The US Department of Justice opened another criminal case on the FTX cryptocurrency exchange. According to investigators, a few hours after the platform was declared bankrupt, $370 million was illegally withdrawn from it. This was reported on December 27 by Bloomberg with a link to the source.
It is noted that the investigation is not related to the fraud case against the founder and former head of FTX, Sam Bankman-Freed.
Now investigators are considering two main versions: the withdrawal of money could have been made by someone who knew about the imminent bankruptcy, or an outside hacker who took advantage of the FTX vulnerability.
It is emphasized that the US authorities managed to freeze some of the stolen funds, but this is a small part of the stolen funds.
Cryptocurrency exchange FTX filed for bankruptcy on November 11. At the same time, it became known that Bankman-Fried had resigned as CEO. He was later brought to the US on an extradition request.
Against the backdrop of the events with FTX, all cryptocurrencies sank noticeably, and funds began to be withdrawn from exchanges. A representative of the Financial Services Committee of the US House of Representatives noted that the fall of FTX caused huge damage to more than 1 million users.
On December 20, it became known that scammers began to use the FTX bankruptcy for deception. Offers have appeared on the darknet to withdraw blocked assets for a significant percentage.