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FTX moved users’ funds to offline wallets early Saturday morning after a wave of “unauthorized transactions” drained hundreds of millions of dollars from the beleaguered cryptocurrency exchange. Ryne Miller, the general counsel at FTX US, didn’t confirm a hack, but said on Twitter that the company made the move to “mitigate damage” caused by the potential theft, as transferring funds offline, or to “cold storage,” helps prevents outsiders from gaining access to them.
The millions in funds evaporated from the platform shortly after FTX filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, affecting the domestic FTX US trading platform, the global version of FTX, and Alameda Research. It’s still unclear how much is missing from the exchange, but a report from CoinDesk suggests the amount could total over $600 million, while the blockchain analytics company, Elliptic, puts this number at about $473 million.
One can only hope that the missing funds belonged primarily to Silicon Valley VC tech-bro libertarian clowns and not to the working-class folks that they've been pushing their ponzi scheme onto.