Cryptocurrency Miner NiceHash Hacked - $62 Million in Bitcoins Gone


The announcement came a day after the marketplace first asked NiceHash users to be patient while the service undergoes maintenance, and then, a few hours later, said again that the maintenance would take longer than expected.

It wasn't immediately clear whether funds had been taken from NiceHash users' accounts as well.

The hack appears to have affected the money stored locally, on the NiceHash network. NiceHash team is presently investigating the factors and shortly the service is going to recovered.

While NiceHash has yet to place an amount on how much is stolen, a Bitcoin wallet address highlighted by NiceHash users that appeared Wednesday and has received a large deposit out of nowhere contains 4,736.42 BTC, valued at about $62 million at current prices. The speculation fuelled by the fact that the majority owner of NiceHash is a company named H-Bit, owned by Martin Skorjanc, the father of Matjaz Skorjanc, convicted author of the Mariposa bot.

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That led to NiceHash admitting via a release that "there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website". The company has now paused its operations and is looking into the matter.

Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said almost $64 million had been lost.

'Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. It is now working with the relevant authorities and law enforcement "as a matter of urgency" to investigate the breach. The firm says that it is fully committed to restoring the service with the highest security measures.

While the full scope of what happened is not yet known, we recommend, as a precaution, that you change your online passwords. "We are truly sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused and are committing every resource towards solving this issue as soon as possible", the statement added. We will endeavour to update you at regular intervals.