Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Moves Offices As Angry Customers Protest Outside
We told you how a London programmer had trekked across the world to Tokyo to demand his money back from MtGox, where Bitcoin withdrawals remain halted.
A second guy joined him soon after.
Now MtGox has announced they're moving offices. Here's their new release:
Dear MtGox Customers,
MtGox Co.,Ltd. (Japan) has moved to the address below:
Cerulean Tower 15F
150*8512 Shibuya Tokyo
Cerulean Tower 15F
150*8512 Shibuya Tokyo
Please address all documents/letters to the above address from now on.
Thank you for your kind corporation.
We can't confirm whether it's to evade the protesters. But as you can see from this link, Cerulean Tower is actually an enormous office park with multiple entrances and presumably robust. Here's a screenshot:
Just another boiler room
I think if price of single bitcoin will go to $0...this thread will have to be renamed to "We useD Bitcoin "
Speculators look to cash in on Bitcoin crisis
One of the world's most prominent Bitcoin exchanges is in turmoil. But for some savvy investors, the crisis offers a big-time buying opportunity.
The Bitcoin world has been buzzing over the past few days as Tokyo-based exchange Mt.Gox. has frozen withdrawals. A Bitcoin software glitch could allow thieves to steal its customers' bitcoins, and Mt.Gox has been unable to fix the problem.
That means that owners of the digital currency who have accounts with Mt.Gox can't cash out, and many are now worried their deposits could be lost.
The problem isn't affecting other leading Bitcoin exchanges, which have taken steps to prevent the glitch from being exploited and ensure that the market continues to function.
For the moment, Mt.Gox is keeping mum on the subject, saying it would provide an update "by Thursday at the latest."
In the meantime, Mt.Gox customers who doubt they'll ever recover their bitcoins have begun selling the rights to them at a steep discount. Those account holders have found willing buyers among speculators who believe that Mt.Gox will indeed make good on its obligations.
The speculators could make big profits: As of midday Wednesday, the rights to Mt.Gox bitcoins were selling for around $265 each. On well-functioning exchanges, the price was around $636 per bitcoin.
The difference is that on normal exchanges, paying $636 will put you in immediate possession of a Bitcoin. With Mt.Gox, speculators are paying for the rights to the bitcoins locked up there whenever -- if ever -- the ban on withdrawals is lifted.
Man, it looks so familiar. Again
Today is a BIG & HAPPY day for bitcoin
It was just a matter of time. Nobody (except central banks ) can pull a stunt like that indefinitely
Lol mate. That is not so far away. LOL
Bitcoins Offered on Mt.Gox Drop as Withdrawals Halted
Bitcoin holders are offering the virtual money for $124 on the online exchange Mt.Gox, down from $829 two weeks ago, following its decision to halt withdrawals earlier this month.
Tokyo-based Mt.Gox, one of the first exchanges for the virtual currency, said in a statement yesterday that it’s still working to resume Bitcoin withdrawals for clients. The digital currency is currently trading at $566 on London-based Bitstamp and for $553 on BTC-e in Bulgaria.
The interruptions are the latest setback for Bitcoins, which have also come under scrutiny by India, China and Russia. Those governments have sought to ban or limit the use of the virtual currency, which exists as software and isn’t controlled by any authority.
“Since traders can’t get their Bitcoin out of Mt.Gox right now, the price is discounting a probability that they will never be able to get their Bitcoin out,” Gil Luria, an analyst at Wedbush Securities Inc., wrote in an e-mail.
The inability to remove funds from Mt.Gox is raising concerns that hackers might have gained access to deposits, Luria said. Other exchanges were crippled by a Internet-wide hacking attack that shut down marketplaces across the Web this month. Some have since resumed operations.
Mt.Gox didn’t return repeated requests by e-mail and phone for comment. The company also said in the statement that it had relocated its office due to security concerns.
“The move, combined with some other security and technical challenges, pushed back our progress,” Mt.Gox said in the statement.
Kolin Burges of Britain flew from London to Tokyo on Feb. 13 and has been protesting outside the Mt.Gox headquarters since then. He said he has 285 Bitcoins at the exchange that he can’t withdraw, and isn’t buying its claims of technical issues.
“Other exchanges do not have this kind of problem,” Burges said in an interview. “I do not believe that technical problems are the cause of all these delays.”
He has a sign that says “Mt.Gox where’s our money” in Japanese. He confronted Mt.Gox Chief Executive Officer Mark Karpeles to ask him if the site still has everyone’s Bitcoins. Karpeles didn’t reply, an online video of the exchange showed.
Mt.Gox, one of the largest online exchanges where Bitcoins are traded for dollars, euros and other currencies, has had other stumbles. Mt.Gox temporarily halted or delayed withdrawals several times last year.
Bitcoin spikes almost 200% on Mt. Gox withdrawal rumors
Bitcoin prices spiked almost 200% on the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox Exchange on Sunday to hit an intraday high above $300, amid speculation withdrawals on the troubled exchange will soon resume.
BTC/USD rallied to a session high of $348.98 on Mt. Gox, before trimming gains to trade at $278.00 during U.S. morning hours, up 151.4%.
Investors returned to the market after a rumor posted on internet message board website Reddit said that Mt. Gox was in the process of testing Bitcoin withdrawals again.
Prices on Mt. Gox plunged to $91.50 on February 21 as investors were disappointed with a lack of concrete details regarding progress made on resuming withdrawals on the struggling exchange.
Mt. Gox was forced to halt all Bitcoin withdrawals on February 7 due to a technical issue, leading to steep declines as traders shied away from the virtual currency.
Elsewhere, the price of a Bitcoin last traded at $627.95 on Slovenia-based BitStamp, up 10.3%, while prices on BTC-e jumped 10% to trade at $610.00.
BitStamp is the world’s largest second-largest Bitcoin exchange, while Bulgaria-based BTC-e is the third-biggest by volume.
According to the CoinDesk Bitcoin Price Index, which averages prices from the major exchanges, prices of the crypto-currency picked up 2.3% to trade at $618.60.
Bitcoin is digital cash for the internet and it is not backed by a government or central bank to regulate or issue it. It can be used to purchase goods and services from stores and online retailers.
Prices of the virtual currency soared to an all-time high of $1,241.10 on November 29.
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