FTX says “unauthorized access to certain assets has occurred” after declaring bankruptcy

Just a day after FTX Trading introduced it was submitting for bankruptcy, the company’s CEO mentioned Saturday that “unauthorized access to certain assets has occurred.”

“An active fact review and mitigation exercise was initiated immediately in response,” John Ray mentioned in an announcement, tweeted by the company’s normal counsel. “We have been in contact with, and are coordinating with law enforcement and relevant regulators.”

Reuters reported earlier Saturday that analysts had seen “hundreds of millions of dollars of assets” have been moved from the platform in “suspicious circumstances.”

Ray’s assertion additionally confirmed that the company “is in the process of removing trading and withdrawal functionality and moving as many digital assets as can be identified to a new cold wallet custodian.” It’s additionally making “every effort to secure all assets, wherever located.”

Ray was appointed the company’s new chief government after founder and CEO Sam Bankman-Fried resigned Friday.

Earlier within the week, the CEO of rival crypto alternate Binance, Changpeng Zhao, mentioned his company had struck a deal to purchase FTX. Zhao ditched the transfer a day later, elevating questions on FTX’s monetary viability. 

Bankman-Fried advised a bunch of traders the company wanted about $8 billion to again up its customers’ crypto assets. He additionally warned that the company may need to file for bankruptcy with out an imminent infusion of money.

FTX is the third crypto company to search bankruptcy safety this year, following Voyager Digital and Celsius Network. The submitting additionally clouds the destiny of BlockFi, a crypto lender that FTX helped bail out with $400 million earlier this year. 

On Friday night, Miami-Dade County and the Heat launched a joint statement wherein they mentioned they have been “immediately taking action to terminate our business relationships with FTX,” and could be looking for a “new naming-rights partner.”    

Khristopher J. Brooks contributed to this report.

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