Since running our Ethereum Performance article back earlier this year I have been monitoring the crypto currency market. Even taking some of my personal equipment and taken part in the mining fun. After quite some time I took a liking to NiceHash once their Miner 2.0 came out and have been using it a fair bit while sleeping or out to work so earn a few dollars to play around on the exchanges with. Today I noticed my tiny setup was silent when I woke up.
NiceHash had gone offline. And had been offline for some hours. Speculation rose quickly on Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook. The rumors turned out true. NiceHash’s payment system was compromised and the entire contents of their Bitcoin wallet was stolen. NiceHash had this official statement, more will follow when we find out. The quantity of BTC stolen has not been given yet, but I know it was more than $13.58USD
Dear NiceHash users!
Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours. Importantly, 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. Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. 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. We are fully committed to restoring the NiceHash service with the highest security measures at the earliest opportunity. We would not exist without our devoted buyers and miners all around the globe. 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. We will endeavour to update you at regular intervals. 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.
Were any of our readers users of NiceHash? If so how do you feel about this news
Updated on their homepage as of 12/19/2017 it appears that Nicehash will be back online as of 2400CET 12/20/2017 after being down for quite some time after this security comprimise.
Source: NiceHash Reddit Announcement