Coincheck: NEM Foundation Stops Tracing Stolen Coins, Hackers’ Account At Zero
The NEM Foundation is no longer tracing NEM coins stolen from Coincheck, the hackers’ account balance now reportedly stands at zero.
On Jan. 26, hackers stole $530 mln in NEM cryptocurrency from Coincheck. By Feb. 1, the Singapore-based NEM Foundation managed to ascertain that the hackers were moving the stolen NEM coins to different addresses, but could not detect the hackers’ physical location.
By Sunday, March 18, the NEM Foundation stopped tracking the stolen coins, which accelerated the movements of the currency, according to NHK. Experts say that it's impossible to track the stolen coins almost two months after the hack. Records of online transactions show that the balance of the account believed to be used by the hackers is zero.
According to the new annual report of Japan’s National Police Agency, more than $6.2 mln of different cryptocurrencies were lost to hacks and fraud in 2017, not including the $530 mln Coincheck hack. On March 17, Cointelegraph reported that Coincheck stopped supporting three privacy-oriented digital currencies; Monero, Dash, and ZCash.
Earlier this month, Coincheck began the process of refunding affected users. Compensation is in Japanese Yen at a rate of 88.5 yen ($0.83) to one NEM coin. In terms of value of the stolen currency, the Coincheck hack carries the dubious title of the biggest cryptocurrency hack in history.