Cryptopia liquidation could reach $15 million. Approximately $15 million has been spent by liquidators in order to bring down. The hacked cryptocurrency corporation Cryptopia. And they still have a long road ahead of them in order to achieve their task.
A data breach at the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia, which is based in Christchurch. Was one of the most significant in New Zealand’s history. And it occurred in January of this year, according to the New Zealand Herald. It was as a result of this incident that one of the largest data breaches. In the history of the country took place.
Once inside the exchange’s bitcoin stockpile, the burglars utilized electronic keys. To get access to hidden wallets and transfer the assets to other cryptocurrency exchanges. Resulting in an estimated $24 million in financial damages for the company.
At a special meeting held in May 2019 at each of the company’s locations. A majority of the company’s shareholders authorized the company’s dissolution. And the appointment of David Ruscoe and Malcolm Moore of Grant Thornton. To serve as liquidators on behalf of their respective locations.
As of November 14, 2021, the entire cost of the liquidation was $14,991,000. Which includes the fees and legal costs incurred by the liquidators. (All figures are exclusive of GST). This total cost includes the fees and legal costs incurred by them.
This fee is expected to cover all of the costs associated with conducting investigations. Attempting to recover hacked assets, developing and managing the claims portal. Developing and supervising the implementation of an appropriate identity verification process. Supervising the Cryptopia customer support team, consulting with specialist crypto-asset experts. And liaising with regulatory authorities.
Between May and November, the liquidators made significant progress
It was reported in the liquidators’ recent report that they had begun validating. The identities of claimants from 183 different nations. Over the six-month period between May and November.
They claimed that about 80% of users of the exchange had gotten. Involved in the claims process, based on the value of their transactions.
The following stage would be claim acceptance. During which claimants would be given the chance. To accept or reject their respective sums.
The liquidators stated that they would need to go to court in order to obtain approval. For the distribution model, to determine what should done with unclaimed crypto assets. And to set a deadline for claims to submitted and assessed. Before any money could be transferred.
They are continuing to collaborate with law enforcement and international agencies. In order to identify the source of the January 2019 hack.
It is still being worked on locating the stolen funds, and recovery actions. Have already launched in the United States, Malaysia, and Singapore.
It was note that “for the most part, operations in relation to the 2019 attack have focused. On recovering information that sets out the movement of crypto assets following the theft.”
In addition, the liquidators said that they had received $50,000 in legal fees. From a third party who had refused to restore consumer data. That had been provided by error through the judicial system. Despite High Court instructions to comply.
After confessing to being in contempt of court, the party was fine $7500 by the court.
Earlier this year, the liquidators said that a former employee who stole $250,000. From the company while employed had return the entire sum and will jailed early this year.