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Crypto news portal CoinDesk has disclosed a vulnerability in its content management system, due to which some users could learn about upcoming publications before they are released and use this information in trading. According to the report, at least one article was disclosed in this way.
“CoinDesk has fixed a vulnerability that exposed the titles of articles saved as drafts in the content management system,” the portal writes.
The vulnerability came to light through the notification of an ethical hacker.
“It could allow unidentified individuals to benefit from non-public information, who could make transactions before the release of publications,” adds CoinDesk CEO Kevin Worth. “To date, the vulnerability has been fixed, and additional precautions have also been installed.”
CoinDesk is the leading English-language portal for cryptocurrency news and is often among the first to receive information about important events, such as investment rounds.
A former CoinDesk reporter told Motherboard that he was not surprised by the vulnerability:
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