Posted on Nov 17, 2021, 12:29 PMUpdated Nov 17, 2021, 1:53 PM
On February 26, 2014, ulcerated customers came to settle on the sidewalk at the foot of the MtGox headquarters in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. In front of the photographers and in an icy rain, they had waved signs marked with the inscription “Where is our money?” »And tried to challenge the boss of the company, the Frenchman Mark Karpelès.
Two days earlier, the company, which had by then established itself as the world’s largest cryptocurrency trading platform, had suspended all transactions, creating a wave of panic among its 24,000 users. On February 28, Mt Gox declared bankruptcy and revealed that it had had its 850,000 bitcoins stolen, the equivalent, at the time, of 350 million euros. In the process, his clients would initiate proceedings to be compensated. More than seven years later, they will touch… a fortune.