Mt. Gox, Bitcoin burza stacionirana u Japanu, dobiva veliku medijsku pažnju u posljednjih mjesec dana zbog incidenta sa transakcijskom maleabilnošću (eng. Transaction Malleability). Nakon što su tada isključili mogućnost podizanja novaca sa računa špekuliralo se o trgovanju informacijama i insider tradingu, ali je trgovanje još uvijek bilo omogućeno. Bitcoin je ovih dana na Mt. Gox varirao oko $100 da bi se u jutarnjim satima 25.veljače kompletno obustavio sistem trgovanja.
Par sati nakon toga Mt. Gox službena web stranica je otišla offline, a neki su to već predvidjeli dan prije kada je Mt. Gox obrisao sve tweetove sa službene Twitter stranice.
Ovakav tijek događaja razbjesnio je Bitcoin zajednicu, sve velike burze i pružatelje usluga te su se očitali o tome u dopisu kojeg prenosi Coindesk:
The purpose of this document is to summarize a joint statement to the Bitcoin community regarding Mt.Gox.
This tragic violation of the trust of users of Mt.Gox was the result of one company’s actions and does not reflect the resilience or value of bitcoin and the digital currency industry. There are hundreds of trustworthy and responsible companies involved in bitcoin.
We are confident, however, that strong Bitcoin companies, led by highly competent teams and backed by credible investors, will continue to thrive, and to fulfill the promise that bitcoin offers as the future of payment in the Internet age.
In order to re-establish the trust squandered by the failings of Mt. Gox, responsible bitcoin exchanges are working together and are committed to the future of bitcoin and the security of all customer funds. As part of the effort to re-assure customers, the following services will be coordinating efforts over the coming days to publicly reassure customers and the general public that all funds continue to be held in a safe and secure manner: Coinbase, Kraken, BitStamp, Circle, and BTC China.
We strongly believe in transparent, thoughtful, and comprehensive consumer protection measures. We pledge to lead the way.
Bitcoin operators, whether they be exchanges, wallet services or payment providers, play a critical custodial role over the bitcoin they hold as assets for their customers. Acting as a custodian should require a high-bar, including appropriate security safeguards that are independently audited and tested on a regular basis, adequate balance sheets and reserves as commercial entities, transparent and accountable customer disclosures, and clear policies to not use customer assets for proprietary trading or for margin loans in leveraged trading. It does not appear to any of us that MtGox followed any these essential requirements as a financial services provider.”
U izjavi je i podrška svih utjecajnih ljudi Bitcoin zajednice:
Fred Ehrsam — Co-founder of Coinbase
Jesse Powell — CEO of Kraken
Nejc Kodrič — CEO of Bitstamp.net
Bobby Lee — CEO of BTC China
Nicolas Cary — CEO of Blockchain.info
Jeremy Allaire — CEO of Circle