March 27, 2024
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Crypto Exchange Platform Hotbit Announces Suspension of All Operations

Hotbit, a prominent cryptocurrency exchange, has announced the suspension of its operations effective May 22. The exchange has urged its users to initiate fund withdrawals before June 21, at 4:00 am UTC.

According to Hotbit’s official statement, the decision to halt operations stems from the deteriorating operating conditions the exchange has faced since one of its former team members became the subject of an investigation in August 2022. The probe significantly disrupted Hotbit’s business for several weeks.

In addition to internal challenges, Hotbit highlighted various incidents within the broader crypto industry as contributing factors to its decline. The exchange specifically referenced the collapse of FTX and the banking crises that triggered the USD Coin (USDC) de-pegging event, both of which led to a significant drain on its cash flow. Hotbit emphasized that such incidents have resulted in a continuous outflow of funds from centralized exchanges.

Hotbit’s team expressed the belief that centralized exchanges are becoming increasingly burdensome and are unlikely to align with long-term industry trends. The exchange stated that the industry’s future lies in embracing decentralization or regulatory compliance.

The exchange also attributed its downfall to repeated cyberattacks and the exploitation of project vulnerabilities by malicious actors.

Hotbit urges its users to complete their fund withdrawals promptly, ensuring the safe transfer of their assets.

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