French Court Acquits Hackers from Platypus Stablecoin Case
Two hackers, who claimed to be ‘ethical hackers’, have been acquitted by a French court in the case of the Platypus stablecoin attack, sparking debate over the intentions and implications of their actions in the crypto world.
A French court has acquitted two hackers involved in the Platypus stablecoin attack on the Avalanche network, where they allegedly siphoned off $8.5 million. The defendants argued they were ‘ethical hackers’, intending to expose vulnerabilities and later return the funds.
In February, Platypus USP, a stablecoin project, suffered a significant loss due to a flash loan attack. The event led to the siphoning of approximately $8.5 million from one of its cryptocurrency pools.
Mohammed M., one of the defendants, presented himself as an ‘ethical hacker’ and claimed he acted with good intentions. He aimed to exploit loopholes in the system and return the assets later, potentially earning a ‘bonus’ from the company for identifying the flaw.
🚨 French Platypus Finance exploiters walk free from criminal charges pic.twitter.com/lYVnfLWmfn— TWP Finance (@TWPFinance) December 4, 2023
How Binance Led to the Platypus Hackers Arrest
The investigation gained momentum following a tip from the cryptocurrency exchange Binance. This lead helped investigators track the financial flows and apprehend Mohammed M. and his brother Benamar M. in February.
During the trial, Mohammed M., a self-taught IT enthusiast, argued that he discovered the vulnerability by chance and exploited it to demonstrate the security lapse. His brother faced charges of receiving stolen property. However, both were ultimately acquitted.
This case highlights the inherent risks in decentralized finance (DeFi), where automation and smart contracts can be susceptible to exploitation. The acquittal in this case raises questions about ethical hacking and its boundaries in the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrencies.
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