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European Bitcoin Exchange Hacked for $1.4 Million, Claims It Cannot Afford to Repay Users

European Bitcoin Exchange Hacked for $1.4 Million, Claims It Cannot Afford to Repay Users


2gether, a Spanish cryptocurrency trading platform, has been hacked for about $1.4 million and company executives claim that they do not have the money to repay customers.

Chief executive officer Ramon Ferraz Estrada said over the course of several tweets on Monday that the breach of July 31 affected crypto investment accounts and exposed user private keys.

A separate announcement later expressed the exchange’s doubts over reimbursing the stolen funds, citing a lack of financial capacity. Instead, company officials offered customers the bourse’s native 2GT token as full compensation.

“In the two days following the attack, we’ve been working on finding the funds needed to cover all positions,” said 2gether in the statement.

“More specifically, and until a few minutes ago, we’ve been working with an investment group with which we sadly haven’t been able to reach an agreement,” it added.

On July 31, hackers allegedly spirited away €1.18 million ($1.4 million) from the trading platform’s cryptocurrency investment coffers – the equivalent of 27% of 2gether’s overall funds. No further detail has been revealed about how exactly the attack happened.

“We want to compensate the amount of stolen cryptocurrency (26.79% of your position before the attack) with a volume in 2GT equivalent to the issuance price of 5 cents,” the exchange pleaded.

“On top of that, we commit to keep looking, at top capacity and as soon as possible, for additional funds to make up for every single one of your cryptocurrencies,” it said. 2gether’s token allows for in-house exchange transactions only.

The exchange is planning an Ask-Me-Anything (AMA) session on Reddit to attend to customer queries while additional updates, perhaps particularly on the unclear reimbursement timeline, will be shared on social media.

This is the second European platform to lose money to cybercriminals in a matter of weeks following the theft of 336 BTC, or $3 million, at UK-based Cashaa early July.

Cashaa said that the hacker attacked one of its Blockchain.com wallets, which is used to store BTC and make transfers from the exchange. The attacker is believed to have implanted malware into one of the exchange’s computers.

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