Coincheck Theft: Virtual Currency Girls Go Broke But Stand By Cryptocurrency
AFP 2018/ Kazuhiro NOGI World23:04 31.01.2018(updated 23:05 31.01.2018) Get short URL
Despite a most promising name, The Virtual Currency Girls pop band from Japan seems to have hit a roadblock in the aftermath of the much debated Coincheck incident.
Following a recent major theft at Coincheck Inc., the Japanese well-known cryptocurrency exchange, the service shut down completely and left pop icons penniless.
The girls had previously agreed to only be paid in cryptocurrency to universally spread the group’s message. Digital money also used to come in handy when the band needed to buy tickets and merchandise — something that is currently put on hold due to lack of finances.
In the wake of the theft, The Cinderella Academy agency offered to pay the girls the sum they were supposed to get – around US$18,400 — in yen but they declined, insisting that they be paid in cryptocurrency.
The masked idol maids, aged from 15 to 22, were brought together less than a month ago to portray and promote a future where initial coin offering (ICO) will offer hope, thus dismissing the risks of “fraud” and hacks infrequently associated with digital currency operations.
Each band member is promoting a specific cryptocurrency and the group is led by BitCoin Cash idol Rara Nanase. The other members represent the original BitCoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Neo (NEO), Mona (MONA), Cardano (ADA), NEM (XEM), and, finally, Ripple (XRP).
Coincheck announced on Sunday that it would compensate nearly 260,000 individuals in yen for for the loss of a total of 523 million XEM. Coincheck is set to pay out 46.3 billion yen (US $426 million) from Coincheck’s investor funds.