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Deribit hack: When will client withdrawal ban be lifted after $28m hot wallet loss?

By Raphael Sanis

Edited by Charlie Mellor

10:17, 2 November 2022

Deribit's logo on a phone, which is in front of cash
Deribit keeps 99% of its users’ funds in cold storage wallets – Photo: Shutterstock

The cryptocurrency trading platform Deribit lost $28m worth of funds in a hack on 1 November.

Deribit, which specialises in derivatives trading and the crypto options market, saw its bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH) and usd coin (USDC) hot wallets compromised. 

This news follows a difficult peroid for cryptocurrencies with October as the worst month for crypto hacks. More than $718m was stolen by attackers in just the first two weeks, according to Chainalysis.


What happened?

On 2 November, Deribit tweeted that its hot wallet was hacked the previous day and $28m was stolen. However, it emphasised that clients’ assets were not affected.

The trading platform said: “It's company procedure to keep 99% of our user funds in cold storage to limit the impact of these type of events.”

As well as clients’ assets, the protected funds included those using the Fireblocks banking platform and anyone utilising Deribit’s cold storage addresses. Derbit tweeted:


0.62 Price
+2.970% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0753%
Short position overnight fee 0.0069%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 0.01168


3,344.71 Price
-4.120% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 6.00


178.53 Price
+1.960% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0753%
Short position overnight fee 0.0069%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 2.2652


65,626.85 Price
-0.500% 1D Chg, %
Long position overnight fee -0.0616%
Short position overnight fee 0.0137%
Overnight fee time 21:00 (UTC)
Spread 106.00
“The hack is isolated and quarantined to our BTC, ETH and USDC hot wallets.”

The derivitaves exchange said it would be paying for these losses through its company reserves, rather than the insurance fund.


Halting deposits and withdrawals

Deribit stopped deposits and withdrawals on the platform to enable the exchange to perform security checks. This included activity from third-party custodians, such as Cobo and Copper Clearloop.

The trading platform has not given an exact time when it would continue processing withdrawals and deposits. However, Deribit said it would re-open when it is “confident all is safe”.

It tweeted: “Deribit remains in a financially sound position and ongoing operations will not be impacted.”

Markets in this article

Bitcoin / USD
65626.85 USD
-332.3 -0.500%
Ethereum / USD
3344.71 USD
-143.44 -4.120%

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