Wormhole got hacked and lost $321 million in the recent hacking incident. Wormhole is a cross-chain message-passing protocol that connects Solana, Ethereum, Terra, and Binance Smart Chain.
Wormhole got hacked. Solana got its first hacking incident. It is an opportunity for Solana to improve its security.
The hacker was able to mint 120K Wormhole-wrapped Ether on Solana. They then bridged 93,750 of these tokens to Ethereum and withdrew the unwrapped Ether.
The signature verification is a vulnerable point to let attackers insert commends and false messages so that they can bypass Wormhole’s verify_signatures function to fool the code and successfully withdraw Ethers from the network.
Solana Security Hole
Solana has a security vulnerability that needs to be fixed. It helps the blockchain to improve but at the same time makes Solana worth hacking.
Running cross-chain is always a risky business. It tests all cross-chain platform security and its own security. Hackers love to challenge such platforms and to find a loophole to take massive funds away.
Hacking will never stop until the blockchain has improved to become unhackable.
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