NiceHash previously announced that it was "under maintenance", a message that it had posted to its official website as well. This way, users can benefit from bitcoin mining without purchasing or operating the equipment themselves. However, according to NiceHash users attempting to track down the stolen loot, a wallet address was found with a total of 4,736.42 BTC.
I hope that the bitcoin is able to be recovered or at least that Nicehash is able to do the right think and compensate its users from its own funds.
Cryptocurrency marketplace NiceHash said the contents of its bitcoin wallet had been stolen in a security breach and one executive said almost US$64 million had been lost. And if you used Nicehash, you should also change any passwords that were the same as your Nicehash credentials. The company said it was halting operations for 24 hours and was now investigating the incident.
"Our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen". We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency.
The company added that it was "fully committed to restoring the NiceHash service with the highest security measures at the earliest opportunity", but having experienced such a significant blow, how it will manage to return to trading without the ability to provide funds to those using its service is not clear at this point. We understand that you will have a lot of questions, and we ask for patience and understanding while we investigate the causes and find the appropriate solutions for the future of the service.
While the full scope of what happened is not yet known, we recommend, as a precaution, that you change your online passwords.
We are truly sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused and are committing every resource towards solving this issue as soon as possible.