Cryptopia, the New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange that suffered the largest known hack of 2019 back in January, has finally released an update as to how many funds have potentially been lost. Per the update, Cryptopia has calculated that in a worst-case scenario, 9.4% of their total holdings were lost to the hackers.
Until now, the exchange has not provided any updates regarding the number of stolen funds. They have been working closely with New Zealand police and a high-tech crime unit, and were thus unable to comment on any details regarding the investigation.
However, as previously reported by IIB, the blockchain analysis firm Elementus thoroughly analyzed the Ethereum public blockchain and revealed that a total of $16 million worth of Ethereum (ETH) and ERC-20 tokens had been stolen during the initial hack.
The same firm later revealed that an additional $180,000 worth of Ethereum was siphoned from 17,000 Cryptopia wallets in the weeks following the initial attack.
As Elementus initially suspected, the hackers gained full control over Cryptopia’s private keys and were able to continuously withdraw funds as unsuspecting Cryptopia users topped up their wallets.
Cryptopia Finally Providing Updates
While the updates from Elementus were very informative, it’s nice to know that Cryptopia is now able to comment on the investigation and share official updates with those affected.
Following their initial recent update about the percentage of stolen funds, Cryptopia notified users via Twitter that they are securing each wallet individually to ensure the exchange is secure when they begin trading:
— Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) February 27, 2019
Following this last update, the exchange urged users to refrain from depositing funds into their old Cryptopia addresses, as they have been compromised and will not be recovered.
Cryptopia will be releasing further updates via Twitter over the coming days and users are urged to keep an eye on their page.
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