Coincheck is a bitcoin exchange service rather referred to as a digital wallet. Headquarter of Coincheck is situated in Tokyo, Japan. It was founded by Koichiro Wada and Yusuke Otsuka. It operates bitcoin transaction and storage in some countries worldwide.
The hacking incident
In January 2018, Coincheck was hacked of approximately 500 million NEM tokens. As a result of which the Financial Services Agency took notice and ordered Coincheck to improve its security practices. Many people were surprised that why did Financial Service Agency not ordered Coincheck to shut down all its activities until this issue was resolved. Later, Coincheck announced that it would compensate and repay all the users affected by this fraud.
Effects of this fraud on NEM
NEM is considered to be the 7th largest cryptocurrency in the world. It had a market cap of nearly 2 billion in October last year. However, NEM development team refused to conduct a hard check as the above-mentioned fraud was caused due to lack of security measures of Coincheck. Instead, NEM has announced to create an automated tagging system which will follow the money and tag any account that receives infected money of any sort.
Aftermaths of the hacking incident
Japanese crypto exchange Coincheck has announced that it will stop dealing in Monero, Dash, and ZCash as a result of the fraud that took place in January, this year. 534-million-dollar worth of NEM was stolen from the exchange as a result of that fraud. According to a note published in The Japan Times, Coincheck is also considering to accept the transfer of the currencies from verified Coincheck accounts only. That is why the exchange resumed activities of certain currencies on March 12. On the other hand, it also has been reported that the exchange has refunded 260,000 affected customers over 440 million dollars from its own funds.
It was also reported by a Japanese cyber security expert that about half of the NEM stolen in the above-mentioned hack was converted into different cryptocurrencies and was allegedly being used for money laundering purposes. The NEM Foundation had reported that the stolen NEM was traced to be moved to different wallet addresses at the end of January.
Some of the NEM stolen from Coincheck was reported to be been found at a crypto exchange in Canada, as well as some portion of that amount was found at the Japanese NEM exchange Zaif.
The Japan Times also stated that Coincheck’s decision to stop handling the three cryptocurrencies Monero, Dash, and ZCash was due to a response to the FSA’s improvement notice.