Japanese Crypto Exchange Reports $300 Million Bitcoin Loss Due to ‘Leak’

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Japanese crypto exchange DMM Bitcoin announced it lost about $300 million (RM1.4 billion) worth of bitcoin due to an “unauthorized leak” from its digital wallet.

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The incident was discovered at 13:26 (0426 GMT) yesterday. The company stated that they are still investigating the details of the damage.


Major Bitcoin Loss at Japanese Crypto Exchange DMM Bitcoin

Japanese crypto exchange DMM Bitcoin announced that it had lost around $300 million (RM1.4 billion) worth of bitcoin due to an “unauthorized leak” from its digital wallet. The incident was discovered at 13:26 (0426 GMT) yesterday. The company stated that they are still investigating the details of the damage.

“We have already taken measures to prevent the unauthorized leak, but we have also implemented restrictions on the use of some services to ensure additional safety,” the exchange said.

While DMM Bitcoin did not provide specific details about the “leak,” global cryptocurrency analysis firm Chainalysis described it as one of the biggest crypto hacks to date. “Today’s hack of Japanese exchange DMM Bitcoin for $305M worth of bitcoin is the biggest hack since December 2022 and the 7th largest crypto hack ever,” Chainalysis said in a post on social media platform X, adding that it had labeled the funds as “stolen.”

DMM Bitcoin reported that the amount involved in the “leak” was about ¥48.2 billion, equivalent to 4,502.9 bitcoins.

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DMM Bitcoin Assures Full Compensation After Major Bitcoin Theft

Japanese crypto exchange DMM Bitcoin has announced that all customers’ Bitcoin (BTC) deposits will be fully guaranteed with support from its group companies following a significant loss due to an “unauthorized leak.”

Japan’s Financial Services Agency has instructed the company to investigate the cause of the incident and take measures to protect customers from damages. Additionally, police have begun probing the case, according to the business daily Nikkei.

Despite the rising popularity of cryptocurrencies, the industry has faced numerous scandals and sudden price collapses. In 2014, thieves stole 850,000 bitcoins, worth around $470 million at the time, from Japanese exchange Mt. Gox. Similarly, another Japanese exchange, Coincheck, was hacked for nearly $500 million in 2018. ― AFP


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