Hackers breach web analytics site to target crypto exchange

posted 8 days ago
Cryptocurrency exchange Gate.io was the target of hackers who compromised a widely used web analytics platform this week. Security firm ESET said bad actors compromised a popular, Ireland-based web analytics site StatCounter, in an attempt to steal Bitcoin from the exchange's customers. StatCounter is used by more than two million websites, according to its own figures, and it provides statistics on billions of web hits daily.

"It is hard to see how many bitcoins have been transferred to the attackers" ESET researchers say. After being notified by ESET about the breach, Gate.io announced Wednesday that it "immediately removed" the StatCounter service from its site, and stressed that the users' funds are "safe." CoinMarketCap data indicates that Gate.io is the 38th largest crypto exchange globally by adjusted trading volume.
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