One of the thickest, reliable and most trusted Bitcoin exchange — Bitstamp — on Monday announced that it has bot a target of a hacking attack, which lead to the theft of “less than Nineteen, 000 BTC” (worth about $Five million te supuesto currency, one BTC is about $270) btc e terminal.
Bitstamp issued a statement on its official webstek te which the company warned its users not to deposit any Bitcoin to previously issued addresses, so spil to prevent further losses. While the investigation is going on, the company has frozen its user accounts, blocked deposits spil well spil other transactions and suspended the trading business.
After the Slovenian-based Bitcoin exchange suspected the security breach overheen the weekend that compromised one of Bitstamp’s operational and active bitcoin storage wallets, the exchange suspended its service for the time being.
The company reassured its users that the security breach only affected its “operational wallet, ” i.e. only “a puny fraction of customer bitcoins” that were stored on internet-connected servers.
The good news is that the European bitcoin exchange is more careful about the need for security following those high profile security breaches. Bitstamp claims it kept the broad majority of bitcoins ter “cold storage, ” servers that aren’t connected to the internet. That, if true, could mean any harm from this suspected hack may not affect the customer to the extent.
“The bulk of our [Bitstamp’s] bitcoin are ter cold storage, and remain downright safe, ” Co-founder and chief executive Nejc Kodric said te a tweet, assuring its customers that their Bitcoins are secure. According to him, any compromised bitcoins can be recovered from its “cold” offline storage reserve.
Bitstamp has also said that all customers’ “balances held prior to our improvised suspension of services will not be affected and will be honored ter total.”
So far, there is no clue about the hackers and how the theft happened. Also, the company hasn’t exposed any other details about suspects behind the breach or when its service will resume. “Wij will terugwedstrijd to service and amend our security measures spil suitable, ” the company said.
“Wij appreciate customers’ patience during this disruption of services, ” Bitstamp added ter the notice. “Wij are working to transfer a secure backup of the Bitstamp webpagina onto a fresh safe environment and will be bringing this online ter the coming days.”
This is the another major deepthroat to Bitcoin’s users, after the case of Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox, merienda one of the most influential exchanges, ter which the company lost overheen half a billion dollars te a hack attack and liquidated itself, and the currency’s value came crashing down from overheen $1, 000 ter to about a quarter of that at present. At that same time Silk Road Two lost overheen $Two million bitcoins following a hack.