FTX US Reports $415 million Hacked
On 17 January, cryptocurrency exchange FTX revealed in a report to creditors that a significant amount of funds, estimated at $415 million, were stolen in a series of hacks.
The company stated that despite efforts to recover lost assets, significant shortfalls remain at the FTX US and international exchanges.
FTX told the bankruptcy judge in Delaware last week that it has managed to recover more than $5B in various assets, including crypto, cash, and liquid securities. However, the exchange attributes a portion of the remaining shortfall to the hacks, reporting that $323M in crypto was stolen from the international exchange and $90M from the US exchange since filing for bankruptcy on 11 November.
The company's founder Sam Bankman-Fried has since challenged aspects of the report in a blog post that provides information on the assets that FTX US holds. He has been accused of using customer funds to cover the debts incurred of his crypto-focused hedge fund, Alameda Research.
Bankman-Fried contested FTX's recent financial report. He claimed that an "extremely misleading" impression of the company's finances had been presented by FTX lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell. An S&C spokesperson declined to comment on the statement. According to SBF's "best guess," the company still has enough funds to repay US customers, whom he estimates are owed between $181M and $497M.
Attorneys at the firm stated in a recent court filing that they had rejected efforts by SBF to remain involved in the company's bankruptcy proceedings. Also, he has been denied access to the company’s records since stepping down as CEO in November.
FTX's recovery report
The company neither provided an estimate of the amount owed to FTX US or international customers nor responded to SBF's blog post.
In a recent FTX update on its recovery efforts following the $415M hack, the company reported that it had recovered $1.7B in cash, $3.5B in liquid cryptocurrency, and $300M in liquid securities.
The crypto assets recovered to date include $685 million in Solana, $529 million in FTX's proprietary FTT token, and $268 million in Bitcoin, based on the crypto prices on 11 November, 2022.
Author: Priya Kumari
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