The duo, who filed the lawsuit on May 19 at a court in California, allege that McCaleb was conscious of”serious safety risks” from the architecture of Mt. Gox back in late 2010 to early 2011, but followed-up to repair the problems nor disclosed the vulnerabilities to the general public.
Was McCaleb conscious of the security flaws of Mt. Gox?
The litigation from Jones and Steinmetz builds on the preceding findings published in a Daily Beast file, which suggests that Mt. Gox had security flaws from the early days. The lawsuit claims that before or in January 2011 — when the Mt. Gox account was compromised, resulting in the unauthorized sale of thousands of consumers’ Bitcoins (BTC) — McCaleb was advised about the security flaws and was conscious that over 80,000 Bitcoin had gone missing.
Not long afterwards, another violation, termed the”dictionary attack” — i.e., an attempt to obtain unauthorized access to an account or computer system by trying a number of different passwords until one is right — happened, which involved at least 2 Mt. Gox accounts. McCaleb failed to take any action to repair the security problems, but rather sold the vast majority of his fascination with Mt. Gox into the eventual CEO of the exchange Mark Karpeles, the lawsuit asserts. Karpeles signed purchase agreement and the sales around February 2011. Karpeles affirmed his belief that the security flaw in Mt Gox through which access was gained by the attackers was part of the structure of the platform:
“Mt. Gox was hacked before being moved on from what generally was created from the Mt. Gox founder McCaleb. I have never been able to review all of myself since the documents are held by the attorney but based on what they could find on the blockchain, in the court records which will be made available, are analyzed as for the bitcoins that was stolen. I am 99 percent sure that the hacking came from what initially was created by McCaleb, the original founder of Mt. Gox.”
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