Cryptocurrency trading platform BitMEX, which allows investors to leverage their positions up to 100x, accidentally doxxed an unknown number of its users on Friday.
According to the announcement, BitMEX recently sent out a mass email that included the email addresses of other users — meaning someone who works in comms at BitMEX accidentally CC’d everyone instead of using BCC.
We are aware of an email privacy issue impacting our customers. We have identified the root cause and will be in touch with any users affected by the issue. See our blog for details: https://t.co/FNp2Fdyxdn
— BitMEX (@BitMEXdotcom) November 1, 2019
“We are aware that some of our users have received a general user update email earlier today, which contained the email addresses of other users,” stated the BitMEX team in the announcement. “[We] have acted immediately to contain the issue and we are taking steps to understand the extent of the impact. Rest assured that we are doing everything we can to identify the root cause of the fault and we will be in touch with any users affected by the issue.”
As a result of the leak, other major exchanges are now urging investors to change their email address as soon as possible if it overlaps with their BitMEX account.
⚠️We are aware of a large-scale user email leak from another exchange.⚠️
If you are one of the affected users and you also have a Binance account under the same email address, we recommend changing your email immediately using the below steps:https://t.co/sgEr5sqleg
— Binance (@binance) November 1, 2019
This email dump has undoubtedly hurt the reputation of BitMEX, which now boasts an insurance fund of more than 31,700 BTC.
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