Bitcoin Exchange Implicates Employee In $3 Million Theft

Indian cryptocurrency exchange Coinsecure has announced the theft of nearly $3.3 million in bitcoin.

AccessTimeIconApr 13, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 7:49 a.m. UTC
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India-based bitcoin exchange Coinsecure has announced that 438.318 bitcoins worth $3.3 million were stolen from its service, allegedly due to the actions of a rogue employee.

According to a statement on the company's website, the funds were lost as a result of the exposure of private keys, the cryptographic code that unlocks and moves blockchain-based assets, by the company's chief security officer Dr. Amitabh Saxena in an attempt to distribute bitcoin gold (BTG) to customers.

In a FIR (first information report) with the cybercrime unit in New Delhi, the company says, "We feel that he is making a false story to divert our attention and he might have a role to play in this entire incident."

Speaking to CoinDesk, CEO of Coinsecure, Mohit Kalra, said the theft occurred at no fault of the company, rather, "It was our CSO’s system which was compromised as he claims.

The procedures he followed were "never supposed to be done online in the first place," he claimed.

The company has also asked the cybercrime unit to seize Saxena's passport to prevent him from absconding.

Speaking on the website, Coinsecure asked its customers to stand by the company in its efforts to recover the lost funds. Speaking to CoinDesk, Kalra called this as an "unfortunate event."

He concluded:

"We are working day and night to resolve this. It might take time to recover the lost funds, but our customers will be indemnified from our company’s funds and we will relaunch much stronger."

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