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BitMEX leaks users' email addresses; raises privacy concerns

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One of the largest Bitcoin derivatives platforms in the world, BitMEX, is caught in a fiasco, resulting in the email addresses of many of its users being leaked. This was first discovered by its customers when they could view the email addresses of other users after an email regarding an update was sent to everyone by BitMEX. The mistake, it seems like the person in charge of sending the mail listed all the email address in carbon copy [CC], instead of blind carbon copy [BCC].

Crypto Loomdart, a Twitter user, tweeted about the incident and stated,

“looks like bitmex just f****ed up big time….. I’d reccomend people change their bitmex account email addresses, (atleast ensure you have 2fa enabled and change the password, your email address is now compromised and hackers may use databases and similar passwords to hack)”

Jake Chervinsky, a well-known lawyer in the crypto-space also opined on the issue by stating,

BitMEX just doxxed its users in the most outrageously incompetent way imaginable: forgetting to use blind copy on mass email. Someone must be cleaning out their desk already.

After this incident started to draw more attention, the cryptocurrency platform released an official statement on their website. The exchange said,

“Our team have acted immediately to contain the issue and we are taking steps to understand the extent of the impact. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to identify the root cause of the fault and we will be in touch with any users affected by the issue.”

This story is being updated…



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