Prominent Bitcoin exchange hacked wiping $65 million from wallets
Prominent Bitcoin exchange Bitfinex was hacked Wednesday, leading to a rumoured loss of bitcoin worth up to $65 million.
The Hong Kong company halted trading on its website, where a notice states: “Today we discovered a security breach that requires us to halt all trading on Bitfinex, as well as halt all digital token deposits to and withdrawals from Bitfinex.”
Its website confirms that some of its users lost bitcoin, but did not state how many were lost or which users were affected.
Nonetheless, a Reddit user named “zanetackett” announced the loss on the Bitcoin community forum, and stated that 119,756 bitcoin were lost. The user’s identity is unverified, but there is a Zane Tackett at Bitfinex who joined the company in mid-2015 as director of community and product development. He had come over from Chinese bitcoin exchange OKCoin, where Tackett was the internal operations manager. Read more…
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