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Cybersecurity breach shakes XRP market: Ripple co-founder’s wallet hacked

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  • Chris Larsen’s breach led to a big XRP sell-off on Binance and OKX.
  • Traders sold XRP as the breach came to light.
  • Most stolen XRP was sold, and Bitcoin withdrawals were linked to the hack, impacting the crypto market.

In a significant turn of events, the cryptocurrency market recently witnessed a substantial downturn in the trading of XRP tokens following a cybersecurity breach that affected Chris Larsen, co-founder of Ripple

Market analytics provider Kaiko unveiled data indicating a notable drop in the Cumulative Volume Delta (CVD) for XRP, reflecting a stark sell-off, primarily on Binance and OKX exchanges. This sell-off, involving nearly 100 million XRP tokens, has raised concerns about the security of digital assets within the crypto ecosystem.

Dramatic shift in XRP trading metrics

The decline in XRP’s CVD became particularly pronounced after January 30, when the asset initially showed a positive buying trend, with over 20 million tokens purchased on Binance alone. Despite this influx of buying interest, XRP’s value fell by 4.58% the same day, attributed to the broader market’s volatility. 

However, the situation took a more alarming turn as details of the hack came to light, with trading patterns revealing a drastic shift from net buying to net selling, especially on Binance and OKX.

The breach was initially disclosed by on-chain investigator ZachXBT, who revealed that it involved Chris Larsen’s wallet but led to the misidentification of the compromised wallet as belonging to Ripple. This revelation triggered a flurry of sell-offs as traders and investors rushed to liquidate their XRP holdings amidst growing uncertainty. 

ZachXBT’s further investigations revealed that the stolen assets were dispersed across several exchanges and converted into different cryptocurrencies, contributing to the downward pressure on XRP’s trading metrics.

Efforts to stabilize the situation

Despite attempts to stabilize the situation, including Binance freezing $4.2 million in XRP linked to the hack, most of the stolen tokens had already been sold. ZachXBT’s investigation uncovered significant Bitcoin withdrawals from exchanges totaling $73.3 million, likely derived from the sale of the stolen XRP. 

These movements, including substantial withdrawals from HTX, Gate.io, and Kraken, underscore the far-reaching impact of the hack, extending beyond Ripple and its co-founder to the broader cryptocurrency market.

Implications for the crypto community

This incident is a stark reminder of the ongoing challenges and risks associated with digital asset security within the cryptocurrency sector. The rapid market reactions to breaches of trust highlight the need for robust security measures and transparent communication. 

As the crypto community grapples with these issues, it becomes increasingly apparent that safeguarding digital assets is paramount to ensuring investor confidence.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decision.

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James Kinoti

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