Hackers target Bitcurex but Polish Bitcoin exchange avoids attack

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It was not an easy day for the customers of Poland’s leading Bitcoin exchange Bitcurex, but it could have been much worse. The platform was forced to temporarily shut down its website after being targeted by hackers, who tried to attack the exchange and steal the users’ BTC.

The clients noticed something was wrong when Bitcurex first published a message on Facebook. “Due to an error and ongoing maintenance works, we decided to temporarily shut down our service. Further information coming soon”, the exchange announced this Friday (14), at 09:37 am (local time).

The decision allowed the platform to “perform a necessary verification” and rule out the “worst-case scenario”, Filip Godecki, a representative of Bitcurex, told Coindesk.

A few hours later, the company published the following message on their website: “we successfully blocked a hacking attack on Bitcurex, preventing mass theft of BTC funds of our users. Thanks to automatic safety procedures, hackers managed to defraud only a portion of the funds stored in operational Hot Wallet Bitcurex. The majority of funds from Hot Wallet, as well the entirety of funds from Cold Wallet and FIAT monetary funds remained intact”.

“Our team located and removed the source of the problem“, the statement added. According to the announcement, Bitcurex is currently working to resume its operations. “At the same time an external audit is being conducted”, the exchange said.

“We are sorry for the inconvenience, and most of all we thank the whole BTC community for the support we received: we were put to a test that will make us stronger”.

Image from Bitcurex.com

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Maria Santos

Maria is an experienced journalist currently living in the UK. She has been writing about Bitcoin and the altcoin universe since 2013. She is also a member of the Lifeboat Foundation's New Money Systems Board and a big cryptocurrency supporter.

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