BitForex website blocks users after apparent $57 million hot wallet withdrawals

Quick Take

  • BitForex has reportedly stopped processing withdrawals after $57 million was seemingly transferred out of the exchange’s hot wallets.
  • Its website is no longer accessible.

BitForex has gone offline following $57 million seemingly withdrawn from the crypto exchange's hot wallets late last week.

Noted blockchain investigator ZachXBT on X was one of the first to report on the development, noting that the crypto exchange has stopped processing withdrawals while its team has largely gone dark.

Attempts to access BitForex's official website yield "Sorry, you have been blocked — You are unable to access" results.


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The reason for the exchange's apparent disappearance currently remains unknown.

Last year, regulators in Japan flagged the exchange — alongside Bitget, MEXC Global and Bybit — for operating without proper registration. Earlier, in 2019, Chainalysis reported that the exchange may have been faking its trading volumes.

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