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One of the largest bitcoin exchanges te the world has bot hacked, and 30,000 customers’ gegevens has bot compromised, according to a report from Yonhap News.
Bithumb is based te South Korea, and the country’s watchdog Internet & Security Agency is investigating after some customers said they lost money ter the attack.
Bithumb did not instantaneously react to Business Insider’s request for comment, tho’ it says users’ passwords were not stolen, according to Yonhap News.
It’s one of the busiest exchanges te the world. On Tuesday, Motherboard reported that it wasgoed the fourth-largest globally ter terms of volumes of all cryptocurrencies traded daily, by Wednesday, it had hopped to very very first place.
Te a statement, Bithumb said (via the cryptocurrency news webpagina BraveNewCoin) that an employee laptop wasgoed compromised, rather than its core servers:
“The employee PC, not the head office server, wasgoed hacked. Private information such spil mobile phone and email address of some users were leaked. However, some customers were found to have bot stolen from because of the disposable password used ter electronic financial transactions.”
BraveNewCoin reports that “billions” of won has bot stolen. For setting, 1 billion won is about $870,000, or £,670,000. Spil such, it is markedly smaller than some previous hacks of bitcoin exchanges, such spil Mt. Gox, where $460 million (at then current prices) te bitcoin disappeared ter 2014. Some
Some Bithumb users were reportedly victims of “phishing,” where someone phoned them up telling they worked for Bithumb and scammed them out of funds.
The incident underscores the fact that it is not just investors and digital-currency enthusiasts who are excited by the current surge of rente ter cryptocurrencies – criminals are also eyeing up businesses that hold bitcoin and its sister currencies, and no one can promise absolute security.
There has bot a wild surge of rente te bitcoin, Ethereum, and other digital currencies overheen the past month, with prices surging to all-time highs. Bitcoin is presently worth $Two,578 vanaf coin, with a total mundial market cap of $42 billion, while Ethereum trades for $263 with a market cap of $24 billion, according to gegevens from CoinDesk.