A recent post on Twitter by Lookonchain revealed that a significant Ethereum (ETH) staking service known as Rocket Pool (RPL) had been the target of a phishing attack that resulted in the loss of multiple millions of dollars.
— Lookonchain (@lookonchain) March 30, 2023
The attacker stole around 85,900 RPL tokens from the “poap.eth” website and subsequently sold them for ETH at a price equivalent to $3.8 million. Patricio Worthalter, the developer of the POAP protocol, owns the address in question.
RPL Token Value Plunges
According to the claims, the perpetrators of the assault cashed out their holdings by selling the RPL tokens that had been stolen on a decentralised exchange (DEX). This led to a significant decrease in the value of RPL, which resulted in the token losing more than 10% of its value in the space of only a few hours after the assault.
The growing prevalence of cryptocurrencies has brought an accompanying rise in phishing attacks within the industry. Hackers use various methods to access users’ wallets and misappropriate their digital assets. Regrettably, these attacks are becoming more frequent.
An investor lost about $4 million worth of ERC 20 tokens after falling victim to a permission phishing assault, according to a case reported on March 24 by Scam Sniffer. This website is dedicated to discovering instances of fraudulent activity involving cryptocurrencies.
— Scam Sniffer (@realScamSniffer) March 24, 2023
Crypto security under scrutiny
The significance of putting in place robust security protocols in the cryptocurrency business has been brought home once again by the most recent incident. As cryptocurrencies and decentralised finance (DeFi) become more widespread, hackers increasingly focus on wallets and exchanges to make quick gains.
The occurrence has sparked discussions on the need to increase the amount of regulation in the cryptocurrency business. Although some experts believe that implementing more stringent laws may prevent assaults of this kind, some believe that excessive regulation could stifle innovation and growth in the business.
The price of the RPL token has witnessed a considerable dip due to the recent news regarding the phishing assault on Rocket Pool (RPL), with the price falling by 3.52% in the previous 24 hours. As a direct consequence, the value of the digital currency is now being traded at $43.07, and it has a market capitalization of $829,723,334, while its trading volume is $38,984,216.