Coincheck Starts Refunding Victims of Crypto Hack, Resumes Limited Trading

Mindy Sparks
March 13, 2018

Coincheck - the Japanese digital currency exchanging platform has initiated to refund users and traders that were touched by the famous hack of $534 million worth of NEM in January 26, while simultaneously giving the opportunity of selling specific cryptos and withdrawals - based on the press releases that were set out on on the exchanges website.

Coincheck said last week it would repay about ¥46 billion ($431.6 million) to investors who lost digital money in the hack, which was one of the biggest of digital money ever.

In a blog post published today, the exchange said that it would refund victims 88 JPY, equivalent to $0.83 Dollars that would be multiplied by the number of NEM tokens they held at just before midnight, Japan time, on the 26th of January 2018. Based on the compensation plan, users will see a combined payout of $420 million.

On March 8, Coincheck had repeated a previous announcement that they would soon start refunding NEM customers.

Withdrawals of the following currencies, Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Ripple (XRP), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Bitcoin (BTC) have resumed.

Subsequently, the report said, the hackers were able to gather private keys to large amounts of NEM weeks before the actual heist, during which time Coincheck had no proper tools to detect such communication between itself and external servers. As reported by Japan's local publication Nikkei Asian Review, Coincheck earlier identified that the cause of the theft was a malware infecting the company's internal computer systems.

Japan's Financial Services Agency (FSA) had initially responded to the hack by conducting on-site inspections of the 15 unregistered cryptocurrency exchanges in Japan.

The perceived lack of security measures also sparked the FSA's probe into the company's system.

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