In a recent development, Upbit has notified users of the theft of 342,000 Ether (ETH) from its hot wallet. Furthermore, the incident has been confirmed in an official statement by the CEO of Upbit’s operator, Dunamu.
Losses Will Be Covered by Corporate Assets
Lee Seok-woo, CEO of Upbit’s operator mentioned revealed that:
“At 1:06 PM on November 27, 2019, 342,000 ETH (approximately 58 billion won) were transferred from the Upbeat Ethereum Hot Wallet to an unknown wallet. Unknown wallet address is 0xa09871AEadF4994Ca12f5c0b6056BBd1d343c029.”
Seok-Woo further apologized to users for the inconvenience caused. He then mentioned that the exchange has pledged to protect user assets. Also, the 342,000 ETH will be covered by corporate assets.
As a matter of fact, more than $100 million worth of crypto-assets have been sent out of Upbit today. As per Whale Alert, transactions, each of $1.51 million worth of TRON (TRX), as well as $3.5 million in BitTorrent (BTT), were further sent to unknown blockchain addresses.
After that, transactions of $8.7 million-worth of stellar (XLM), $1.08 million in OmiseGo (OMG), $22 million in EOS, and $3.4 million in status (SNT) were further transacted from Upbit’s wallets to those of the Bittrex crypto exchange.
The incident also Binance CEO, Cz responding He said that Binance will work with Upbit and other industry players to ensure that if any hacked funds make way to Binance, they are immediately frozen.
Upbit Suspends Account Authentication Service
Another notice by Upbit has revealed that the exchange due to change in the electronic financial common network system has suspended withdrawals and account authentication service. During this time, users will not be able to activate or register deposits or withdrawal account. Also, members willing to verify their deposit or withdrawal account should proceed with verification and registration before the check-in time. Furthermore, once the inspection is complete, the KRW deposit and withdrawal account authentication/registration service will be normalized.
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