Since September, El Salvador has become the first country where bitcoin has become the official national currency, although it is still possible to use the dollar. When the bitcoin was launched on the market, the government took advantage of the partnership, and Chivo became the official wallet for bitcoins, and people could get $ 30 in bitcoins for free for greater initial interest. But people can also use any of their own bitcoins.
On Twitterhowever, there have been a lot of pictures of Chivo’s wallets that show unauthorized transactions, with varying amounts of bitcoins ranging from $ 100 to $ 16,000 being sent to unknown addresses. The published losses are already approaching the limit of one hundred thousand dollars. According to these sources, the government is not solving these problems yet, but we still rely only on information on Twitter, so it is necessary to take the current state of information with caution.
Considering Occam’s razor, it’s probably some cell phone malware that targets Chivo’s wallet. Blockchain and decentralization is a beautiful thing, but it leaves the security of stored access keys to individual users and software. And since Salvador is a poor country, it can be assumed that most people own old Android phones without new security patches. Such loot is ideal for thief hackers, for whom it is an easy target.