Please attribute to Detective Inspector Greg Murton:
The Police investigation into the Cryptopia hack and theft of cryptocurrency is progressing well and advancing on several fronts.
The focus is on identifying those behind this offending and retrieving the stolen cryptocurrency.
This is a complex investigation involving the theft of cryptocurrency in an unregulated environment.
The stolen cryptocurrency is being actively tracked by Police and specialists worldwide due to the nature of the cryptocurrency blockchains being publicly available.
Excellent progress is being made in the investigation and we are working with Cryptopia management plus current and former employees who have been providing valuable assistance.
We are working closely with our international partners and cybercrime experts to continue the investigation.
Cryptopia’s managers are on site at their Christchurch address and Police are expected to finish at the premises by the end of next week (Friday 15 February).
This investigation is expected to take a considerable amount of time to resolve due to the complexity of the cyber environment.
Issued by Police Media Centre