$5 million stolen from Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp in hack attack

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Less than a week into the new year and we have our first major cyber-crime: Slovenian Bitcoin exchange Bitstamp was hacked yesterday, and has suspended its service for the time being, reports ZDNet. According to a message on its homepage, Bitstamp noted that one of its operational wallets was compromised on Jan 4, and subsequently suspended its service. Less than 19,000 BTC (worth about $5 million; one BTC is about $270) was stolen. The company says that the majority of its funds are held in ‘cold storage’, on offline machines that can’t be accessed over the Internet — and only…

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