7,000 MetaMask Targeted in Security Breach, Consensys Says

Are you a MetaMask user? If so, you might want to pay attention to this . 😱

According to a blog post by Consensys, the software firm behind MetaMask, thousands of MetaMask users who contacted customer over an 18 month period were targeted in a personal breach. 😲

An estimated 7,000 individuals had private information, such as , compromised between August 2021 and February . 😨

How did this happen? πŸ€”

Fraudsters targeted a

Consensys said that the incident occurred when unauthorized actors gained access to the systems of a third-party service provider that MetaMask uses to create customer support . πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

As a result of this incident, MetaMask users who submitted personal data to their customer support may have had that data accessed by an unauthorised third party. 😑

Compromised data mostly includes β€œlimited” personal information needed to identify customers for support needs, the company said, but users could have shared additional information in the chat function that was seized. πŸ™

What are the for affected users?

Consensys has stopped the unauthorized access, it said, and the threat is no longer ongoing. πŸ™Œ

However, affected users may be targeted in phishing , the company acknowledged, noting that customers should be aware of potential threats. 😰

β€œAs always, we ask that you be extremely vigilant for any suspicious activity and unsolicited contacts which may be made to you by phone, text, email or instant message,” the post said. β€œIf you are suspicious of any request or message, do not open it and do not reply or click any links but delete it.” 🚫

How to yourself from phishing attacks?

Phishing attacks are attempts to trick you into revealing sensitive information or connecting your to malicious websites. 😈

Here are some tips to avoid falling victim to phishing attacks: πŸ™

  • Never share your secret phrase (SRP) with anyone. This is the 12-word phrase that you use to restore your wallet. If someone asks for it, they are trying to steal your funds. πŸ”
  • Never enter your SRP on any website or app other than MetaMask. Always check the URL and make sure it is https://metamask.io/ before entering your SRP. πŸ”—
  • Never click on links or open attachments from unknown or suspicious sources. They may lead you to that look like MetaMask but are actually phishing sites. 🐟
  • Always verify the sender's identity and email address before responding to any messages. Phishers may use spoofed email addresses or impersonate MetaMask staff or partners. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ
  • Always use a such as Ledger or Trezor to secure your funds. Hardware store your private keys offline and require your physical confirmation before signing any . πŸ”’
  • Always update your MetaMask app and browser extension to the latest version. This will ensure that you have the most recent security features and bug fixes. πŸ†•
  • Always report any suspicious activity or phishing attempts to MetaMask support at support@metamask.io or via their official website https://metamask.io/support.html πŸ’¬

The security breach comes as users report a rise in -related phishing attempts and schemes.

This is not the first time that MetaMask users have faced security issues. In January 2022, a cryptographer warned that he had found a critical vulnerability in MetaMask that gives a way to access users' IP addresses, thus creating a risk. 😱

In September 2022, MetaMask also warned its users about a surge in phishing attacks that tried to steal their SRPs by sending fake emails or text messages. 😲

The security breach also comes at a time when MetaMask is experiencing a rapid growth in its user base and popularity. πŸš€

MetaMask is a software that allows users to interact with the Ethereum blockchain and access various . 🌐

In November 2021, Consensys announced that MetaMask had surpassed 21 million monthly active users (MAUs), a 10x increase from the previous year. 😍

MetaMask also raised $200 million in a B funding round led by Coatue Management, valuing the company at $3.2 billion. πŸ’°

MetaMask has become one of the most widely used and trusted wallets in the crypto space, offering features such as swap, on-ramp, custom network settings, and gas fee optimization. πŸ’―

What are the next steps for MetaMask and Consensys?

Consensys said that it has reported the incident to the Data Protection Commission of Ireland and the Information Commissioner's Office in the , and that it is working with enforcement authorities to investigate the breach. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ

Consensys also said that it is taking steps to enhance its security measures and prevent future incidents. πŸ›‘οΈ

β€œWe take our responsibility to safeguard your personal data very seriously and we are committed to protecting your privacy,” the post said. β€œWe sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or concern this incident may have caused you.” πŸ™

MetaMask users who have been affected by the breach will receive an email from Consensys with more details and guidance on how to protect themselves. πŸ“§

If you have any questions or concerns, you can contact MetaMask support at support@metamask.io or via their official website https://metamask.io/support.html πŸ’¬

The Bottom Line

The security breach of MetaMask customer support data is a serious issue that affects thousands of users who may be vulnerable to phishing attacks. 😱

MetaMask and Consensys are taking actions to stop the unauthorized access, notify the affected users, report the incident to the authorities, and improve their security practices. πŸ™Œ

MetaMask users should be vigilant for any suspicious activity and unsolicited contacts, and follow the tips to avoid falling victim to phishing attacks. 🚫

MetaMask is still one of the best wallets for interacting with Ethereum and , and has a loyal and growing user base. πŸ’―

We hope that this article has provided you with useful information and insights on this topic. 😊

If you liked this article, please share it with your friends and who may be interested in crypto and MetaMask. πŸ™

Lauren Jones

By Lauren Jones

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