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BTC.com, the seventh-largest Bitcoin mining pool, recently suffered a cyberattack that resulted in a significant loss of funds for both the company and its customers. The BTC.com cyberattack occurred on December 3, with attackers stealing approximately $700,000 in client assets and $2.3 million in the company’s assets. BIT Mining Limited, the parent company of BTC.com, reported the attack to law enforcement authorities in Shenzhen, China, who subsequently launched an investigation and have been collecting evidence and requesting assistance from relevant agencies in the country. BIT Mining has stated that it will work to recover the stolen assets and has also deployed technology to better block and intercept hackers.
Despite the attack, BTC.com has continued to operate its mining pool services to customers as usual, stating that its client fund services were unaffected. BTC.com provides multi-currency mining services for various digital assets, including Bitcoin and Litecoin, and also operates a blockchain browser. Its parent company, BIT Mining, is publicly traded and listed on the New York Stock Exchange. BTC.com is the seventh-largest mining pool in the world, accounting for 2.5% of total mining pool distribution over the past seven days, with a hashrate of 5.80 exahashes per second.
The cyberattack on BTC.com follows other recent news that has caused concern in the cryptocurrency market. Just last week, the founder of leading cryptocurrency exchange FTX, Sam Bankman-Fried, was arrested and charged with alleged fraud, money laundering, and conspiracy. Court documents revealed that Ryan Salame, the co-CEO and chairman of FTX Digital Markets, had warned Bahamian regulators about improper trades at the exchange just days before its collapse. FTX filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US, causing a significant impact on the global cryptocurrency market.
The combination of these events has led to increased uncertainty and concern among traders and investors in the cryptocurrency market. The potential vulnerabilities and instability of exchanges and mining pools raises questions about the overall security and reliability of the market. It remains to be seen how these events will continue to impact the price of various assets, such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, and the market as a whole.
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