Hack attack pushes Bitcoin to the brink

June 20, 2011
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“Bitcoin, an online currency beloved of libertarians and technophiles, which had been threatening to break into the mainstream, was facing the worst crisis of its two-year existence last night after hackers brought down its biggest exchange.

The attack, an apparent attempt to steal the contents of users’ online accounts and convert them into real money, is the latest in a string of disasters to hit Bitcoin in the past few weeks, raising questions over whether the currency has a future. “

(Hack attack pushes Bitcoin to the brink – Business News, Business – The Independent)