The Fantom Foundation, developer of the Fantom blockchain network, has confirmed it was the victim of a recent hack – but states the actual loss was around $550,000, not the $7 million originally reported.
In a statement on October 17th, Fantom said that while one of its wallets was compromised, over 99% of the foundation’s funds remain intact. The majority of stolen crypto belonged to other Fantom users.
Initial reports from blockchain security researchers indicated almost $7 million was drained across wallets purportedly tied to the foundation.
However, Fantom clarified that some of the compromised wallets were mislabeled by blockchain explorers and had already been transferred from the foundation to employees. Only one wallet still contained foundation assets.
The team continues investigating the breach to determine how the wallets were accessed. The hack impacted the Fantom Foundation itself, not the underlying Fantom network, which houses $45 million in decentralized finance (DeFi) assets.
On-chain sleuth ZachXBT first raised alarms of a possible attack after noticing suspicious transactions from supposed Fantom Foundation wallets.
But Fantom stressed the analysis missed nuances around wallet ownership. While monitoring services rely on heuristics, wallet labels can become outdated as assets change hands.
By preemptively publicizing the $7 million figure, the reports caused temporary panic and spread misinformation before details were known. The incident highlights challenges in analyzing blockchain data to discern complex on-chain events in real time.
While the actual loss was closer to $500,000, the Foundation is taking steps to bolster security across associated accounts. Robust controls and monitoring are especially essential for blockchain networks managing valuable crypto deposits like Fantom.
This breach targeted Fantom itself, not a protocol on top of its network. However, previous hacks of DeFi platforms utilizing Fantom do raise concerns over security practices within its decentralized ecosystem.
Fantom’s native FTM token fell 6% following initial news of the attack but has since recovered. The quick correction indicates investors were relieved that the damage was less severe than first portrayed.