Bithumb Recovers $14 Million in Hacked Cryptos, Details Compensation Plans

  • Hacked cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb has revealed it managed to recover $14 million, although it didn’t detail how.
  • It added that it’s going to compensate users through an “airdrop event,” details of which are still scarce.

Hacked South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb, which was recently hacked for roughly $31.5 million worth of cryptocurrencies, recently claimed it managed to retrieve about $14 million, and detailed a compensation plan for its users.

As CryptoGlobe covered, the exchange revealed last week that it was going to compensate investors, and that it was working to recover the hacked funds. Per a recent support announcement, the cryptocurrency exchange reduced the damages to 19 billion won (about $17 million), meaning $14 million were recovered.

According to the cryptocurrency exchange, the funds were retrieved thanks to the “ongoing participation, support, and cooperation of the cryptocurrency exchanges and cryptocurrencies foundations across the world.”

It further touted the fact that the damages weren’t more severe thanks to its quick response, as Bithumb quickly moved most cryptocurrencies from its hot wallets to cold storage. Its recent announcement details that 11 cryptocurrencies were stolen, with bitcoin accounting for the majority of losses, with 2,016 BTC (worth about $12 million) being stolen.

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The hackers also managed to take 2,219 Ethereum, 692 Bitcoin Cash, and 5.2 million XRP, along with various other cryptocurrencies like Golem, OmiseGo, aelf, and more. In its update, Bithumb noted users shouldn’t deposit funds in the platform until “the whole process of deposit service is reformation is complete” and an announcement is published.

The hacked exchange added a few details regarding its plan to compensate investors. It had in the past revealed that it has about 500 million KRW ($450 million) in its coffers, and now noted it’s setting up a “compensation airdrop event.”

The event will see every Bithumb user receive a coupon that’ll seemingly allow them to trade for free for a specific period of time. Those who were affected by the hack and apply to be compensated will receive an airdrop “for holding cryptocurrencies.”

Details on said airdrop are still scarce, although the announcement seems to imply users will benefit from a 10 percent annual appreciation rate “over the period of the event.” Per Bithumb’s announcement, the cryptocurrency that’ll be airdrop still hasn’t been decided.  

Global Task Force, U.S. Tax Agency, SEC Dominate Crypto Headlines

Regulations are ruling the crypto headlines so far this week. Over the past 24 hours, we’ve learnt the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is reportedly set to finalize new international standards for regulating cryptocurrency firms next month. The commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has stated his agency has “made it a priority” to issue more comprehensive crypto tax guidance “soon.” Finally, the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) announced it would delay, once again, its decision on the VanEck and SolidX Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) proposal.

At the time of writing, bitcoin (BTC) and ether (ETH) are trading at $7,945.4 and $252.9; a 0.54% and 0.83% jump over the past 24 hours, respectively. As for the MVIS CryptoCompare Digital Assets 10 Index, it is currently tracking at 3,822.7 (-0.6%).

Global Standards for Regulating Crypto Firms Next Month

According to reports from CoinDesk, the FATF is set to finalize new international standards for regulating cryptocurrency firms next month. These standards, they report, are widely expected to subject crypto exchanges, wallet providers, and other businesses to the “travel rule” – a colloquial term given to a rule found in the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) that requires all financial institutions to pass on certain information to the next financial institution, in certain funds transmittals involving more than one financial institution.

Introduced in 1996 in the U.S., the “travel rule” is designed to help law enforcement agencies detect, investigate, and prosecute money laundering and other financial crimes by preserving an information trail about persons sending and receiving funds through funds transfer systems. The arrival of such international standards would go beyond the basic know-your-customer requirements that are widely enforced in the crypto space at present.

IRS Commissioner: More Detailed Crypto Tax Guidance ‘A Priority’

According to letter from IRS Commissioner Charles P. Rettig dated May 16, the agency has “made it a priority” to issue a more comprehensive tax guidance for cryptocurrencies. The Commissioner’s letter was written in response to a request from 21 Congressmen to provide clarity on tax treatment in relation to cryptocurrency holdings.

In 2014, the U.S. tax agency issued a guidance for cryptocurrency. In his May 16 response letter, Rettig revealed the IRS will “soon” issue more robust guidance. “I share your belief that taxpayers deserve clarity on basic issues related to the taxation of virtual currency transactions,” the Commissioner wrote.

SEC Delays Decision on VanEck SolidX Bitcoin ETF

The SEC announced the postponement of a decision regarding the VanEck SolidX bitcoin ETF proposal. The postponed ETF proposal was initially filed over a year ago. In January – amid the U.S. Government shutdown – it was withdrawn, only to be resubmitted later that month. On March 29, the commission delayed the joint proposal for the first time. The SEC must announce its decision – or, for the final possible time, postpone its decision – on the proposed bitcoin ETF no later than August 19.

Notably, the U.S. investor watchdog is seeking comments from the public in relation to the proposed VanEck SolidX bitcoin ETF. To guide commentary, they included fourteen questions in Monday’s filing. Comments must be submitted within the following 21 days, whilst rebuttals to said comments are due within the next 35 days.