Yesterday, approximately 20 hours ago, the first messages containing concerns about the work of NiceHash, a cloud mining service, started to appear. Users tried to check back with each other if the service isn’t working for everyone. The project social media managers decided to post a message on “maintenance in connection with technical difficulties”, but later, they admitted it is a hack: “Our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen”, tells their post on Facebook.
The 60-million number from the headline is based on the users’ investigation. Two hackers’ wallets were found, one was used as a temporary storage of $54 million, and another one — as a more permanent one. Its current balance is actually nearing $70 million dollars at the press time.
This might affect the price of Bitcoin which lately hit its absolute all-time high of 14,000 dollars per one coin on Coinmarketcap. The grim news about the hack did not affect the currency at all.