2021 was a very good year in Crypto and I, like many others was lucky enough to catch a nice wave trading the market and turning a quick profit. Unfortunately come august that year my Crypto wallet was hacked and I lost more than I should. I decided to devote 100% of my time to make sure this won’t happen to anyone else ever again, this is my story. Ive been in the tech space for over 15 years and consider myself a tech savvy individual.
More so I spent years in a military environment where high security is applied to everything as a standard and to add more to that mindset I was a private investigator for almost 4 years, a trade that makes you extra cautions and doubt 99% of all standard methods of securing anything. Getting into crypto in 2019 I treated the entire industry as a scam but could not avoid the fact that there was over 3Trillion dollars in circulation and major companies like VISA, MASTERCARD and even major financial institutions such as JP Morgan were all getting in on the action. I went ahead and did my research to find a major exchange that pride itself with being safe and secure and most important to me (at that time) US base.
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I decided to dip my feet in the water and transferred $500 into the account just to see how things work. I applied all the tools available to secure my computer, phone and home/office firewall with the latest antivirus, I used all the recommended security tools provided by the Crypto exchange, long and complicated password, 2 factor authentication via google, SMS code and trading password.
Everything was ready for a test, I purchased a few coins and started moving them around, sending it to other wallets, selling and buying other coins, very soon I felt comfortable within the world of crypto. Within 2 weeks I turned that $500 into $800, I was shocked. That is 60% growth in 7 days. These phenomenal results teased me to dive deeper and so I did. Without sharing the exact number ill just say that I started trading five figure hands per trade and boy ive seen a nice return, it felt like its not stopping… But on August 8th 2021 the unthinkable happen to me, around 5pm I tried to login to my account but my user and password didn’t work. That was odd as they did work for me in the morning when I logged In, I tried again and still didn’t work, I tried to log in from my phone but I couldn’t get into my account, it said password incorrect. I tried to recover my password but I didn’t even get the recovery email to my email account, I started to feel that cold breeze coming down my neck. I reached out to customer support for the platform I was with just to be informed that I can only open a ticket via email and wait for a response. Just imagine sitting and waiting not knowing whether this is a bug or did I just got robbed out of a high 6 figure amount from a platform I trusted that would truly be there to protect me.
The email came in after a good 3 hours to inform me that my account was taken over and that it is now locked.
They also added to the email
IM SORRY TO INFORM YOU, YOUR ACCOUNT BEEN HACKED, WE RESTRICTED ACCESS TO THE ACCOUNT UNTIL WE INVESTIGATE FURTHER INTO THE SUBJECT. One of our security team will get back to you shortly.
I realized the worst that can happen just happen, and it happen to me! A tech savvy security freak of nature.
Just imagine the conversation with my wife when I told her the exact amount that was gone from our account. As a newly wed this was our first and most complicated conversation we had since we got married!!! Luckily im married to a superstar that brainstormed with me to try and find a solution. A solution that fell short at every angle we attempted to recover the funds. Scouting the web we found out that millions of account had the same thing happen to them with no luck in recovering their funds. We went ahead and filed a report with the local police and we're advised that chances are very low to recover any of the funds that were stolen and that we are not the first that we're subject to a Crypto hack that week.