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HTX Hacker Returns Stolen Funds to Exchange

In late September, HTX – Huobi’s rebranded global exchange – was hit by an attack that left it almost $8 million in the hole. The attacker made off with 4,997 ETH, worth about $7.9 million, from the exchange’s hot wallet. At the time, HTX CEO Justin Sun stated that the identity of the attacker had already been uncovered and urged them to return the funds in exchange for a 5% white hat bounty within a week. At the time of the hack, Sun gave the attacker one week to return the funds. Although that deadline was missed by nearly a week, it’s probable that the perpetrator got in contact with the exchange, and the grace period was merely due to the attacker requesting assurances that they would really not be prosecuted.

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