SEOUL (Reuters) – South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb stated 35 billion received ($31.5 million) price of digital cash had been stolen by hackers, the second native exchange to endure the destiny in simply over per week as cyber thieves uncovered excessive dangers of buying and selling the digital asset.
Bithumb stated in a discover on its web site on Wednesday that it has stopped all buying and selling after ascertaining “some cryptocurrencies worth about 35 billion won has been seized between late yesterday and early morning today.”
The exchange, the sixth busiest on this planet in line with Coinmarketcap.com, stated it has saved “all of clients assets in safe cold wallet,” which operates on platforms in a roundabout way related to the web.
It added the corporate will totally compensate prospects.
The Bithumb theft once more highlighted the safety dangers and the weak regulation of worldwide cryptocurrency markets. Global coverage makers have warned traders to be cautious in buying and selling the digital forex given the shortage of broad regulatory oversight.
Bithumb didn’t instantly reply to Reuter’s request for feedback.
On the Luxembourg-based Bitstamp, bitcoin BTC=BTSP was final buying and selling at $6,590.00, extending losses as a collection of intrusions on cryptocurrency exchanges in latest weeks sparked issues over safety.
It has fallen roughly 70 p.c from its all-time peak hit round mid-December 2017.
On June 11, one other South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail stated it was hacked. The cyber assaults come after a high-profile theft of over half a billion price of digital forex at Japan’s exchange Coincheck earlier this yr.
Bithumb trades greater than 37 completely different digital cash, in line with Coinmarketcap.com
Reporting by Cynthia Kim, Joyce Lee; Editing by Shri Navaratnam