Here’s what happened in crypto today

    Crypto mining company Core Scientific has reached a $45 million settlement with former crypto lender Celsius in relation to a mining data center dispute. Meanwhile, the Bitcoin miner who received 19.8 BTC in accidental fees from Paxos has returned the funds and research shows that North Korea-linked hackers have stolen a total of $340.4 million in cryptocurrencies so far in 2023.

    Crypto miner Core Scientific has reached an agreement with Celsius Network to settle an ongoing legal dispute — pending court approval.

    On Sept. 15, Core Scientific announced that it had agreed to sell a Bitcoin mining data center to Celsius for $14 million cash, thereby resolving “all existing litigation.” The value of the data center was roughly $45 million.

    The proposed settlement between Core Scientific and Celsius as of Sept. 14. Source: Streeto

    The two firms have been embroiled in a legal battle since October 2022, when Core Scientific alleged that Celsius failure to pay its bills. Meanwhile, Celsius claimed that Core Scientific wasn’t fulfilling its contract to deploy mining rigs.

    Oddly enough, both companies filed for bankruptcy last year during the depths of the crypto bear market. In the case of Celsius, multiple executives were on the receiving end of criminal charges. Former CEO Alex Mashinsky was arrested in July and has pleaded not guilty to fraud and market manipulation charges.

    Celsius and Core Scientific agree on $45M settlement

    Miner returns over $500k in BTC transaction fee overpayment to Paxos

    The Bitcoin miner who received the 19.8 BTC in fees has returned the funds to blockchain infrastructure firm Paxos, after its claims that the company made the mistake of paying over $500,000 in BTC transfer fees.

    On Sept. 10, the crypto community was puzzled after seeing a BTC transaction that paid around $500,000 in fees to move around $2,000, while the average network fee was around $2. Various speculations were raised, with some believing that the transaction was done by copy-pasting data and accidentally pasting an output into the fee box without double-checking.

    On Sept. 13, Paxos announced that it was their server that made the transfer. Following its claim, the company assured its users that their funds were safe and that the funds belonged to Paxos. The company also clarified that PayPal was not involved in the mistake and admitted that the error was its own.

    Almost a day after Paxos’ claims, the Bitcoin miner who received the funds went on X (formerly Twitter) to express frustrations after agreeing to refund the amount to Paxos. The miner asked their X followers what they would do in his stead, and a majority voted to just distribute the money to other Bitcoin miners.However, this advice doesn’t appear to have been taken. Blockchain data shared by Bitcoin explorer Mempool confirmed that the funds were indeed returned on Sept. 15.

    Thousands of dollars in transaction fee mistakes have been lost before. Back in 2019, an Ethereum user lost almost $400,000 in Ether after making the mistake of pasting values in the wrong fields. Luckily, the Ethereum mining pool Sparkpool helped the user recover half of the funds lost.

    North Korea hackers have stolen $340M so far in 2023

    Cryptocurrency stolen by North Korea-linked hackers has now reached $340.4 million as of Sept. 14, 2023, according to research from blockchain security firm Chainalysis.

    While the figure is down 80% from the $1.65 billion stolen by the DPRK-linked hackers in 2022, the firm has warned the industry that the risk is just as present as ever.

    “The fact that this year’s numbers are down is not necessarily an indicator of improved security or reduced criminal activity,” Chainalysis said in a Sept. 14 report. “We must remember that 2022 set a dismally high benchmark.”

    Erin Plante, Chainalysis’ vice president of investigations told Cointelegraph that crypto firms need to focus on training employees to counter social engineering tactics commonly deployed by these hacker groups.

    “With North Korean-linked hackers in particular, sophisticated social engineering tactics that take advantage of the trusting and carelessness of human nature to gain access to corporate networks has long been a favored attack vector. Teams should be trained on these risks and warning signs.”

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