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Japan Teen-Idol Group Among Many Victims of $500 Million Heist

  • ‘Virtual Currency Girls’ unable to receive salaries after hack
  • Regulators forced to re-think approach on exchange security
Virtual Currency Girls.
Virtual Currency Girls.Photographer: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP via Getty Images

More victims are coming to light in the wake of last week’s $500 million cryptocurrency heist in Japan, including a teen pop group, a politician, and a popular comedian.

Among the more than 260,000 users impacted by the attack are the “Virtual Currency Girls,” a newly formed eight-member group that mix wrestling masks with maid outfits to perform songs like "Moon, Virtual Currency and Me." Its management office was paying members with cryptocurrencies and had 2 million yen ($18,400) deposited at Coincheck. After the attack the group is unable to withdraw its money and the girls are going unpaid, the group said at a press conference over the weekend, according to local media reports.