Hackers may experience gotten away with $60 million worth of bitcoin after a good cyber attack hit the cryptocurrency mining program NiceHash.
Users highlighted the cyber breach on Reddit and Twitter Wednesday, with some saying they could lose a huge selection of dollars.
NiceHash lets persons offer computing capacity for bitcoin miners to mine digital currencies. Cryptocurrency miners work out sophisticated mathematical equations to include cryptocurrency transactions to decentralized open public ledgers called blockchains.
The mining marketplace primarily said its service was undergoing “maintenance”on Twitter, later adding it had been “working hard” to solve issues affecting the site.
NiceHash said in a good statement it had been “investigating the type of the incident,” and that it would close down its site for a day.
“We will work to verify the precise amount of BTC (bitcoin) taken,” the business said. “Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we will work hard to rectify the problem in the coming days.Furthermore to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and police and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency.”
While NiceHash was unable to specify how much bitcoin had been stolen, users have pointed to a bitcoin wallet which holds 4,736.42 bitcoins – equivalent to $68 million.
Andrej P. Škraba, mind of advertising at the firm, confirmed to news company Reuters that around 4,700 bitcoins – worth approximately $68 million at current prices – were lost in the hack.
CNBC reached out to NiceHash LEADER Marko Kobal for comment but he had not been available at the time of publication.
This wouldn’t be the very first time persons have lost millions in cryptocurrency. In November, huge amount of money worth of Ethereum were “unintentionally” frozen on the cryptocurrency wallet provider Parity after a user “suicided” the wallet, deleting its code and freezing all ether tokens included within.