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Bitcoin marketplace NiceHash hacked, over $60 million lost

08 Декабря, 2017, 01:40 | Author: Samuel Sharp
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CoinDesk, a site specializing in cryptocurrency news and data, reported that NiceHash users were circulating a link to a bitcoin account that suggested as many as 4,736 bitcoins had been stolen, an amount worth roughly $71 million at current prices.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have transformed from an esoteric idea hatched on the internet to the financial world's mainstream with market valuations that eclipse some publicly traded corporations, including Goldman Sachs (GS).

Bitcoin was eyeing $13,000 a coin Wednesday morning, less than 12 hours after soaring over $12,000 for the first time.

The futures signal more mainstream acceptance of the currency, but also open up bitcoin to additional market forces. Bitcoin prices were $960 at the start of the year. Earlier in the day, the value of one Bitcoin had crossed $14,000, a new record high for the cryptocurrency.

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The frenzy of interest and the rapid rise in the price of bitcoin has put significant strain on the major bitcoin exchanges. Crypto exchange Coinbase showed a $3,000 per coin jump on Thursday before the site went down amid "record high traffic". Bitcoin is the most popular one. In India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this week cautioned the "users, holders and traders" of Bitcoins about the security-related risks associated with dealing with such virtual currencies (VCs). Such currencies are not tied to a bank or government and allow users to spend money anonymously.

But bitcoin thefts by hackers have a long history. Some say they serve merely to facilitate money laundering and illicit, anonymous payments.

NiceHash, which describes itself as the largest marketplace for mining digital currencies, said late Wednesday that it was suspending its operations for at least 24 hours because of a security breach.

Miners of bitcoins and other virtual currencies help keep the systems honest by having their computers keep a global running tally of transactions. Mt. Gox shut down in February 2014, saying it lost about 850,000 bitcoins, possibly to hackers.

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