Bitcurex, the leading Bitcoin exchange site in Poland, has temporarily shut down their Bitcoin exchange site due to hacking attacks that targeted user wallets and attempted to steal Bitcoins. Bitcurex told Coindesk.com that they made the decision to close down the platform temporarily, until their IT team could get the attacks under control.
Bitcurex will release more information regarding the attacks as soon as they have solved the issue, seeming positive that funds have remained in the users wallets. The hacking attacks is said to have only reached the hot wallet, limiting the loss of Bitcoins overall.
”Based on what our IT team has been able to determine, it seems that the worst-case scenario can be ruled out.” Filip Godecki, Bitcurex representative, told to Coindesk.
Bitcurex released an official statement:
“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. We are working on resuming normal service, at the same time an external audit is being conducted: we will soon provide the exact date of resuming all Bitcurex functionalities. More information will be provided in further statements.
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.”
There has been several hacking attacks made recently on Bitcoin exchange sites, which just shows that the industry needs to step up the security on their sites.