MapleChange, a cryptocurrency exchange based in Edmonton in Canada, claims to have had all its money stolen. Many do not believe this story because the exchange deleted its internet presence, before re-appearing after people published the address of the owner.
‘We have no more funds to pay anyone back’
Tracking this story through the migraine-inducing tunnels of Twitter, the facts appear to be as follows:
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- 22.10.18 – MapleChange boasted of handling trades worth a total of 9.837 BTC ($63,693).
- 27.10.18 – MapleChange temporarily took the site down in order to upgrade the server, which it said was completed successfully.
- 28.10.18 – MapleChange informed users via its Twitter profile: “We have sustained a hack, and we are investigating the issue.”
- 28.10.18 – MapleChange informed users via its Twitter profile: “Due to a bug, some people have managed to withdraw all the funds from our exchange. We are in the process of a thorough investigation for this. We are extremely sorry that it has to come to end like this. Until the investigation is over, we cannot refund anything.”
When challenged by users, the profile responded: “Because we have no more funds to pay anyone back, the exchange has to close down unfortunately. This includes all of our social media.”
Obviously, the second sentence of this statement is a non-sequitur.
But you also deleted your discord and telegram @MapleChangeEx why?
— osoese (@os03se) October 28, 2018