The Problems of Cryptocurrency Thefts and Exchange Shutdowns

9 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2018

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Usman W. Chohan

UNSW Business School; Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI); Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS)

Date Written: February 27, 2018


This discussion paper examines the recent history of cryptocurrency thefts and exchanges shutdowns, focusing specifically on the largest cryptoinstrument: Bitcoin. The examination of thefts and shutdowns are intended to draw academic attention to the accountability deficits that pervade the cryptocurrency space, and the findings of the paper suggest that a much more robust accountability, transparency, and oversight architecture must be put in place vis-a-vis cryptocurrencies.

Keywords: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Theft, Exchanges, Oversight, Accountability, Shutdowns, Regulation

Suggested Citation

Chohan, Usman W., The Problems of Cryptocurrency Thefts and Exchange Shutdowns (February 27, 2018). Available at SSRN: or

Usman W. Chohan (Contact Author)

UNSW Business School ( email )

UNSW Business School
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Sydney, NSW 2052

Critical Blockchain Research Initiative (CBRI) ( email )

Centre for Aerospace & Security Studies (CASS) ( email )


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