The cross-chain protocol told the hacker dubbed Mr. White Hat he ‘would not be held accountable” and offered a $500,000 white hat bug bonus that has apparently been rejected.
Poly Network told the hacker who briefly stole $612 million in cryptocurrency that he would not be prosecuted in a message attached to an Ethereum transaction.
Poly Network went on to add, “Also we assure you that you will not be accountable for this incident.” Which, you’ll note, does not affect law enforcement authorities from pursuing their own charges.
But, Poly Network also tweeted out a plea to the user community, saying “[a]ny unfounded allegations and speculation may damage the extremely important process of asset recovery.”
In an earlier message, the hacker had claimed he did the hack “for fun” and to teach Poly Network a lesson.
Mr. White Hat also claimed he’d “always” planned to return the funds, saying “I am _not_ very interested in money!”
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SlowMist also said it discovered that the hacker used top privacy coin Monero as the source of the Binance Coin (BNB), Ether (ETH), and Polygon protocol’s MATIC used to initiate the hack against Poly Network on those three blockchains.
"Combined with the flow of funds and multiple fingerprint information ...this is likely to be a long-planned, organized and prepared attack,” SlowMist added.