The liquidator overseeing the sluggish death of New Zealand-based shitcoin factory Cryptopia has issued its most current upgrade and specifies progress is “pleasing.”
However, it’s not all been plain cruising for liquidators Grant Thornton. It took several months for the liquidator to obtain Cryptopia’s data from the exchange’s third-party data servers. What’s more, the information appears to reveal that users didn’t have private wallets. Yikes.
While that may sound unimportant, it was the only record of consumer holdings Cryptopia kept. In many cases, it was also the only location specific crypto-assets were kept. In reality, acquiring this information was among the most critical parts of the liquidation procedure.
Grant Thornton has actually now taken control of the data and moved it into a “safe non-hacked environment.”
Liquidators haven’t yet determined the source of the original hack, and hope this latest step will help prevent any more illegal manipulation of the data.
And now Grant Thornton faces two more obstacles, because, well let’s simply say Cryptopia didn’t take the very best care when it pertained to handling consumer information.
According to the most recent update, it’s emerged that Cryptopia did not keep customer’s cryptocurrency in individual wallets. As such, “it’s difficult to figure out individual ownership using simply the secrets in the wallets.”
What’s more, while Cryptopia did keep a record of who owned what, the cryptocurrency possessions themselves were pooled internally (check out centralized). Trades were executed in the exchange’s central ledger, meaning no confirmation was ever sent to the blockchain.
The 2nd obstacle liquidators face is to figure out each consumer’s holdings. Once again, it sounds basic enough however Cryptopia never actually reconciled its own consumer records with the crypto-assets kept in the wallets.
Grant Thornton says it will need to carry out a handbook, and likely lengthy, procedure to reconcile customer information. There are over 900,000 clients, millions of transactions, and over 400 crypto-assets that require to be fixed up “one-by-one.”
The reconciliation procedure is well in progress, however the liquidator still requires help from the New Zealand Courts prior to it can start to return assets to consumers. One thing is for sure, users will need to go through a know-your-customer procedure prior to any funds can be gotten.
Quotes suggested the exchanged owed over $3M to financial institutions, personnel, and its clients.
Published August 21, 2019– 13: 27 UTC.
August 21, 2019– 13: 27 UTC.