Over $30M stolen from Tether

According to the official statement of Tether, $30,950,010 USDT was removed from the Tether Treasury wallet on November 19, 2017
21 November 2017   640

Tether, the company behind dollar-pegged cryptocurrency reported about the hack attack. According to the official announcement, over $30M were stolen.

$30,950,010 USDT was removed from the Tether Treasury wallet on November 19, 2017 and sent to an unauthorized bitcoin address. As Tether is the issuer of the USDT managed asset, we will not redeem any of the stolen tokens, and we are in the process of attempting token recovery to prevent them from entering the broader ecosystem. The attacker is holding funds in the following address: 16tg2RJuEPtZooy18Wxn2me2RhUdC94N7r. If you receive any USDT tokens from the above address, or from any downstream address that receives these tokens, do not accept them, as they have been flagged and will not be redeemable by Tether for USD.  
 

Tether Team

Tether Team performed these steps:

  1. The tether.to back-end wallet service has been temporarily suspended. A thorough investigation on the cause of the attack is being undertaken to prevent similar actions in the future.
  2. New builds of Omni Core were provided to the community. (Omni Core is the software used by Tether integrators to support Omni Layer transactions.) These builds should prevent any movement of the stolen coins from the attacker’s address. Developers strongly urge all Tether integrators to install this software immediately to prevent the coins from entering the ecosystem. Again, any tokens from the attacker’s address will not be redeemed. 
    Note that this software will cause a consensus change to currently running Omni Core clients, meaning that it is effectively a temporary hard fork to the Omni Layer. Integrators running this build will not accept any token sends from the attacker’s address, preventing the coins from moving further from the attacker’s address.
  3. Developers are working with the Omni Foundation to investigate ways that will allow Tether to reclaim stranded tokens and rectify the hard fork created by the above software. Once this protocol enhancement is complete, the Omni Foundation will provide updated binaries for all integrators to install. These builds will supersede the binaries provided above by Tether .to. After the protocol upgrades to the Omni Layer are in place, Tether will reclaim the stolen tokens and return them to treasury.

 It is also worth noting that Huobi Pro

and Okex suspended the USDT trading at the moment.

Third-Party Audit Finally conducted by Tether

All the allegations stating claiming that Tether has “unencumbered assets exceed the balance of fully-backed USD Tethers” are cleared by the report
21 June 2018   153

After recently conducting an audit, Tether declared, that a law firm had confirmed that, as of 1st June, the company has more than bountiful amount of USD for the circulating USDT tokens. Tether was supported by the services of Washington-based law company Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP (FSS) to revise bank account documents and to randomly inspect circulating Tethers and corresponding USD reserves.

Tether on their Twitter
Tether on their Twitter

As for  the firm’s credit, it was founded by 3 former federal judges. Earlier this year Tether involved Freeh, Sporkin & Sullivan LLP to survey bank account documentation and to perform an inspection of the numbers of Tethers in circulation & the corresponding currency reserves.

The law company also declared Tether’s compliance to AML standards, paperwork towards to personnel and corporate structure, and historical records about the amount of issued and outstanding Tethers, along with a variety of other documents. Tether’s problem began as the company parted its ways with its previous auditing partner Friedman LLP in late January. Even after facing a massive backlash the firm did not hire any third-party to go through its books. Because of the firm’s ties with the crypto exchange Bitfinex, it faced many allegations for the Bitcoin price manipulation. 

On June 13th, two researchers at the University of Texas at Austin issued a report called “Is Bitcoin Really Un-Tethered?” in that they stated to have found fresh evidence of Tether’s market manipulation tactics of Bitcoin and other major altcoins by flooding the market with USDT. Tether in their recent transparency update, admitted the scrutiny and affirmed that “much of the speculation and negative reporting” was due to “misunderstandings” of the firm’s business model.