About 10 BTC, a small chunk of the total funds that were stolen, ended up in a Huobi Global account — and a judge has ordered for it to be frozen.
It’s an all-too-familiar story.
It all began when the victim received a notification telling them that their account was locked — and although the alert appeared genuine, it hadn’t been sent by Coinbase.
To make matters worse, a phone number had been included in this message. When the victim rang, a person pretending to be a Coinbase customer service representative increased the account’s daily transaction limit — and then tried to deactivate settings that would have told the user that funds were being drained from their accounts.
A Twist in the Tale
Legal proceedings are continuing as the victim attempts to claw back their lost funds.
Now, a federal judge has approved a warrant that will enable this stash to be frozen so it can be reclaimed by its rightful owner.
The US Attorneys Office in Los Angeles says its investigation is ongoing, and told Business Insider that no arrests have been made so far.
Erick and Molly Richardson told CNBC at the time that they were exasperated by the lack of support from the exchange’s customer service team, saying:
“It was a joke; it just makes me a little more angry. And there’s nobody who has any decision-making power at customer service. They just can't help out a lot. You know what Coinbase did two days after I got hacked? They sent me a customer survey and they asked me to rate their service.”