Major Bitcoin derivatives exchange BitMEX went offline earlier on May 19, citing trading engine failure, but could be also due to legal issues. The platform was inaccessible for a brief time and is currently back online as of press time.
Around 25 minutes after the initial announcement, Bitmex released an update, claiming that “all funds are safe, delayed orders will be rejected, and no liquidations will occur during downtime.”
BitMEX went back online around 13:30 UTC time, initially in cancel only mode, meaning that no new orders could be placed at the time. Around 13:40 UTC, BitMEX announced via its Telegram channel that trading was resumed.
BitMEX’s recent legal problems in the U.S.
The outage occurred shortly after BitMEX was hit with a major lawsuit, which was filed by BMA LLC in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California on May 16.
The plaintiff accused BitMEX’s parent company, HDR Global Trading, and the exchange’s senior executives — Arthur Hayes, Ben Delo and Samuel Reed — of partaking in or abetting multiple misdemeanors that include racketeering, money laundering, wire fraud and operating an unlicensed money transmitting business.