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This on-chain sleuth and his deep dive into misconceptions around FTX state that…

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It’s been two weeks since the Bahamas-based crypto exchange, FTX filed for bankruptcy. Along with the news of the bankruptcy came details about suspicious transactions. 

In the aftermath of FTX’s collapse, the crypto market was exposed to levels of fear and uncertainty that weren’t seen even during the Terra debacle. Furthermore, Crypto Twitter has been very active over the past two weeks. Thus, digging out details regarding the exchange and covering every development of its investigation. 

This extensive coverage resulted in an overflow of unsubstantiated information. Additionally, there has been a lot of misinformation about key events related to the world’s largest exchange.  

The Bahamas are not to be blamed…

Popular on-chain sleuth zachxbt debunked some major misconceptions related to the FTX saga. These included the confusion about the perpetrator behind $663 million hack and rumors about the hacker trading meme coins. 

According to zachxbt’s findings, the black hat attack on FTX and the withdrawal of funds to wallets held by the Securities Commission of The Bahamas were two separate events. However, these two events shared a similar timeline.

This was also corroborated by the difference in slippage on the swaps associated with these transactions and the destination of the stolen crypto. 

On 18 November, the Bahamian authorities clarified that they had assumed control of FTX’s assets following the transfer. All this, without specifying the exact amount that was seized. 

The lack of clarity regarding the identity of the hacker, paired with confusion stemming from Kraken claiming that they had identified the hacker, created the perfect environment for bad actors to exploit this opportunity. 

Zachxbt also revealed that FTX had used Kraken since the FTX hot wallet was out of TRON (TRX) which was needed for the gas fees. 

As far as the rumors about the hacker trading memecoins like ‘FTX Sucks’ and CRO go, the crypto sleuth believed that the Etherscan screenshots that showed token transfers were spoofed. 

Vitalik Buterin’s take on the current crypto climate

Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin weighed in on the current climate in the crypto market following FTX’s collapse. Buterin told Bloomberg that this tragic event highlighted the lack of transparency in centralized crypto exchanges. He said,

“Many in the Ethereum community also see the situation as a validation of things they believed in all along: centralized anything is by default suspect.”

Buterin further stated that despite the turmoil caused by FTX’s meltdown, decentralized finance protocols have worked “flawlessly.”


Saman Waris works as a News Editor at AMBCrypto. She has always been fascinated by how the tides of finance and technology shape communities across demographics. Cryptocurrencies are of particular interest to Saman, with much of her writing centered around understanding how ideas like Momentum and Greater Fool theories apply to altcoins, specifically, memecoins. A graduate in history, Saman worked the sports beat before diving into crypto. Prior to joining AMBCrypto 2 years ago, Saman was a News Editor at Sportskeeda. This was preceded by her stint as Editor-in-Chief at EssentiallySports.
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