Coinsquare Announces Data Security Breach to Customers

Finance Magnates | Arnab Shome  | Nov 28, 2022

Data breach hack - Coinsquare Announces Data Security Breach to CustomersCoinsquare has become the latest victim of a security breach that has resulted in compromised users' personal details, the platform confirmed last weekend by sending an email to its customers.

  • Data Breach: The exchange detailed that the breach exposed "customer names, email addresses, residential addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth, device IDs, public wallet addresses, transaction history, and account balances."
    • However, the crypto exchange reported some "unusual activity on our platform" on November 19 and underwent unscheduled maintenance. Then, the exchange did not detail if it was a security breach. It also restored full service on Friday ahead of sending emails to costumes about the security breach.
    • Risk: A breach of personal information can also result in more severe individual account targeting. These generally make identity theft and fraud much more accessible. A similar data breach of Australian telecom service provider Optus earlier this year prompted the country's financial market watchdog to warn financial brokers of the rising risks of identity theft.

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  • Coinsquare's response: "No passwords were exposed. We have no evidence any of this information was viewed by the bad actor," the email stated, adding: "We note that your assets have always been, and remain, secure in cold storage and are not at risk."
    • The Canadian exchange cautioned the users to change their passwords and enable two-factor authentication (2FA) to ensure safety
    • Coinsquare touts itself to be "Canada's trusted platform to securely buy, sell and trade Bitcoin, Ethereum, and more" and received registration from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) a month before.

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