Hackers leak Code of El Salvador’s Official State Bitcoin Wallet “Chivo”

Written by Mitchell Langley

April 25, 2024

Hackers leak Code of El Salvador’s Official State Bitcoin Wallet “Chivo”

In early April, the hacker group CiberInteligenciaSV leaked the complete database of Chivo users. Since then, they have been gradually releasing the code of the state-operated Bitcoin wallet, Chivo. 

The unfolding saga of Chivo has taken another turn as the hacker group recently shared a portion of the wallet’s source code on the black hat hacking forum, BreachForums, on April 23rd.

 “This time I bring you the code that is inside the Bitcoin Chivo Wallet ATMs in El Salvador, remember that it is a government wallet, and as you know, we do not sell, we publish everything for free for you,”

The hacker group wrote.

Chivo Wallet Hack Exposed Information of Over 5.1 Million Salvadorans

As a consequence of a series of Chivo-related hacking incidents, including the public disclosure of personal information belonging to 5.1 million Salvadorans, which accounts for nearly the entire adult population of the country, a significant development has taken place.

On April 22nd, local cybersecurity project VenariX raised awareness by alerting the public about an imminent leak. They specifically referenced CiberInteligenciaSV’s Telegram channel, where plans to release the source code were discussed.

 “Tonight we will publish part of the source code and VPN access that belongs to Chivo Wallet, for free as always, unless one of you nosy government people wants to talk,”

CiberInteligenciaSV’s Telegram post reads.

Additionally, CiberInteligenciaSV has made the file “Codigo.rar” available, which contains a collection of code and VPN credentials pertaining to the Chivo Wallet ATM network.

It is worth noting that in September 2021, El Salvador made history by becoming the first country to adopt Bitcoin as a legal form of currency.

The government actively promoted Chivo as the official Bitcoin wallet for its citizens. This platform enables users to engage in Bitcoin transactions, including buying, selling, as well as storing and withdrawing BTC through ATMs.

The Chivo wallet faced initial challenges with users encountering numerous bugs and technical glitches. However, despite the emergence of reports regarding a personal data breach on Chivo in early April, the Salvadoran government has not taken any action to address the issue.

This lack of an official statement from El Salvador authorities has contributed to further confusion surrounding the situation, according to industry reports.

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