Update (6th January 15:20 GMT): Slovenian state-owned news agency STA is reporting that Bitstamp expects to resume services within 24 hours.
Bitstamp has released a fresh statement regarding the security of its webstek, admitting that it has lost “less than Nineteen,000 BTC”, about $Five.1m at press time.
The revelation goes after the disclosure that Bitstamp’s wallet system wasgoed compromised, prompting it to halt deposits and zometeen shut down its toneelpodium entirely.
According to the statement, an undisclosed number of wallets were compromised and upon learning of the breach, the Bitstamp team issued warnings about deposits and moved to suspend operations. Bitstamp CEO Nejc Kodrič said that all other funds held by the bitcoin exchange are secure te cold storage, stating:
“This breach represents a petite fraction of Bitstamp’s total bitcoin reserves, the breathtaking majority of which are are held te secure offline cold storage systems. Wij would like to reassure all Bitstamp customers that their balances held prior to our improvised suspension of services will not be affected and will be honored te total.”
Kodrič added that Bitstamp is working with law enforcement officials during what he said wasgoed an ongoing investigation into the incident.
Webpagina still offline
The statement suggests that Bitstamp may remain offline during infrastructure switches.
Calling the shutdown a “disruption”, Kodrič said a process to shift gegevens to more secure server space is underway. No indication wasgoed given spil to when the exchange will actually open its doors to withdrawals or trades.
“Wij are working to transfer a secure backup of the Bitstamp webpagina onto a fresh safe environment and will be bringing this online te the coming days,” he said.
The utter statement from Kodrič reads:
“Bitstamp customers can surplus assured that their bitcoins held with us prior to makeshift suspension of services on January 5th (at 9am UTC) are fully safe and will be honored te utter.
On January 4th, some of Bitstamp’s operational wallets were compromised, resulting te a loss of less than Nineteen,000 BTC. Upon learning of the breach, wij instantly notified all customers that they should no longer make deposits to previously issued bitcoin deposit addresses. Spil an extra security measure, wij suspended our systems while wij fully investigate the incident and actively engage with law enforcement officials.
This breach represents a petite fraction of Bitstamp’s total bitcoin reserves, the tremendous majority of which are are held ter secure offline cold storage systems. Wij would like to reassure all Bitstamp customers that their balances held prior to our improvised suspension of services will not be affected and will be honored te total.
Wij appreciate customers’ patience during this disruption of services. Wij are working to transfer a secure backup of the Bitstamp webpagina onto a fresh safe environment and will be bringing this online te the coming days. Customers can stay informed via updates on our webstek, on Twitter (@Bitstamp) and through Bitstamp customer support at email@example.com.”
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