It looks like we have another high-profile hack that has hit Bitcoin. The cryptocurrency mining pool Nicehash has confirmed that they suffered a hack where users wallets have been cleared out. The hack has transferred 4,736.4281 BTC in total ($68 Million USD) to the unknown party’s (the perpetrator’s, almost certainly) wallet. A single transaction of 4,655.25349748 BTC was the most high-profile one to take place.
In an official release on their website as well as Reddit NiceHash representatives confirmed the heist:
“Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours.
Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken.
Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency.
We are fully committed to restoring the NiceHash service with the highest security measures at the earliest opportunity.
We would not exist without our devoted buyers and miners all around the globe. We understand that you will have a lot of questions, and we ask for patience and understanding while we investigate the causes and find the appropriate solutions for the future of the service. We will endeavour to update you at regular intervals.
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.”
This is a big deal for small time miners as NiceHash was one of the easier mining programs to setup, especially on Windows. Many people I knew would run it on their gaming machines at night etc. Will NiceHash come back? If so do you trust using them?
Interestingly enough even with the hack being reported the price of Bitcoin still continues to surge, sitting at $16,000 right now!