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Bitcoin marketplace NiceHash hacked, over $60 mn lost

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San Francisco, Dec 7: In a warning for those who wish to invest in Bitcoins to make some big bucks, the cryptocurrency mining market NiceHash has revealed hackers wiped out its entire Bitcoin wallet, resulting in over $60 million loss.

“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,” the marketplace said in a statement late on Wednesday.

“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,” it added.

Coindesk reported on Thursday that the loss is about 4,736.42 Bitcoins, worth more than $60 million.

“Are we going to get our btc? or might as well just forget it. Your press release said nothing about sending us what you owe. I have 4000$ stuck in your wallet which is now almost 4300$,” tweeted a user named Lohit.

Another NiceHash user Philip Richardson tweeted: “If I dont get my btc back i will never use your service again”.

Earlier in the day, the value of one Bitcoin had crossed $14,000, a new record high for the cryptocurrency.

Bitcoins are created through a complex computer process known as mining, and then monitored by a network of computers across the world.

A steady stream of about 3,600 new bitcoins are created a day – with about 16.5 million now in circulation from a maximum limit of 21 million, BBC reported.

“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,” NiceHash said.

The company recommends users to change their passwords – both on NiceHash and other services.

The incident brings back the memories of the 2014 implosion of the “mtGox” Bitcoin marketplace which lead to losses of millions of dollars.

In India, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) this week cautioned the “users, holders and traders” of Bitcoins about the security related risks associated in dealing with such virtual currencies (VCs).

The apex bank reiterated its stand that “it has not given any licence or authorisation to any entity or company to operate such schemes or deal with Bitcoin or any VC”.

“In the wake of significant spurt in the valuation of many VCs and rapid growth in Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), RBI reiterates the concerns,” the central bank said in a statement.

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Value buying lifts equity indices; banking, IT stocks surge

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Mumbai, May 24: Value buying lifted the key equity indices on Thursday, after they slumped around one per cent in the previous session.

According to market observers, healthy buying was witnessed in banking, IT and Teck (technology, entertainment and media) stocks. IT stocks surged due to a depreciating rupee, they said.

At 3.30 p.m, the broader Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed at 10,513.85 points — up 83.50 points or 0.80 per cent from its previous close of 10,430.35 points.

The barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) also jumped nearly one per cent. It had opened at 34,404.14 points and closed at 34,663.11 points (3.30 p.m) — higher by 318.20 points or 0.93 per cent from its previous session’s close of 34,344.91 points.

On intra-day basis, the Sensex touched a high of 34,741.46 points and a low of 34,367.83 points. The BSE market breadth was, however, slightly tilted towards the bears with 1,355 declines and 1,284 advances.

The major gainers on the BSE were Bharti Airtel, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Infosys, Axis Bank and Tata Steel, while Tata Motors, ONGC, Tata Motors (DVR), Bajaj Auto and Maruti Suzuki were the major losers.

On the NSE, the top gainers were Infosys, Bharti Airtel and TCS. The major losers were ONGC, Tata Motors and Grasim Industries.

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Fund outflows, rupee depreciation dent equity indices

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Mumbai, May 23: Persistent outflow of foreign funds along with weak global cues and a depreciation in the rupee plunged the key Indian equity indices on Wednesday.

According to market observers, heavy selling pressure was witnessed in metal, oil and gas and auto stocks.

At 3.30 p.m., the wider Nifty50 of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) provisionally closed at 10,430.35 points, down 106.35 points or 1.01 per cent from the previous close of 10,536.70 points.

Similarly, the barometer 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the BSE tumbled nearly 1 per cent as trade closed for the day. It had opened at 34,656.63 points, closed at 34,344.91 points (3.30 p.m.) — down 306.33 points or 0.88 per cent — from its previous session’s close of 34,651.24 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 34,668.47 points and a low of 34,302.89 points. The BSE market breadth was bearish with 1,540 declines and 1,115 advances.

The major gainers on the BSE were State Bank of India (SBI), Larsen and Toubro, NTPC, Tata Motors and Sun Pharma while Tata Steel, ONGC, IndusInd Bank, Dr Reddy’s Lab, Adani Ports and ITC were the major losers.

On the NSE, the top gainers were SBI, Cipla and Tech Mahindra. The major losers were Hindustan Petroleum, Vedanta and Tata Steel.

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Hike in petrol, diesel prices continues

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said that the government was looking at ways to keep rising fuel prices in check.

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New Delhi, May 22 : The hike in Petrol and diesel prices continued for the ninth day on Tuesday amidst reports that the government was mulling steps to check it.

Petrol prices were hiked in the range of 29-32 paise per litre across Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai, while diesel prices were lifted by 26-28 paise per litre, compared to the previous day.

On Tuesday, a litre of petrol was sold at Rs 76.87 in Delhi, Rs 79.53 in Kolkata, Rs 84.7 in Mumbai and Rs 79.79 in Chennai, according to Indian Oil.

Diesel was sold at Rs 68.08 per litre in Delhi, Rs 70.63 per litre in Kolkata, Rs 72.48 per litre in Mumbai and Rs 71.87 per litre in Chennai.

Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Monday said that the government was looking at ways to keep rising fuel prices in check.

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