Coinberry’s Software Blunder Costs $3M in Bitcoin: Report
The Toronto-based crypto exchange Coinberry has reportedly lost around $3 million in Bitcoin due to a software glitch in 2020. It was during a software upgrade that erroneously enabled users to purchase BTC with Canadian dollars that had yet to be properly transferred to their accounts.
That loss of about 120 Bitcoins was not known until the recent lawsuit filed by the platform in Brampton, Ont., west of Toronto.
- According to the Finacial Post report, the bug was with the Interac e-transfer function through which the users could initiate an e-transfer, get the amount credited to their accounts, buy bitcoin and transfer the coins out.
- In the end, users would then cancel the original e-transfer, thereby retaining their own funds and getting free bitcoin, the lawsuit said.
- As a result, over 500 clients were able to take advantage of the glitch.
- Coinberry even contacted 546 affected registered users by email and demanded the return of the misappropriated funds. Following the request, only 23 Bitcoins were returned.
- The platform also reached out to Binance after it identified that several customers used to distribute their stolen Bitcoins.
- Binance reportedly acknowledged detecting a significant quantity of the misappropriated funds and restricted any access to the accounts.
Despite the cooperation, Coinberry sued Binance. After declining to comment on the lawsuit, Binance said in a statement,
“The company is committed to prevent bad actors from using the platform, which includes a world-renowned investigative team.”
- This isn’t the first time a crypto platform caused a blunder, and users managed to swoop in to steal funds.
- Troubled crypto lender BlockFi also mistakenly deposited $10 million of Bitcoin into users’ accounts. In yet another expensive gaffe, CryptoCom accidentally sent $10.5 million to a woman instead of $100.
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