Japanese Crypto Exchange Liquid Suspends Deposits and Withdrawals Following Security Breach

Japanese Crypto Exchange Liquid Suspends Deposits and Withdrawals Following An $80M Security Breach

Reward-earning platform Celsius Network used by Liquid to allow its users to earn yield on crypto assured that their assets and accounts are unaffected by the accident.

Japan-based regulated cryptocurrency exchange Liquid has suspended the deposit and withdrawals of crypto assets after its hot wallets were hacked. It has not yet been confirmed just how many assets have been stolen.

In a tweet on Thursday morning, the exchange said that its hot wallets that were compromised as such are moving the assets into the cold wallet.

“We are currently investigating and will provide regular updates. In the meantime, deposits and withdrawals will be suspended,” said the exchange at the time.

This is in contrast with the exchange’s blog post about three years back when it said that they “keep 100% of customer crypto assets in cold wallet storage,” calling it a “no-brainer,” citing the staggering amount of funds lost in crypto hacks and scams.

But the exchange ended up falling victim to a hack, after all.

In a separate tweet, Liquid shared four blockchain addresses, for BTC, ETH, TRX, and XRP, that are believed to be associated with the hacker. The addresses specified have received 107.4 BTC worth $4.79 million, Ether address received about $69 million worth of ETH and other ERC-20 tokens, and TRX and XRP addresses had assets worth over $10 million combined. In total, the hack is estimated to be worth about $80 million.

Some wondered if this hack had any impact on Celsius Network. A few months back, Liquid allowed its customers to earn a yield on their crypto through the reward-earning platform Celsius.

Celsius Network CEO Alex Mashinsky assured its customers that “No Celsius Network assets or accounts were affected in the Liquid Global incident,” adding the Liquid yield account on its platform is also safe and was not affected.

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Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Leads Digital Asset Bank Anchorage’s $80M Series C Round

Singapore’s Sovereign Wealth Fund Leads Digital Asset Bank Anchorage’s $80M Series C Round

Anchorage has raised $80 million in a Series C round led by Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC with participation from a16z, Blockchain Capital, Lux, and Indico.

“Largest sovereign wealth funds leading rounds in global crypto-asset custodians,” commented Su Zhu, chief executive officer, and chief investment officer at Three Arrows Capital.

Earlier this year, Anchorage received a national trust charter from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), making it the first federally chartered digital asset bank in history.

“Anchorage has gone through a brilliant metamorphosis — from a world-class custody solution to the standard-bearer for crypto banking,” said W. Bradford Stephens, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Blockchain Capital.

“In just a few short years, they’ve already been a powerful, catalytic force for institutional adoption, regulatory confidence, and overall maturation of the space.”

Now it is raising funds to expand its digital bank services with a focus on enabling institutions to participate in the digital asset space.

The firm laid down its five key goals for the year ahead, including offering at-launch support for new protocols. It will also continue to invest in broad asset support, just as with Filecoin, Oasis Protocol, and Celo.

Anchorage has already been seeing an “influx of interest” ever since it obtained the charter and helping organizations participate in digital assets through corporate treasuries and endowments.

As a bank, the focus is also to make crypto lending even more seamless and secure, and they further plan to scale its lending products and operations.

Besides partnering with neo banks, challenger banks, and traditional banks, the idea is to make institutional DeFi participation accessible.

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