Bankrupt crypto exchange FTX is looking into the possibility of reviving its business, Chief Executive Officer John Ray told the Wall Street Journal on Thursday.
Ray, who took over the reins in November, has set up a task force to explore restarting FTX.com, the company’s main international exchange, he said in an interview with the WSJ.
Ray was looking into whether reviving it would recover more value for the company’s customers than his team could get from simply liquidating assets or selling the platform, according to the WSJ report.
FTX’s native token FTT surged nearly 30% after the report.
“I’m glad Mr. Ray is finally paying lip service to turning the exchange back on after months of squashing such efforts!” FTX founder and former CEO Sam Bankman-Fried said in a tweet.
“I’m still waiting for him to finally admit FTX US is solvent and give customers their money back,” Bankman-Fried added.
A legal representative for FTX did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
The future of customer funds, however, remains unclear. Earlier this week, FTX said in a report to creditors that hackers stole about $415 million in crypto from its international and US exchanges since its bankruptcy in November.