Coinbase Threatens to Sue Georgian Users Who Exploited Pricing Glitch

Coinbase Threatens to Sue Georgian Users Who Exploited Pricing Glitch

If necessary, Coinbase is willing to take its Georgian users to court.

Coinbase, an American cryptocurrency exchange established in 2012 by Brian Armstrong and Fred Ehrsam, is reportedly considering suing Georgian users who exploited lari pricing glitch.

In late August, around 1,000 Georgian Coinbase users manipulated the price bug, when for around 6-7 hours, the price of local currency, lari, was priced at $290 rather than $2,90.

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According to the host of the Georgian television show “Crypto Bazari,” Avtandil Kutchava, at least 470 people contacted the TV show to share their experiences. Moreover, Kutchava speculated that users have acquired millions of dollars and made ATMs in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, empty.

At that time, Coinbase noted that the problem occurred due to third-party technical issues, and the amount exploited by the users is “immaterial.”

However, it seems that the exploit was rather significant if Coinbase considers taking its Georgian customers to court. When asked about the situation, a Coinbase spokesperson noted:

Coinbase is working with law firm Gvinadze & Partners to assist in retrieving the improperly credited funds. We cannot comment on the status of specific demands or litigation. However, users that return the improperly credited funds will not be subject to further legal proceedings.

Some of the users involved in the exploit noted that after transferring funds to their Georgian banks, their bank accounts were frozen. Users added that after a few days, everything went back to normal without any explanations from financial institutions.

However, on September 24th, a number of Georgian users received emails from law firm Gvinadze & Partners stating that if users fail to return money gained through a price bug exploit, Coinbase may take legal action against them.

Coinbase is determined to use any and all available legal means to recover improperly credited funds as soon as practical.

In other news, Coinbase has recently joined forces with Google Cloud to allow cloud service payments using cryptocurrency.

Gile K. - Crypto Analyst

by Gile K. - Crypto Analyst, BitDegree


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