` Mt Gox the largest ` Bitcoin Exchange ‘ files for ` Bankruptcy ‘ amid rumours of Hacking ‘

#AceFinanceNews says that `Tokyo‘s Mt Gox Bitcoin Exchange has filed for `Bankruptcy‘ amid missing currency‘.

Published time: March 02, 2014 11:54
 
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Mt Gox, once the world’s largest bitcoin exchange, filed for bankruptcy in a Tokyo district court on Friday, the company’s lawyer citing ‘outstanding debts of $63.2 million, after mysteriously going offline on Monday.

Investors may have lost all of their virtual coins, as the exchange’s computer system was exposed to fraudulent transactions and technical failures.

A leaked internal Mt Gox “crisis strategy” document suggesting that the exchange site had been hacked and hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of the cryptocurrency stolen began to circulate online.

Technical glitches in February forced the trading platform to halt deposits, causing the already volatile crypto-currency to plunge 20 percent. On Friday it was listed at $565.07 on Winkdex, a New York-based bitcoin value index.

Mt Gox once claimed to host nearly 80 percent of all bitcoin transactions worldwide, and was the primary source cited for bitcoin prices.

Mark Karpeles (2nd L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. (Reuters/Yuya Shino)Mark Karpeles (2nd L), chief executive of Mt. Gox, attends a news conference at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo February 28, 2014. (Reuters/Yuya Shino)

After it the site crashed on Monday, the value of bitcoin fell to $440, a 3-month low after the currency reached highs above $1000 at the end of November.

On Monday, Mark Karpeles, the chief executive of the now defunct exchange, resigned Mt Gox from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation ‘effective immediately’.

Karpeles remained mum after the site went offline, but on Friday told a press conference that Mt Gox wants to file a criminal probe into the hacking.

Screenshot from www.mtgox.com

Screenshot from www.mtgox.com

 Bit-coin, an alternative to traditional currencies, isn’t backed by any official government or central bank, which makes recovering losses difficult.

Central banks across the globe have begun to crackdown on the cryptocurrency, instructing financial institutions not to accept bit-coins because they have no legal status or monetary-backing, like state-backed currencies.

Courtesy of: RT   
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” Bitcoin Cyrpto Currency has no real value in the `Financial Markets’ as it is not backed by Real Asset’s”

#AceFinanceNews says according to (RIA Novosti) – The Bitcoin cryptocurrency is not on par with other financial securities as it is not backed by real assets, an official at Russia’s central bank said Monday.

The bitcoin logo

The bitcoin logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Bitcoin system, governed by complex mathematical algorithms, has been at the centre of recent debate as financial leaders grapple with how to regulate so-called virtual currencies.

As the total number of Bitcoins approaches a hard mathematical limit of 21 million, the coins become more computationally intensive – and costly – to calculate, a process known as mining.

“In order to equate Bitcoins with securities, it is essential to first understand what value a financial instrument represents,” said Andrei Shamrayev, deputy director of the central bank’s national payment system.

“[A Bitcoin’s value] is only fixed by the amount of time spent on its ‘mining.’”

The bank said last month that Bitcoin users – who are often also issuers of the currency through mining – could face jail time under laws restricting anonymous financial transactions intended to combat money laundering and the funding of terrorism.

Timur Batyrev, director of the bank’s national payments system, likened the currency Monday to a pyramid scheme fueled by speculative transactions.

“There will be people who are prepared to influence the exchange rate of Bitcoins in order to maximize profits.

Chiefly these are people who own a lot of Bitcoins, but there will also be people who will pay for this profit,” Batyrev said.

Designed by an unidentified computer scientist operating on-line under a pseudonym, Bitcoins have exploded as a currency for illicit transactions and were the primary means of payment on the narcotics-focused Silk Road on-line marketplace raided by the FBI in October.

 

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