Late last night an ICO called Mobilink-Coin made allegations against TokenGet, a company they contracted with to develop the backend of their system and facilitate the launch of their ICO. The allegations look credible especially if you understand the potential motivation that would support the allegations.
The ICO industry is actually quite horrible which is why the SEC’s of many countries are having to step in to protect the consumer. Most of the ICO’s in play right now will never make it. Many are frauds and ponzi schemes. While I was focused on individual ICO’s, I learned there was a whole new circus in town that I had never considered. The developer companies behind the scenes who either intentionally rip off their ICO clients or the ones that seek to destroy their clients if they don’t get their way. We saw that with Shehar Yar and Blocksims. Proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
So back to this case. Very simple timeline. April 15th was the original launch date for Mobilink-Coin. Mobi needed to extend until May 10th. TokenGet wanted all of their money before doing the extension. Both parties were not able to negotiate and Mobi received communication both in chat and via e mail from Viktor Petrove and Nashwan Khatib threatening to take drastic measures. The last communication was on April 19th.
What does it mean to “take drastic measures”? In a civil business world that might mean legal action. Even with the threat, Mobi was still wanting to move forward with TokenGet which is why Mobi did not lock them out of the system. The events that followed had to have been the drastic measures.
Over a period of a week, as stated by Mobilink-Coin:
Somebody with permissions signed into MOBILINK-COIN’s Google-cloud and changed passwords and all credentials, which, in addition to other information, stole the company’s payment data.
Somebody moved the back end platform from their Google-cloud account and stole the mobi investor database.
Somebody misappropriated tokens to four separate wallets without the authorization or knowledge of Mobilink. There was a possible theft, or at a minimum, misappropriation of at least 900 million tokens. Those four transactions occurred just days before the extended ICO end date which equates to 15 times more than the entire ICO sold.
Even though somebody went in to cover their tracks, it is interesting to note the transfers took place while Mobilink was locked out of the dashboard and the dashboard was not able to conduct transfers during this period.
And somebody has gone in and deleted the transactions in question but I have the original transaction links:
TokenGet attempted to extort MOBILINK-COIN by refusing to give back Mobi’s database and platform in which the company already paid all fees in advance of TokenGet doing any work.
So I have to ask the reasonable reader of this post….is it a safe assumption to think that the contractor, TokenGet and it’s sister company Blockchain Mob conducted the fraudulent actions listed above? Stealing tokens? Stealing client’s financial records? Stealing a client’s investor database? All of which is the property of Mobilink. Who does that? Who locks somebody out of their own cloud? Who transfers proprietary and confidential data off of a client’s cloud. What is the intent? Revenge? Extortion? Secretly seizing assets? Or just to be assholes and harm a company.
No matter the events that led up to this moment. I am focused on the “drastic measures” that were taken by the contractor. Seems to have crossed the line and no matter the relationship between the two, should serve as a warning to other ICO’s when doing business with any ICO developers.
And full disclosure…I do not work for Mobi. Mobi does not own this blog, as they stated in their counter. Mobi does not compensate me. I came upon Mobi late last year. I saw the potential of this ICO. I met the principals of the company. I saw proof of concept of their product and I became a fan. Then when I see companies and individuals trying to rip off companies I am a fan of, as a former investigator, i sort through the details and express my opinion of allegations I investigate.