In today's ExchangeWire news digest: Binance loses up to USD$500m (~£450.5m) to hackers; a new report from Meta reveals up to a million Facebook passwords may have been stolen; and a financial report from ByteDance shows the company experienced significant operating losses last year.
Binance loses up to half a billion dollars to hackers
Cryptocurrency giant Binance may have lost as much as USD$500m (~£450.5m) following a major hack. The company suspended transactions of cryptocurrency after detecting digital theft within its network on Friday (7th October).
Binance’s CEO Changpeng Zhao attempted to assure users, tweeting, “The issue is contained now. Your funds are safe. We apologise for the inconvenience and will provide further updates accordingly”.
Up to one million Facebook users’ passwords stolen by malware
A report from Meta has revealed that as many as one million Facebook users may have had their passwords stolen by malware disguised as various kinds of apps, including photo editors, mobile games, and health trackers.
Meta’s director of threat disruption David Agranovich said the company believes the attack was “an attempt to just get access to as many login credentials as possible”. Agranovich added that the company would warn users who have been exposed to the malware, although the firm could not confirm whether all exposed users were infected.
ByteDance saw operating losses triple in 2021
ByteDance Ltd. saw its operating losses swell to over USD$7bn (~£6.3bn) in 2021, according to an internal financial report from the company. The report, which offered a rare insight into the TikTok parent’s finances, provided details on ByteDance’s finances from Q1 2020 to Q1 2022, and showed that the company produced an operating profit in the first quarter of this year.
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