Digital Currency Exchange Gatecoin Offline After Loss of Funds

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UPDATE: This piece has been updated with a statement from Gatecoin.

Hong Kong-based digital currency exchange Gatecoin has reportedly experienced a hack, resulting in losses from its connected wallets.

CEO Aurélien Menant took to the Slack channel for the DigixDAO project yesterdayand indicated that the exchange lost control of bitcoins and ethers, the native token of the Ethereum network, during the incident.

The CEO indicated via Slack that he was not entirely clear on the amount of funds taken, but noted " are big" and that the exchange will seek to refund customers following the loss.

"Last night Asia time, we suspected a potential leak on our hot wallets. Therefore, we decided to shut down the exchange and ports in order to minimise further potential losses, and we are conducting a full forensic investigation to identify the root of the issue. This is why Gatecoin's user interface and API are currently offline."

The hack comes amid the ongoing crowdsale for TheDAO, an initiative aimed at providing a funding mechanism for Ethereum projects.

Gatecoin has been facilitating the sale of tokens used to hold votes in the decentralized autonomous organization through the use of IOUs, which according to materials on the exchange's site would be swapped for tokens following the completion of the crowdsale.

Earlier today, the exchange took to Twitter to report that it had taken its website offline "Due to a high risk" that funds would "Leak" from some of the connected wallets.

On Twitter, Gatecoin later said it was investigating the issue, and other posts suggest that the exchange had been taken offline prior to the announcement, a move attributed on the main Gatecoin page to "Maintenance".

Gatecoin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.