THORSwap Pauses Platform After Series of FTX Hack-Linked Trades
THORSwap exchange said on Friday it would shift into “maintenance” mode after a series of illicitly-linked funds were passed through the platform in the past several days.
A THORSwap developer said the team “stands firmly against any and all criminal actions” in a message to CoinDesk.
“Yesterday, following a careful evaluation of the situation and consultation with advisors, legal counsel, and law enforcement, the decision was made to temporarily transition the THORSwap interface into maintenance mode,” THORSwap developers said in a tweet.
“This action was taken to swiftly curtail any further potential illicit activity. THORSwap will remain in this mode until a more permanent and robust solution can be implemented to ensure the platform’s continued security and integrity,” they added.
The move effectively pauses trading operations. However, services such as lending, borrowing and staking actions are all fully operational.
THORSwap runs on THORChain, a network that allows users to freely trade tokens between different blockchains.
In November 2022, hours after FTX and its related companies filed for bankruptcy, an unknown party managed to drain various wallets of as much as $600 million.
Last week, the hacker, whose identity remains unknown to this date, managed to pass over 15,000 ether using various platforms, including THORSwap. The moving funds, coming soon before FTX founder and former chief executive Sam Bankman-Fried goes on trial, deepen one of the ongoing mysteries around the exchange’s collapse last year.