The famous crypto-exchange Bitfinex announced today that it has recovered the 27,66270285 BTCs stolen after the hack attack that took place in August 2016, thanks to the collaboration and investigation carried out by the US government.
It gives us great pleasure to report we have received bitcoins from the U.S. government that were proceeds of the 2016 security breach. In line with our original recovery plan, this is being converted to USD and paid to RRT holders.
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— Bitfinex (@bitfinex) February 25, 2019
After the hack attack on the platform in 2016, Bitfinex had looked for a method to manage the whole situation, spreading the losses on all accounts and crediting BFX tokens to all users, on a 1:1 ratio with the US dollar.
All BFX holders could redeem their tokens by exchanging them for shares in the share capital of iFinex Inc. The circulating BFX tokens were then converted into RRT tokens as a recovery plan for customers awaiting reimbursement.
As a result, all the recovered bitcoins will be allocated in proportion to all RRT holders.
The CFO of Bitfinex, Giancarlo Devasini, said:
“Over two years following the hack of the Bitfinex platform, today we see the results of a clear and robust response strategy and the efforts of the U.S. government. It gives us great pleasure to be able to reimburse our traders that were loyal to us and believed in us at a very difficult time. We would like to thank U.S. federal law enforcement agencies for their ongoing efforts to investigate the security breach and their commitment to seizing and returning stolen assets.
We will continue to assist law enforcement with their inquiries, and also once again extend an open invitation to the hackers, or anyone harbouring information pertaining to the breach, to make contact in whichever medium they feel most secure with, to finally resolve the situation in a mutually beneficial manner.”