Millions of dollars may have been stolen in bitcoin hack

Bitcoin surges past $15000 despite news of $60m heist

Bitcoin surges past $15000 despite news of $60m heist

Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen.

He said the company was co-operating with local authorities but declined to give more information. The statement urged users to change their online passwords. A group of banks came out and complained that federal regulators approved the futures, which begin trading on Sunday, too quickly and without properly considering the risks inherent in bitcoin.

The Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), the world's largest exchange for futures and options on futures, will begin trading the bitcoin futures from the 18th.

The virtual currency has drawn the attention of scores of investors after gaining over 1400 percent year-to-date and hitting its all-time high of over United States dollars 15,000. "I do see Bitcoin prices potentially reaching $25,000 by early next year". Just last week the bitcoin prices had touched $ 11,000 to hit a record high for the sixth day in a row after gaining more than $1,000 in just 12 hours.

As the buzz around the digital currency, particularly claims of its promising usage and speculation of another bubble, increased in the past few months, many bitcoin investors have come forward to advice new investors. They are basically lines of computer code that are digitally signed each time they are traded. The digital coins are stored in a digital wallet or on the cloud and can be used in transactions.

In Japan, following the failure of a bitcoin exchange called Mt. Gox, new laws were enacted to regulate bitcoin and other virtual currencies.

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