Cross-chain bridge Multichain has reportedly lost crypto assets worth $126 million after being locked since May.

The bridge has $1.25 billion in total liquidity for facilitating cross-chain transfers, per DeFiLlama.

The team confirmed the exploit this morning in a tweet that assets locked were being “moved to an unknown address abnormally.”


Blockchain security firm PeckShied tracked the stolen tokens, which include Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC), Chainlink (LINK), and stablecoins in Circle’s USDC, Tether’s USDT, and Dai (DAI) worth $126 million, and found that they were moved to six new Ethereum addresses.

Fantom saw the most significant withdrawals of $118 million out of four affected chains, including Ethereum, Avalanche, and Binance Smart Chain.

Curve Finance, the largest decentralized stablecoin exchange, also warned users about using the bridge, writing that “multichain likely hacked” nearly nine hours before the team confirmed the transfers.

Multichain co-founder Dj Qian tweeted that “another hack happened to multichain” while the other cross-chain swaps “are all good and safe.”


He then recommended all users who have used multichain to revoke permissions.

The $126 million in various cryptocurrencies have yet to be moved to a centralized exchange or deposited in a mixing service.

Multichain chaos

Multichain’s problems began in late May when users reported that their transactions were stuck for days.

At the same time, rumors started circulating about the arrest of Multichain CEO Zhaojun in China. Later, the team said that they hadn’t been able to contact Zhaojun, who holds the private key to the pools whose transactions were stuck.

Binance, which had earlier suspended certain Multichain token deposits to the exchange, halted their withdrawals on July 5.

This morning, the assets in question were moved out of Multichain pools to unknown addresses.

Decrypt reached out to Multichain for clarification on the issue of Zhaojun’s disappearance but did not receive a response from them.


The latest exploit again highlights the risk of cross-chain bridges, which have become a hotspot for hackers. DeFiLlama data shows that out of $5.44 billion hacked from DeFi protocols so far, bridges account for 48%, or $2.66 billion.

The protocol’s governance token, MULTI, lost 14.7% in the last 24 hours as the hack reports were circulated, according to CoinGecko.

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