Virtual Currency Girls held a press conference on January 27 to discuss the theft of 58 billion Yen (500 million USD) from the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck.
Earlier this week, Coincheck halted most trading on its exchanges, and withdraws in both cryptocurrency and Yen had been suspended completely. This came as a result of the cryptocurrency theft.
The group, which is paid in cryptocurrency, uses Coincheck to for its activities. Its members were supposed to be paid 2 million Yen (18,400 USD), but was unable to get receive their salary due to the cryptocurrency theft.
The group's agency offered to pay its members in Yen while Coincheck suspended its activities. The members decided against being paid in Yen, stating that it had pride in its position on cryptocurrency, and would only accept cryptocurrency as originally intended.
Despite the theft and the service's disruption, Virtual Currency Girls continues to express excitement over the future of cryptocurrency. It also advocated for the continued use of cryptocurrencies, included the coins that had been stolen this past week.
Coincheck's suspension of services will not stop Virtual Currency Girls' activities, despite being unable to receive payments from fans. The group announced that it will hold a free live in Tokyo on February 16 for Coincheck users.