A large amount of Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens have been transferred, over the last hours, from Cryptopia to wallets linked with several cryptocurrency exchanges, including Binance.
This activity could have been associated with the Cryptopia hack that took place earlier this week, leading the exchange to suspend its operations.
Hackers Attempted to Hide Trails Before Sending Stolen Funds to Binance
According to Twitter user @ShaftedTangu, the hacker moved vast amounts of ETH and other tokens such as DNC, MTL, MGO, KNC, OMG, ENJ, CENNZ, TrueUSD and others, from Cryptopia-related wallets and then consolidated them into one account.
Consequently, he redistributed the funds across multiple crypto exchanges.
However, this action which could be seen as an attempt to launder the stolen funds was big enough to trigger the watchdogs that monitor every suspicious, large blockchain transaction.
— Whale Alert (@whale_alert) January 13, 2019
Social Media Seem to Play a Key Role in Blockchain Security
@ShaftedTangu reached out to the representative of the involved cryptocurrency exchanges via Twitter, to warn them about the funds being moved to accounts of their companies.
Changpeng Zhao, CEO of Binance, went to confirm allegations, saying that the exchange was able to trace and freeze some of the stolen funds.
— ??I Dream Of Alts?? (@ShaftedTangu) January 16, 2019
Just checked, we were able to freeze some of the funds. I don't understand why the hackers keep sending to Binance. Social media will be pretty fast to report it, and we will freeze it. It's a high risk maneuver for them. https://t.co/i0PeahLzic
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) January 16, 2019
Opaque Crypto Transactions After Cryptopia Shut Down Operations
The crypto community is treating the Cryptopia hack with skepticism, as the stolen fund transfer occurred several hours after the exchange announced its temporary shutdown.
This has led many to believe that the incident could have been an inside job, but Cryptopia has not responded yet to any of those allegations.
The latest update from the exchange’s Twitter account says that the matter is now on the hands of the appropriate authorities.
We cannot comment as this matter is now in the hands of the appropriate authorities. We will update you as soon as we can.https://t.co/9uMiKQwb6u
— Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) January 15, 2019