As it turned out later, the matter is not in technical work, but in the loss of physical access to its servers by the administration. Within a few days the flywheel of events unfolded and on the surface were the prospects of users to lose their "hot" wallets, arrests and even the FBI.
At the same time, on July 25, the administration still did not have the courage to tell the users about the loss of control over the exchange and the "promise" for the early commissioning of the BTC-E continued:
In response to this, it is expected that a wave of negativity has risen. The rage in the profile community was replaced by a trade, turning into depression, while users moved to the inevitable acceptance of irreversible losses.
In the twitter and on the profile sites there were discussions that the administration decided to "weld" on short positions, that this is not the first such
A bit more technically advanced users have noticed that such a long work on the DC is unlikely, and the lack of mirroring and any duplicating systems for such an important project Oekta – and at all nonsense.
The day after the fall of the exchange, users split into two camps: those who believed that the BTC-E simply "threw" all traders and left with money "in the sunset," and those who expected the restoration of work Exchange. In parallel with the closure of the BTC-E, a story emerged with the laundering of $ 4 billion through the exchange by Russian Alexander Vinnik, who according to Bits.Media is co-owner and one of the administrators of BTC-E. So in the history of "data center service" appeared the FBI and, consequently, the removal of servers.
Closing the BTC-E made the community extremely suspicious and nervous and in the field of view of the community got a purse 18f1yugoAJuXcHAbsuRVLQC9TezJ6iVRLp. On the morning of 25, before the fall of the exchange and tweet of the administration about "works in the data center" from this purse transferred more than 66 000 BTC. It is noteworthy that the purse has been replenished since its inception in 2013, gradually accumulating money. At the current rate in an unknown direction, the equivalent of $ 185 million went away. Money is moving along the money laundering scheme: the principal is transferred from the purse to the purse, while at each stage 20-300 BTC are transferred to four other purses and so on to the end point. Observers, where this amount went, can be on blockchain.info.
Conspiracy specialists almost immediately linked this account with Vinnik, although the administration of the exchange denied this, stating that "the account belongs to someone else".
But the removal of servers with "hot" wallets, Vinnik's arrest and strange transactions did not stop there. After the fall of the exchange, Mayzus Financial Services Ltd, which was engaged in servicing the fi cial financial flows of the exchange, blocked the accounts of the administration of BTC-E and all the suspects in the FBI case. Users quickly mired with the money laundering business and Mayzus Financial, which enraged the latter.
Mayzus Financial owner Sergei Mayzus, in an open letter posted on okpay.com, officially announced that his company did not cooperate with the administration of BTC- E and information published about the involvement of Mayzus Financial in the functioning of the exchange-slander:
MAYZUS Financial Services Ltd., through the services of MoneyPolo and OKPAY, may have had legal entities – BTC-E exchange operators and / Or individuals – owners or employees The BTC-E exchange. However, all accounts of legal entities or individuals that, in our opinion, had an attitude to the BTC-E exchange, are blocked, as a result of which the financial regulator is duly notified. In addition, information on these persons was transferred to law enforcement agencies of Great Britain.
On July 26, 2017, the lawyers of the above companies sent a letter to GitHub Inc., as well as to unidentified persons who owned the resource btceclaims.github.io with the demand to immediately remove from the above resource libel About me personally (Sergey Mayzus) and the companies that belong to me … the lawyers of my companies are currently preparing a lawsuit against GitHub Inc. And to the owners of the website btceclaims.github.io.
Please …… continue to refrain from spreading defamatory information published on the website btceclaims.github.io, and those who have been imprudent to publish it – immediately remove .
From the text above, it is obvious that Maisus wants to distance itself from the affairs of the exchange, and as far as possible. The letter was published on July 31.
However, yesterday the administration of BTC-E spoke at Bitcoin Talk with a statement of two points. First: the control over the base is restored. Secondly, all the users of the exchange, who kept their funds in real currencies (EUR, USD and so on) lost access to their money for an indefinite period due to Mayzus Financial's actions on account blocking. That is, the administration insists that the exchange was the client of the company.
So what's going on and what's next?
Let's talk the chronology of the main events.
- On July 25, the BTC-E exchange goes offline to "preventive work in the DC."
- In the morning of the same day, before the official statement about "works in the data center", activists pay attention to the suspicious movement of a large sum of bitcoins (equivalent to $ 185 million) in the purse 18f1yugoAJuXcHAbsuRVLQC9TezJ6iVRLp in an unknown direction according to the laundering scheme.
- In Greece, the alleged co-owner of the BTC-E, Alexander Vinnik, is detained and is considered an option for his extradition at the request of the US Justice Department.
- Mayzus Financial, after denunciation in cooperation with BTC-E in the person of the company's owner, begins hysterically disavowing what is happening.
- The administration continues to feed users with "breakfasts", but today it says that access to the database has been restored, but the control over the phiatic accounts is lost due to the blocking by Mayzus Financial.
Most likely, access to the BTC-E accounts will be completely lost. If the administration really managed to restore access to the database of "hot" wallets, then users can expect to return some of their money placed in crypto-currencies.
The only channel of communication with the administration through the bitcointalk forum is extremely unreliable. There is still the possibility that the whole exchange literally "burst" and the money that was placed on it, can not be returned. Even if the administration succeeded in "dragging" from the FBI's nose the database from the DC or agreeing with the US Justice Department, what happened would have an extremely negative impact on the reputation of the BTC-E.
It should be noted that the situation with the fall and closing of the exchange is far from nonsense. This has happened before and, while the activities of such sites are in the "gray" legal zone, will occur in the future. The only way to somehow guard against such force majeures is to diversify investments and use several exchanges at the same time. Out of danger, only those BTC-E users appeared who were too cautious and kept tokens in "cold" storages – as a file on a PC or other medium.