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Crypto-hacker who stole $600 million finally gives the rest of it back

Earlier this month, a hacker swiped over $600 million in cryptocurrency by exploiting a vulnerability in Poly Network, a platform that enables transactions between different blockchains. Just a few days later, however, the thief returned more than half of the funds—a little over $342 million. They were effectively forced to make the move after Poly Network posted the addresses of their digital wallets, flagging any transactions as illegal—the digital equivalent of dye packs stuffed inside bundles of cash.

The even weirder thing, though, is that Poly Network actually began working with the hacker, who went by the alias Mr. White Hat, and eventually ended up offering him a job as chief security advisor. It also ponied up a bug bounty of $500,000 for discovering the exploit that enabled the theft, even though he still hadn’t given back the full amount of cryptocurrency he’d taken.

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