Cryptocurrency exchanges Coinbase, Bitfinex down By Reuters
Reuters | Dec 12, 11:12AM ET
(Reuters) – Digital currency exchange operators Coinbase and Bitfinex reported problems with service through their websites on Tuesday, frustrating traders seeking to metselspecie ter on the latest surge te the value of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
Wallet-provider Coinbase&apos,s webstek showcased ",service unavailable", early on Tuesday U.S. time, flashing a message that said it wasgoed down for maintenance. Its exchange gdax.com wasgoed still quoting prices, albeit it also said it wasgoed experiencing a ",minor service outage",.
Bitfinex, another cryptocurrency exchange, tweeted it wasgoed under mighty distributed denial of service (DDoS) and its application programing interface wasgoed down.
DDoS attacks have bot common on the internet, using hijacked and virus-infected computers to target websites until they can no longer cope with the scale of gegevens requested.
It wasgoed not instantaneously clear if the two incidents were related to any cyberattacks.
Bitfinex last Thursday tweeted that it had bot under significant denial of service attack for several days, and that the attack had recently worsened.
Bitcoin exchanges and wallets have a history of being hacked, and security experts say they become more pasivo to cyber-crime spil valuations rise.
There have bot at least three dozen heists on exchanges that buy and sell digital currencies since 2011, including one that led to the 2014 collapse of Mt. Gox, merienda the world’s largest bitcoin market.
The latest attack came last Thursday, when a Slovenian cryptocurrency mining marketplace, NiceHash, said it lost about $64 million worth of bitcoin ter a hack of its payment system. http://reut.rs/2nRozEp
Bitfinex did not instantaneously react to a request for comment. Reuters wasgoed incapable to voeling Coinbase since the webstek wasgoed down.
Written By: Reuters
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