “not aware of any compromises” and reminded users that they can always access the service offline.
Official tweets from MEW several hours after the BLUE rumors had circulated did not point any fingers directly, instead opting for a more general refuting of “FUD”:
Thank you to @AnirudhaPanda @altcoinio @AppletonDave @crypto_hokie @sniko_ and everyone else who looked deeper & fought the spread of FUD. Knowing people like you are watching out for the community is why we all thrive. The light will outshine the darkness. ???— MyEtherWallet.com (@myetherwallet) January 9, 2018
For months before today’s rumors, MEW’s site has featured a pop-up tutorial about how users can protect themselves from phishing attacks.
In December 2017, MyEtherWallet dealt with an actual scam when a fake MEW wallet app appeared in the Apple App Store. The app rose to number three in the finance app category before it was taken down.