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US DOJ indicted suspects involved in 2022 attack on FTX exchange

Market and Events: US DOJ indicted suspects involved in 2022 attack on FTX exchange

The US Federal Prosecutor's Office has charged three people with participating in #fraud and committing theft.

Experts point out that these people are related to the hacking of the FTX exchange, which resulted in the loss of more than $400 million in November 2022.

Robert Powell, Carter Rohn and Emily Hernandez are named in the case. Authorities accuse them of illegally obtaining the personal information of more than 50 people through the use of SIM cards.

One of the victims affected by the incident is referred to as Company-1. The court documents do not provide any details about the nature or industry of this company.

According to court documents, on 11 November 2022, the three accused gained unauthorised access to an employee's phone number through a telecom operator. They reset the password, accessed the account and subsequently withdrew more than $400 million in cryptocurrency #assets.

In a blog post, analytics firm Elliptic claims that Company-1 is actually FTX. The organisation has also noticed financial movements in accounts related to the cyberattack.

On 11 November 2022, the exchange filed for #bankruptcy. Shortly after, about $400 million worth of cryptocurrency assets were illegally withdrawn from its accounts. The extent of the damage could have been even more serious, but some of the funds from the hacked addresses were successfully transferred to the EA wallet.

Subsequently, Elliptic suggested that Russian hackers might be involved in the case. The company's experts came to this conclusion based on the data obtained during the investigation of the movement of funds.

At the moment, FTX has not made any official statements about the situation, nor is there any official confirmation that the exchange mentioned in the court ruling is indeed FTX.

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