Bitcoin tumbles 10% on news of South Korea crypto exchange hack

Bitcoin tumbled 10 percent on Sunday to its lowest in two months, after a relatively small South Korean exchange said it was hacked.

However, Coinrail’s public statements did not mention bitcoin, according to Google Translate.

Nevertheless, Bitcoin hit a low of $ 6,647.33, its lowest since April 9, according to CoinDesk’s bitcoin price index, and coincided with a broader crypto sell-off. The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization remains about 50 percent lower for the year so far.

Bitcoin three-month performance

Source: CoinDesk

Other major cryptocurrencies also fell. Ethereum dropped 14 percent to near $ 514 and litecoin fell more than 11 percent to around $ 104, according to CoinDesk.

The declines followed a report on Friday from The Wall Street Journal, citing sources, that U.S. regulators are investigating potential price manipulation at four major cryptocurrency exchanges: Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit and Kraken.

The exchanges, CME and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission did not immediately respond to a CNBC request for comment on Sunday evening.

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