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Canadian Crypto Exchange Sues Users For Returning Hijacked Bitcoin Over Software Issue CryptoBlog


Canadian crypto exchange Coinberry, part of Kevin O’Leary’s Wonderfi, has sued 50 customers for returning bitcoin they got without paying during a software glitch. “Coinberry contacted all 546 affected registered users by email and demanded the return of the diverted bitcoins,” the lawsuit details.

Coinberry sues users to recover Bitcoin

Canadian cryptocurrency exchange Coinberry reportedly sued customers who took advantage of its software glitch and obtained bitcoins without paying.

Coinberry, a regulated crypto trading platform, is owned by Vancouver-based Wonderfi Technologies Inc., a company backed by Shark Tank star Kevin O’Leary.

The lawsuit, filed in Ontario in June, explains that during a software upgrade in 2020, Coinberry accidentally let users buy BTC with Canadian dollars that had not been properly transferred to their accounts.

The exchange clarified that during the software issue, customers could initiate an Interac e-transfer, get the amount credited to their Coinberry accounts, buy BTC, transfer the coins, and cancel the original e-transfer. By doing so, they kept their funds while getting free bitcoins.

According to Coinberry, 546 users were able to acquire a total of around 120 bitcoins without paying for them before the software issue was resolved. The lawsuit states:

Coinberry contacted all 546 affected registered users by email and demanded the return of the hijacked bitcoins.

“Coinberry was able to obtain the return of approximately 37 of the diverted bitcoins from 270 of the affected registered users,” the lawsuit continues.

Some customers transferred their ill-gotten bitcoin to Binance, the Canadian exchange added, adding, “Coinberry also immediately contacted Binance.” The detailed trial:

Binance admitted to having identified a quantity of diverted BTC and pledged to restrict all access to the accounts.

The Canadian crypto-trading platform said it had yet to recover two-thirds of lost BTC from hundreds of clients.

The lawsuit seeks the return of 63 bitcoins from 50 customers, including 9.48 BTC that were transferred to Binance. Coinberry said its list of hijacked bitcoins provided in the lawsuit does not include people who took and have not yet returned amounts below $5,000, as assessed in May 2020.

The company further noted that the highest amount misappropriated and not returned was $385,722.31 by two accounts under the names of Jordan Steifuk and Connor Heffernan, which the Canadian crypto exchange claims are actually the same nobody.

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Do you think customers should return to Coinberry the BTC they took for free during the software issue? Let us know in the comments section below.

Kevin Helms

An economics student from Austria, Kevin discovered Bitcoin in 2011 and has been an evangelist ever since. His interests include Bitcoin security, open source systems, network effects, and the intersection between economics and cryptography.

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