March 12 Japanese exchange Coincheck began to return the funds to users who are victims of hacking
site in January of this year, during which was stolen $ 530 million in cryptocurrency NEM.
Blog exchange representatives of the platform have written that will return funds at the exchange rate 88.549 Japanese yen (0.83 USD) per stolen token NEM – the same amount that they announced
when declaring a compensation. Funds will be customers who owned NEM tokens on the evening of 26 January, Japanese time. In accordance with the compensation plan exchange, affected users will be paid $ 420 million.
In addition, Coincheck has announced the resumption of the withdrawal, as well as trade multiple crypto-currencies, including ETH, ETC, XRP, LTC, BTC and BCH. Soon will be continued in service and other assets.
While the company is trying to get his business back to normal operation, another message of 12 March says that Coincheck may have been compromised a few weeks before breaking. According to Nikkei Asia Review, the cause of the breach was malware that infected internal computer systems of the company.
In the published article, which cites anonymous sources close to the police investigation, said that in early January, hackers sent phishing emails to employees of Coincheck, which followed the links in the message and infected with a virus. Therefore, the hackers were able to hijack the private keys of wallets NEM for a few weeks before the actual break-in.
After the hacking of the exchange by the financial services Agency of Japan (FSA) was produced
searches at the official premises of the office of the company, during which were seized documents and computer equipment. The regulator also did not escape the obvious problems with security for the exchange – he ordered the area to submit a plan to improve the performance of its systems March 22.