The worlds biggest Bitcoin Exchange, Mt. Gox, appears to have collapsed.
Today Mt. Gox issued the following statement:
Dear MtGox Customers,
In light 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.
744,000 Bitcoins have been said to have been theft from Mt. Gox. Today’s average exchange price of a Bitcoin is approximately $500, making the total price of the stolen Bitcoins about $372,000,000.00.
It is hard for some to imagine that an amount so staggeringly high could have been theft, prompting accusations of graft, as outlined here.
This is certainly the end of Mt. Gox, but not necessarily the end of Bitcoins Tradehill CEO Jered Kenna stated on Bloomberg news, “This is not a Bitcoin problem, it’s a Mt. Gox Problem…there are more secure exchanges…”
It remains to be seen how well Bitcoins will weather Mt. Gox’s collapse, but the digital currency continues to have support even from those who lost big.
Erik Voorhees is one such causality of the collapse. He lost 550 Bitcoins in Mt. Gox, yet he is steadfastly supportive of the currency, as he stated in his widely read post on Reddit.