CoinBene, one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges around the globe, was under the spotlight of the cryptocurrency space over controversies surrounding a hack. This speculation was soon shot down by the exchange, with the team releasing an official statement on their Twitter handle. Nevertheless, a report by Elementus suggested that around $105 million in cryptocurrencies were transferred out of CoinBene and that they are being “sold on various exchanges.”
The speculation spread after the exchange underwent an unscheduled maintenance, resulting in some customers considering the possibility of a hack. Notably, the exchange stated that trading activities on the platform would not be affected because of the wallet upgrade. However, it would affect services such as withdrawal and deposit, they said.
More so, Alexandr, a Twitter user, questioned CoinBene about whether there was hack, considering that all the wallets were up for an upgrade at the same time. He also queried CoinBene about when they would release an official statement. To this, the exchange stated,
“Part of the wallet upgrade and maintenance has been completed, CoinBene will open BTC and USDT deposit and withdraw functions at 11:00, March 27, 2019 (GMT+8), and ETH deposit and withdraw functions will be opened at 15:00, March 27, 2019”
This was followed by the exchange platform releasing an official statement on the event. They said,
#Announcement Somebody doubt CoinBene was attacked by hacker recently because our maintenance. We CoinBene are so sorry that made everyone worried for this problem.”
The exchange stated that the CoinBene security team came to a consensus on a wallet upgrade “in order to protect the rights of global users and partners,” considering reports of users’ assets theft on several exchanges. It further assured its users that their assets were 100 percent secure on the platform, adding “that if any user assets will be lost, we will compensate 100%.”
Soon after the official statement was released, Elementus, a next-generation blockchain analysis company, released a report titled, “The CoinBene situation: $105 million in crypto on the move.” The report read,
“The beauty of the blockchain is that it is completely transparent to those who know how to read it. Our rationale behind releasing the findings below is to make public what is already public. We are not here to refute what CoinBene is claiming, but to present what we found via the Elementus Query Engine.”
The report further stated that around $105 million in Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies were transferred from CoinBene to “three different addresses.”
The timeline of the events suggested that the transfer of $105 million in crypto occurred on 25 March at 2:58 PM, prior to the exchange going under maintenance.
According to the firm’s observations, the $105 million in cryptocurrencies transferred out of CoinBene were “now being sold on various exchanges.” The report also stated that the $105 million in “market value” consisted of 110 different cryptocurrencies, out of which, around $70 million were in Maximine coin.
Further, out of these tokens, some were transferred to Etherdelta and exchanged for Ethereum [ETH], while others were transferred to centralized exchanges such as Binance, Bittrex, and Huobi in huge chunks. Notably, the report stated that the funds continued to move, even at press time.
“The amount of crypto involved is huge. Transfers of this size are not unheard-of when an exchange is moving funds between hot and cold wallets, but that is clearly not what’s happening here.”
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Priya is a full-time member of the reporting team at AMBCrypto. She is a finance major with one year of writing experience. She has not held any value in Bitcoin or other currencies.