Security firm Unciphered hacked into popular hardware wallet OneKey

Quick Take

  • Unciphered successfully hacked a popular hardware crypto wallet manufactured by OneKey.
  • OneKey acknowledged the vulnerability, updated the security patch and paid Unciphered a bounty for the responsible disclosure.

Cybersecurity startup Unciphered demonstrated a hack of a notable hardware crypto wallet manufactured by OneKey, a Hong Kong-based firm that raised $20 million last year.

The firm demonstrated in a video that it exploited the lack of encryption between the hardware wallet's CPU and the secure element by using a field programmable gate array that was able to intercept communications between the processor and the secure element, which holds the device's seed phrase.

“The FPGA is a high speed processor also known as a field programmable gate array, allowing us to iterate through different algorithms, bypass the wallet’s security and extract the mnemonics,” Unciphered said.

OneKey acknowledged the vulnerability in a statement and said it had updated the security patch.

"No one was affected," the company said, emphasizing that a potential attack, as demonstrated by Unciphered, cannot be exploited remotely and would require both the crypto wallet of a user and specialized FPGA equipment.

OneKey said it paid Unciphered a bounty for the disclosure.

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