As if to prove Donald Trump's claim that cryptocurrencies are made out of thin air, up to $32 million worth of untraceable digital assets have disappeared from Japanese exchange Bitpoint in a hot wallet hack.
Bitpoint has shut down its operations while it investigates the attack, which involved multiple alternative currencies, including XRP and bitcoin.
Bitpoint's customers are of out of pocket to the tune of $23 million, while Bitpoint owned the remaining third.
The exchange was among cryptocurrency operators ordered by Japan’s Financial Services Agency to improve internal controls following the 2018 hack of Coincheck, which saw $520 million worth of bitcoin stolen.
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