A criminal court in Paris has dismissed charges against two hackers behind the $8.5 million Platypus exploit and acquitted them on December 1.
According to an article by local news outlet Le Monde, Platypus hackers Mohammed M and Benamar M have been released by the Court, citing that “French criminal law doesn’t technically forbid hacks of protocol.”
The hacker duo Mohammed M and Benamar M was arrested in Aubervilliers on February 24, days after the hacking incident took place. Both the hackers were tracked down by the Central Office of Combating Crime Linked to Information and Communication Technologies with the help of the crypto exchange Binance.
8 months after their arrest, Mohammed M claims to the court that he acted in good faith while being an “ethical hacker.” Mohammed said he wanted to recover the endangered funds from Platypus and return the funds later in the hope of being paid a bounty by the company.