Total Market Cap: $282,940,473,130
24 Hour Volume $14,278,427,971
BTC Dominance: 40.1%
South Korean exchange, Bithumb, hacked for ?35,000,000,000.
In an official statement on their website, Bithumb said they “noticed that between last night and today early morning, about 35,000,000,000 KRW (~$30 million USD) worth of cryptocurrencies was stolen.” As a result of the hack, deposits and withdrawals have been halted for the time being. To ease panic, Bithumb has stated they will compensate users for any lost funds.
- Great response from Bithumb on the PR and damage control front. Fortunately, $30 million is only about two weeks of revenue for Bithumb.
- I’m putting on my tin foil hat here, but the market really feels scripted to me — an exchange hack right as the market is showing some signs of life. A $30 million heist also seems like the right amount to cause a small drop, but not enough to cause a huge panic in this already bearish market. BitGrail lost $200 million and Coinrail lost 37.5 million — Bithumb dwarfs these two exchanges in terms of volume and market dominance. $30 million from a Top 5 exchange? Weird.