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    Dovey Wan from Primitive Ventures states that UpBit is likely to be hacked, citing a Korean source, while UpBit shuts down for maintenance and withdraws 60 bln KRW

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Earlier today, a Korean news outlet Naver reported that the local UpBit crypto exchange had been hacked and lost around 60 bln won in cryptocurrency.

60 bln won withdrawn to an unknown wallet

Dovey Wan from Primitive Ventures who often posts crypto news from Korea and China, reported that on her Twitter page, providing a link to the Naver article.

A crypto expert and blockchain writer Joseph Young checked the source. He confirms that UpBit has temporarily frozen deposits and withdrawals, which is a normal thing to happen. However, he points out that around $50 mln in ETH (approx. 60 bln KRW) was withdrawn to an unknown wallet.

This was done without a preliminary public notification and this is suspicious, he states.

After attempting to check the information about a possible hack, Dovey Wan further writes that she has received mixed responses.

A Twitter user @chase__chang cites a more recent article, saying that the amount withdrawn from UpBit is not 60 bln KRW but 92 bln KRW (equal to around $78 mln) in crypto.

Another indirect confirmation emerges in the comment thread.

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A confirmation emerges

An UpBit representative finally confirms the loss of funds.

Joseph Young believes it was an insider job.

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    Vitalik Buterin, Co-Founder of the Ethereum Foundation and “father” of Ethereum, sat down with Eric Weinstein on The Portal podcast to discuss “old” and “new” economics.

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Two intellectuals, Vitalik Buterin (Creator of Ethereum), and Eric Weinstein (PhD, scientist, and Managing Director at Thiel Capital), recently sat down on The Portal to discuss Mr. Buterin's attitude towards the "classic" economics theory.

Libertarianism and Diversity

When both individuals discussed libertarianism, Vitalik Buterin said that libertarians mostly belong to two large groups characterized as either a "leave me alone'" or "conquer the world" approach. This divergence can be extrapolated into cryptocurrencies in terms of their mass adoption.

Mr. Buterin highlighted that there are participants within the crypto community that are assured that fiat currencies will be destroyed and replaced by Bitcoin (BTC). In general, Mr. Buterin estimated that the prospects of any "short-term disruption" for the sake of some "nebulous long-term gain" is skeptical. He said:

I'm definitely not in the camp that actively relishes that fiat currencies will be destroyed. 

Mr. Buterin added that several members within the Bitcoin community share this belief.

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Peaceful Coexistence

Vitalik Buterin predicts that Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies will coexist with fiat money and balance the disadvantages of the classic monetary system. He also added that cryptocurrencies will provide "checks and balances" against a government monopoly on "issuing money" rather than "replacing it entirely".

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Mr. Buterin is well-known as a champion of pluralism in future world of cryptocurrency. He is sure that different communities will defend their views on its development.

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