KuCoin hack now estimated at $280 million
With the industry of Bitcoins and all things DeFi keen on cleaning up its reputation, crypto enthusiasts worldwide are scrambling to seek where the stolen KuCoin funds are being moved to as the alleged hacker finds it more and more difficult to cash out.
The old saga of a sort of Robin Hood who steals from the rich and hands it out to the poor is nothing but a fairy tale in this KuCoin matter, as nearly everyone who is anyone knows that crypto cannot afford to run headlines about hacks and thefts forever. From a past built on the Mt. Gox hack over the Silk Road’s drug dealing website, it is time for Satoshi Nakamoto’s invention to start gaining the trust of Wall Street.
So I did some accounting of the KuCoin hack based on the wallets very likely associated and based on my estimation, there was nearly $280 million of assets stolen, not $150M. This would make it the third-largest hack in history and 7 times larger than the Binance hack last year.. pic.twitter.com/iESWm1EGPh— Larry Cermak (@lawmaster) September 28, 2020
Just as it had done so this year and more and more classic investors started pouring funds into Bitcoin, the wild swings of DeFi food coins and a recent massive hack are ready to erase that trust once again.
Therefore, it is good to see that the crypto world is coming together to chase out the hacker and track all of his dealings. The criminal is finding it harder to nearly impossible to get rid of his stolen funds as exchanges and crypto enthusiasts work together to flush him out.
KuCoin Hack Approaches $200,000,000 in Stolen ETH, BTC, LTC, XRP, BSV, XLM, TRX, and USDT— NapBots - Crypto Trading Bot - Bitcoin Bot (@Napbots) September 29, 2020
Meanwhile uncertainty rises as to the size of the loot, with Larry Cermak the Director of Research at the Block Crypto stating that he estimates it to be much bigger. Larry said:
So I did some accounting of the Kucoin hack based on the wallets very likely associated and based on my estimation, there was nearly $280 million of assets stolen, not $150M.
This would make it the third-largest hack in history and seven times larger than the Binance hack last year.
The Kucoin hack feels like a tipping point.— Ryan Selkis (@twobitidiot) September 28, 2020
The crypto markets shrugged off a $150mm loss like "well that was dumb but we should have been trading on decentralized exchanges this year anyway."
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Although everyone is scrambling to make up for the losses and is hoping that the blow to crypto’s reputation can be limited, Larry is not so sure, saying:
It’s quite odd to me that KuCoin is confident they can cover these amounts with the insurance fund. My opinion is that there is almost no chance this is recoverable.