Bitfinex reaches out to the hacker who triggered the last great bitcoin price collapse.
“We would like to have the opportunity to securely communicate with you. It might be possible to reach a mutually agreeable arrangement in exchange for an enormous bug bounty (payable through a more privacy-centric and anonymous way),” writes CFO Giancarlo Devasini in Bitfinex blog post today.
The Bitfinex hack on August 2 was the most recent in a long list of Bitcoin and digital currency exchanges which have fallen victims to hackers.
Devasini explains that Bitfinex has dedicated an email address (“firstname.lastname@example.org”) and a PGP Key “to hopefully establish a secure line of communication” with the attacker.
“We understand that you will be reluctant to contact us through traditional channels,” Devasini writes. Bitfinex offers three ways of secure communication:
Devasini concludes: “Perhaps there is yet a different way that you’d like to communicate? If so, please initiate contact and provide instructions for your preferred method of communication. We are anxious to hear from you. Our interest here is not to accuse, blame or make demands, but rather to discuss an arrangement that we think you will find interesting.”
The Bitcoin price fell dramatically when Bitfinex announced the “security breach.” The biggest USD bitcoin exchange announced it would shut down its website at that time, and its future has been in limbo ever since.
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Last modified: January 25, 2020 11:53 PM UTC