Paxful Says Bitcoin Buyers Are Safe From Data Breach

Key Takeaways

  • A seller on RaidForums has attempted to sell data that supposedly originated from crypto exchange Paxful.
  • Paxful says that the data is not user records from its exchange, but rather old employee records from a payroll site.
  • Though Paxful’s account of the incident is likely correct, breaches of user data are quite commonplace.

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Peer-to-peer Bitcoin exchange Paxful says that its user data has not been leaked, despite claims to the contrary by an individual attempting to sell the supposedly stoen data.

Stolen Data Is Not User Records

A member of the stolen data marketplace RaidForums recently put up for sale a database supposedly containing information on 4.8 million Paxful customers and staff. That data would contain the names, birth dates, and contact information of Paxful’s users.

However, it appears the data for sale does not actually exist. Ray Youssef, CEO of Paxful, stated on Twitter that “all funds and identities are safe.” He added that “no user data was leaked [and] no breach was ever made [against] our users. Ignore the FUD.”

He asserted that the leaked data was in actual fact “old employee records from a payroll site we no longer use.”

It seems likely that Youssef’s account is correct. According to   Decrypt, potential buyers of the allegedly stolen data were unwilling to pay because Paxful had not reported a breach. RaidForums administrators reportedly tagged the sale as suspicious as well.

Was Any Data Stolen?

Though Paxful might not have been attacked, crypto companies are frequent targets of data theft. In 2021 alone, KeepChange and BuyUCoin both saw data leaks. In previous years, Ledger, Poloniex, BitMEX and BTC Markets have also had user data exposed.

Data leaks, both actual and imagined, could encourage some users to move to decentralized exchanges that do not store user records.

However, even that is not enough to solve the problem, given that non-crypto websites can also be hacked. According to Wikipedia, over 350 companies have experienced user data breaches since 2004, including big tech companies like Yahoo and Facebook.

Disclaimer: At the time of writing this author held less than $75 of Bitcoin, Ethereum, and altcoins.

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NFT gaming and a tsunami of trading volume lift Waves to a new all-time high

Nonfungible tokens (NFT) have handsomely rewarded early investors over the past few months, especially as they gained mainstream attention thanks to record-breaking digital art sales and well-known influencers like Paris Hilton throwing their support behind the sector. 

April has seen the hype behind NFTs quiet down some, but the recent growth in Waves (WAVES) shows that there is still plenty of excitement remaining in the cryptocurrency community for newly released NFT projects.

WAVES/USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView shows that the price of Waves has increased 320% in 2021, climbing from a low of $4.86 on Jan. 4 to a new all-time high at $20.82 on April 9 thanks to a record $883 million in 24-hour trading volume.

NFT airdrop lures new investors

Excitement for WAVES reached a new peak today after the protocol released Duck Hunters, a game that combines NFT collectibles with yield farming.

A follow-up tweet announcing the launch of Round 1 of the Duck Hunters game stated that all participants who complete a few social engagements will receive 1 EGG immediately after the round expires.

Momentum for the token had been building for several weeks prior to the release of Duck Hunters, starting with the listing of a USDT-WAVES market on the Bittrex on March 23.

This was followed by the March 24 announcement that Waves Enterprise would be expand to Singapore as part of its strategy to focusing more on the creation of hybrid networks that can interface with public blockchains like Ethereum (ETH).

VORTECS™ data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro also began to detect a bullish outlook for WAVES on April 8, prior to the recent price rise.

The VORTECS™ Score, exclusive to Cointelegraph, is an algorithmic comparison of historic and current market conditions derived from a combination of data points including market sentiment, trading volume, recent price movements and Twitter activity.

VORTECS™ Score (green) vs. WAVES price. Source: Cointelegraph Markets Pro

As seen in the chart above, after staying relatively flat in the yellow range for most of the week, the VORTECS™ Score for Waves climbed into the green and registered a high of 66 on April 8, roughly five hours before the price began to increase 60% over the next day.

The addition of NFT functionality to the Waves ecosystem alongside its growing decentralized finance ecosystem has created a well-rounded protocol that is positioned to see further growth as blockchain technology becomes further integrated into mainstream commerce.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Every investment and trading move involves risk, you should conduct your own research when making a decision.