Cryptopia, a cryptocurrency exchange based in New Zealand recently announced that it had been hacked and suffered significant losses.
The exact details of the hack and how much the exchange has lost remain vague at this point with just a few tweets from the exchange providing a small amount of information.
However, Cryptopia states that they have notified the appropriate government agencies and that the exchange will stay in maintenance mode for now.
The crypto community is not pleased with the lack of answers with some even calling it an exit scam.
What Happened at Cryptopia?
On the afternoon of January 14, Cryptopia announced on its Twitter page that the exchange is going through unscheduled maintenance and it is working on resuming the services as soon as possible.
We are currently experiencing an unscheduled maintenance, we are working to resume services as soon as possible. We will keep you updated.
— Cryptopia Exchange (@Cryptopia_NZ) January 14, 2019
However, the next day, the exchange sent another tweet announcing that it had been hacked.
In a statement, the exchange wrote:
“Yesterday, 14th January 2019, the Cryptopia exchange suffered a security breach which resulted in significant losses.”
It said that when its staff discovered the breach, the platform was put under maintenance while they assessed the extent of the damage.
“Until this has been carried out, The Cryptopia Exchange will remain in maintenance mode, with trading suspended. We are committed to getting this resolved as quickly as possible and will keep you all updated every step of the way.”
The exchange hasn’t provided any details on the amount stolen from the platform.
The Crypto Community Isn’t Pleased
The exchange’s lack of data is frustrating their customers as many of them are asking the exchange when the platform will be back online and what will happen to their funds.
Cryptopia hasn’t provided a satisfactory answer to this yet, and no further updates have been added to their Twitter feed after the hack.
Some people in the crypto community are calling it an exit scam.
On the r/cryptocurrency subreddit, people are talking about the hack. Some users pointed out that the exchange was listing shitcoins while others noted how 19k ETH was transferred out of the exchange right before the hack.
Twitter account @whale_alert also noted on January 13, that about 19,391 ETH, worth over $2.4 million was moved from the exchange to an unknown wallet.