Coinbase Suffers Critical Outage: Were Your Funds Safe?

Coinbase draws heat after a “system-wide” outage that left users stranded even after the exchange “fully recovered.”

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  • Coinbase suffered a system-wide outage on Tuesday.
  • The exchange has issued several alerts since the issue began.
  • Users contemplated whether funds were safe following the glitch.   

The largest crypto exchange in the U.S., Coinbase, suffered a critical “system-wide outage” on May 14, rendering the platform inaccessible via mobile phone or desktop for hours.

On Tuesday at around 4:15 AM UTC, Coinbase notified its users of the outage, noting that its team was investigating the issue and working on a solution. At the time, the exchange’s website displayed a “503 Service Temporarily Unavailable” error when accessed.


As the investigation was underway, users contemplated whether their funds were safe. Even more intriguing, the exchange warned users about possible transaction failures after it claimed the issue was resolved.

Coinbase ‘Resolves ‘System Outage

Hours after the glitch, Coinbase reported that the “system-wide” outage had been resolved.

“Coinbase is now fully recovered. We appreciate your patience and apologize for the inconvenience,” the exchange wrote on X.

However, while the alert was a relief to some confused users who hadn’t been issued with a detailed explanation of what transpired as of press time, it didn’t inspire confidence among some X users.

Specifically, a user by the name “rocket” responded to Coinbase’s alert, terming the tweet “false.”


“@X can we get community notes here. This tweet is false as millions of people are still unable to withdraw or transfer their assets.” The user wrote.

Tens of other users claimed that they couldn’t send or withdraw their funds, so Coinbase issued another alert.

Were Funds Safe During the Outage?

While all the alerts issued by Coinbase since the start of the outage and after the supposed recovery reiterated that user funds were safe, the exchange acknowledged that users might experience issues when sending crypto or withdrawing fiat from its platform.

“Some users may still experience failures when sending crypto or withdrawing fiat. We are continuing to investigate this issue and will provide an update shortly. Rest assured, your funds are safe,” Coinbase stated.

At last check, the exchange had issued another alert, claiming “the issue has been identified and a fix is being implemented.” In the meantime, it seems users will believe that funds are safe if they can conduct normal transfers without glitches.

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Brian Danga

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