UPDATE (22nd May, 17:2opm GMT): A representative from Bitfinex has indicated it has generated a new hot wallet on a "failsafe machine". It expects deposits and withdrawals will be live "soon", after the wallet has successfully synced.
Popular bitcoin exchange Bitfinex today urged customers to halt deposits while it investigates a suspected hack.
In a statement released this morning, the Hong Kong-based company said the keys to its hot wallet "might have been compromised". However, the majority of customers' funds would not be affected, it said.
said it was working to create a new hot wallet for the deposits it stores online.
The exchange, which recently partnered with AlphaPoint to overhaul its back-end, is expected to release further updates in the coming hours.
Additional reporting by Pete Rizzo.
Correction: A previous version of this article stated that Bitfinex was the third most popular exchange by volume.
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