Elliptic, a blockchain consultancy that helps clients combat crypto-related crime, said the attack began on 2 August and $5.8m had been taken so far. It said the assets stolen included the Solana cryptocurrency, or SOL, and non-fungible tokens.
“Users of the Solana blockchain have become the latest target for crypto hackers,” said Elliptic. “The attack – which began on August 2 – has so far seen over $5.8m in funds drained from 7,947 wallets. The stolen assets include SOL, a small number of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and over 300 Solana-based tokens.”
Elliptic added that the problem appeared to be with software used by certain wallets rather than the blockchain itself, the digital register recording transactions that forms the basis of crypto assets.
“The root cause is still not clear, but it appears to be due to a flaw in certain wallet software – rather than in the Solana blockchain itself,” said Elliptic, adding that it appeared a single hacker was involved.