EOS Core Arbitration Forum


  • Case number: ECAF00000464
  • Status: Ruling Issued, AR-005
  • Emergency Arbitrator: Ben Gates (EA)
  • Arbitrator: Ben Gates (A)
  • Case Manager: M Tabulo (CM)
  • Date of arbitration start: 4 Oct 2018
  • Date of ruling: 25 Mar 2019
  • Case closed:  Pending completion of detailed actions ordered in ruling AR-005
  • Complaint: Change of private keys. Subsequent removal of funds to other accounts during the recent failure in the frozen accounts list.
  • Relief: Return control of the account to the rightful owner (‘the claimant’) and transfer of the stolen funds back to a new account created by the claimant
  • Account disputed: gm3dcnqgenes

The Parties

  • Claimant: Mr E.S.A. (C)
  • Respondent: Mr B.K. (R)

Procedural History

  • 24 Sep 2018: C notices that funds in disputed account are being unstaked and free funds transferred. C files case with ECAF and seeks Emergency protection of disputed account
  • 25 Sep 2018:
    • Case assigned to EA
    • Evidence collection and proof of control of original private key to disputed account
    • C signs emergency freeze request and waiver provides additional evidence
  • 25 Sep 2018: EA issues Emergency Order AO-011 to BPs informing them to stop processing any transactions for the disputed accounts.
  • 2-3 Oct 2018: A completes estimate of arbitral costs as per the fee schedule. CM communicates this to C. CM informs C that his case is ready to proceed and enquires whether he wishes to do so.
  • 4 Oct 2018: C confirms intent to proceed.
  • 4 Oct 2018: EA becomes Arbitrator of the case
  • 8 Oct 2018: Notice of arbitration sent to the disputed account and accounts containing funds in question.
  • 10 Oct 2018: Arbitral fees and deposit received.
  • 10 Oct 2018: R contacts ECAF, claims to have done a cash purchase of the disputed accounts
  • 18 Oct 2018: R is added to the case.
  • 30 Oct 2018: A requests R to submit all evidence related to his claim to the disputed account
  • 22 Nov 2018: R provides documentation in support of their counter claim. Documentation is in non-Latin script and requires translation.
  • 23 Nov 2018: A informs C that respondent has come forth and requests C to provide additional evidence to substantiate his claim.
  • 3 Dec 2018: A sends C a reminder requesting evidence.
  • 6 Dec 2018: R requests update.
  • 18 Dec 2018: C replies that he had not seen the email and will be responding shortly. Proceeds to provide additional documentation.
  • 2 & 7 Jan 2019: C requests update.
  • 9 Jan 2019: A informs C that translation of R’s documents is pending.
  • 26 Jan 2018: R requests update.
  • 22 Feb 2019: account gm3dcnqgenes that was previously frozen on the EOS Block Producer (BP) blacklist is breached with the promotion of BP games.eos who goes on to produce the blocks containing transactions that transfer funds out of the disputed account
  • 28 Feb 2019: Second emergency order AO-019 directing BPs to freeze accounts that funds were transferred to is issued
  • 28 Feb – 19 Mar 2019: A prepares ruling. It is reviewed internally.
  • 19 Mar 2019: CM requests C to sign message from Genesis Ethereum account including new public keys.
  • 23 Mar 2019: Claimant provides the following signed message:
  “address”: “0x4752218e54de423f86c0501933917aea08c8fed5”,
  “msg”: “I certify that I am the rightful owner of the below-listed Ethereum and/or EOS account(s) and key(s). \nECAF Case No.: 00000464\nEthereum Address: 0x4752218e54De423F86c0501933917aea08c8FED5\nGenesis EOS Account: gm3dcnqgenes\nGenesis EOS Public Key: EOS6AY9VcZiZGkiYPBDoAL39BCpkcbpMQ22AxomVG4HMpiEEQWwvQ\n\nI also certify that I would like to have my account keys changed to the following values: \nNew EOS Owner Public Key: EOS6j4xG4W6mTirULsyKCrwmhJX1fYiwqtxbUobY6GErxh83uPjuY\nNew EOS Active Public Key: EOS7E7i4JrcFcHXYdCRCyKJeH45VYTCtRJCAMPTpG3paa7wS7H1kd\n\n\n”,
  “sig”: “0xba8efd6e70ff70edc4315a5980b047e215d18a95b3b2f8fee9a10970cdc62ebd1b5d92b41457c99749ba049fb4a0a67fb9c3784ae0098a952660dd8653ccd3cc1c”,
  “version”: “3”,
  “signer”: “MEW”
  • 25 Mar 2019: Ruling issued.