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Teenage Hacker Installs Video Game On John McAfee's Crypto Wallet

12:19 11/08/2018

Bitfi hardware crypto wallet, created by anti-virus developer John McAfee, suffered a hack attack again, a month and a half after the release. This time, the hacker turned out to be a 15-year-old teenager Salem Rashid, TheNextWeb reports.


Rashid posted a video on Twitter, in which he launches a video game called DOOM using the device. In his profile information, the young hacker claims to be a "bitcoin hardware wallet breaker" and "adversarial thinker" of security research.


Bitfi company created the wallet together with John McAfee, meaning it to be "the first completely unbreakable open-source crypto wallet". McAfee promised a reward of $100,000 to anyone who can access the security system of the device. However, to test the wallet’s durability, hackers will have to buy it for $120.


After that, programmers began to investigate the Bitfi device for bugs and vulnerabilities. They found malware, such as Adups FOTA and Baidu — a Chinese application which tracks location via Wi-Fi and GPS. Also hackers noticed that data concerning applications, messages, calls, and geolocation was transmitted from Bitfi wallet to a server in China.


Later, a Twitter user named OverSoftNL reported, that he managed to get root access to the device, gaining the total control over the factory settings. The wallet was not influenced by the intervention and continued to work as usual.


However, McAfee did not consider getting root access an attack, saying that it would not harm Bitfi users. According to him, the device can be regarded as hacked, only if scammers withdraw all the funds stored in the wallet.


As previously reported, Satoshi Nakamoto’s Trezor wallet was connected to the Ethereum network.

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  1. Brice Huff:
    08/13/18 at 11:15

    this boy is very clever