The CEO of one of many world’s largest Bitcoin exchanges (EXMO) is lacking and feared lifeless, following his kidnapping in Kiev this week.
Pavel Lerner was pulled right into a black Mercedes Benz by a bunch of nameless armed males sporting ski masks as he left his workplace within the Obolon district of Kiev on December 26.
Zerohedge.com stories: Including to the intrigue of the kidnapping, EXMO’s web site suffered a DDOS assault this morning, which knocked buying and selling quickly offline, simply as information of the kidnapping start to attract public consideration.
Following the information of Lerner’s disappearance, EXMO issued a press release requesting “any info concerning his whereabouts” and assuring clients that he couldn’t be ‘satisfied’ to surrender their Bitcoin or private information saved on the alternate.
A spokesman was unavailable for remark however a press release despatched to RT, the broadcaster backed by the Russian authorities, stated that Mr Lerner’s kidnapping wouldn’t have an effect on the enterprise.
“We’re doing every part attainable to hurry up the search of Pavel Lerner,” it stated.
“Any info concerning his whereabouts may be very a lot appreciated. Regardless of the state of affairs, the alternate is working as regular. We additionally need to stress that nature of Pavel’s job at EXMO doesn’t assume entry both to storages or any private information of customers. All customers funds are completely secure.”
In response to RT, Lerner, a Russian citizen, has a variety of startups within the Ukraine linked to cryptocurrency mining and blockchain know-how along with being the CEO of EXMO.
Earlier this month we reported that, Good Hash, the biggest crypto-mining market, was hacked with over four,700 bitcoins, value over $62 million, stolen and in the end ending up on the following deal with:
In fact, it’s utterly unclear whether or not Lerner’s disappearance has something to do along with his hyperlinks to varied cryptocurrency ventures and Kiev police have but to launch any particulars on potential motives for the kidnapping.