(Reuters) – The NiceHash cryptocurrency market said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said that nearly $ 64 million had been lost.
Andrej P. Škraba, head of marketing for NiceHash, told Reuters on Thursday that the trick was "a highly professional attack with sophisticated social engineering" and that some 4,700 bitcoins were lost, worth $ 63.92 million at prices current
He said the company was cooperating with local authorities, but refused to give more information.
Earlier, NiceHash, based in Slovenia, said in a statement posted on its website that it had halted operations for 24 hours while investigating the rape.
NiceHash is a digital currency market that matches people looking to sell processing time on their computers in exchange for bitcoin digital currency.
NiceHash advised users to change passwords online, saying they were still trying to understand what had happened during the incident.
"We understand you will have many questions, and we ask for patience and understanding as we investigate the causes and find the right solutions for the future of the service," the company said in its statement.
republished with permission from Reuters