Ut oh! Some more internet money has gone missing! Doh!
It’s only been a few days since the last big cryptocurrency hack, in which 30% of the digital currencies belonging to South Korea’s Coinrail exchange was jacked, presumably by some cyber-burglar strapping a mask to their face, shrinking themselves down to microscopic level and jumping down an ethernet cable.
And now it’s happened again, this time a whopping $30 million from South Korea’s leading virtual currency exchange, Bithumb, has been stolen. Bithumb’s 24-hour trade volume was over $374 million, making it the world’s sixth largest exchange.
How did the cryptocurrency get hacked?
It would appear that Bithumb moved a large chunk of Ethereum (a popular cryptocurrency) to its cold wallet recently, because they observed “abnormal access” . In doing this seem to have created an adverse effect as hackers exploited the move and sent in their tiny burglars to solder off a load of microchips full of miniature dollars. Over £30 million of them.
Thankfully, Bithumb has now suspended all trading to prevent any more cash going awol:
*All deposit and withdrawal service will be stopped to make sure the security. We will keep notice you of the restart of the service. We apologize for your inconvenience and thanks for your understanding.— Bithumb (@BithumbOfficial) June 20, 2018
If you had your assets holed up in the exchange (did you?), then you’ll be compensated. A representative said:
“[Notice for the suspension of all deposit and withdrawal service]
“We checked that some of cryptocurrencies valued about $30,000,000 was stolen. Those stolen cryptocurrencies will be covered from Bithumb and all of assets are being transferring to a cold wallet.”
As a result of this hack, the cryptocurrency market obviously took a big hit, with Bitcoin falling over $200 dollars within a few minutes of the announcement. It’s a risky business, this digital currency lark, but if you intend to blindly jump out of the world wide web plane and plummet towards the concrete floor of potential bankruptcy, here’s some good advice:
Another day, another hack. Hopefully BitThumb is able to cover this amount, though $30MM is not a small amount.— Charlie Lee [LTC⚡] (@SatoshiLite) June 20, 2018
As I've said many times, be smart and only keep on exchange coins that you are actively trading. It's best to withdraw right after trading. https://t.co/8YpVcHx8tK
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