Poloniex, the cryptocurrency exchange compromised for over $100 million on November 10, has provided an update on its recovery efforts. The company said that the steps to restore its operations were almost complete and that the crypto exchange was operating smoothly.
Poloniex's team has engaged a security auditing firm to fortify the platform's defense. Once the audit is complete, the company will resume deposits and withdrawals.
Poloniex Fights Cyber Threats
Poloniex's owner, Justin Sun, has been actively involved in addressing the aftermath of the hack. Immediately after the security breach, Sun assured users that they would be reimbursed. He emphasized that Poloniex's financial position had not been affected by the exploit and that he was collaborating with other exchanges to recover the lost funds.
This security violation was identified by the blockchain security firms: PeckShield and Cyvers. The red flags forced Poloniex to disable its wallets. Sun, Poloniex's investor and Tron's Founder acknowledged the breach and offered a "white hat bounty" to the hackers as an incentive to return the loot.
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On-chain data revealed coordinated efforts by the culprits across various blockchains. The "Poloniex hacker" targeted an Ethereum wallet and executed a series of transactions that drained $114 million in tokens. Simultaneously, a wallet on the Tron blockchain sent approximately $42 million to various destinations.
Poloniex Faces Regulatory Woes
The security incident added to Poloniex's challengesfollowing a settlement of $7.6 million imposed against the crypto exchange by the United States Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Asset Control early this year. The settlement involved allegations of sanction violations by Poloniex. The firm is accused of allowing customers from sanctioned regions, including Crimea, Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria, to engage in digital asset trading between 2014 and 2019.
Poloniex, launched in January 2014, implemented compliance measures in May 2015. However, the exchange allegedly continued to allow existing customers from sanctioned regions to trade, even after completing their KYC requirements.
This settlement is not Poloniex's first encounter with regulatory challenges. In 2021, the platform paid over $10 million to settle charges of operating an unregistered digital asset exchange with the US securities market regulator.This article was written by Jared Kirui at www.financemagnates.com.
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