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MtGox files for bankruptcy protection, confirms rumours

Sockatume (732728) writes | about 5 months ago


Sockatume (732728) writes "The beleaguered MtGox bitcoin exchange has officially filed for bankruptcy in Tokyo, as reported in various news sources via AFP. According to the Wall Street Journal (paywalled; see The Verge for re-reporting) Bitcoin held an impromptu press conference that addressed recent rumours. They state that they have over $60m in liabilities against just $30m in assets, and confirm the loss of over $500m worth of Bitcoins, split between customers' balances (750,000 BTC) and company assets (100,000 BTC)."

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Useful note (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#46366373)

There are around 16,000,000 bitcoins in circulation, meaning that almost 5% of all Bitcoins were involved in the loss.

Why keep your BC in exchanges ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 5 months ago | (#46366423)

I do not understand the need for people to keep their BCs in the exchanges. We have heard plenty of horror story of exchanges that were hacked, exchanges that were hit with DDoS, exchanges that simply vanished and exchanges that, like MtGox, crumbled.

I do own BCs but I do not keep them in exchanges. Rather, I keep them in an offline chip-based wallet.

Interesting attack on Bitcoin (1)

wiredog (43288) | about 5 months ago | (#46366525)

From the AP Story []

a weakness in the exchangeâ(TM)s systems was behind a massive loss of the virtual currency involving 750,000 bitcoins from users and 100,000 of the companyâ(TM)s own bitcoins. That would amount to about $425 million at recent prices.

The reactions of the various Japanese government officials are interesting. Essentially, there was no "theft" because Bitcoin is not a "real" currency.

Excellent link (1)

Sockatume (732728) | about 5 months ago | (#46366529)

Thanks for that, the Post's coverage goes into a lot more detail.

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