Bitcoin Tumbles Most in Two Weeks Amid South Korea Hack
12 June, 2018, 01:41 | Author: Martin Tyler
Even though Coinrail is one of the smaller exchanges, and there was no mention of the cryptocurrency in its statement, Bitcoin's price fell to a low of $6610 after the hack-the lowest it's been in several months. Coinrail only said that it was cooperating with investigators and other exchanges to try and track down the perpetrators and recover the assets. However, South Korean news outlet Yonhap News - via The Guardian - reported that some 40 billion won worth of digital coins were grabbed by the hackers; that's some £27.8m in real-world money. South Korea has been the third largest market for Bitcoin trading in the world after Japan and the U.S. and has also suffered several major exchange hacks resulting in both fear driven activity on the trading side and calls for more stringent regulation from the government.
Coinrail's announcement Monday sent bitcoin prices tumbling to a two-month low. The largest cryptocurrency has lost more than half its value this year, falling by almost two thirds from its record high near $20,000 in December.
Last November - before December's pricing peak - the amount of bitcoin held for investment was roughly three times that held by traders.
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"All assets of CoinRail, which have not been leaked, are moved to a cold wallet and are kept safe, and transactions and withdrawals will resume after stabilizing the service".
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