Crypto Exchange Kraken Back Online After Extended Downtime

The Kraken cryptocurrency exchange has come back online today, Jan. 13 at 11:30 UTC, after a more than 48-hour delay.

The exchange was scheduled to go offline on Jan. 11 at 5 UTC for a predicted two hours for a system upgrade. As the maintenance time offline grew to more than two days, Kraken only sporadically updated their status page with promises of progress and an explanation of a bug found in the production environment.

Kraken users had already been unhappy with the crypto exchange before the upgrade delay, citing difficulties placing exchanges and frequent connection errors on the site.

The highlight or lowlight of the time offline was Kraken’s update on Jan. 12, 3:46 UTC that they had sent their engineers home to rest rather than launching immediately.

The update reads:

“We are close but rather than launch immediately ahead of the team passing out; we will push off a bit to get some rest and be able to better monitor systems and react to problems following launch. Unfortunately, this means several more hours of delay.”

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