HONG KONG – “If Binance users can’t approve of my domestic habits, how can they trust me to keep their assets safe?” Zhao told our journalist on the scene. “What if I slept like Jamie Dimon, curled up at the foot of my bed like a dog? Or what if I used Internet Explorer as my primary web browser? This is information I think that our users should have access to.”
The live stream had been running strong for six consecutive days now, with no viewers reporting any questionable behavior from Zhao.
Our staff was able to get an exclusive look at unused footage from the live stream on March 7th, the day of the Binance API/phishing attack. It was at this time that the film crew said they had something very unsettling to show us.
“Zhao got a call from the head of Cyber Security at Binance alerting him about the attack,” said crewman Matthew Rasmussen. “His face began to involuntarily twinge, and the power seemed to be flickering along with it. It’s almost like he was controlling it with his rage. Then he told the guy on the phone not to worry, and that he would take care of it.”
The footage appears to show Zhao leaned back in his computer chair, with a serial cable docked into the back of his head. Eyes closed, face twitching, and his computer screen simultaneously navigating through the Binance production server. He appeared to be turning off services and freezing trading with nothing but his mind.
“When the power started to cut out we lost the connection to the live stream, but were still able to save the footage locally,” said boom operator Ariel Thompson. “I’ve never seen anything like it. 8 hours of sitting in a chair – never moved, never blinked – just gesturing with his face. It gives me goosebumps just thinking about it.”