Liquid Global employee sues exchange over hacking allegations

A former Liquid Global employee has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the company.

Marisa McKnight, who worked for the crypto exchange’s Singapore subsidiary, has told the High Court that she was used as a “scapegoat” to make up for an oversight which enabled hackers to steal close to $71m worth of digital currency.

McKnight presented several arguments to defend herself. Her main statement explained that she had not been informed about the hack even though she oversaw communications through social media posts out of the company’s Japan office.

McKnight said she was repeatedly isolated in internal communication and finally resigned on September 15, 2021.

Liquid Global CMO Chi Tran and CIO Graeme Doherty informed her in her exit interview that she would have to comply with investigators in the US and Japan following suspicions that her laptop had been used as the basis of the hacking attack.

She denied any involvement in the attack or that her computer was used to facilitate the hack.

McKnight further noted that she had refused to travel to Japan and comply with “baseless accusations” and said that she had raised concerns with Liquid Global CEO Mike Kayamori, which were not addressed.

McKnight is now suing the exchange for several reasons, among which loss of reputation and future employment opportunities as well shares worth up to $210,000.

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Updated: 03/29/2022 — 18:00