Another scam-ICO robbed $2 mln worth of cryptocurrency

ICO project called Giza turned out to be a scam after almost a month of drawing in the investors
12 March 2018   2298

A startup called Giza allegedly was supposed to develop a secure storage device to act as a digital currency vault. It resulted to be a fraudulent ICO project, as CNBC reported today. An individual or a group of ones behind the scam created a fake LinkedIn account with stolen photos of a complete stranger from Instagram and drew more than 1000 investors over the course of January through February. The central figure in the project - a mysterious COO of Giza Marco Fike: he was recruiting employees at freelancer-oriented job hunting websites, conducted chat interviews on Telegram and Skype (never voice or video), and managed business connections.

Late last year Giza contracted a Russian manufacturer Third Pin LLC that dealt with hi-tech devices. Giza representative provided initial designs, the project was sketched and the price was announced. But after several vague discussions on the matter of the details of the deal (how many units are considered, what specific characteristics should the device have, etc) the CEO of Third Pin, Ivan Larionov cut off the deal suspecting the project is a fraud. Mr. Larionov then posted at a Bitcoin forum explaining the fallout. These 2 facts eventually resulted in the project's compromise.

At the beginning of February Giza raised over 2100 ethereum tokens (~ $2.4 mln). Around mid-February huge discharge of Ether was spotted, it continued for 2 weeks until March, 2. A parallel is considered between Giza and another scam against a digital currency Bee Token: in February, Bee Token conducted an ICO but scammers inserted themselves into the cryptocurrency flow. And one of the wallets associated with Bee Token phishing attempt actually sent money to a wallet associated with Giza.

Giza investors have no clue of how to get their money back, and some have already contacted law enforcement authorities in the UK.

Synthetix Hacked, 37M sETH Stolen

This asset has extremely low liquidity in the secondary market, so it's hard to understand the value of stolen assets
25 June 2019   187

The platform for the release of synthetic assets using the blockchain of Ethereum Synthetix was attacked, which resulted in the seized 37 million sETH stolen, The Block reports. Estimating the value of these assets is problematic due to their low liquidity in the secondary market.

There has been an incident with the price feed of sKRW, we are currently investigating the root cause, but during the time when the price feed was returning the wrong value we believe an automated arb bot converted into sKRW and then into sETH.

Kain Warwick

CEO and Co-Founder, Synthetix

Warwick asked the bot owners to contact the platform to help eliminate the vulnerability and offered a reward. According to information from the Synthetix Discord channel, the team has full control over smart contracts and does not intend to resume transfers in the system until the problem is resolved.

According to The Block analyst Theo Leibowitz, the advantages of Synthetix are leveled by the vulnerability of the mechanisms for ensuring the value of synthetic products produced using the platform, which makes its users at significant risk. "The irony of this situation is that the currently suboptimal design of the Synthetix platform makes it's actually very difficult to realize gains from this kind of attack", he said

sETH is a synthetic version of Ethereum in the Synthetix system and can be used for trading on the project's stock exchange. The platform uses its own token SNX, which is necessary for the release of synthetic assets based on it.