Solana Foundation Faced Unauthorized User Access In The Organization

  • The organization has not officially announced a security incident.
  • Reportedly, the Username and Telegram username are the information accessed and exported.
  • Unfortunately, this is not the first time a crypto-based firm has faced a security issue. 

Solana Foundation gained information about unauthorized actors’ access to its organization. The organization informed all its users via email and was seen by local news media about a security incident involving the firm’s email service provider, Mailchimp. 

On January 14, the foundation disclosed news about the security incident. As per the email, Solana Foundation was informed by its email service provider on January 12 that “an unauthorized actor accessed and exported certain user data from the Solana Foundation’s Mailchimp instance.” According to the local media, the User’s names and Telegram username are the information accessed and exported by the bad actor. 

 Additionally, the Solana Foundation stated, “Based on the information we have received from Mailchimp, the affected information may have included, inter alia, email addresses, names, and Telegram usernames, in each case only to the extent users provided any such information. Mailchimp advised that the incident did not affect passwords or credit card information.”

Meanwhile, the foundation has not clarified any harm in the organization. The number of affected users is disclosed yet. However, Solana and Mailchimp have not officially announced the security incident. 

Solana Foundation is a non-profit organization of the Solana network, and it is designed to increase the adoption of decentralized technologies for the public good. Unauthorized security access is not the first to happen in the crypto industry. According to the local media news, another crypto-based firm experienced a security issue a few weeks ago. 

As per the report, bad actors gained access to 5,701,648 lines of information related to customers of the crypto exchange Gemini. Bad actors have accessed the Gemini user’s emails and the partial phone number. 

The organization stated, “Some Gemini customers have recently been the target of phishing campaigns that we believe are the result of an incident at a third-party vendor. This incident led to the collection of Gemini customer email addresses and partial phone numbers. No Gemini account information or systems were impacted as a result of this third-party incident, and all funds and customer accounts remain secure.”

The report revealed that it’s not the first time the crypto-based organization has faced a security issue with Mailchimp. As per the data, Mailchimp ceased all of its services to crypto content creators and platforms related to crypto news in August 2022.