Bitcoin tumbles 12% after new exchange hack - TechCentral

Bitcoin tumbles 12% after new exchange hack

Bitcoin extended losses for a third day, tumbling 12% on Sunday as South Korean cryptocurrency exchange Coinrail said there was a “cyber intrusion” in its system.

The largest cryptocurrency declined to US$6 749 as of 2pm in New York, the biggest drop since 14 March, according to data compiled by Bloomberg from Bitstamp pricing. That widens bitcoin’s losses for the year to 53%. Peer cryptocurrencies ethereum and ripple fell 11% and 12% respectively.

Coinrail said in a statement on its website that it’s reviewing its system due to hacking attempts.

The exchange says it has managed to freeze all exposed NPXS, NPER and ATX coins, and that other cryptocurrencies are now being kept in a cold wallet.

The statement is the only content available on the exchange’s homepage, and contact information could not immediately be located.

The exchange trades more than 50 different cryptocurrencies and was the 98th largest, with a 24-hour volume of about $2.7m, according to data from Coinmarketcap.com.  — Reported by Eric Lam and Jiyeun Lee, with assistance from Sharon Cho, (c) 2018 Bloomberg LP

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