- Robinhood restricted the accounts of users exploiting an “infinite leverage” glitch, and a leaked letter details how the company alerted participating traders.
- The company confirmed the notice’s legitimacy but could not comment on whether all users received the same letter.
- The notice details three options the trader can use to liquidate assets and says any “negative equity balances” must be repaid within 60 days.
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A Robinhood spokesperson confirmed the notice’s legitimacy but could not comment on whether all users received the same letter.
The letter details three options the user can use to liquidate their accounts. The trader is advised to do any of the following:
- make an automated customer-account transfer from another brokerage service
- request an automated clearing-house transfer to a bank connected to their Robinhood account
- request a written check to an address on file.
The notice adds that the user’s account is limited to position-closing trades only. Traders with “negative equity balances” are to satisfy the debts before their accounts close in 60 days.
Read the full letter below. Personal details are redacted:
The hack was first discovered by members of the r/WallStreetBets subreddit after one trader turned a $2,000 deposit into a $50,000 position. The trade involves users selling call options with money borrowed through Robinhood Gold. The app then incorrectly added the value of the sold options to users’ cash pile, allowing them to repeat the trade with no clear limits.
A Robinhood spokesperson said on Thursday the company closed the loophole and implemented a “permanent update” intended to “prevent anyone from engaging in this pattern of trades.”
“We’ll continue to monitor closely for any type of abusive activity on our platform and will take action as appropriate,” the spokesperson said.
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