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For 20 mins, 7 customers purchased 'free' bitcoins from Japanese exchange

The latest flub could draw further attention to security and systems at cryptocurrency exchanges

Reuters  |  TOKYO 

A blunder at a Japanese cryptocurrency exchange let investors briefly buy bitcoins for free - though none were able to profit from the mistake. Zaif, a government-registered exchange run by Osaka-based Tech Bureau Corp, said on Tuesday that a system glitch had let seven customers buy bitcoin with no yen value during a 20-minute window last week. The exchange voided the trades after discovering the error, which happened on Feb. 16 - though it was still trying to resolve the issue with one customer who tried to transfer the knock-down bitcoins from the exchange, a spokesman told ...

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First Published: Wed, February 21 2018. 14:44 IST
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