In a hack attack on one of the world's largest crypto currency exchanges, Bitcoin worth 36 million euros was captured. This affects the Malta-based trading platform Binance, which is considered one of the most important in the industry.
Its head Zhao Changpeng said on Wednesday via Twitter that customers would be compensated via a security fund of the exchange operator. However, no trading will be possible in the next few days as the platform will be subject to a security check.
In the past few years, hackers have repeatedly captured Bitcoin and other crypto currencies from specially designed trading centers. The best known is the attack on the then world's largest Bitcoin exchange, Mt.Gox, at the beginning of 2014. Around 25,000 customers lost around 650,000 Bitcoin. Such theft often plunged the platforms into insolvency.
The 7,000 Bitcoin that Binance has now captured have been stolen using various attack methods in a single transaction, including viruses and phishing, the operator explained. The hackers had waited patiently and had slammed into various seemingly independent accounts in well-coordinated actions.
Last year, hackers worldwide stole crypto currencies worth the equivalent of 850 million euros, according to US security firm CiptherTrace. The amount more than tripled compared to the previous year.
Bitcoin exchange rate the previous day close to 6000 US dollars
The Bitcoin price stock market chart remained unaffected by the hacker attack. A digital coin cost Bitstamp a good one percent more on the stock exchange at 5807 dollars.
Only on Tuesday the Bitcoin had risen to a new annual high of almost 6000 US dollars. On the trading platform Bitstamp 5970 dollars were reached in the peak. This is the highest level since last November. However, the oldest and best-known digital currency is still a long way from reaching its record high of 20,000 dollars at the end of 2017. Is it all just a myth?
Experts named media reports according to which the large American asset manager Fidelity wants to offer the trade with Bitcoin soon as reason media reports. However, the offer will only apply to professional institutional clients. Private investors will be excluded. Fidelity is one of the largest asset managers in the world.