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Crypto companies on the verge of collapse

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The collapse of crypto empire FTX has sent shockwaves right around the world, with many questioning the future of digital coins

Now, one Australian company is feeling the pinch.

Brisbane-based ‘Digital Surge’ says it will halt all withdrawals, citing the “greatly upsetting” news FTX is in administration.

Digital Surge allows investors to trade cryptocurrencies in a number of different ways, including through self-managed super funds.

CEO Dan Rutter says his company “operates as a broker and is committed to facilitating the best trade for users at any time”.

This means a portion of assets are actually held by trading partners.

FTX was one of these trading partners and as a result, Rutter says the company isn’t currently able to operate “business as usual”.

Withdrawals have already been blocked for over a week. The CEO says the company is still solvent and this is all related to short-term liquidity challenges.

Adding, “until a permanent solution has been implemented, it is a legal requirement for Digital Surge to suspend all deposits and withdrawals”.

But the company remains tight-lipped about how many customers are affected and what exposure it had to FTX.

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Crypto heists in 2022 totalled $3.8 billion

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Last year was the worst on record for cryptocurrency heists, with hackers stealing as much as $3.8 billion, led by attackers linked to North Korea

A Chainalysis report found hacking activity that “ebbed and flowed” throughout the year, with “huge spikes” in March and October.

October was the biggest single month ever for cryptocurrency hacking, with $775.7 million stolen in 32 separate attacks.

North Korea-linked hackers such as those in the cybercriminal syndicate Lazarus Group have been by far the most prolific cryptocurrency hackers, stealing an estimated $1.7 billion worth of in multiple attacks last year.

North Korea has denied allegations of hacking or other cyberattacks.

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Sam Bankman-Fried banned from communication with FTX

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A U.S. judge has banned former FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried from contacting current and former employees

Federal prosecutors asked for this ruling, as they believe Bankman-Fried may tamper with witnesses or destroy evidence in his criminal fraud case.

It was revealed the 30-year-old tried to send a message to someone known as ‘Witness 1″ a few weeks ago, proposing to have a constructive conversation with them.

Bankman-Fried was arrested in December on charges of looting billions of dollars of FTX customer funds, and lying to investors and lenders.

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Celsius Network propped up token with investor money

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It’s been revealed crypto lender Celsius used investor money and customer deposits to prop up its own token and inflate its balance sheet

 
Celsius gathered crypto deposits from retail customers and invested them in the wholesale crypto market.

It raised some of the initial capital to fund its business by creating and then selling its own crypto token.

Celsius filed for bankruptcy in July last year, after freezing customer withdrawals from its platform.

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