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Binance Develops Algorithm to Combat Address Poisoning Scams After $68M Incident

Discover how Binance is tackling the issue of address poisoning scams with a new algorithm that has identified millions of spoofed addresses, enhancing security across the crypto industry.

Binance's New Security Measure Aims to Safeguard Users Against Spoofed Addresses

Binance, the world's largest cryptocurrency exchange, has introduced a groundbreaking solution aimed at combating the rising threat of address poisoning scams. This initiative follows a significant exploit where a trader lost $68 million due to such a scam. The new algorithm developed by Binance's security team has successfully identified millions of spoofed addresses across BNB Smart Chain and Ethereum.

How the Algorithm Works

The sophisticated algorithm functions by detecting and flagging potentially poisoned addresses before users initiate transactions. It specifically looks for suspicious transfers involving minimal value or unrecognized tokens that are linked to legitimate user addresses. By analyzing the timing of these malicious transactions, the algorithm can pinpoint the likely moment an address was compromised.

Binance's report highlights that over 13.4 million spoofed addresses have been identified on the BNB Smart Chain, with an additional 1.68 million on Ethereum. These addresses are now recorded in the database of HashDit, a Web3 security firm partnering with Binance. This database is accessible to other cryptocurrency service providers, enhancing the community's overall defense against such scams.

Broader Industry Impact

Services like Trust Wallet utilize HashDit’s API to alert users about potential risks associated with spoofed addresses. Additionally, the algorithm is integrated into user-facing products, web browser extensions, and MetaMask Snaps, further broadening its protective measures across the crypto ecosystem.

The Challenge of Address Poisoning

Address poisoning involves scammers sending small amounts of digital assets to a wallet that closely mimics a potential victim’s address. This method exploits the common user practice of only verifying the first and last few characters of an address. Scammers often employ vanity address generators to create addresses that appear similar to genuine addresses, making it difficult for users to identify discrepancies without thorough verification.

Recent Scam and Its Resolution

The need for such a preventive tool was underscored by a recent incident where $68 million in Wrapped Bitcoin was mistakenly sent to a spoofed address. Remarkably, the stolen funds were returned after on-chain investigators traced the scammer's IP address to Hong Kong, suggesting the thief became apprehensive due to heightened scrutiny.