The money has been deposited to an account that requires both the company and the hacker to manage jointly.
“To ensure the safe recovery of user assets, we hope to maintain communication with Mr. White Hat and convey accurate information to the public,” Poly Network said.
“I am _not_ interested in money!” the hacker said, and added: “I would say figuring out the blind spot in the architecture of Poly Network would be one of the best moments in my life.”
It would have been extremely difficult for the hacker to spend the stolen funds, forensic experts say. The fact that blockchain transactions are publicly recorded makes it challenging to launder money anonymously.
“The best they could hope for would be to evade capture as the funds sit frozen in a blacklisted private wallet,” Chainalysis wrote in its blog post.