Profanity May Be The Cause Of Crypto Trading Firm Wintermute’s $160 Million Hack

Wintermute, a London-based cryptocurrency firm that trades billions of dollars’ worth of digital assets daily, lost $160 million in a hack early on Tuesday. Founder and CEO Evgeny Gaevoy says he learned of the hack a few minutes after it took place, around 6:00 AM London time.

An hour later, he announced the theft on Twitter without saying how it happened. All told, the hacker stole about $120 million worth of Wintermute’s “stable coins” including USDC and USDT, $20 million worth of its bitcoin and ether and another $20 million worth of lesser-known cryptocurrencies.

Gaevoy explained to Forbes that, although the investigation is still ongoing, the hack likely originated with a service called Profanity, which generates “vanity addresses” for digital cryptocurrency accounts to make them easier to work with. Otherwise, crypto accounts are roughly 30-character strings of varied letters and numbers.

Last week, a blog post by another crypto firm revealed a security vulnerability with Profanity’s code. The gist of the problem: someone with enough computing power can generate all the possible keys or passwords created for a Profanity vanity address. Then they can scan the associated accounts to see how much money they hold and steal the funds.

Wintermute had been using Profanity not to create easy-to-remember names for digital accounts, but to lower its trading transaction costs, since that’s another feature of Profanity’s service, Gaevoy says. When Wintermute learned of the vulnerability last week, they took steps to technologically “blacklist” their Profanity accounts, shielding them from being liquidated.

However, due to their own “human error,” one of the 10 accounts didn’t get blacklisted, according to Gaevoy, which probably resulted in the $160 million heist. These trading accounts were part of Wintermute’s “decentralized finance” or DeFi business, where it makes rapid trades on decentralized exchanges like Uniswap and Sushi Swap that aren’t controlled by a single entity.

Since the DeFi ecosystem is young, highly experimental and designed to be more openly accessible than traditional finance, it doesn’t have the same safeguards that centralized exchanges like Coinbase has. “You don’t have any circuit breakers. You don’t have any two-factor authentication to help store your keys,” Gaevoy says.

In 2021, DeFi hacks totaled $1.3 billion, according to research by security firm Certik. Analytics firm Chainalysis estimates that North Korea-linked groups stole $1 billion from DeFi protocols in the first eight months of 2022. Some tried and true security practices in crypto, such as using external hardware wallets or “multi-sig” applications that need to be digitally signed by multiple parties before a transaction is approved, can’t be used for the type of automated trading Wintermute does.

“You need to sign transactions on the fly, within seconds,” says Gaevoy. So they had to invent their own tech tools and security protocols. “Ultimately, that’s the risk we took. It was calculated.” DeFi has been a flourishing part of Wintermute’s business in prior years. “It didn’t work out this year,” he admits.

The Wintermute CEO has some leads on who the hacker might be, and he’s investigating them “both internally and with the use of external partners.” He’s hoping that the hacker will become a “white hat” who returns most of the funds, and he’s now offering a 10% bounty, or $16 million, if the hacker gives back the remaining $144 million. He tweeted that Wintermute “would prefer to resolve this in a simple way, but the window of opportunity to do so is closing fast due to the high profile of this exploit.”

Despite the new $160 million hole in its balance sheet, Gaevoy says Wintermute is on sound financial footing, with more than $350 million in equity. “We are one of the very few crypto-native proprietary trading firms that can actually take this punch,” the CEO says. For a couple hours after the hack, the company paused its OTC trading desk, where it facilitates large trades between other parties. But that has resumed to its normal operation.

I lead our fintech coverage at Forbes and also cover crypto. I edit our annual Fintech 50 and 30 Under 30 for fintech, and I’ve written frequently about leadership and corporate

Source: Profanity May Be The Cause Of Crypto Trading Firm Wintermute’s $160 Million Hack

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As per 1inch’s findings, the private keys linked to vanity addresses could be calculated with brute force attacks. A hacker managed to steal $3.3 million worth of cryptocurrencies from several Ethereum addresses generated with the “Profanity” tool. The funds were drained even after the decentralized exchange aggregator 1inch warned users about discovering a severe vulnerability putting millions of dollars at risk.

It had previously advised users owning wallet addresses generated with the Profanity tool to transfer their assets to a different wallet.

1inch Security Report

In early 2022, 1inch contributors observed that Profanity used a random 32-bit vector to seed 256-bit private keys and suspected it could be unsafe. Upon further investigation, more suspicious activity was noted, signaling that Profanity wallets were compromised.

“The 1inch contributors checked the richest vanity addresses on popular networks and came to the conclusion that most of them were not created by the Profanity tool. But Profanity is one of the most popular tools due to its high efficiency. Sadly, that could only mean that most of the Profanity wallets were secretly hacked.”

According to 1inch, Profanity happens to be a popular and “highly efficient” tool with which users are able to create millions of addresses per second. However, the procedure used by Profanity to generate the addresses was not flawless either and was susceptible to attacks.

The security disclosure report published by 1inch last week also noted that the vulnerability may have enabled hackers to “secretly” steal millions of dollars from Profanity users’ wallets for years. The contributors are currently trying to determine all the compromised vanity addresses.

Soon after the warning, blockchain investigator ZachXBT notified the attack draining over $3 million in funds. Fortunately, his tweet helped a user save $1.2 million in crypto and NFTs from the hacker who had access to their wallet.

Profanity Devs Abandon Project

According to Tal Be’ery, ZenGo’s security lead and chief technology officer, the malicious entities could have been “sitting” on the vulnerability in an attempt to get their hands on as many private keys as possible of bug-ridden Profanity-generated vanity addresses before the vulnerability was detected. However, they cashed out after it was publicly exposed by 1inch.

Meanwhile, one of the Profanity developers, who goes by the pseudonym ‘johguse’ on Github, said that they have already “abandoned” the project a few years ago. The comment regarding the same read

“This project was abandoned by me a couple of years ago. Fundamental security issues in the generation of private keys have been brought to my attention. I strongly advise against using this tool in its current state. This repository will soon be further updated with additional information regarding this critical issue.”

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Why Your Idea of Influencer Marketing is Outdated

While influencer marketing has become a mainstay for marketers, this doesn’t mean that marketers should start getting comfortable. As social apps start to integrate more creative functions to suit their users’ needs, an increasing number of users have started to become creators in their own right.

Anyone with a smartphone can create content, but those that create unique, high-quality content have risen to join the ranks of top influencers.

However, marketers often only consider partnering with ‘traditional’ influencers — influential tastemakers that usually have a large following. While these individuals may not necessarily create posts of high quality, their ability to leverage their fans makes them attractive to marketers seeking to promote their brand.

While creators can become influential and influencers do often create their own content, they aren’t one and the same. Marketers shouldn’t make the mistake of conflating them. Here’s why:

Influencers and content creators have different impacts on their audiences

Marketers increasingly understand the need to shift from ‘vanity’ metrics such as ‘likes’ towards engagement metrics such as ‘views’ and ‘impressions’. This also means that influencer marketing isn’t used just for the purpose of attracting eyeballs. Brands must engage the individuals that best suit their campaign objectives and KPIs.

For example, a beauty brand looking to raise brand awareness might engage a beauty influencer to create a sponsored post, then track impressions on their posts, or audience growth on their social media.

A YouTuber that uses the same products as part of a morning routine video or beauty challenge, on the other hand, can generate interest in your product that leads to greater click-throughs to your product page.

The main difference is that influencers act as an amplification channel for your content or product, driving awareness through reach, which can generate sales with the right target group.

Content creators, on the other hand, incorporate your product into their own content styles — be it beauty routines, funny challenges, or breathtaking photographs. These creators may not have a large following, but often have loyal audiences that are already interested in the form of content they produce. As such, they score greater points for relatability.

Think of influencer marketing as a form of brand partnership

Gone are the days when influencers are willing to plug your brand or product in exchange for free goods or cash. Influencers now hold greater accountability to their followers, meaning that it is imperative for them to be honest about sponsorships and create more authentic content.

According to Campaign, some factors that determine if a user decides to follow an influencer include how “real” their content is, how well-intentioned their posts are, and whether or not the content or products they endorse are in keeping with their usual style.

This means that influencers are likely to be more selective with the brands that they choose to work with. An influencer such as Liv Lo (@livlogolding), for example, builds her personal brand around her sustainable lifestyle and the use of environmentally-friendly, organic products. Liv Lo features cruelty-free skincare brands on her Instagram page and isn’t shy about criticising brands that aren’t as supportive of environmental initiatives.Instagram post Liv Lo

Top influencers hold even greater prestige and control. Apart from being awarded ‘verified’ badges on platforms such as YouTube or Instagram that cement their status as top dog, high-profile influencers are being provided exclusive features that allow them to directly drive social commerce.

Last year, Snapchat invited 5 top influencers to gain access to their in-app store function, allowing these influencers to sell their merchandise straight from the app. Instagram’s Creator profile, which was initially beta-tested on a small group of users, now allows influencers and creators to have more flexible profile controls, access to a dashboard of performance metrics, and the ability to create shoppable posts.

Creators are also being recognised for their influence. Events like VidCon celebrate the unique achievements of video creators and educate brands on how they should navigate the changing influencer landscape.

It’s clear that marketers can no longer expect to mould an influencer to their needs. Instead, marketers must learn to accept that influencers and creators are their own mini-brand. A successful partnership, therefore, depends on aligning the needs and values of both parties.

In order to find the right partners, use Meltwater’s Influencer Marketing Software or Klear’s Influencer Discovery Platform. We help you to find influencers based on your audience’s demographic as well as your target market, industry, or topic. Their fans are already familiar with brands in your industry, ensuring that your content effectively targets the right audience.

Just like celebrity endorsements, influencer partnerships work well in the long-term

Influencer marketing should not involve too many one-off partnerships. As consumers seek out relatable, authentic content, “momentary endorsements” become less attractive to most brands and influencers. After all, consumers place less trust in influencers who readily promote a variety of brands.

Marketers should strive to create long-term partnerships with the influencers that they engage. While long-term partnerships generally reflect well on both the brand and its partner, these partnerships also help both parties solidify their fanbase.

Influencers who work with brands on a longer-term basis can leverage a variety of posts that better reflect their relationship with the brand over time. For example, an influencer is likely to attend events hosted by the brand, speak about related social issues, and review the brand’s products. If an influencer praises the brand’s offerings, their fans are more likely to believe them.

Brands that embark on long-term partnerships may also benefit from the influencer’s follower circles. These audiences are likely to relate the influencer with the brand and thus confer a sense of trust towards the products that they endorse. This also means that audiences are likely to feel a greater emotional connection with the brand, leading to more sticky customers.

Content creators, too, are valuable partners. Brands that make creators their partners can turn the artists’ style or content form into a part of their brand identity. This is especially true for organisations that manage recurring events.

Arts House Limited, for example, manages the Aliwal Arts Centre, which organises the annual Aliwal Urban Arts Festival. While the lineup for each year differs, the Urban Arts Festival consistently showcases local street dance crews and musicians. The festival has become synonymous with local street culture, while the Arts Centre has become the go-to venue for local indie dance and theatre shows.

Brands like Arts House Limited show a keen understanding of their own appeal and their audience’s interests. Likewise, brands that seek to effectively engage influencers as long-term partners must create campaigns that appeal to their key audiences.

Meltwater’s Audience Insight reports allow you to understand the communities that drive conversations on your social media channels. Our tool helps you to discover your audience’s consumption habits, analyse shifts in their demographic, and identify key influencers within these groups. You can then use these insights to determine the trends and topics that resonate with your audience.

To move ahead, brands must shake off old conventions

Now that we’ve highlighted the reasons why marketers should understand the value of both traditional influencers and content creators, it’s imperative that they formulate an influencer marketing strategy that includes both facets.

As the social media landscape continues to change and include newer apps, functions, and trends that steal the headlines, social media marketers too must adapt to make sure that they stay ahead of the curve.

By: Violet Zhang

Source: Why Your Idea of Influencer Marketing is Outdated

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