Bitcoins stolen after cryptocurrency site NiceHash hacked

Cornelia Mascio
Dicembre 7, 2017

Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen.

"The incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency", it said.

The swings in price occurred as the trading community prepares for bitcoin to start trading on two established US exchanges. A group of banks came out and complained that federal regulators approved the futures, which begin trading on Sunday, too quickly and without properly considering the risks inherent in bitcoin.

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 United States dollars 15,000.

As a result, the price of bitcoin has jumped in the past year, particularly so in recent weeks.

At 3:25 p.m. EST, bitcoin was valued at $15,930, according to Coinbase, after briefly surging above $19,000 Thursday morning.

Pankaj Jain, a New York-based bitcoin investor, advised small investors not to invest more than 1 to 3 percent of their net worth in cryptocurrencies, adding that high-net worth investors should refrain from investing more than 5 to 10 percent, said the report.

The hack took place as Bitcoin hit new record highs, despite many analysts having publicly dismissed the phenomenon as no more than a speculative bubble which was ready to burst at any time.

A debate is raging on the merits of such currencies. The digital coins are stored in a digital wallet or on the cloud and can be used in transactions. Mt. Gox shut down in February 2014, saying it lost about 850,000 bitcoins, possibly to hackers.

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