Bitfinex hackers move more than $27 million tied to 2016 attack
July 27, 2020, 2:28PM EDT
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Whale Alert, a Twitter-based tracker of large cryptocurrency transactions, reported nine transfers of funds tied to the 2016 hack of cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex.
Bitfinex was hacked in August 2016, and the security breach resulted in the theft of almost 120,000 BTC — an amount valued at $72 million at then-current prices. The exchange later moved to socialize that loss among its user base and create a token to as a means to reimburse those affected. Bitfinex bought back the last of the so-called BFX tokens in April 2017.
Since the hack, blockchain sleuths have tracked the movement of the stolen coins. On Monday, four Whale Alert pings were posted at 12:41 p.m. ET after a combined 531.93 BTC (approximately $5.76 million) was transferred.
⚠ 174.44 #BTC (1,815,092 USD) of stolen funds transferred from Bitfinex Hack 2016 to unknown wallet