Friday, June 14, 2024

Ledger NPM Repo Hacked Through a Spear Phishing Attack on an Employee

In a recent turn of events, Ledger, a prominent hardware wallet provider, faced a security breach that sent shockwaves through the cryptocurrency community. 

The breach, initiated by a malevolent version of the npm package @ledgerhq/connect-kit, posed a severe risk to users’ digital assets.

Security research firm SlowMist Team sounded the alarm, unveiling a covert threat within the @ledgerhq/connect-kit package on the npm repository. 


This malicious package harbored a concealed backdoor capable of pilfering users’ private keys—a potential catastrophe for those invested in the volatile world of cryptocurrency.

Ledger’s Confirmation and Swift Action

Acknowledging the breach on its official Twitter account, Ledger promptly confirmed the security lapse. 

The company swiftly released a fix for the vulnerability, urging users to update to the latest @ledgerhq/connect-kit package version. 

Ledger NPM Repo Hacked
Ledger NPM Repo Hacked

As an additional precaution, Ledger emphasized the paramount importance of safeguarding one’s 24-word recovery phrase.

The Ongoing Investigation

The scope of the breach remains shrouded in uncertainty. 

Ledger Team continues its meticulous investigation, aiming to unveil the extent of user impact and quantify potential financial losses. 

The aftermath of this breach underscores the inherent risks associated with the burgeoning realm of cryptocurrency.

Renowned for its hardware wallets, Ledger stands as a stalwart in cryptocurrency security. 

These hardware devices store private keys in fortified environments, making them a favored choice among users. 

The npm repository, a repository of JavaScript code packages, plays a pivotal role in the cryptocurrency ecosystem. 

Developers rely on it to discover and install essential code packages. 

The compromise of the @ledgerhq/connect-kit package exposes a vulnerability in this otherwise indispensable resource for developers in the cryptocurrency space.

Amid the chaos, the question lingers: How did the attacker infiltrate the npm repository? The possibility of a spear phishing attack emerges—a targeted ploy where the attacker masquerades as a legitimate entity, often leading the victim to divulge sensitive information. 

The intricacies of this attack method raise concerns about the broader security landscape.

In the aftermath of the breach, Ledger is taking decisive steps to fortify its security measures. 

Collaborating with npm, the company aims to enhance the security infrastructure of the npm repository.

Additionally, users are reminded to exercise caution and adhere to best practices, such as refraining from sharing their 24-word recovery phrases.


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