In the latest crypto news, we are focusing on a smart move done by the Binance team recently, with which the leading exchange managed to freeze some of the funds that were stolen from the crypto exchange Cryptopia during the high-profile hack which occurred earlier this week.
The CEO of Binance, Changpeng Zhao, has announced this news in a tweet on Wednesday, saying the following:
Just checked, we were able to freeze some of the funds. I don't understand why the hackers keep sending to Binance. Social media will be pretty fast to report it, and we will freeze it. It's a high risk maneuver for them. https://t.co/i0PeahLzic
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 16, 2019
Zhao also questioned why do attackers keep on sending the stolen funds to Binance, mostly because the word spreads quickly and the crypto exchanges are not shy about halting the flow of stolen funds.
As Cryptopia tweeted, on the other hand, the breach occurred on Monday and caused the exchange to suffer from “significant losses.”
In numbers, this translates to at least $2.4 million worth of Ethereum (ETH) moved to several unknown wallets – as well as about $1.2 million worth of Centrality (CENNZ). Even though it is still unclear who is behind the hack, some people believe that Cryptopia may have made the transfers for security reasons.
The exchange commented:
We cannot comment as this matter is now in the hands of the appropriate authorities. We will update you as soon as we can.https://t.co/9uMiKQwb6u
— Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) January 15, 2019
What’s most interesting in the case is that one day before this hack, Zhao posted a message on Twitter where he advised crypto holders to store their holdings on exchanges instead of personal storage devices such as USB drives or hardware wallets.
The tweet was not that well received by the audience, giving Zhao comments about the risk of storing cryptocurrency on “reputable” exchanges like Binance.
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“Like any investment product, rates of return can never be guaranteed and if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.”The FBI also warned investors to conduct due diligence on all schemes and the individuals behind it - as well as to always be on the lookout for entities that appear to be exclusively internet-based where a physical address or any contact is hard or impossible to come by. The Bureau also suggested that investors should be aware of which jurisdiction the offering is registered in (if it is at all), as well as to which laws and regulations it falls subject to. FBI advised that the public can use the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority's BrokerCheck system to verify the identities and registration status of entities.
Mumbai Police Arrests Four Suspects In Alleged Crypto Scam Worth $17 Million
“The accused held meetings in Mumbai, Surat, and other parts of Gujarat, and lured people into investing their hard-earned money by promising to double it in two months. Initially, the gang repaid a few investors to lure more people in and then defaulted. Their intention was to cheat.”The report continues on to state that the group launched a fake cryptocurrency named ‘’Cashcoin’’ in 2018 and was later sold to multiple investors promising high returns and a quick doubling of their investment. All of the offenses were registered by the city crime branch at the local police station law enforcement claim breach of trust and criminal conspiracy. The lawyers of the defendants, on the other hand, claim for their clients to be innocent and to be wrongly arrested. In India in the past couple of weeks, multiple arrests were conducted after another group was found and accused of scamming investors for $71.6 million. The analytics company Chainalysis published a report where it says that the value of ETH stolen with scamming reached $36 million last year which is almost double than 2017.
Israeli Crypto Brokerage Coinmama Reports A New Data Breach Affecting 450,000 Of Its Users
“As of February 15, 2019, there has been no evidence of this data being used by perpetrators. Given the dated nature of the published data, we have no reason to suspect that any other Coinmama systems are compromised. Coinmama does not store credit card information.”Aside from notifying users immediately, Coinmama says that its response team is requiring all of the affected users to reset their passwords upon login and monitor any suspicious activity or unauthorized access. The platform says that it is currently working hard to enhance its safeguards and track any external signals. Even though the data breach impacted not only Coinmama big many other companies outside the crypto sector - it still represents the second high-profile system compromise in 2019.
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