Once again, a crypto exchange allegedly suffered a major cyber attack losing millions of dollars. This time, the victim is Canadian crypto exchange MapleChange. The hackers took advantage of a bug in their system, the exchange said that all funds were emptied from the company.
MapleChange Crypto Exchange Hacked Losing All The Funds
On October 28, 2018, MapleChange crypto exchange announced on its official Twitter account that they suffered a hack.
The news came up right after the website went online after being down for maintenance. The news then created unrest among the users since they announced the loss of all funds – that too – with a statement of failure to refund. Explaining further, they mention the reason behind the attack to be a bug.
As per the initial reports, the exchange suffered a loss of 919 BTC (roughly 5 million dollars). However, later on, they confirmed they only had a daily volume of 1-2 BTC on the exchange. While responding to their tweet, they said,
“Our exchange never reached more than 9BTC in volume. We averaged 1-2BTC of volume daily.”
In another tweet, they said,
After disclosing the breach, the exchange expressed its inability to refund anyone. However, later on, they declared they would refund all other coins except BTC and LTC. In fact, they started posting repeated tweets about refunds mentioning various cryptocurrencies.
What’s The Twist?
While the people were already furious to know about the mess, the swift disappearance of the exchange from the internet added fuel to the fire. According to the initial media reports, the exchange went offline, including their social media presence as well. People began thinking it was down to an exit scam, and went out to trace the owners and officials of the exchange, later MapleChange came back online with the following Tweet.
Nonetheless, the official MapleChange website is still down. In fact, it seems the site does not even exist anymore.
Despite posting about refunds, they do not seem concerned to respond to people’s complaints and queries as they claim to not have received the refunds.
Where you return DNR? I can't even access exchange site to see balance.
— biblioteczny (@biblioteczny) October 30, 2018
At the moment, MapleChange seems in a chaotic situation. On one hand, it struggles with arranging the refunds (as claimed), whereas, on the other hand, it has to prove its credibility. In such a situation, the exchange has not revealed explicit details of the breach.
We shall update this article as we receive more details.