Bitcoin heist – alleged $72M stolen from Bitfinex

By Cameron Abbott and Simon Ly

Hong Kong-based bitcoin exchange Bitfinex has suspended trading after discovering an alleged security breach to the tune of $72M! It has been reported that this is the third largest bitcoin breach in history, with the largest being the infamous MtGox breach in early 2014.

Trading has halted on Bitfinex as the company investigates the security breach and cooperates with law enforcement. Although this may come as only a small consolation to many, in its initial response Bitfinex said that the breach was quarantined to “bitcoin wallets; the other digital tokens traded on Bitfinex are unaffected”.

As of today, Bitfinex is still in the process of figuring out what happened, but disputes the total cost of the heist, stating that the “numbers being quoted are erroneous as nothing has been decided as of yet and [Bitfinex] is still in the process of settling positions and balances”.

Are we all more comforted by the fact that they don’t know?

To keep up to date, you can see Bitfinex’s blog updates here.

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