CoinDesk Fixes CMS Exploit That Leaked Headlines Before Publication

The vulnerability appears to have allowed someone accessing an API to trade on nonpublic information ahead of the publication of at least one article.

AccessTimeIconFeb 4, 2022 at 6:14 p.m. UTC
Updated May 11, 2023 at 4:08 p.m. UTC

CoinDesk has fixed an issue that exposed the headlines of articles saved as drafts in the crypto news publication’s content management system (CMS).

The exploit, which was brought to CoinDesk’s attention by a white-hat hacker, may have allowed unidentified actors to profit from nonpublic information by making trades ahead of the publication of at least one article.

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  • The issue is now fixed and added safeguards have been put in place.

    We regret this unintended deviation from our commitment to level playing fields in crypto markets.

    Michael J. Casey, chief content officer

    Kevin Worth, CEO

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    CoinDesk is an award-winning media outlet that covers the cryptocurrency industry. Its journalists abide by a strict set of editorial policies. In November 2023, CoinDesk was acquired by the Bullish group, owner of Bullish, a regulated, digital assets exchange. The Bullish group is majority-owned by Block.one; both companies have interests in a variety of blockchain and digital asset businesses and significant holdings of digital assets, including bitcoin. CoinDesk operates as an independent subsidiary with an editorial committee to protect journalistic independence. CoinDesk employees, including journalists, may receive options in the Bullish group as part of their compensation.

    Michael J. Casey

    Michael J. Casey is CoinDesk's Chief Content Officer.