December 29, 2017
The Slovenian media reported yesterday that an Agency of the Republic of Slovenian for Public Legal Records and Related Services (AJPES) update on NiceHash ownership data reveals that CEO Marko Kobal left the company and pulled out his 45% investment on December 19, two days before the platform was restarted following the December 6 hack that saw 4,700 bitcoins stolen (57M EUR on the day of the robbery).
Nicehash has a new CEO now, Zdravko Poljaševič, and a new investor, Aljoša Šokić, via his company Fleming Digital. With an investment of 175,000 EUR, Fleming Digital is now a 35% owner of the company while H-Bit raised its original investment from 275,000 to 325,000 EUR, and now owns 65% of NiceHash.
H-Bit's owner is Martin Škorjanc, father of Matjaž Škorjanc, the conceptual father and the de-facto CTO of NiceHash, whose business rights were limited by law after he was sentenced to serve a five-year jail sentence for creating malware called “Butterfly.”
On its relaunch after the hack, NiceHash promised to return all the lost bitcoins to its users by means of external investments and through the profits made by user activity. In an interview, Matjaž Škorjanc emphasized that he believed the motive behind the hack was not the theft, but rather aimed at destroying the company. The NiceHash attack remains under police investigation
However, Matjaž Škorjanc has so far not responded to media questions about Marko Kobal's departure.