Two men involved in an attack on decentralized finance (DeFi) protocol Platypus were acquitted by a Paris court, French news publication Le Monde reported Friday.
The court chose not to proceed with the charges after one of the hackers – identified by Le Monde as Mohammed M – argued that he'd acted in good faith and was an "ethical hacker" taking the "endangered funds" to be returned to the protocol later. The report said he'd hoped to get a bonus of 10% of the total sum taken from the company.
The court reportedly dropped the charges of money laundering and receiving stolen funds as the criminal charges did not hold up in court. Platypus can still pursue charges against the suspects in the civil court, the court said.
CoinDesk has reached out to Platypus for comment.
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