Following the Solana Wallet attack, the Solana Status team informed the public and clarified that the wallet addresses affected by the breach were linked to the Slope mobile wallet apps. The team further pointed out that “there is no evidence that the Solana protocol or its cryptography has been compromised.”
Solana’s status report indicates that the affected addresses were created at some point in the Slope mobile wallet apps
Over the past 48 hours, Solana’s team has faced a offensive which has seen thousands of Solana-based wallets compromised. At the time, Solana Labs co-founder and CEO Anatoly Yakovenko thought the exploit may have come from a supply chain attack. He explained that both iOS and Android wallets were affected when he said: “most reports are Slope, but a few Phantom users as well.”
On August 3, 2022, the Solana Status The Twitter account explained that the addresses affected by the hack were linked to Slope mobile wallet apps. “After investigation by developers, ecosystem teams, and security auditors, it appears that the affected addresses were at some point created, imported, or used within the Slope mobile wallet apps,” Solana Status wrote. . “This exploit has been isolated to a wallet on Solana, and the hardware wallets used by Slope remain secure.” Solana Status said:
While the details of exactly how this happened are still being investigated, information about the private key was inadvertently passed to an application monitoring service. There is no evidence that the Solana protocol or its cryptography has been compromised.
Slope Finance published a official statement of the wallet team and the details of the breach are vague. Slope said: “A cohort of Slope wallets have been compromised in the breach, we have some assumptions as to the nature of the breach, but nothing is firm yet, [and] we feel the pain of the community and we were not immune. Many of our own staff and founder portfolios have been depleted. Slope also added that the team is actively conducting internal investigations and audits, while working with security and audit groups.
Security experts say Slope’s seed sentences were recorded in readable plain text
During the official statement, the Slope team further recommended Slope wallet users to “create a new single seed phrase wallet and transfer all assets to this new wallet.” Slope added:
If you are using a hardware wallet, your keys have not been compromised.
Data from Dune Analytics shows that there were more unique addresses affected by the breach than originally reported. Statistics show that 9,223 unique addresses suffered from the bug and $4,088,121 in crypto was stolen. Most of the hacked assets consisted of solana (SOL) and SOL-based USDC.
It is to be said that Slope’s mnemonic seed phrases uploaded to Slope’s server were saved as readable text. The Slope Wallet team is said to have stored the mnemonics in debug logging software through a centralized Sentry server. Security experts at Ottersec detailed that “anyone with access to Sentry could access [a] the user’s private keys. Ottersec also noted that the Slope team was “very helpful in sharing hack-related data.”
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