John McAfee hasn't had a good time of it recently. Not only was he hospitalised after allegedly being poisoned, a breach exposed the data of people who bought into his cryptocurrency - despite him labelling it "simple and secure". The McAfee founder also has a crypto-wallet which he had described as "unhackable", offering $250,000 to anyone who could break in and steal the coins. Well someone has broken into it, and now it's running the original Doom.
It's not the first time the wallet has been hacked, despite the bold claims McAfee has made, because as we all know labelling something as "unhackable" doesn't make it true. If anything it encourages hackers to try even harder, and someone always breaks through. But this time the device was hacked into by 15-year old security researcher Saleem Rashid, and used that opportunity to port Doom to the device. As you do.
In recognition of @Bitfi6 and @officialmcafee and their prestigious @PwnieAwards accolades, we'd like to show you @spudowiar playing DooM on his #BitFi secure wallet! Congratulations! pic.twitter.com/50qZZu1MnF
— Abe Snowman (@AbeSnowman) August 9, 2018
Unfortunately this isn't likely to net Rashid the bounty. McAfee says that the terms of the bounty mean that hacking into the device doesn't count, and you're only eligible if you're able to access the crypto coins it holds access to. Coins that are actually stored somewhere in the cloud, rather than locally.
The press claiming the BitFi wallet has been hacked. Utter nonsense. The wallet is hacked when someone gets the coins. No-one got any coins. Gaining root access in an attempt to get the coins is not a hack. It's a failed attempt. All these alleged "hacks" did not get the coins.
— John McAfee (@officialmcafee) August 3, 2018
He also seemed to be trying to redefine what 'hack' means, which isn't how the world works. Fair enough nobody has got the coins yet, so the wallet is still doing its job, but you can't deny that the wallet hasn't been hacked. Hacked is a pretty broad term, and whether it involves gaining root access or porting Doom, the device itself is 100 per cent hackable.
So the coins are safe, but considering the progress that's been made on the wallet, it's probably only a matter of time before someone manages to break through. [The Next Web]
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