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Wat is Mt. Gox
Mt. Gox is a Bitcoin exchange based in Tokyo, Japan. It was launched in July 2010 as a Bitcoin exchange, and by 2013 was handling 70% of all Bitcoin transactions. In February 2014, the company suspended trading, closed its website, and filed for a form of bankruptcy protection from creditors called minji saisei, or civil rehabilitation, to allow courts to seek a buyer. It announced that around 850,000 bitcoins belonging to customers and the company were missing and likely stolen, an amount valued at more than $450 million at the time
In late 2006, programmer Jed McCaleb (eDonkey2000, Overnet, Ripple), thought of building a website for users of the Magic: The Gathering Online service to let them trade cards like stocks; in January 2007, he purchased the domain name mtgox.com, short for "'Magic The Gathering Online' eXchange"; initially in beta, sometime around late 2007, the service went live for around 3 months before McCaleb moved on to other projects, having decided it was not worth his time. He reused the domain name in 2009 to advertise his card game The Far Wilds.
In July 2010, he read about Bitcoin on Slashdot, and decided that the nascent Bitcoin community needed an exchange for trading Bitcoin & regular currencies; a week later on 18 July, after writing an exchange website (which did not borrow any code from the 2007 project), he launched it while reusing the spare mtgox.com domain name.
Bitcoin price history in USD on the Mt. Gox exchange from February 2012 until its shutdown in February 2014
As it began to take off in 2011, he sold it to Mark Karpeles (retaining 12% equity), citing the increasing demands of running an exchange:
I created mtgox on a lark after reading about bitcoins last summer. It has been interesting and fun to do. I’m still very confident that bitcoins have a bright future. But to really make mtgox what it has the potential to be would require more time than I have right now. So I’ve decided to pass the torch to someone better able to take the site to the next level.
Pers berichten & Aankondigingen
- 2014-03-28: 調査結果報告書の提出期限伸長のお知らせ / Announcement regarding the extension of the deadline for submission of the examination results report
- 2014-03-26: ビットコインの消失に係る捜査機関への相談に関するお知らせ / Announcement with regard to consultations with investigating authorities on the disappearance of bitcoins
- 2014-03-20: 当社保有ビットコインの残高に関するお知らせ / Announcement regarding the balance of Bitcoin held by the company
- 2014-03-14: 米国連邦破産法第15章適用の申請に関するお知らせ / Announcement regarding the applicability of US Bankruptcy Code Chapter 15
- 2014-03-08: MTGOX 詐欺メール注意喚起通知 / Spam warning
- 2014-03-04: Comprehensive Prohibition Order Judgment Announcement
- 2014-03-03: Volledig Japanse update
- 2014-02-28: Regarding An Application For Commencement Of A Prodedure Of Civil Rehabilitation
February 2014 hacking, losses, shutdown and bankruptcy
On 7 February 2014, all Bitcoin withdrawals were halted by Mt. Gox. The company said it was pausing withdrawal requests “to obtain a clear technical view of the currency processes” The company issued a press release on February 10, 2014 stating that the issue was due to transaction malleability: “A bug in the bitcoin software makes it possible for someone to use the Bitcoin network to alter transaction details to make it seem like a sending of bitcoins to a bitcoin wallet did not occur when in fact it did occur. Since the transaction appears as if it has not proceeded correctly, the bitcoins may be resent. MtGox is working with the Bitcoin core development team and others to mitigate this issue.”
On 17 February 2014, with all Mt. Gox withdrawals still halted and competing exchanges back in full operation, the company published another press release indicating the steps they claim they are taking to address security issues. In an email interview with the Wall Street Journal, CEO Mark Karpeles refused to comment on increasing concerns among customers about the financial status of the exchange, did not give a definite date on which withdrawals would be resumed, and wrote that the exchange would impose "new daily and monthly limits" on withdrawals if and when they were resumed. A poll of 3000 Mt. Gox customers by CoinDesk indicated that 68% of customers were still awaiting funds from Mt. Gox. The median waiting time was between one to three months. 21% of poll respondents had been waiting for three months or more.
On 20 February 2014, with all withdrawals still halted, Mt. Gox issued yet another statement, giving no date for the resumption of withdrawals. A protest by two Bitcoin enthusiasts outside the building that houses the Mt. Gox headquarters in Tokyo continued. Citing "security concerns", Mt. Gox announced they had moved their offices to a different location in Shibuya. Bitcoin prices quoted by Mt. Gox dropped below 20% of the prices on other exchanges, reflecting the market's estimate of the unlikelihood of Mt. Gox paying their customers.
On 23 February 2014, Mark Karpeles, the CEO of Mt. Gox, resigned from the board of the Bitcoin Foundation. The same day, all posts on their Twitter account were removed.
On 24 February 2014, Mt. Gox suspended all trading, and hours later its website went offline, returning a blank page. An alleged leaked internal crisis management document claimed that the company was insolvent, after losing 744,408 bitcoins in a theft which went undetected for years. Six other major bitcoin exchanges released a joint statement distancing themselves from Mt. Gox, shortly before Mt. Gox's website went offline.
On 25 February 2014, MtGox reported on its website that a "decision was taken to close all transactions for the time being", citing "recent news reports and the potential repercussions on MtGox's operations". The chief executive, Mark Karpeles told Reuters that MtGox was "at a turning point".
On 28 February 2014, Mt. Gox filed for bankruptcy protection in Tokyo, and the company reported that the company had liabilities of about 6.5 billion yen ($64 million at the time), and 3.84 billion yen in assets. The company said they had lost almost 750,000 of its customers' bitcoins, and around 100,000 of its own bitcoins, totaling around 7% of all bitcoins, and worth around $473 million near the time of the filing. Mt. Gox released a statement saying "The company believes there is a high possibility that the Bitcoins were stolen,” thus beginning a search for the missing money. Chief Executive of Mt. Gox, Mark Karpelès, said technical issues opened up the way for fraudulent withdrawals. Mt. Gox also faces lawsuits from its customers.
MtGox Recovery Initiative
Je kunt op de website van MtGox Recovery een melding maken.We are a group of people who have lost considerable funds on MtGox, due to Mark Karpeles’s completely irresponsible actions.
We have retained a very good Japanese law firm, which will try to recover as much as possible, and additionally press criminal charges against Mark Karpeles personally. Karpeles was holding customer deposits on his company bank account, which is illegal in Japan.
To gain additional proof and insight into the extent of the criminal acts committed by MtGox and Mark Karpeles, we are building a database of losses. Please fill out the form below to help build our case.
Additionally you can indicate if you would like us to try to get your funds back also. This is no legal commitment at this point, just informational. Once we gain more insight in our ability to do so, we will contact you to inform you of any further possible action.
Met het oog op bevroren tegoeden bij Mt.Gox is BitcoinBuilder (BB) in het leven geroepen. Mensen konden via die website "echte" BTC ruilen tegen "Gox BTC". Deze handel heeft een tijdje gelopen maar is sinds 04-03-2014 gestopt.
Huidige site boodschap
Important announcement to all users confirming their account
This balance confirmation service is provided on this site only for the convenience of all users.
Please be aware that confirming the balance on this site does not constitute a filing of rehabilitation claims under the civil rehabilitation procedure and note that the balance amounts shown on this site should also not be considered an acknowledgment by MtGox Co., Ltd. of the amount of any rehabilitation claims of users.
Rehabilitation claims under a civil rehabilitation procedure become confirmed from a filing which is followed by an investigation procedure. The method for filing claims will be published on this site as soon as we will be in situation to announce it.
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