Mark Karpeles, who has not been seen in public for several days, re-emerged to tell a press conference that his firm’s digital vaults had been almost completely emptied.
“We have lost Bitcoins due to weaknesses in the system,” French-born Karpeles said in Japanese.
The company’s lawyer said 750,000 Bitcoins belonging to customers had gone, along with MtGox’s own store of the currency, which she said was around 100,000 units.
That number of Bitcoins would be worth around $477 million dollars, calculated against the price on the Coindesk exchange at 1030 GMT.
En in de categorie onbedoelde ironie:
The troubled MtGox Bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan Friday
Grappig hoe anarcho-libertarische Bitcoin-adepten, wanneer de zaak eenmaal gierend uit de klauwen is gelopen, dan toch opeens voor bescherming bij die vreselijke overheid aankloppen…