Livecoin announces its closure after the Hack; claims for refunds will be accepted until March 17, 2021

Unable to recover from the attack of last December, Livecoin announced its closure earlier this month and will accept refund claims in the next 2 months.

Key takeaways:

  • In late Dec, the attacker controlled Livecoin servers to increase the platform’s exchange rates and cashed out the funds.
  • Livecoin announced its closure this month; claims for refunds will be accepted until March 17, 2021.
  • The exchange warns its users not to trust any fake groups that ask them to pay to get back their funds.
  • Scorechain users can use Scorechain solution to mitigate the risk of being involved in the hacked funds.

On Christmas Eve 2020, Russian cryptocurrency exchange Livecoin reportedly suffered from an attack. The attacker managed to access the Livecoin servers to considerably increase the exchange rates and then proceeded to cash out the funds, making huge profits in the process. The amount lost is not disclosed.

Unable to recover from the attack, the exchange announced the closure of its business on January 18th in a notice issued on an alternative domain of its website: “Our service has been damaged hard in technical and financial ways. There is no way to continue operative business in these conditions, so we take a hard decision to close the business and paying the remaining funds to clients.1

The exchange declared that users can claim back their funds after passing a verification procedure by March 17. No further information was provided about the verification process or the reimbursement timeframe. The exchange also warned its users not to send money to any fake groups in different channels that ask them to pay to get back their funds.

How does Scorechain handle this kind of incident?

As soon as Scorechain received the news, the team immediately flagged all the related addresses as “Hack” and grouped them in an entity, which gets the risk scoring of 1, meaning the riskiest.

All addresses receiving funds from or sending funds to the hack addresses will be impacted in terms of scoring, and the risk indicator “Hack” will be also triggered.

Meanwhile, the information of Livecoin was updated in the Scorechain Entity Directory and its score was accordingly lowered, as the fact of being hacked and closed definitely impacts its risk score.

How to use Scorechain Solution to mitigate the risk of being involved in the hacked funds?

Scorechain users can set up a risk indicator “Hack” in advance. Once the hacked funds flow through an address/ transaction, the risk indicator will be triggered and displayed on the page as a pop-up, so that the user can’t miss it and they can quickly take appropriate steps. 

Besides, users can also set alerts to receive prompt notifications. For example, in this case, users can set up an alert for funds coming from wallets with a score of 1 (hack for example), and they will get real-time notifications on the Scorechain platform and by email when the alert is triggered. 

It is important to have proper processes in place to mitigate risks when events such as a hack take place. Therefore, it is vital for crypto-related businesses to implement a good tool like Scorechain’s crypto risk-AML solution to improve the risk management.

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Scorechain solution supports Bitcoin analytics with Lightning Network, Ethereum analytics with all ERC20 tokens and stablecoins, Litecoin, Bitcoin Cash, Dash, XRP Ledger and Tezos. The software is able to de-anonymize the Blockchain data and connect with sanction lists in order to provide a risk scoring on digital assets transactions, addresses and entities. The risk assessment methodology applied by Scorechain has been verified and can be fully customizable to fit all jurisdictions. 300+ risk-AML scenarios are provided to its customers with a wide range of risk indicators so businesses under the scope of the crypto regulation can report suspicious activity to authorities with enhanced due diligence.