Saturday, 16 December, 2017

Bitcoin Exchange NiceHash Hacked And $64 Million Stolen

$62 Million Gone? Cryptocurrency Mining Market NiceHash Hacked Bitcoins stolen after cryptocurrency site NiceHash hacked
Frank Williams | 07 December, 2017, 14:25

"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.

We are now investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours.Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days.

The hack illustrates a major problem with Bitcoin - while the network itself is seen as nearly unhackable, the exchanges that many people rely on to store their money are vulnerable.

NiceHash didn't immediately respond to a request for further comment about the hack.

Online security is a vital concern for cryptocurrency marketplaces and exchanges, with bitcoins contained within digital wallets that have increasingly become a target for hackers as the number of bitcoins stored and their value has skyrocketed over the a year ago.

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Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said almost $64 million had been lost.

NiceHash offers a cryptocurrency mining service. Users can also buy computer processing power from other NiceHash users.

Many users are bemoaning the fact that they lost money while waiting to reach the minimum payout: 0.01 BTC for external wallets and 0.001 BTC for NiceHash wallet. But some users have chosen instead to keep their earnings on NiceHash.

Users were warned to change passwords. Last month, Tether suffered a data breach that saw the theft of $30m worth of tokens. Despite the widespread notion that the blockchain technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is safer and more trustworthy than that underlying other kinds of digital financial transactions, startups in the industry have struggled to secure their sites and software against hackers. As the outage protracted through the day, speculation swirled on social media that its digital wallet had been hacked.

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