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BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges 232

hypnosec writes "An attacker managed to access an unencrypted backup of wallet keys and steal 24,000 BTC (worth more than a quarter million USD), following which Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor has been shut down while the investigation of the theft is going on. The attack was carried out sometime last night. In a forum post, Shtylman pleads with Bitcoin users that BitFloor needs their help."
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BitFloor Joins List of Compromised BitCoin Exchanges

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  • by eldavojohn ( 898314 ) * <eldavojohn AT gmail DOT com> on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @10:11AM (#41234241) Journal
    BitFloor Operator: Good morning sir welcome to BitFloor how can I help you today?
    Customer: Well, I had heard a lot about this new currency called BitCoin and I was hoping to transfer this $100 in my account to ...
    BitFloor Operator: Oh I completely understand, sir, in today's economy one can't rely solely on the faulty fiat currencies backed by governments like the United States dollar AAAAAAND IT'S GONE! [southparkstudios.com] Please log out of this site sir, this is for customers with a positive balance in their accounts.
    Customer: What?!
    BitFloor Operator: It's gone, it's all gone, sir, our system's been compromised, you now have zero dollars in your account please log off or deposit more money, thank you!

    Bitcoinica Operator: Good afternoon sir, welcome to Bitcoinica! How can I help you today?
    Customer: Well, uh, I don't know how to, uh, say this but ... this is all anonymous, right?
    Bitcoinica Operator: Oh completely sir, we don't have any logs or even backups for that matter!
    Customer: Good, good, well, uh, you see I have this "sickness" and I need to transfer this $5,500 for this stuff from this silk road retailer and I ...
    Bitcoinica Operator: Woah woah woah, that's more than enough information to get us started here. So let's see you now have $5,500 in BitCoin balance on your account and the wallet is being updated and written to our single hard drive on a Windows 98 computer connected to the internet with no firewall AAAAAAND IT'S GONE! Please leave this site sir, your account has no balance in it!
    Customer: ??? Um, what?
    Bitcoinica Operator: It's gone, it's all gone. All of it, something happened, we were hacked or that 8 year old spinning disk crashed or something but it's all gone, thank you sir, thank you for using Bitcoinica now please leave this site or put more money into your account.
    Customer: But you don't understand ... I ... I've already received the "product" and they're GOING TO TAKE MY THUMBS if I don't get this money to them now.
    Bitcoinica Operator: That's wonderful sir, we here at Bitcoinica like to keep our transactions anonymous so please stop relaying me identifying details of this account. Now you have a nice day, sir!
  • by localman57 ( 1340533 ) on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @10:54AM (#41234741)

    Bitcoin indeed seems to attract the same sort of nutters that gold standard advocacy does.

    Anyone who advocates a fixed supply currency where massive deflation is inevitable needs to have their head checked.

    They go to this one doctor from Texas for the exam. According to him, they're thinking perfectly rationally.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @11:03AM (#41234885)

    bug tag changed from WORKSFORME to WONTFIX

  • by ColdWetDog ( 752185 ) on Wednesday September 05, 2012 @12:47PM (#41236257) Homepage

    OTOH, few things wake you up faster than sticking a bunch of ice up your ass in the AM.

The absent ones are always at fault.