The hacker responsible for stealing $62.8 million worth of Ether (ETH) from the Ethereum-based NFT game Munchables returned the stolen funds without demanding a ransom.

The incident began on March 26th, when Munchables reported a security exploit that resulted in over 17,400 ETH being drained from their GameFi app.

The Munchables team, along with blockchain investigators like PeckShield and ZachXBT, scrambled to track the movement of the stolen funds.

After nearly eight hours, a surprising revelation emerged: the hacker was identified as a former developer for Munchables themself. Following an hour of negotiations, the ex-developer agreed to return all the stolen funds. Munchables confirmed they received the keys to access the stolen ETH, including the main wallet containing over $62.5 million and smaller amounts in other wallets.

This unexpected turn of events highlights the evolving landscape of cryptocurrency security. While many cyberattacks involve anonymous hackers demanding hefty ransoms, this case demonstrates the potential for internal threats and the possibility of remorse or change of heart.

The motives behind the ex-developer’s actions remain unclear. Some speculate it could have been a desperate attempt to acquire funds, followed by a realization of the potential consequences. Others suggest it might have been a protest or a wake-up call for the company.

Regardless of the reason, this incident serves as a reminder of the importance of robust security measures within organizations, especially those dealing with cryptocurrency and NFTs. It also underscores the need for clear communication and potentially reevaluating internal protocols to minimize the risk of insider attacks.

The recovered funds are a massive win for Munchables and its users. However, the incident raises questions about the future of the ex-developer and the potential legal repercussions they might face. This story is still developing, and it will be interesting to see if any official statements or further details emerge in the coming days.