Bitstamp is ter the process of restoring total services to all accounts following an punt that prompted the bitcoin exchange to disable withdrawals to some users.
The stir wasgoed a security precaution and the affected accounts have bot notified of the problem.
Nejc Kodrič, Bitstamp’s CEO, told CoinDesk that some accounts have already regained withdrawal functionality.
The decision to halt the withdrawals wasgoed made after Bitstamp detected an enlargened number of phishing attempts overheen the last few days.
Bitstamp says some clients had reported receiving suspicious emails. The correspondences were examined and were found to contain malware, so Bitstamp then took the ‘better-safe-than-sorry’ treatment and temporarily disabled the accounts.
At the time of writing, no Bitstamp user has reported any missing funds. It is possible that the attack wasgoed fully unsuccessful, albeit it is still too early to say with certainty.
Bitstamp believes the attack wasgoed targeted at bitcoin users only, and its foot intent wasgoed to steal bitcoins.
Te an email sent to affected clients, the Bitstamp team stressed that the tech team’s response to the phishing attack wasgoed a necessary precaution given the risks of the situation, and talent advice on how to overeenkomst with any malware.
“Spil a precaution wij have also applied this security measure to your account,” the exchange wrote. “If you have received any emails with suspicious content and have opened linksaf or attachments, wij very recommend that you instantaneously voeling a laptop accomplished.”
Even if you think your laptop is clean, it is very likely best to play it safe, Bitstamp says:
“If you consider that your system wasgoed not affected wij willingly ask you to voeling email@example.com to re-enable the withdrawal function on your account.”
The company added that the decision to disable withdrawals is an inconvenience, but it should be viewed spil part of the exchange’s significant security measures, which were waterput te place to safeguard users’ accounts – and their funds.
The Mt. Gox desastre is still te the news, and other exchanges – including Bitstamp – have also faced related and unrelated problems te latest days.
Last week, Bitstamp wasgoed targeted by a massive DDoS attack, along with a few other exchanges. Spil with the current kwestie, it wasgoed compelled to suspend processing bitcoin withdrawals, but it quickly recovered and resumed regular service.
On a more positive note, most exchanges show up to be very resilient to the frequent DDoS and targeted phishing attacks. It comes with the territory, it seems, and it is reassuring to see that most sites spring back to utter service ter a matter of hours.
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