Millions May Be Missing in Bitcoin Heist — Will bitcoin’s furious rally be impacted?

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Theft prompts shutdown of NiceHash, which markets itself as the largest cryptomining marketplace

A major bitcoin theft from a cryptocurrency-mining service called NiceHash has prompted it to shut down for at least 24 hours.

The hack was disclosed on NiceHash’s Facebook page.

“We are working to verify the precise number of [bitcoin] taken,” NiceHash said.

The hack and other trading bottlenecks haven’t stopped bitcoin’s furious rally, which surged through $14,000 Thursday morning in Asia for the first time, according to research site CoinDesk. Bitcoin, which has surged about 40% in the past week, has now risen more than 14-fold so far this year, attracting a slew of new mainstream investors who have piled in as the digital currency has surged.

A wallet address, which stores bitcoin, showed that about 4,736.42 of the digital currency had been stolen, according to CoinDesk. At $14,000 apiece…

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