Police have called on overseas experts and law enforcement authorities as they progress on their investigation into the cyber thief from Christchurch crypto-currency trading company, Cryptopia.
Members of the investigation team with Cryptopia management and staff on Tuesday and Wednesday and outlined progress in the investigation.
The meeting was held in Christchurch and staff were seen escorted to their cars by security staff after the meeting.
The number of staff affected is to be about 80, although how many were directly or contractors remains unclear.
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One unconfirmed report has estimated the losses at more than $ 20 million.
"Good progress has been made and positive lines of inquiry are being developed to identify the source of the transfer, and to identify where the crypto-currencies have been sent," police said in a statement.
Police confirmed unauthorized transfer of crypto-currency "worth and significant sum" took place on January 13 and 14.
Police was seeking help from the crypto currency community.
"This is a very complex investigation, involving expert digital forensic investigators from within New Zealand and in various overseas jurisdictions, as well as overseas authorities."
Cryptopia management and staff were operating and providing assistance in the investigation which was expected to take some time.
Police have occupied the Cryptopia premises in Christchurch and its digital forensic team will remain there for several days.
Police also asked anyone with information that could assist the investigation to make contact via a special email – [email protected]
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