One of the biggest, reliable and most trusted Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp on Monday announced that it has been a target of a hacking attack, which lead to the theft of “less than 19,000 BTC” (worth about $5 million in virtual currency; one BTC is about $270).
The United Kingdom and Slovenia-based Bitstamp exchange has taken their website offline in order to secure the remaining Bitcoin and making sure the hackers can not access or compromise any more of the remaining amount.
The notice on the site claims only ‘operational wallets’ were compromised on 4th January, but to avoid any further breach; the site will remain offline. All users have been notified about the breach via email.
“We appreciate customers’ patience during this disruption of services,” Bitstamp added in the notice. “We are working to transfer a secure backup of the Bitstamp site onto a new safe environment and will be bringing this online in the coming days.”
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