EOS Core Arbitration Forum


  • Case number: ECAF00000119
  • Status: Ruling Issued, AR-004
  • Emergency Arbitrator: S Sapoznick (EA)
  • Arbitrator: Ben Gates (A)
  • Case Manager: M Tabulo (CM)
  • Date of arbitration start: 04/10/2018
  • Date of ruling: 28/02/2019
  • Case closed:  Pending completion of detailed actions ordered in ruling AR-004
  • Complaint: Change of private keys and unauthorized transfer of funds to another account.
  • Relief: Return control of the account to the rightful owner (‘the claimant’) and transfer of the stolen funds back to this account
  • Account disputed: gq4demryhage

The Parties

  • Claimant: Mr O.A.S (C)
  • Respondent: Unidentified person(s) in possession of the private keys to EOS accounts gq4demryhage, q4dfv32fxfkx and ktl2qk5h4bor (R)

Procedural History

  • 12 Jun 2018: R accesses C’s EOS account and changes the account’s permissions.
  • 15 Jun 2018: R commences unstaking of EOS tokens contained in C’s EOS account. Unstaking commenced
  • 19 Jun 2018: C files a claim with ECAF requesting emergency relief (account freeze)
  • 20 Jun  2018: Case assigned to Emergency Arbitrator (EA) who requests additional evidence and signing of freeze request and waiver
  • 20 Jun 2018: C signs emergency freeze request and waiver provides additional evidence
  • 22 Jun 2018: EA issues Emergency Order AO-002 to BPs informing them to stop processing any transactions for the disputed account.
  • 22 Jun 2018: EA delivers additional explanation of the evidence examined in the emergency order AO-001 and AO-002.
  • 8 Jul 2018: C requests status update.
  • 11 Jul 2018: EA delivers status update to C
  • 16 Jul 2018: EA returns case to the forum for further processing
  • 18 Sep 2018: CM informs C that his case is ready to proceed and enquires whether he wishes to do so.
  • 19 Sep 2018: C confirms intent to proceed.
  • 20 Sep 2018: Case assigned to A. C is notified of new arbitrator.
  • 20 Sep 2018: CM onboards A with case details and evidence store.
  • 20 Sep 2018: A completes estimate of arbitral costs as per the fee schedule. CM communicates this to C.
  • 30 Sep – 4 Oct 2018: Discussion on fees.
  • 4 Oct 2018: C submits deposit for arbitration costs.
  • 9 Oct 2018: Notice of arbitration sent to the disputed account and accounts containing funds in question.
  • 19 Oct 2018: 2nd reminder of notice of arbitration posted to disputed account and accounts containing funds in question.
  • 16 Nov 2018: 3rd reminder of notice of arbitration posted to disputed account and accounts containing funds in question.
  • 3 Dec 2018: Final reminder of notice of arbitration posted to disputed account and accounts containing funds in question.
  • 6 Dec 2018: A requests additional evidence of control of the Ethereum account that was used to purchase the EOS ERC-20 tokens. Claimant provides the following signed message:
  “address”: “0x87a01e7257320b30d48e300c05b614d399fb973c”,
  “msg”: “I certify that I am the rightful owner of the below-listed Ethereum and/or EOS account(s) and key(s).\nECAF Case: ECAF00000119\nEthereum Address: 0x87A01e7257320B30D48e300c05B614d399fB973c\nEOS Accounts/Public Keys: gq4demryhage”,
  “sig”: “0xeb3ab4d184a3926a579bd8763b38a9629de88812a41f04e89644b1ad3d159d3c3282154be0c8dd4a527853e33feee2394949b302c991aba4b37f5a25347ea8a11b”,
  “version”: “3”,
  “signer”: “ledger”
  • 25 Jan 2019: C requests update.
  • 6 Feb 2019: C requests update.
  • 6-28 Feb 2019: Ruling prepared and reviewed internally.
  • 28 Feb 2019: CM requests C for new EOS Public Keys which C provides.
  • 11 Mar 2019: Ruling issued. https://eosq.app/tx/98e14b72e4f08fc79b7227131d9b388826d13332a2458fa562be246981a32469