Ex-customers sue Vircurex due to frozen funds

Around $50 000 000 of Vircurex users' founds are still frozen 
15 January 2018   549

Former clients sued the Vircurex crypto exchange four years after it was subjected to hacker attacks. This is reported by CoinDesk.

In a lawsuit filed with the US Federal District Court of Colorado, a former Vircurex client accuses the exchange of breach of contractual obligations, property misappropriation, fraud and illegal enrichment. The lawsuit says that after th exchange froze the withdrawal of funds due to lack of reserves, the funds were reimbursed to only a few clients. At the moment, $ 50 million is on frozen accounts.

According to the submitted claim, the exchange continues to work and within the last four years allowed its clients to make deposits.

In 2014, the stock exchange declared that it was practically insolvent, because lost a serious part of the reserve funds. According to the lawsuit, part of the losses are accounted for "two deliberate hacker attacks, which the stock exchange was exposed in mid-2013." Their contribution was made by customers who withdrew significant amounts from their accounts shortly afterwards.

As a result, Vircurex froze the withdrawal of funds in Bitcoins (BTC), Litecoin (LTC), Feathercoin (FTC) and Terracoin (TRC), later announcing that it would begin paying out frozen funds at the expense of future profits.

The lawsuit says that Vircurex refunded only small amounts and only a few clients, while a significant portion of the funds still remain with the exchange. The last time Vircurex sent funds to its customers in January 2016.

In addition, plaintiff Timothy Shaw states that the exchange refuses to respond to customer requests, although over the past four years, Vircurex customers have tried to contact it several times.

As detailed herein, rather than repay the Frozen Funds, Defendants took steps to string along Plaintiff and the Class with deceptive statements and false promises, and made efforts to cover their tracks and create impediments designed to deter accountholders from bringing suit to recover the Frozen Funds, and efforts to ultimately attempt to vanish without a trace.

Lawsuit against Vircurex

mong the actions that Vircurex tried to prevent the claim - a statement that the company is registered in Belize (although it is not so) and may be located in Beijing. The lawsuit notes that in fact the company is located in Germany. However, it was not registered in any jurisdiction, which means that no state recognizes it as an official company.

Binance to Partner with Chainalysis for AML

Use of Chainalysis KYT solution will allow to compile with KYC- and AML-norms and also simplify the process of opening bank accounts
18 October 2018   83

The largest exchange by daily trading volume Binance uses software from Chainalysis, called Chainalysis KYT [know your transaction], to monitor real-time transactions and identify transfers related to criminal activity. This is stated in a joint press release.

Cryptocurrency businesses of all sizes face the same core challenge: earning the trust of regulators, financial institutions and users. We expect many to follow Binance's lead to build world-class AML compliance programs to satisfy regulators globally and build trust with major financial institutions.

Jonathan Levin

Co-Founder and COO, Chainalysis

Thus, the use of software from Chainalysis not only guarantee compliance with the KYC- and AML-norms, but also simplify the process of opening bank accounts.

By working with Chainalysis, we are able to continue building a foundational compliance program that enables the next phase of our growth. Our vision is to provide the infrastructure for a blockchain ecosystem and increase the freedom of money globally, while adhering to regulatory mandates in the countries we serve.

Wei Zhou

CFO, Binance

Chainalysis KYT release was held in April.