Hackers snatch $32m from Japan cryptocurrency exchange Bitpoint
Nikkei -- Jul 13
Japanese cryptocurrency exchange operator Bitpoint has lost 3.5 billion yen ($32 million) in a hacking attack, parent company Remixpoint announced on Friday.

Bitpoint stopped web transactions for customers early in the morning and stopped all services at 10:30 a.m. The case echoes an attack on rival exchange Coincheck last year, where hackers made off with the equivalent of $500 million, sending shock waves through the industry.

According to a press release, Bitpoint detected an error alert late Thursday night in connection with transfers of Ripple, a type of cryptocurrency. By 2 a.m. on Friday morning, it had confirmed unlawful transfers of other types of cryptocurrencies as well.

Funds that had been collected from customers accounted for 2.5 billion yen of the 3.5 billion yen that was stolen. Remixpoint said its unit would compensate the customers.

Remixpoint shares, which are listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, plunged as much as 18% from the previous close at one point in afternoon trading.

仮想通貨交換業者「ビットポイントジャパン」の仮想通貨交換所から約35億円が不正に流出したと発表がありました。流出が確認されたのは11日で、リップルなど複数の仮想通貨です。現在、売買と交換を含むすべてのサービスが停止されています。親会社のリミックスポイントは「原因究明と再発防止を速やかに行い、信頼回復に努めます」としています。
News sources: Nikkei, ANNnewsCH
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