The DOJ Is Investigating The FTX Hack After The Exchange Declared Bankruptcy
- The DOJ has launched an investigation into the FTX hack, which swept $372 million following the hack of the leading exchange, as per reports by Bloomberg.
- The actions could amount to a crime of computer fraud, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
- Together with the Manhattan police who are in charge of SBF’s arrest in the Bahamas, the team from the DOJ’s National Cryptocurrency Enforcement is currently looking into the situation.
According to Bloomberg, federal prosecutors in the U.S. have opened an inquiry into the FTX hack that stole $372 million after the main exchange was compromised.
The hack began a few hours after FTX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on November 11. It lasted through the early hours of November 12. Massive cryptocurrency transfers took place from the FTX and FTX US wallets.
On November 12, the day after the estate filed for bankruptcy, FTX’s new CEO, John J. Ray III, disclosed that unauthorized access had been made to some of the company’s assets.
The amount taken is a lot less than the alleged misuse of billions of dollars by Bankman-Fried while he was in charge of FTX.
According to a person familiar with the matter who wanted to remain anonymous because the investigations are still ongoing, the Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into the stolen assets that is independent of the fraud case against FTX co-founder Sam Bankman-Fried.
The individual said that part of the stolen money had been successfully frozen by US officials. The frozen assets, however, only make up a small portion of the total loot.
Together with the Manhattan police in charge of SBF’s arrest in the Bahamas, the DOJ’s National Cryptocurrency Enforcement team is currently looking into the situation.
It’s unclear if the intrusion was an inside operation, as Bankman-Fried claimed in interviews before his arrest, or the work of a shady hacker looking to take advantage of a failing business’s vulnerabilities. The actions could amount to a crime of computer fraud, which carries a maximum 10-year prison sentence.
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