Theft of bitcoin has been documented on numerous occasions. At other times, bitcoin exchanges have shut down, taking their clients' bitcoins with them. A Wired study published April showed that 45 percent of bitcoin exchanges end up closing. On 19 June , a security breach of the Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange caused the nominal price of a bitcoin to fraudulently drop to one cent on the Mt.
Gox exchange, after a hacker used credentials from a Mt. Gox auditor's compromised computer illegally to transfer a large number of bitcoins to himself. They used the exchange's software to sell them all nominally, creating a massive "ask" order at any price.
Within minutes, the price reverted to its correct user-traded value. In July , the operator of Bitomat, the third-largest bitcoin exchange, announced that he had lost access to his wallet. He announced that he would sell the service for the missing amount, aiming to use funds from the sale to refund his customers. Bitcoinica was hacked twice in , which led to allegations that the venue neglected the safety of customers' money and cheated them out of withdrawal requests.
Securities and Exchange Commission had reportedly started an investigation on the case. As a result, Bitfloor suspended operations. As a result, Instawallet suspended operations. On 11 August , the Bitcoin Foundation announced that a bug in a pseudorandom number generator within the Android operating system had been exploited to steal from wallets generated by Android apps; fixes were provided 13 August In October , Inputs.
The service was run by the operator TradeFortress. Coinchat, the associated bitcoin chat room, was taken over by a new admin. The CEO was eventually arrested and charged with embezzlement. On 3 March , Flexcoin announced it was closing its doors because of a hack attack that took place the day before. In December , hackers stole 4, bitcoins from NiceHash a platform that allowed users to sell hashing power.
On 19 December , Yapian, a company that owns the Youbit cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea, filed for bankruptcy following a hack, the second in eight months. In , the Cryptocurrency Legal Advocacy Group CLAG stressed the importance for taxpayers to determine whether taxes are due on a bitcoin-related transaction based on whether one has experienced a " realization event": when a taxpayer has provided a service in exchange for bitcoins, a realization event has probably occurred and any gain or loss would likely be calculated using fair market values for the service provided.
In August , the German Finance Ministry characterized bitcoin as a unit of account ,   usable in multilateral clearing circles and subject to capital gains tax if held less than one year. On 5 December , the People's Bank of China announced in a press release regarding bitcoin regulation that whilst individuals in China are permitted to freely trade and exchange bitcoins as a commodity, it is prohibited for Chinese financial banks to operate using bitcoins or for bitcoins to be used as legal tender currency, and that entities dealing with bitcoins must track and report suspicious activity to prevent money laundering.
Bitcoin's blockchain can be loaded with arbitrary data. In researchers from RWTH Aachen University and Goethe University identified 1, files added to the blockchain, 59 of which included links to unlawful images of child exploitation, politically sensitive content, or privacy violations. Interpol also sent out an alert in saying that "the design of the blockchain means there is the possibility of malware being injected and permanently hosted with no methods currently available to wipe this data".
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As a result, the news media uses Silk Road and the fallout from the trial as a cultural sticking point. After an event last week involving the compromise of its hot wallet also: Bitcoin Weekly , Bitstamp Ltd. Meanwhile, the exchange promised to reimburse any customers who lost bitcoins due to the fault. The shutdown occurred January 5th and Bitstamp resumed operations four days later on January 9th. As part of upgrades and updates done during the down time, Bitstamp shored up its defenses and implemented BitGo Inc.
In compensation for the down time and loss of potential revenue by customers, Bitstamp will be offering commission free bitcoin trades for the next week until January 17th. IO Ltd. IO Bitcoin Exchange would like to announce a temporary suspension of cloud mining services provided by the platform at the time of the next difficulty increase.
The company hopes to return to normal operations once upgrades to equipment can be made and more efficient terms with energy suppliers to reduce costs. IO is best known for being the owner and operator of the GHash. IO mining pool, best known for nearly reaching and exceeding 51 percent of mining power in The operation took responsibility and actively throttled back new mining contracts in order to prevent this from happening, although the pool did flirt with 51 percent again later that year.
Bitcoin storage provider Elliptic Enterprises Ltd. This accreditation is a standard applied to banks and other institutions that deal in large sums of money for customers. Elliptic is based in London, England and provides services to investment trading houses that cover Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency storage solutions. Accreditation of a Bitcoin storage company is an excellent step in showing credibility in Bitcoin business.
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