SIM-Swap Victim Sues Crypto Exchange Bittrex for $1M Bitcoin Theft
Adrian Zmudzinski's original article for cointelegraph.com reduced by 46%
Gregg Bennett, a SIM-swap hack victim and angel investor, sued cryptocurrency exchange Bittrex over allegedly allowing the theft of nearly $1 million in Bitcoin. According to a press release published on Oct. 30, Bennett believes the exchange violated its own security standards and allowed hackers to steal his cryptocurrency in April.
The lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, suggests that the exchange committed "Unfair and deceptive acts that misrepresented its level of security." Per the release, the hackers tried to withdraw more funds, but by then the exchange had already reacted to Bennett's emails - the only way the exchange can be contacted, according to the lawsuit. "As alleged in our complaint, Bittrex ignored a number of red flags warning Bittrex that the person initiating the withdrawal was not Gregg Bennett. We plan to show in court that Bittrex either ignored or was unaware of standard industry safeguards to prevent hacks just like this." The exchange reportedly ignored that the hacker used a different operating system and a suspicious IP address.
The exchange allegedly did not impose a 24-hour hold period on the account's funds after the password change.
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