Hacked Mt. Gox Transfers $7.3B in Bitcoin First Time in Years

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Key Takeaways

  • Over 107,000 Bitcoins, worth $7.3 billion, were moved from Mt. Gox's wallets to an unknown address, likely to repay creditors by October 31, 2024.
  • The transferred Bitcoin was split into 13 transactions, with the receiving address now holding about 141,686 BTC, valued at nearly $9.57 billion.
  • Bitcoin's price dropped 2% following the transfer but is expected to consolidate and potentially reach $70K soon.

Mt. Gox, the crypto exchange that faced the major hack in history, has transferred $7.3 billion to the unknown wallet.

On May 28, more than 107,000 Bitcoins (BTC), valued at approximately $7.3 billion, were transferred from the defunct exchange Mt. Gox’s wallets to an unknown address.

This movement of funds is likely part of a strategy to repay Mt. Gox creditors by October 31, 2024.

Mt. Gox BTC Transfer in 13 Transactions

Blockchain tracking account Whale Alert reported notable on-chain activity involving Mt. Gox’s wallets. They observed six major transactions, ranging from 3,999 BTC to 32,499 BTC, within a few hours.

According to the blockchain wallet activity data, the $7.3 billion worth of Bitcoin transferred from Mt. Gox was split into 13 separate transactions.

Blockchain explorer Arkham Intelligence disclosed that all these transactions were directed to a single, unidentified address. This address now holds approximately 141,686 BTC, valued at nearly $9.57 billion at the reporting time.

Arkham Intelligence shows unlabelled wallet holds $9.57B
Arkham Intelligence shows unlabelled wallet holds $9.57B

This movement marks the first transfer of assets from Mt. Gox’s cold wallets in over five years and might be part of the exchange’s long-standing commitment to reimburse creditors by October 2024.

Following the collapse of its exchange in 2014, Mt.Gox owes about 127,000 creditors over $9.4 billion worth of Bitcoin.

Mt. Gox trustee Nobuaki Kobayashi had previously extended the repayment deadline from October 31, 2023, to October 31, 2024. This was contained in a letter dated September 21, 2023, in which Kobayashi explained that the extension provided more time to manage the complex process of reimbursing the creditors of the defunct exchange.

BTC Sheds 2% Loss Amid Mt. Gox BTC Transfer

Bitcoin price dropped by about 2% following the movement of BTC from the Mt. Gox cold wallet. At press time, it is trading at $67,930, down from $69,440 at the time of the first transfer, according to CoinMarketCap.

BTC Shed 2% due to the Mt. Gox BTC transfer
BTC Shed 2% due to the Mt. Gox BTC transfer

However, crypto traders and investors believe the price of BTC will consolidate and peak at $70K in the coming hours.