Recently discovered Malware was held responsible for the theft of an estimated $300,000 USD worth of virtual currency. An account infringe to Bitcoin exchange, Mt. Gox, guided to the devaluation of the Bitcoin currency, reasoning it to plunge from $17.5 USD to pennies on the dollar. Furthermore, a record with more than 60,000 accounts from the service was leaked to the Web.
Bitcoin community member “allinvain” reported previous week that his account had been hijacked. He stated that he had lost $25,000 Bitcoins (BTC), which at market value was approximated to be working closely $300,000 USD. When the theft was pronounced, some wondered that Malware was the reason. After that, this assumption was provided credibility after Symantec reported on a new Malware family aiming Bitcoin users.
A person who executes audits for Mt.Gox with read-only entry to the company database had their individual compromised. This negotiation guided to the community lead of the Mt.Gox user database, with over 60,000 accounts. The leak consisted of email address, with muddled passwords.
According to the reports, it is possible that one of these accounts was influenced in a mass selloff, which caused the worth of the Bitcoin on the Mt. Gox exchange to drop from $17.5 BTC to below a cent in under an hour.
In a report, the person after Mt.Gox said that he knows the rollback would not be well know with those who bought Bitcoins at a big discount, “…but none of those trades were legitimate so Mt. Gox has a legal obligation to reverse the trades.”
The preparations were to overturn the transactions and reinstate the Mt. Gox services on Monday, but the newest information says that the re-launch is intended for 02:00 a.m. GMT on Tuesday.
A company update noted, “When Mt.Gox comes back online, we will be putting all users through a new security measure to authenticate the users. This will be a mix of matching the last IP address that accessed the account, verifying their email address, account name and old password. Users will then be prompted to enter in a new strong password.”
The company said that they have been working with Google to make sure any Gmail accounts linked with Mt.Gox user accounts are locked and re-verified.