36-year-old owner of the bitcoin wallet lost more than 100,000 euros ($ 117 000) in bitcoin when logged into the Internet via WiFi. The incident occurred in one of the restaurants of Vienna, Austria.
During the investigation of the Austrian police are trying to figure out whether the victim account hacked to open it on an unsecured network.
This case once again demonstrates the need to improve the security of digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum, on the background of their popularity as a payment method.
The most infamous loss of the bitcoins can be considered as the bankruptcy of bitcoin exchange Mt. Gox in 2014. Due to security issues, the price of bitcoin collapsed, and then the hacker used the computer data to transfer to itself of a huge number of bitcoins. Former Director General of the exchange mark Karpeles appeared before the court in Japan on charges of manipulation and embezzlement.
In the middle of 2017-the largest cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea, Bitum , was under attack. Then it was stolen cryptocurrency is worth over $1 000 000. A man from Pennsylvania also admitted that recently stole bitcoins worth $ 40 million.
Despite all the cases of crimes cryptocurrency, digital currency gaining popularity among investors. The price of Ethereum, for example, from 8.17 US dollar in early 2017 increased by 2600 percent. The leading cryptocurrency Bitcoin with $1027 in the beginning of the year has exceeded a mark in $ 8 000.During trading in new York on 21 November 2017, the price of Bitcoin reached a new record level of $ 8,339.