MtGox Shuts Down Transactions
In the wake of all the problems MtGox has been having, the Bitcoin exchange company has taken it a step further: it has shut down transactions in order to protect its site and users. MtGox addresses the issue on its website:
Dear MtGox Customers,
In the event of recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox’s operations and the market, a decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being in order to protect the site and our users. We will be closely monitoring the situation and will react accordingly.
Bitcoin users have already lost most of their faith in MtGox after events have clearly proven that the Bitcoin exchange may never get back up again.
The Fall of MtGox
What started as a “technical glitch” in the MtGox system turned out to be a bigger problem that the exchange was not expecting. As a result, MtGox put the blame on the Bitcoin protocol itself citing “transaction malleability” as the main issue. With this, hackers could proceed to mess around with the transactions on the server in a denial of service attack. In order to protect itself and its users, MtGox shut down withdrawals until the issue was resolved. Of course, the issue has not been resolved.
A week ago, MtGox had said that it would soon be allowing withdrawals and transfers again. In a released statement, the exchange said,
“At the beginning we will do so at a moderated pace and with new daily/monthly limits in place to prevent any problems with the new system and to take into account current market conditions.”
Obviously, this never worked out, seeing as how MtGox shut down transactions in addition to withdrawals and transfers.
Major Bitcoin Exchanges Disown MtGox
Blockchain.info released a joint statement that said,
“This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt.Gox was the result of one company’s abhorrent actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of Bitcoin and the digital currency industry.”
CoinBase, Bitstamp, Circle, Kraken, and BTC China have joined together to dissociate themselves from MtGox. In the joint statement, the Bitcoin exchanges assured its users and the Bitcoin community that they are well secured and will remain so in the future.
The Bitcoin exchanges also said that it seemed that MtGox did not provide the security that was required in order to safeguard its users. Coinbase and Bitstamp rushed to check if they also had a denial of service attack, and just as quickly they absolved any problems. Perhaps, if MtGox followed suit, this issue would have never escalated to such an extent that they had to shut down transactions.
It is obvious that MtGox did not know how to address the problems they had. The fact that MtGox shut down transactions proves just how large the issue really is. As a result, the Bitcoin exchange as well as the Bitcoin community suffered the consequences. After MtGox’s continuous decline, Bitcoin lost a lot of its value. Currently, it is trading at around $512 at Bitstamp.
Seeing as how the other Bitcoin exchanges have reassured its users and the community, one can hope that even with MtGox’s fall, Bitcoin can rise up again.
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