Firm started as a hobbyBack in 2014 Cryptopia's founders
started the firm as a hobby. It grew quickly in 2017 as the price of Bitcoin soared. However, hackers managed to steal client assets from digital wallets that were stored with the company in January of this year. The exchange reopened in March so that account holders could exchange their assets for Bitcoin, Litecoin, or Dogecoin. However shareholders decided to close the company. An earlier report
claims the company suffered what seems an even larger loss: "January 14 was indeed a bad day for the New Zealand-based cryptocurrency exchange as it was on this day that the exchange lost around $23 million worth of user's cryptocurrencies to hackers." However, the $23 million is in New Zealand dollars and is equivalent to about $16 million US. A recent article
notes: "In March, the exchange appeared to have already handled the problems, allowing account holders to access the trading platform again for exchanging their assets. However, when the platform saw more issues, the shareholders collaborated and decided to fold the company, as documented in a declaration filed with the courts." Firm still has tens of million in digital assets Liquidators are trying to collect the assets and distribute them to account holders. The liquidators are faced with finding out which account holders own which assets. Unfortunately the information they need is on servers hosted by an Arizona company that has terminated their agreement with Cryptopia and is demanding payment of about $2 million. The liquidators worry that if they do not pay the two million then the data they need could be overwritten or lost.