New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia announced a security breach which resulted in a “significant loss.”
According to an official Tweet by the exchange, the hack took place on January 14. The exchange, however, did not post any figure for the loss incurred.
— Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) January 15, 2019
The exchange has suspended all trading-related activities for an indefinite period.
“Once identified by staff, the exchange was put into maintenance while we assessed damage,” the official post by the exchange noted.
It has already notified New Zealand’s authorities and is working with the police and the country’s High Tech Crimes Unit to further investigate the security breach.
“Staff then notified and involved the appropriate Government Agencies, including NZ police and High Tech Crimes Unit who are jointly and actively investigating the matter as a major crime and they are assisting us with advice,” the exchange noted.
Cryptopia halted all activities since last 24 hours, and before officially admitting the breach, the exchange was calling it “unscheduled maintenance.”
We are currently experiencing an unscheduled maintenance, we are working to resume services as soon as possible. We will keep you updated.
— Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) January 14, 2019
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“We are committed to getting this resolved as quickly as possible and will keep you all updated every step on the way,” it assured the users and the community.
Backlash from the Community
This is the first crypto exchange theft in 2019 and the crypto community raising questions on the exchange’s practices amid the hack, and some are even accusing it as a bear market “exit strategy.”
Interesting that this happens in a bear season where small exchanges are struggling to make ends meet and are aggressively messaging anyone involved with crypto projects to get them to pay listing fees to get listed on their platforms. pic.twitter.com/Vg44R4Dh5s
— WhalePanda (@WhalePanda) January 15, 2019
Exit scam in progress
— Cryptosaurus (@MatejOsonjacki) January 14, 2019
The timing of the breach also raises many questions, as it happened just before the commencement of Ethereum’s network upgrade to Constantinople.
— CCWGROUP (@CCWGR0UP) January 15, 2019