A few months ago, there was a report regarding a Kraken exchange user suffering from a minor hack. Although this news has gone by largely unnoticed, some users have been keeping tabs on the funds. As it turns out, the funds have ended up in the donation address for Bitcoin Unlimited. A coincidence, or did the hacker realize there is no way to convert the stolen funds, to begin with?
Bitcoin Unlimited Receives Stolen Exchange Funds
This story dates back to July 20, 2016, a day on which a Reddit user reported his Kraken account had suffered from a hack. Although it remains unclear who is behind this theft, or why it occurred in the first place, the stolen funds did not move until nearly a month later. Ever since August 18, the funds has been moving between different Bitcoin addresses.
One Reddit user conducted a thorough taint analysis that follows some of the stolen funds. It is important to note this analysis contains the address allegedly stolen from, and the address this stolen funds was sent to. Despite the hacker using so-called Bitcoin mixing services, it is still possible to trace back some of the transactions.
The result of this taint analysis is rather surprising, as some of the funds ended up in the donation address belonging to the Bitcoin Unlimited project. That is very surprising, to say the least, as the developers have received an official grant to conduct their development of this alternative Bitcoin fork.
What is even more interesting is how the Bitcoin Unlimited address received close to half a million in BTC on the same day, and it was mixed in a very similar manner. While this may be a pure coincidence, there are very few completely unrelated events in the world of Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.
All of this does not necessarily prove something illicit has been going on. It is possible somebody sent funds from Kraken to the Bitcoin unlimited donation address and then reported it as “stolen” funds. It creates an interesting investigation, though, which may yield some surprising results in the end.
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