June 19th, 2018
Skycoin Team Update — Victims of Embezzlement and Robbery
Multiple events led to this significant fall in the market price; however, the primary contributing factor was the recent discovery that the previous Skycoin China marketing team (EVOLAB) had embezzled approximately 100,000 Skycoins (SKY) over the past 6 months.
Following this, at 9:30 PM on June 13th 2018, nine individuals, including and led by the Chinese Skycoin marketing team broke into Synth’s home. They then proceeded to hold Synth and his wife against their will for 6 hours, over the course of which they threatened, beat and robbed them. Thanks to wallet security measures, the group was only able to extract 18.88 Bitcoin and 6466 Skycoins during the robbery. The gang also attempted however failed to steal the design framework for the skycoin ecosystem.
The total number of skycoins stolen by these individuals is still being determined and therefore is still currently unknown. The addresses that contain the stolen coins are also being documented for further evidence and will be used at a later date. In order to protect the interests of Skycoin holders, a temporary black-listing function was implemented in response to these events. The future use of this function will be subject to discussion and voting by the entire skycoin community over the next few months. This is to involve and assure the community that their voices can be heard.
The primary Skycoin exchanges were notified immediately asking them to put countermeasures in place, and to temporarily freeze the accounts of the criminal suspects. Frozen assets will be dealt with after the investigation has been concluded. The Skycoin legal team will also supply an update on the aftermath of the armed robbery at a later time when appropriate to do so.
According to feedback from exchanges that list Skycoin, the accounts holding stolen Skycoins have been frozen, so any further impact on the market should be limited. Although this scenario has caused some panic selling affecting the price of Skycoins dramatically. The panic selling appears to be continuing however, at the time of writing the market price has recovered by approximately 30%.
Official Skycoin Accounts
Since some of the community social media accounts or Telegram groups were created by the EVOLAB team, therefore Skycoin community members wishing to stay connected should only subscribe to the groups mentioned on the Skycoin website (www.skycoin.net). Any others may be compromised and are now deemed unofficial. The links for the official Skycoin groups are also listed below. If you would like to get in touch with the team please use the official channels below. At times like this the Skycoin community needs to band together and show strength and unity.
To learn more visit their website: https://www.skycoin.net/