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Bitcoin and Ethereum Hack Targets IRA

IRA Financial Trust is aiming to retrieve assets from Bitcoin and cryptocurrency retirement accounts tied to Gemini.

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IRA Financial Trust is aiming to retrieve assets from Bitcoin (BTC) and cryptocurrency retirement accounts tied to Gemini.

A report from Bloomberg based on an anonymous source state that hackers took $21 million in Bitcoin and $15 million in Ethereum (ETH) from IRA accounts on February 8.


Suspicious Transactions

For nearly a week, the FinTech company has been grappling with claims of a big hack. It controls individual retirement accounts in non-traditional assets.

It tweeted late Friday that it had identified suspicious activity affecting a small portion of their customers with accounts on the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange on its website.

However, this is more than “strange conduct,” according to an email reportedly addressed to affected individuals. It reads: “Our investigation is still underway, but preliminary findings indicate that bitcoin funds from the impacted accounts were attempted to be stolen. We are proactively pursuing the funds with all available resources.”

Meanwhile, impacted individuals are reporting their locked accounts as they wait for answers. Decrypt’s request for comment to IRA Financial Trust still needs answers.

Personal pension funds, or IRAs, are savings accounts that allow Americans to deduct their assets from their earnings. If you make $60,000 but put $5,000 into an IRA, your tax will only be $55,000 when you withdraw the money. IRAs allow you to invest in stocks, bonds, and mutual funds, but not in cryptocurrency.

What is IRA?

Self-directed IRAs, such as the ones offered by IRA Financial Trust, can help you achieve your goals. However, there are risks. The regulations and costs aren’t as clear as those found on Vanguard, and self-directed IRA administrators do not have the authority to give guidance, which is why it got the term “self-directed.”

IRA Financials’ value proposition makes the process a little simpler. Customers can invest in retirement through its Gemini-linked app. If you can buy anything on Gemini, you can put it in your IRA.

We’re aware of IRA Financials’ security issue from last week, and we’ve offered to assist with their investigation. While the Gemini platform supports IRA Financials’ accounts, Gemini is not responsible for IRA Financials’ system security.”

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