Bitcoin tops $17000; hack raises concerns ahead of U.S. trade

Mae Love
Декабря 7, 2017

Some reports suggested that as much as $60m-worth of Bitcoins were stolen in the heist, but the site said it was still working to establish just how much had been thieved.

Bitcoin surged past $17,000 Thursday as the frenzy surrounding the virtual currency escalated just days before it starts trading on major US exchanges.

The swings in price occurred just as the trading community prepares for bitcoin to start trading on two established USA exchanges.

NiceHash did not respond to an emailed request for more details about the breach. "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.

The price of bitcoin is surging on the back of a strong night-time trading session (18:00 to 24:00 UTC) in which the cryptocurrency rose 10 percent to top $14,000 for the first time. In India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this week cautioned the "users, holders and traders" of Bitcoins about the security-related risks associated with dealing with such virtual currencies (VCs). Futures for bitcoin will start trading on the Chicago Board Options Exchange on Sunday evening and on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange a week later.

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The virtual currency has drawn the attention of scores of investors after gaining over 1400 percent year-to-date and hitting its all-time high of over Dollars 15,000.

The hack took place as Bitcoin hit new record highs, despite many analysts having publicly dismissed the phenomenon as no more than a speculative bubble which was ready to burst at any time. It is now working with the relevant authorities and law enforcement "as a matter of urgency" to investigate the breach.

Slovenian police are investigating the case together with authorities in other states, spokesman Bostjan Lindav said, without providing details.

A debate is raging on the merits of such currencies. That prevents cheaters from spending the same digital coin twice.

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