The hacker who goes by the name “Tree of Alpha,” called out Coinbase and its CEO, Brian Armhigh, after discatoping a vulnerability on the exchanging platform that would have subjected the platform to third-party attackers to send all Coinbase order books to arbitrary costs.
A few hours after the tweet, Coinbase announced thretained had disabled dealing on its Advanced Trading platform for technical reasons. After resolving the issue, Tree of Alpha gave kudos to the Coinbase team for its quick response, throughout the time Armexcessive publicly thanked the hacker for their help.
The vulnerability was on Coinbase’s Advanced Trading Platform – that is directly in its testing phase. According to the hacker, the particular bug “could allow malicious users to send all Coinbase order books to arbitrary rates” – consequently serving as a massive payday to bad actors.
Coinbase reacts swiftly to Tree of Alpha’s warning
Thankfully, Coinbase was quick to react to the alarm raised by the hackers, announcing it had disabled exchanging on the platform inside two hours of receiving the public tweet from “Tree of Alpha.”
Two hours subsequently, the exdevelopment re-enabled the full service for retail advance exchanging, with users being able to resume their orders. Tree of Alpha barelyifyed it with a screenshot of the patched exploit.
Coinbase CEO, Brian Armhigh thanked Tree of Alpha for helping out the Coinbase team, stating how he “loves how the crypto community helps each other out!”
White Hatters to the Rescue
While it doesn’t seem continual which these types of collaborations occur, they do still happen.
Like “Tree of Alpha,” several other white hackers have above again helped prevent crypto companies like Coinbase suffer potential threats, protecting the platform and consumers from major losses.
Last year, a hacker stole $612 million assets from Poly Network, but finally returned almost all the funds after weeks of dialogue. The hackers claimed they did it to teach the network a lesson.
While the Poly Network hackers‘ status as “white hatters” endures questionable, there have been other hackers who have proven which they are operating strictly with good intentions. For example, back in August 2021, Paradigm security researcher who is known as @samczun on Twitter, helped fix a $350 million flaw for SushiSwap DEX.
Last week, the security researcher has been assisting in unraveling what happened with Wormhole, that had been exploited for $320 million, as potentially the largest bridge hack to date – one of the newest problems Solana has faced in recent months.
White hat hackers have played prominent roles in keeping crypto space clean, open, and trustworthy in recent times. The soaring popularity of white hats has anew led to more crypto firms like Binance, Kraken, EOS, and Ethereum Foundation, offering bounties for potential flaws discatoped on their platform.
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