ARK Windows Wallet Compromised, Users Should take all Necessary Precautions
A developer account of @ArkEcosystem was potentially compromised during the visit to Korea. The co-founder of ARK.io, Matt DC, just posted a tweet informing that a compromised version of the windows was loaded on the official Github in the last 24 hours.
An @ArkEcosystem developer account was potentially hacked during the visit to Korea. A compromised version of the windows wallet was uploaded to the official github within last 24 hours. The file has been removed. If you downloaded the wallet in last 24 hours, please delete.
— Matthew_DC (@Matthew_DC) July 15, 2018
The compromise version of the windows was reported by a user who downloaded the Windows wallet installer and found out that the downloaded file “did not match the checksum published on the GitHub releases page”.
After downloading the file again, the problem still persists. The installation also requested to install a new root certificate and found out that “something has been placed on the proxy server in the directory” %localappdata%\Microsoft\CLR_v2.0.
Checking further, he noticed that both versions of Windows have been uploaded a day earlier, while the uploads of Ubuntu, MacOS, and Linux are from last month.
The ARK team responded to the report shortly after affirming that the compromised version had been removed and suggested that users who downloaded it within the time frame to delete it.
Users should take precaution by enabling 2-factor authentication wherever possible. And they should check their exchange accounts, social media, email, and anything else frequently used.
As a precaution, all users should enable 2-factor authentication wherever possible. Please check your exchange accounts, social media, email, and anything else you frequently use and enable 2fa if not already enabled. For your $ARK Wallet, use @LedgerHQ Nano S to be safe.
— Matthew_DC (@Matthew_DC) July 16, 2018
According to the team, we are still investigating the matter and a full follow-up will be posted to the blog once we can fully resolve what happened. Only the Windows wallets were impacted.
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