We had a quiet couple of weeks but now a claim from the Pandora Marketplace admin (Alice) was published stating that guess what…. the market was hacked, losing around 50% of all the BTC totaling at around $250,000 value (somewhere around 425BTC at the current rate), we know this drill very well by now with all the hacks and scams that we have witnessed, Alice posted a very detailed post on the pandora forums explaining what happened, and how the market admins intend to sort this issue out and return the lost funds by collecting higher commissions from the vendors and repaying everyone within the time frame of a month or so.
This is the post from the Pandora admin Alice (you can read the original one here: http://bl3j73taluhwidx5.onion/index.php?topic=6629.0) with some formatting fixes:
First of all sorry, but i didn`t had to much for choice if i didn`t wanted to close pandora market and hope at least some of you will understand situation, but i know i am going to burn and lost all of my karma, but there is whole truth with my plan.
1) Last week pandora market got shaved of large portions of BTC by 2 vendors used to be small-time scammers, they were able to steal about 1/2 of BTC pandora total holdings (basically everything, that was not on cold storage), they found the leak in system.
2) I stopped all withdrawals, found leak and fix the bug in system and also were checking any signle money operation programming, that is the reason why everyone withdrawals were stopped for about 12 hours.
What were my options back then, when i found bitcoin lost:
1) I could make market to disapear and just close it down, everyone will think then, i scammed oll of you.
2) I will apply solution to cover losses and continue operations.
3) I choose number 2)
Why I didn`t told truth before:
1) That would probably lead only to instant panic and market closure week before that day. All money would be probably lost – all vendors and customers money.
2) I didn’t informed and pandora were able to make withdrawals of more than 1000BTC since steal of bitcoins discovered to vendors - all of that would not be possible if i would not take this drastic measurements.
3) All my actions was made to safe pandora market and continue operation, time will tell if that was good move.
4) Only what i am sure about is if i didn`t made this drastic measurements, i can only close down the market and be remembered as scammer.
1) I partly covered loss from my profits (this is probably very stupid move from me as everybody will probably blame me, i should closed market i think now) – i covered about 1/3 of losses from my own money (hard decision for me).
2) Market and almost all BTC will be recovered during this week by applying very high tax on all transactions.
1) Currently only max 2/10 pandora holdings are held on main server so possible loss is limited to 2/10 of total pandora holdings.
2) Many security updates to the system, leak fixed.
3) If pandora will survive that, in future if that ever happen again, loss is limited to 2/10 of BTC holdings.
1) Pandora market processing withdrawals for vendors and over 1000BTC were sent to vendors during last week.
2) All transaction must be taxed with scheme below to complete recovery.
3) Pandora will start processing withdrawal for all users by 23.3. (withdrawal fee for customers will aply from that day until 23. + 14 days)
4) Pandora will be recovered in less than 10 days from now.
5) For those thinking about closing shops at pandora:
5.1.) I really do understand that, but think about this:
5.2.) Small market might (i mean person behind the market) might not be ready for inflow of money and he might scam you anyway.
5.3.) Think again, how much you made with pandora market existence and how much you are going to make in future and without this market, you would may not be able to make money that you did there.
5.4.) I didn’t had many options to safe market and this loss is temporary and will be repaid back.
Recovery scheme & Buyback:
1) For save pandora market i had to make very drastic measurements – commission (operating tax) of 24% during 23.3.
1.2) commission paid from all transaction scheme:
1.3) 24% by 23.3. (16% recovery tax if your item have add commission to item instead of deduct)
1.4) 16% 23.3. – 31.3. (8% recovery tax if your item have add commission to item instead of deduct)
1.5) 8% from 31.3. until 1.4.
1.6) If you have option to add commission to item price as vendor, you are not charged full 24% but customer pay commission of 8% and after you are cahrged 16%.
Reason to accept that:
1) Truth is that you have no choice and if you want be able to withdraw for all send order, consider it as prepaid tax (will explain later).
2) Take it as necessary evil to continue business on pandora market (i understand some of you will not).
3) All commission paid are in database and i know, who paid what amount of commission above expected.
4.1) ESCROW RELEASE FOR vendor_name(31118) ON ORDER 56086 AMOUNT 0.13266796 COMM 0.03741917 (that is helf for every single transaction)
5) These allow me to calculate exact commission paid by that day easily and:
6) From 31.3. all affected vendors (probably all) will have overpaid commission calculated.
7) Overpaid commission ill be put to special database.
All vendors will later pay only 40% of standard commission and 60% will be calculated back to repay tax back to vendors. 60% of future commissions will be paid back to vendors after total amount of overpaid money is 0. (proportion might change to pay back vendors quick as possible)
9) Worst case scenario is i will sell 30% of pandora earnings and pay from that debt to vendors to repay them overtax (each 1% will earn portion of pandora profits, paid daily).
About me & what i think:
1) I must be completely stupid to be honest in this business, because for me were such easier to exit.
2) I don`t expect nobody to understand, even if i wrote that post, i think, many of you will think, this is beginning of scam, because it does make sense (but if i am going to scam i am not going to allow withdrawals of more than 1000BTC right ? – so that play for that is truth)
3) I must be very stupid, as i put even my all money back just for everybody will blaming me, but that is risk i am taking now.
4) If somebody think, i am taking that 24% profits now, that is not true, it is much more easier just to close all withdrawals and run away with money – which i didn’t do.
5) BIG TRUTH is: Now i am not making any money out of pandora, every single satoshi now go back to repay back loss.
6) I don`t want to sound like i almos save your money, i will be blamed, of course, many will think, this is start of scam, or i took money by myself, but none on that is truth.
1) If this is going to be scam, which is not, i am not going to allow withdrawals.
2) Recovery of all loss is by end of month.
3) Pandora will be beck in normal by end of the month.
4) 75% recovered. (30% from me).
5) I am now working for free.
6) Pandora will survive (i believe that).
7) Personaly i still didn’t steal single bitcoins from customer or vendor.
Understand in this anonymous place it is not easy to believe nothing.
SUPER SHORT VERSION:
1) Pandora loss 1/2 of BTC holdings.
2) Drastic tax is needed to recover (paid by all vendors).
3) Tax paid by vendors will be paid back in form of 40% or less commission pay in future.
4) Normal operation will start again approx 31.3.2014.
1) All vendor & customer balances are not touched in any way and after recovery will be fully available (customers can still order from any vendor and vendors don’t have any issues with withdrawals, from day 1 because i recovered cold storage and used my money to pay vendors).
2) There are enough BTC to cover all withdrawals (i calculated balances on all vendor accounts and pandora have multiple time balance for withdrawal then is available balance on vendor accounts) – vendors don`t have issues wit withdrawals from day 1 (except 12 hour withdrawal stop before few days).
1) Inflow of BTC into pandora market is unchanged in comparison to last week
2) Buyers are still buying in stable rate in compare to the last week
3) Others will try to make panic and take advantage of this issue, so if you can, please don`t try to create more panic but protect pandora if possible.
4) If you want as vendor limit your loss, you can change item to add price instead of deduct, then from 23.3. commission 16% will aply and 8% will be paid by you and 8% by customer.
Best what vendor can do now to limit loss is probably change all their items to add commission to price.
That way 8% commission is added to total price to be paid by customer. And from 23.3. “TAX” is going to be 16% so, vendor is paying “just” 8% splitting it with customer. That 8% “TAX” should NOT probably burn most of vendors as margins on items sold here are usually high and every vendor should survive that temporary loss to be paid back when back in normal.
SO if pandora is going to survive that, and at least half of people will understand why it is how it is now, pandora will be here for normal operations within 31.3.2014.
Now everybody say me fuck off and that i am idiont and scammer.
For those who will stay calm, i promise you, i will repay commissions back in time (even for those who will not stay calm).
Never thought it is going happen to pandora, i always think these steal are always made by owners. I thought pandora is stronghold that can not be beaten, but i learned from this and i believe Pandora is not going down!
This is the post saying that the lost sum was around 250’000$, this might also help explain the 25% commission – considering last weeks turnover was around 1000BTC according to the above post:
We don’t know exactly what happened there but the above post seems detailed enough to explain the general repayment plan, we only hope that everyone will have their money back in no time.
We will keep following and updating as we will have more information.