Binance CEO freezes $11.8 million after Montenegro kidnapping By  |  Editor Venkatesh Jartarkar

Published Nov 10, 2023 03:37PM ET

In a swift response to a high-stakes crypto theft, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao has managed to freeze $11.8 million of the $12.5 million in USDT stolen from executives of a client company. The incident, which occurred Today, involved a kidnapping in Montenegro that led to the executives’ crypto accounts being compromised and the assets being transferred to a Tron wallet.

Changpeng Zhao, commonly known as CZ, utilized on-chain monitoring and collaborated with other cryptocurrency exchanges to halt the movement of the stolen funds. This decisive action has reignited discussions within the crypto community regarding the delicate equilibrium between ensuring asset security and maintaining resistance against unauthorized confiscation.

CZ addressed the community’s concerns by highlighting the inherent tension in cryptocurrency security measures. He pointed out that while digital currencies are designed to offer robust protection against third-party seizures, a system that is completely resistant to freezing could increase the risk of theft. He emphasized that privacy coins such as Monero (XMR) and Bitcoin maintain their unfrozen status unless they are moved through centralized exchanges, which complicates the process of recovering stolen assets.

The incident has put a spotlight on the security challenges faced by the cryptocurrency industry and the measures taken by exchange platforms to protect their users’ assets while also respecting their privacy and autonomy.

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