Bitmain, one of the largest Bitcoin mining company and the biggest ASIC chip producer in the world, has requested a jury trial at the United States District Court Western District of Washington at Seattle. This is in correlation with the Bitcoin [BTC] funds stolen from Bitmain’s Binance wallet.
According to the lawsuit, over 617 BTC [approximately] was stolen from the wallet in April 2018, when the price of Bitcoin was close to $8,935. The mining company has not yet identified the perpetrator, and addressed the hacker as John Doe in the lawsuit.
The Bitcoin mining company has alleged the hacker of purposely and intentionally accessing “a protected computer without authorization”, with the intention of gaining access to Bitmain’s Binance wallet. This action has resulted in the company incurring a loss of over $5 million.
The lawsuit also stated:
“As part of the scheme to fraud and theft, John Doe also knowingly transferred the Bitcoin he/she stole from Bitmain’s custodial wallet to an account on the Bittrex Seattle-based trading platform. John Doe’s unauthorized access and scheme to defraud was across state lines and accomplished using the Internet, which is used in interstate and foreign commerce and communications.”
Bitmain further accused the perpetrator of converting the stolen Bitcoins to MANA tokens and other cryptocurrencies at an inflated price, through Bitmain’s wallet. However, the market size of MANA was too small for the hacker to inflate the price of the token. This led to the conversion of the Bitcoins to Ethereum, which was later on used to buy the token.
Events of the hack | Source: Scribd
It is also reported that the perpetrator controlled both sides of the trade of MANA at a deflated rate,