The details of cyberattacks resulting in breaches of user data from two prominent bitcoin websites – bitcoin exchange BTC-e and Bitcointalk.or, the largest bitcoin forum around – have been revealed.
Data breach indexing and monitoring resource LeakedSource has revealed details surrounding data breaches suffered by bitcoin exchange Btc-e in 2014 and bitcoin discussion forum Bitcointalk.org in 2015.
LeakedSource reviewed the stolen user data from both websites. Fortunately, the security framework and password encryption techniques used by the websites are revealed to be remarkably good, LeakedSource revealed. This means that a significant majority of passwords from both websites were either completely un-crackable or hard to crack.
The BTC-E Breach
A stolen data set containing user information from BTC-E from October 2014 revealed a total of 568,355 users registered with the exchange.
The breached data contained all manners of user details including usernames, email addresses, passwords, IP addresses, dates of registration and the user’s preferred language. Somewhat alarmingly, some profile details even revealed the number of bitcoins owned by the user.
However, BTC-E used a discreet and