In a statement on its website Monday, Coinrail said that hackers stole up to 30% of the coins from its storage. That widens Bitcoin's losses for the year to 52 per cent. The venues have come under growing scrutiny in South Korea, the United States and other large economies in recent months amid a range of issues including thefts, market manipulation and money laundering. It was just one month ago that the currency had been touching $10,000.
On the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp, bitcoin was last trading at $6,763.96, down a sharp 11.2 per cent from Friday, having fallen roughly 65 per cent from its all-time peak hit around mid-December 2017.
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Coinrail, a relatively small exchange but still ranked among the worlds top 100 reported at first that it was reviewing its system due to a "cyber intrusion" and later revealed that $40 million in altcoins had been stolen from user accounts, similar to Japan's Coincheck hack earlier this year. Most other major virtual currencies also retreated, sending the market value of digital assets tracked by Coinmarketcap.com to a almost two-month low of $298 billion.
"For now, the big money will most likely remain on the sidelines and wait for emerging markets to build momentum, as they did in late 2016", he concluded. The rest of the coins were then moved to a safe "cold valet", which is disconnected from the internet. Coinrail only said that it was cooperating with investigators and other exchanges to try and track down the perpetrators and recover the money.
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A tweet from Coinrail - a relatively small South Korean cryptocurrency exchange - confirmed the cyber-attack, The report nearly immdiately sent the price of bitcoin tumbling 10%, to two-month lows. The nation's cleanup of initial coin offerings and Bitcoin exchanges has nearly been completed, the newspaper said, citing Sun Hui, an official at the Shanghai branch of the central bank.
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