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The Mt.Gox Story: Where has it reached? What’s the future?

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A survey conducted on the users of Mt.gox revealed that nearly 70% of users have not received their funds yet even after complaining and placing the request

Mt.Gox was a Japanese based bitcoin exchange program, which stands for “Magic: The Gathering Online Exchange”. It handled over the 70% bitcoin transactions of the world. It was the largest ever bitcoin exchange. It held in 2014. In the February end, it was bankrupt. It was a massive hack happened ever in the history of transactions. It was the monetary massacre which has ever happened in history. On average, it lost about 740,000 bitcoins which is 6% of the total existence at that time. The monetary tangible value of that lost 740000 bitcoin was 460 million euro and above $3 billion of the amount had no records in the bank transactions. After meticulous sleuth somewhere near 200000 bitcoins got recovered but till date, there is no record of 650000 bitcoins, it has not been recovered yet.

 

Mt.Gox was hacked in the year 2011 June. The source is reported to be the computer of an auditor of the company. The hacker manipulated the monetary value of the bitcoin to one cent artificially and transferred 2000 bitcoin on an aggregate value and sold it. It was not just for once rather it was the spatial skulduggery of the hacker. Not just this, later on, the hacker purchased around 650 bitcoins from the exchange by artificially manipulating the price to be lower than that of the actual value and till date, the amount has not been returned.  

In spite of such a massacre, Mt.Gox re-established itself and turned up to become the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. It came to be the largest bitcoin exchange in the world but apparently, the event was facing the disturbing struggle. The security structure became poor on when it had to be strongest and it was disorganized in many of its sectors.

 

How did U.S.A react?

The US Department of Homeland Security sleuthed the matter meticulously and ramified that one of the subsidiaries operating in US of Mt.Gox was illegal and was operating on the not registered monetary transmitter. After the US discovered the skullduggery it seized $5 million from the company’s bank account. And Mt.Gox announced the temporary suspension of transactions in US dollars. This mischief leads to certain delays in the transactions and lost its position of the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. After the suspension of dealings in US dollars, Mt.Gox incurred significant losses because of credit deposits.

In February Mt.gox had to halt all the bitcoin withdrawals in order to receive the clear picture and identify the massive loopholes in the operations to draw the structured report and get a technical display of issues. The company after scrutiny stated that massacre was the result of transactional malleability. The company after such massacre was trying to grow gradually and one such concern reported again was of a security breach. After the accumulation of data the financial status of the investors still displayed the disparity. Coindesk indicated that 3000 customers reported that 68% were still waiting for the funds from Mt.Gox.

 

Where has Mt.Gox reached?

After the survey conducted by CoinDesk on the users of Mt.gox revealed that nearly 70% of holders have not received their funds yet even after complaining and placing the request. The wait has not finished yet still people are waiting to receive returns of their amounts invested. After the mischief, that survey reported that Mt.Gox has lost many of its high-level executives vanished. This issue was faced not only by customers and but the banking associated faced the same concern too. After so long hold on Mt.Gox now it has become somewhat stable. But after such massive felonious transactions reported the Mt.Gox lost its credibility in the market of bitcoin exchange. There had been multiple prices reported in the nominal value of bitcoin. Too many fluctuations in the value of bitcoin is a breach and are considered a flagrant violation of the law of uniform price. In economics, the persistence difference in price is atrocious for the flow of bitcoin in the market. But according to the CoinDesk survey, the spatial failure of withdrawal of funds has been reported yet.  

Later on, it was transpired that Mt.Gox along with its founder Mark Kerpeles are ensnared in the US lead operation. The escalated volume of bids for bitcoin on Mt.Gox apparently the bitcoin price began to rise gradually. The way transactions are propagated in the network the company has lost its customers. And the scalability issue has exacerbated.

After the scrutiny, Mt.Gox’s books seem to have plenty of fiat currencies in the bank. But after so much of instability Mt Gox managed to stabilize itself and called the new customers on the platform by reintroducing its market credibility. It will definitely take a lot of time for the brand to be recovered completely. The impact of this skullduggery was gigantic on the operations of bitcoin exchange because of which Mt.Gox lost its title of largest Bitcoin exchange in this world.

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Mt Gox: Has the time come when Mt.Gox Creditors will be paid?

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As reported by the Mt Gox trustee, They still have 141,000 BTC and 142,000 BCH and the trustee seems to be taking charge to return the funds to the victims.

The small cryptocurrency community back then was in shock when the biggest bitcoin exchange Mt Gox (at that time) was hacked and around 850,000 BTC were stolen which were worth around $450 million back then and around $3.4 billion according to today’s price. Years have passed since the incident, however, only a few the victims have received their share and most of them are still waiting for their lost funds.

 

Mt Gox to credit victims?

As reported by Nobuaki Kobayashi, the Mt Gox trustee, Mt Gox still has more than 141,000 Bitcoin and 142,000 Bitcoin Cash and the trustee seems to be taking charge to return the following funds to the victims. The victims were super excited to hear this and Twitter seems to be full of tweets claiming that the exchange has finally made its decision of returning the lost funds to the victims.


However, it is worth noting that Mt Gox might have more than $631 million worth of Bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash, the number of funds to be compensated are likely much more than this amount. The other documents on the website claim that the victims shall be sent a notification regarding the approval or disapproval of their claims based upon their type of filing (online or email).

 

Nobuaki Kobayashi said that after a few days, the Rehabilitation Trustee of Mt Gox will be announcing the results of the claims filed by the victims. The result will showcase whether or not their claims have been accepted.

 

Missed the deadline?

If you are one of the victims and you’ve somehow missed submitting your claim, you can still download the claim form from the Mt Gox website. However, if these claims made after the deadline shall be accepted for refunds will be decided by the court.

 

Is there any timeline for the claims?

According to Nobuaki Kobayashi. he will contact the victims soon. So there is no specific timeline as to when the funds will return to the victims. However, it is still great news for the people who have been waiting for over 5 years and they are surely happy about the fact that they will soon be compensated.

 

Cryptocurrency investors are now wondering how will this affect the bitcoin price? What do you think? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Alert: Bancor Hackers move 25433 Ethereum

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Three days ago, Bancor Exchange hackers moved around 25,433 Ethereum to an address which seems to be a mixer service address or an exchange.

The whole crypto community was in shock when Bancor was hacked on 10th July last year with more than $23 million worth of Ethereum being stolen. Almost eight months after the incident, the hackers have allegedly made transactions from the wallet where the stolen Ethereum were kept.

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Three days ago, the hackers moved around 25,433 Ethereum to an address which seems to be a mixer service address or an exchange. It cannot be determined yet whether the funds can still be tracked or not.

It might be the situation where the hackers are trying to bewilder people so that the funds can be cashed out later from the new address as the older address was already in the view of people and even etherscan displays a cautionary sign above the previous address “Warning! There are reports that this address was used in a (Bancor) hack. Please exercise caution when interacting with this address”.

The Bancor Hack:

Bancor decentralized exchange was hacked last year where the private key was stolen in an uncertain manner by a hacker that still remains mysterious.

Around 25,544 Ethereum, 230 million Pundi X tokens and 3.2 million Bancor Tokens were stolen during the hack. According to Bancor, the hack was due to the compromisation of a wallet that was kept for smart contract upgradation.

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QuadrigaCX mystery takes a shocking turn: Wife reveals CEO used own money to fund user withdrawals

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Widowed wife of Gerry Cotton, the dead CEO of QuadrigaCX exchange claims that her husband used to mix his own money with the exchange's funds.

The current situation of the defunct exchange QuadrigaCX is just like a thriller movie as cryptocurrency enthusiasts around the world are curious to know what exactly has happened and what was the exchange up to. It was in the news recently that Ernst & Young, one of the top auditing and law firms in the world had revealed that QuadrigaCX’s cold storage wallets had almost NIL amount of user funds. This was quite shocking for the people who had millions of their investment or trading funds on the exchange as they were not hoping for this.

 

QuadrigaCX: A Shocking Turn

The situation gets even worse now as the widowed wife of Gerry Cotton, the dead co-founder, and CEO of QuadrigaCX exchange claims that her husband used to mix his own money with the exchange’s funds in order to fulfill customer withdrawals. According to Gerry’s wife, she does not know exactly how Gerry used to operate his business/exchange, however, he used to tell her that he had to keep transferring his own personal money into Quadriga CX exchange to fund the user withdrawals last year.

 

The statement of the widowed wife came into the picture soon after Ernst & Young revealed that the cold storage wallets of the exchange were nearly empty. A report also claimed that the exchange’s funds (around 600,000 ETH) were stored on different exchanges namely Kraken, Bitfinex, and Poloniex, after being transferred from the cold wallets.

 

The situation got worse long before the death of Gerry Cotton:

The situation had got worse long before the death of the CEO of QuadrigaCX, Gerry Cotton. The company was already in huge trouble and also is facing a legal battle with a bank. The CEO had to fund the exchange withdrawals using his own personal savings which may be because the holdings of people were being spent on personal expenses previously or had been lost on gambling or other activities. This is not confirmed and yet to be known. However, the people drew attention to the QuadrigaCX case only after the death of the CEO this year.

 

Is there a Change of Recovery?

If the CEO of QuadrigaCX, Gerry Cotton had really transferred the cold wallet funds onto other cryptocurrency exchanges as being reported earlier, and the auditors are able to track these fund’s transactions, there might be a chance for the victims to get their funds recovered, either fully or partially.

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