In the wake of Wednesday’s market manipulation incident which caused all kinds of mischief, Binance has issued a hacker bounty. A total of $10 million has been earmarked towards catching hackers and other unscrupulous attackers, with $250,000 offered for information leading to the prosecution of last week’s viacoin pump and dump perpetrators.
Binance Fires a Warning Shot
Last week, attackers pumped the price of viacoin, using compromised Binance accounts to do their dirty work. The plan was to sell at the top and quickly cash out in bitcoin before the scam could be stopped. According to Binance, the hackers didn’t get away with it, and in fact lost money on the deal after withdrawals were stopped and the fraudulent trades reversed. Not content with having mitigated the attack, the exchange has now announced its intentions to come after the attackers – and it’s seeking the help of the public.
Today, Binance announced that it is “offering a $250,000 USD equivalent bounty to anyone who supplies information that leads to the legal arrest of the hackers involved in the attempted hacking incident on Binance on March 7th, 2018.” The reward would be paid out in the exchange’s native BNB token.
Deadly Serious or Just Posturing?
Even if the identities of the attackers can be uncovered, the chances of their arrest seem remote. For authorities to act against cryptocurrency exchange hacks, they will demand compelling evidence of a crime, and while what occurred was undoubtedly illegal, the fact that no victims were left out of pocket makes a prosecution unlikely…
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