Crypto-mining website NiceHash goes offline after hackers empty Bitcoin wallet

Crypto-mining website NiceHash goes offline after hackers empty Bitcoin wallet

Crypto-mining website NiceHash goes offline after hackers empty Bitcoin wallet

NiceHash, which describes itself as the largest marketplace for mining digital currencies, said late Wednesday that it was suspending its operations for at least 24 hours because of a security breach.

NiceHash didn't say how much bitcoin was stolen from its wallet or how much of what was stolen belonged to its customers.

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They came up with that estimate by looking at the total amount sitting in a recently-created bitcoin wallet, which some company users have suggested belongs to the hacker.

NiceHash customers frequently move the cryptocurrency they earn on NiceHash off the service and into their own digital wallets or onto a bitcoin exchange. NiceHash previously announced that it was "under maintenance", a message that it had posted to its official website as well.

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NiceHash head of marketing Andrej P. Škraba told Reuters on Thursday that the hack was "a highly professional attack with sophisticated social engineering" and that about 4,700 bitcoin, worth about $63.92 million at current prices, were lost.

NiceHash advised users to change online passwords, saying it was still trying to understand what had happened during the incident.

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While the NiceHash operators seem honest with their statement, those words ring hollow for users that lost their accumulated BTC. "We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken", the company said in a statement on Wednesday (6 December). "We are now investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours", the marketplace said in a statement late on Wednesday. "In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency", NiceHash said. Your press release said nothing about sending us what you owe. "We are truly sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused and are committing every resource towards solving this issue as soon as possible", the statement added.

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