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FTX hacker may be a former employee, says Sam Bankman-Fried

Ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said the exchange’s hacker might be a former employee. The crypto exchange lost $650 million in a hack a few hours after it filed for bankruptcy. FTX was prioritising Bahamian withdrawals, SBF added. FTX lost $650 million in a hack after filing for bankruptcy Troubled cryptocurrency exchange FTX revealed that it […]

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  • Ex-FTX CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said the exchange’s hacker might be a former employee.

  • The crypto exchange lost $650 million in a hack a few hours after it filed for bankruptcy.

  • FTX was prioritising Bahamian withdrawals, SBF added.

FTX lost $650 million in a hack after filing for bankruptcy

Troubled cryptocurrency exchange FTX revealed that it lost $650 million in a hack a few hours after filing for bankruptcy

During an exclusive interview with Tiffany Fong a few hours ago, former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried revealed that the hacker might be a former employee. He stated that;

“I’ve narrowed it down to like eight people. I don’t know which one it was. It was either a former FTX employee or someone who installed malware on a former employee’s computer.”

Prior to losing access to FTX’s systems, SBF said he was working hard to determine who moved the hundreds of millions of dollars from FTX’s accounts without company approval. He said;

“I don’t know exactly who because they shut off access to the systems when I was halfway through exploring it.”

FTX had asked the judge handling the bankruptcy case to allow it to hire BitGo to safeguard its assets during the bankruptcy proceedings. This is to ensure that the company’s assets are protected against hacks. 

FTX’s collapse was driven by the sell-off of FTT tokens

He added that the collapse of FTX was driven by a massive sell-off of its FTT token, which was primarily driven by fear. SBF added that FTX was processing withdrawals for its users in the Bahamas since it is the country the crypto exchange was incorporated. He said;

“It was critical to the exchange being able to have a future. You do not want to be in a country with a lot of angry people in it. The pathway forward for FTX involved Bahamians not being pissed at it,”

However, SBF admitted that processing withdrawals for users in the Bahamas and not other places was not a nice move on the part of the cryptocurrency exchange. The former FTX CEO denied allegations that he built a back door into FTX’s system that allowed him to move $10 billion to sister company Alameda Research. He concluded;

“I don’t even know how to code. I literally never opened the codebase for any of FTX.”

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Breaking News: Yuga Labs Founder Steps Down for Health Reasons

NFT Entrepreneur and Yuga Labs founder Wylie Aronow, creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks, Takes Time Off for Health.

NFT Entrepreneur and Yuga Labs founder Wylie Aronow, creator of Bored Ape Yacht Club and CryptoPunks, Takes Time Off for Health after CHF Diagnosis.

Yuga Labs Founder Steps Down 

Wylie Aronow, one of the co-founders of Yuga Labs, recently announced that he will be taking a leave of absence from the company due to health reasons. In a tweet, he shared that he had been diagnosed with congestive heart failure. Aronow, who is also known by his pseudonym Gordon Goner, stated that the symptoms started last year and that he had delayed seeking medical attention so he could continue working. However, after undergoing testing, his doctor advised him to make significant changes to his lifestyle.

Aronow announced his departure from his role at Yuga Labs to focus on his health. In a statement, he stated that he would be taking a leave of absence to prioritize his well-being. Although he will no longer have a full-time position at the company, Aronow will continue to serve as a Board Member and Strategic Advisor, though the extent of his involvement in these capacities was not specified.

In a tweet, Aronow explained his departure. He stated that his chronic illness consumed most of his twenties and that he overexerted himself at Yuga Labs, working 12 hours daily. He regrets not finding balance, despite advice from those around him. Aronow’s priority now is to seek medical treatment and focus on healing.

Yuga Labs, with Aronow, gained recognition in early 2021. Aronow and co-founders Greg Solano (Gargamel), Zeshan (Sass), and Kerem (Tomato Ketchup) launched the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) NFT collection on April 23, 2021. The collection became a massive success. Although the NFTs were initially priced at .08 ETH per ape (around $190), they soon sold for over $100,000 on secondary markets.

Wylie remains a board member and advisor at Yuga Labs. In a Twitter thread, he expressed his confidence in Yuga’s future and the leadership of @cryptogarga. The addition of Daniel Alegre, soon-to-be former President and COO of Activision, further strengthens his positive outlook. Wylie also has a bright future ahead for his brand.

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