Whale Alert, a twitter account that automatically and manually records weighty cryptocurrency transfers for the social media platform ecosystem, uncovered that just over $250 thousand of stolen Ethereum (ETH) from the hacked New Zealand (NZ)-based cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia, finally moved on Tuesday May 21.
Ether on the Move
Around one thousand Ethereum (1,000 ETH) are said to have relocated to
0x7d90b19c1022396b525c64ba70a293c3142979b7, and this account doesn’t hold any other cryptocurrencies. Remember, almost the same quantity of ETH beforehand was moved from this very cryptocurrency wallet. The hackers who attacked Cryptopia appear to be in total panic as they are stuck with the dirty digital asset, as a matter of fact, they don’t know what to do with the money. The hackers’ situation is indeed the same as stealing an elephant.
The timing of the nudiustertian movement of stolen Ether funds is quite interesting, but basing on what is happening, hackers will soon be caught, identified and revealed to the public. It is a common trend, that each time the crypto exchange is attacked, the first suspects are the insiders (internal job).
One of the addresses which is said to be in connection with this theft, transferred around 499 ETH to a crypto exchange known as EtherDelta, an exchange that was formerly penalized for dealing in unregistered and uncatalogued securities – the address was identified as
Lazarus Hackers at the Wheel
In January 2019, the hacked crypto exchange lost over $18 million to thieves in a period of just fourteen days. Cryptopia has gone into liquidation and went ahead to warn its esteemed users not to hope that they will get back all funds they held before the hack. Furthermore, Cryptopia was unable to meet its debt obligations because of the deadly unexpected attack it faced, which made the interest, confidence, trust and volume of its customers reduce significantly. The community is now asking why the user funds were not available to settle debts. The hacked exchange
reopened its usual trading services in March, with 40 trade pairs.
Recently, Cryptopia employed two senior
liquidators identified as David. R and Russell. M to provide the exchange with important assurance, tax and advisory services. Cryptopia is not the only exchange to be hacked. Other big exchanges such as
CoinBene, Mt. Gox, Coincheck, were all attacked and up to now, no one has ever been caught. But, the hackers group
Lazarus from North Korea has always been accused to be behind these attacks.