The term “computer hacker” refers to an individual or group of individuals skilled in manipulating computer systems, often breaking through layers of security to achieve their goals. These goals can range from exploring systems out of curiosity, stealing sensitive data and defacing websites to illegally profiting from system manipulation.
In the context of cryptocurrencies, hackers target exchanges, wallets and users to steal funds. The latest news on hackers shows that no one is protected from their schemes, with several cases of exchange hacks.
In 2014, Mt. Gox, once the world’s largest Bitcoin exchanges, declared bankruptcy after losing 850,000 Bitcoin (BTC). In March 2022, hackers targeted the Axie Infinity gaming platform’s network, Ronin, stealing approximately $625 million in Ether (ETH) and USD Coin (USDC), marking the largest cryptocurrency hack to date.
Other notable hacks include the Poly Network heist, where over $600 million was stolen. FTX also faced a massive breach, losing $600 million in crypto assets. Binance, a major exchange, fell victim to a $570 million hack, and Coincheck suffered a $523 million attack in 2018.