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Cyber Threats: Binance and Law Enforcement in Criminal Crosshairs?

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In Brief

  • A cybercriminal named 'Tamagami' has infiltrated systems of several law enforcement agencies and crypto exchange Binance, threatening user data security.
  • Cybersecurity platform HudsonRock reported the breach, with similar infiltrations in Binance and Brazil's police systems due to Infostealer infections.
  • Binance, responding to rising concerns, clarified that their security team confirmed no data leak from their systems, ensuring user accounts are safe.
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In an era where digital footprints are as crucial as physical ones, the crypto community has been abuzz with the latest revelation. A cybercriminal organization known as ‘Tamagami’ has reportedly infiltrated several law enforcement systems, casting a shadow over user data security across platforms, including the crypto exchange Binance.

‘Tamagami’ claims to have access to Kodex, a tool used for Electronic Data Request (EDR) or subpoena requests for various online services such as LinkedIn, Discord, Tinder, and Binance. This access poses a significant threat, as it could lead to unauthorized data retrieval, putting user privacy at risk.

Binance Claims Users’ Account Are SAFU

Cybersecurity platform HudsonRock reported the breach, highlighting similar infiltrations in Binance and Brazil’s police systems due to Infostealer infections. The trend extends beyond these entities, with major corporations like Google, TikTok, and Meta also falling prey.

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Tamagami's Post Selling the Kodex Account
Tamagami’s Post Selling the Kodex Account. Source: HudsonRock

HudsonRock’s investigation reveals that over 50 sets of credentials for Google’s law enforcement system were compromised through Infostealer infections. These credentials are linked to various global law enforcement agencies. They include the Civil Police of Brazil, the Police of Arkansas in the USA, and others.

The potential implications of such breaches concern the crypto community. When bad actors mishandle personal details, they can lead to identity theft, extortion, and financial losses, which are just the tip of the iceberg.

Binance Re-assures User’s Accounts are Safe

Binance, in response to the escalating fears, took to X to address the concerns of users. The exchange clarified that their security team, upon evaluating the threat, confirmed the absence of a data leak from their systems.

“Our security team has assessed this – as they do all potential threats – and have confirmed there is no such leak from Binance systems. User accounts remains safe.

Accounts are secured through many defenses, including MFA, biometrics, authenticators, etc.

As always, we appreciate anyone sharing potential bugs and security issues with us so we can investigate and, where necessary, take action to protect users,” wrote Binance.

Criticism, however, remains rife within the community. A member pointed out the inherent risks of entrusting personal information to exchanges, especially those entangled in controversies.

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“It’s always a good idea to give your personal information to exchanges that also knowingly launder money for terrorists.

Nothing could possibly ever go wrong here,” wrote a community member with pseudonym username Bitfinex’ed.

The sarcasm in their statement reflects the underlying skepticism and fear among users.

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Harsh Notariya
Harsh Notariya is a journalist at BeInCrypto, who writes about various topics, including decentralized physical infrastructure networks (DePIN), tokenization, crypto airdrops, decentralized finance (DeFi), meme coins, and altcoins. Before joining BeInCrypto, he was a community consultant at Totality Corp, specializing in the metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). Additionally, Harsh was a blockchain content writer and researcher at Financial Funda, where he created educational reports on...