The Hong Kong Securities and Futures Commission added Hounax to its warning list on November 1, a move that victims have criticized as much too late to stop the damage.
A similar incident occurred in September, when the Paxos crypto firm erroneously paid a $500,000 fee to send $1,865. They attributed the huge fee to a bug in their software, and the F2Pool mining pool (who had mined the block and received the fee) opted to return the overpayment.
Shortly after the attack, the thief sent a message: "Negotiations will start in a few hours when I am fully rested." The KyberSwap team later responded to offer a 10% bounty, also seeming to praising attacker: "You have done one of the most sophisticated hacks ser. That was high EV and everyone missed it."
- "KyberSwap offers 10% bounty to hacker following $47 million exploit", The Block
- "KyberSwap DEX Hacked for $48 Million, Attacker Teases Negotiations", CoinDesk
- On-chain messages between the attacker and KyberSwap
HTX suspended withdrawals as they investigated the hack, and wrote that the company would "fully compensate for HTX's hot wallet losses". Security firm Cyvers said they believed the theft was enabled by a private key leak.
Binance agreed to pay $4.3 billion in restitution for widespread wrongdoing including failure to implement proper anti-money laundering programs, unlicensed money transmitting, and sanctions violations. Binance will be allowed to continue operating, but will be subjected to a three-year-long monitorship program to ensure AML and sanctions compliance.
CZ posted a long thread on Twitter, admitting "I made mistakes, and I must take responsibility," carefully sidestepping mentioning what any of those mistakes were.
- "Binance and CEO Plead Guilty to Federal Charges in $4B Resolution", U.S. Department of Justice [archive]
Now, after the Aragon Association decided without consulting the DAO to dissolve itself and wind down the project's governance tokens (while keeping some of the funds), the DAO has voted to sue the group. The DAO has accused the group of improperly taking investors' money to put it "into their new secretive company". They've allocated $300,000 to legal efforts.
- "A DAO is funding a lawsuit against its own founding team", The Block [archive]
- "Aragon DAO votes to fund legal action against its founders", CoinTelegraph [archive]
- Proposal to sue the Aragon Association
Bittrex used to be a major player in the US cryptocurrency market, with over 20% of US market share in 2018. However, the exchange's dominance had dwindled to below 1% as of 2021.
DOJ reportedly seeking $4 billion resolution to Binance investigation, with possible criminal charges against CEO
The negotiation may involve a deferred prosecution agreement, in which the US would file a criminal complaint but agree not to prosecute so long as Binance met agreed conditions under a monitoring process.
It remains to be seen if this is the avenue the DOJ and Binance will go with. A Bloomberg source speculated that a decision could come within the next few weeks.
Furthermore, the SEC claims that Kraken commingled corporate and customer funds, "at times pa[ying] operational expenses directly from bank accounts that hold customer cash."
Kraken's new CEO, Dave Ripley, posted on Twitter that the company "plan[s] to vigorously defend [their] position" that they do not list securities.
According to Tether, they "voluntarily fr[oze] approximately 225 million in USDT tokens" in connection to the investigation.
Some romance scammers hoping to lure victims into sending them cryptocurrencies are themselves victims of human trafficking operations, where they are held victim and forced to send such messages.