Bancor Aftermath: Charlie Lee Sees Lightning Network As ‘Ultimate’ Exchange


Self-proclaimed ‘decentralized’ exchange platform Bancor has resumed operations after a $12 million hack, officials confirmed Wednesday.

Bancor Resumes Trading After ‘Scam’ Accusations

Bancor — which initially lost its own BNT, Ether (ETH) and Pundi X tokens in the attack — faced a broader industry backlash as the sudden theft sparked criticism its decentralization claims were fraudulent.

In an update republished on social media, Bancor pledged to provide more information on the events, while seeking to “clarify” how funds were stolen, reiterating:

No customer wallets were broken into. The ETH was stolen out of BNT’s connector balance (like a reserve). The rest of the stolen tokens were taken from smart contracts that the breached wallet had access to on the network. No customer wallets were compromised.

After a malicious party attempted to trade BNT for Bitcoin via instant conversion service Changelly, the two companies had reportedly worked together to freeze the smart contract containing the stolen tokens.


While said action had limited the extent of the losses, Bancor then saw intense reactions from commentators who criticized its ability to quarantine funds at will. This, they said, constituted the antithesis to a decentralized setup — with well-known trader Tone Vays publicly labelling Bancor “another ICO scam.”

Bancor, however, claims the quarantining ability was part of a three-year “pilot period” to “protect users,” suspicions remain.

“The tokens that were frozen were BNT tokens stolen during the breach,” Bancor noted. “We firmly believe that this ability is a preventative measure essential to most tokens and necessary to protect the network and token holders in a state of emergency.”

Lee Champions Atomic Swaps On Lightning

Online, the debate continues.

Litecoin creator Charlie Lee has placed renewed faith in Bitcoin and Litecoin’s Lightning Network implementation becoming “the ultimate decentralized exchange.”

“Users that are running LN on both BTC and LTC can advertise an exchange price and act as a maker earning a spread. Other users can act as a taker and atomically swap LTC/BTC with the maker node via lightning,” Lee noted.

Lightning, as Bitcoinist reported, aims to offer near-instant and almost-free transactions — while atomic swaps facilitate cross-blockchain transactions without users exchanging tokens themselves.

Currently, however, the network is highly experimental, with user interfaces still at a technical level and transaction success rates limited to only very small amounts. 

What do you think about Bancor’s hack and the Lightning Network as an alternative? Let us know in the comments below! 

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