Bitcoin marketplace NiceHash hacked, over $60 million lost

07 December, 2017, 21:16 | Author: Sammy Rose
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A wallet address circulated by NiceHash users shows that more than $60 million of bitcoins might be affected, according to CoinDesk, the cryptocurrency research and news website. It is now working with the relevant authorities and law enforcement "as a matter of urgency" to investigate the breach.

The swings in price occurred just as the trading community prepares for bitcoin to start trading on two established USA exchanges.

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"Investigation is very intensive at the moment but we can not talk about it in detail", Deputy Director of the Criminal Police Department Bostjan Lindav told reporters. Futures for bitcoin will start trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange on Sunday evening and on crosstown rival CME Group's platforms later in the month.

The virtual currency has drawn the attention of scores of investors after gaining over 1400 percent year-to-date and hitting its all-time high of over Dollars 15,000. Novogratz also predicted last week that bitcoin could reach $40,000 by the end of next year.

Jain added that new investors should try to first understand the technology or mathematics around the virtual currency before jumping the gun. Such currencies are not tied to a bank or government and allow users to spend money anonymously. It later facilitates periodic payments to the service providers with bitcoin. Industry-tracker CoinMarketCap said 21 percent of global Bitcoin transactions were made in the South Korean currency as of Wednesday. That prevents cheaters from spending the same digital coin twice.

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