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Hackers Return $62.8M in Stolen Ether to Munchables Game Without Ransom

In a surprising turn of events, the Ethereum-based nonfungible token (NFT) game Munchables witnessed a dramatic recovery of $62.8 million worth of Ether, stolen in a recent exploit, without any ransom demand. This incident unfolded over the span of nearly eight hours on March 26, when Munchables reported a significant security breach resulting in the loss of over 17,400 ETH from the GameFi application. The development team, alongside blockchain investigators including PeckShield and ZachXBT, launched a swift response to track the stolen funds in a bid to secure their return.

The breach was traced back to a Munchables developer, who was reportedly hired under the alias “Werewolves0943.” Speculation around the hacker’s identity suggested ties to North Korea, raising concerns over the security practices within the Munchables development team. The breakthrough came in the early hours of March 27, when the team successfully identified the developer responsible for the exploit. Following an hour of negotiations, the implicated developer conceded to return the hacked funds in full.

Munchables issued a statement acknowledging the developer’s cooperation, noting the return of all private keys involved in the hack. This included keys holding significant amounts of USD and WETH, paving the way for the recovery of user funds. The gesture of goodwill, absent any ransom demand, was particularly noteworthy, with the creator of the Ethereum layer-2 blockchain Blast, known by the pseudonym Pacman, extending gratitude towards ZachXBT for his pivotal role in the resolution.

The incident, set against the backdrop of the Blast blockchain which hosts Munchables, highlighted the collaborative efforts within the blockchain community to rectify the fallout from security breaches. Pacman announced plans to work closely with the Munchables team to ensure the equitable redistribution of the recovered funds to the victims of the hack. In the interim, caution is advised among affected users to guard against potential refund scams by adhering to official communications only.

This event occurred in close proximity to another security incident involving the decentralized finance (DeFi) aggregator ParaSwap. A hacker had siphoned approximately $24,000 from four ParaSwap addresses just days prior, a situation that was also resolved with the recovery and refund of the stolen assets. ParaSwap’s ordeal underscores the ongoing challenges and responsive measures within the DeFi space to address vulnerabilities and safeguard user assets.

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