Декабря 11, 2017


$62 Million Gone? Cryptocurrency Mining Market NiceHash Hacked

07 Декабря 2017, 09:21 | Hattie Nash

$62 Million Gone? Cryptocurrency Mining Market NiceHash Hacked

Bitcoin soars then falls back; banks raise risk concerns

The firm is recommending its customers change their passwords on both NiceHash and other services.

NEW YORK (AP) - The price of bitcoin swung wildly Thursday, rising to more than $19,000 only to fall sharply within minutes, as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on a major US exchange.

The contents of a digital wallet belonging to cryptocurrency company NiceHash, which included potentially millions of dollars worth of customers' bitcoin, was stolen in a major security breach. The announcement came 12 hours after NiceHash suddenly informed users that they were undergoing maintenance. Others say they can be helpful methods of payment, such as in crisis situations where national currencies have collapsed. Some NiceHash users reported on Reddit they lost their connection to the service while mining. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken.

NiceHash does not provide any estimates as to how many Bitcoins it thinks the criminal stole.

Research company Coindesk said that a wallet address referred to by NiceHash users indicates that about 4,700 bitcoins had been stolen. The digital coins are stored in a digital wallet or on the cloud and can be used in transactions.

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The wallet now has a balance of 4,736.42 bitcoin, worth $64,080,393.

"Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern, and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days", NiceHash said in the Facebook post.

In addition to conducting an internal investigation, NiceHash said that they have reported the incident to "relevant authorities and law enforcement" and are "co-operating with them as a matter of urgency".

We are fully committed to restoring the NiceHash service with the highest security measures at the earliest opportunity.

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