Cryptocurrencies are falling on Wednesday after rallying strongly over the last few days. Here’s the scoreboard as of 1.25 a.m. BST (8.25 a.m. ET): You can follow live cryptocurrency prices on Markets Insider.
The slump follows several days of strong upward momentum in the crypto space. Mati Greenspan, an analyst with trading platform eToro, says the slump appears to be driven by a hack on MyEtherWallet.com, a popular provider of digital cryptocurrency wallets.
“A few of Google’s servers fell yesterday causing a disruption in Internet service in some parts of the world,” Greenspan said in an email on Wednesday. “This is not all that uncommon and the incident is still being investigated.
The bigger issue is that it seems some hackers managed to exploit the downtime to hijack MyEtherWallet.com (MEW) “MEW is the main website that many crypto enthusiasts use to store their Ethereum and Ethereum based tokens, so this is kind of a big deal. Some people who tried to access the website at that time were redirected to a lookalike phishing site that then gathered their login information (private keys) and emptied their wallets.”
A total of 216 ETH appear to have been stolen, worth around $135,864 by today’s price. While the total lost is not huge, the fact of the hack appears to have dented sentiment. Read more from businessinsider.com…
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