In line with a recent report by ‘The Mainichi’, recently hacked Japanese cryptocurrency exchange named ‘Bitpoint’ has discovered over 250 Mln yen [Around $2.3 Mln] in cryptocurrencies – part of a $32 Mln total that was stolen last week.
As per the report, Bitpoint found the stolen cryptocurrencies on overseas exchanges that were employing a similar trading system provided by [Bitpoint Japan]. Bitpoint told The Mainchi that the recent discovery brings the entire total sum of the lost founds down from 3.5 Bln yen [Around $32 Mln] to 3.02 Bln yen [$28 Mln].
The exchange was ‘hacked‘ earlier on 12th July, and around 2.5 Bln yen [$23 Mln] of hacked funds belonged to customers while around 1 Bln [$9.2 Mln] belonged to the exchange. Hackers stole Bitcoin [BTC], Litecoin [LTC], Ethereum [ETH] and Ripple [XRP] from the exchange’s hot wallets.
Bitpoint suspended all its services following the hack, while the exchange’s parent firm Remixpoint Inc. shed over 19% following the hack. Remixpoint went untraded in Tokyo, following the attack due to a reported glut of sell orders.
The recent incident involving Bitpoint follows a major ‘hack‘ of Japanese exchange Coincheck earlier in Jan. last year, wherein $534 Mln of NEM tokens were hacked from Coincheck’s low-security hot wallets.
Bitpoint was one among the several other exchanges that receive a business improvement order from Japan’s FSA [Financial Services Agency], earlier in June last year. One among the FSA’s main concerns was the exchanges’ compliance with the AML [Anti-Money Laundering] and KYC [Know Your Customer] requirements.
The agency conjointly expressed issues that users funds were not being stored sufficiently separate from those of the exchanges.