Troubled Bitcoin exchange MtGox promises resumption of services “soon”

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The Tokyo-based Bitcoin exchange MtGox has apologized (PDF) for suspending the ability of its customers to get their money out and promised an end to the suspension “soon”.

MtGox said the people over at Bitcoin wallet service Blockchain.info had helped it develop a workaround for the so-called malleability issue that caused the withdrawal freeze. The workaround involves a new identifier to check whether transactions have been modified or not.

MtGox has always maintained that the problem is a bug in Bitcoin, while others have said it was in the outfit’s handling of the protocol. The exchange’s version of events got something of a boost when it emerged that there was a wave of fraudulent attacks stealing people’s bitcoins from various services, based on the malleability issue.

“With this new system in place, MtGox should be able to resume withdrawals soon. At the beginning we will do so at a moderated pace and with new daily/monthly limits in place to prevent any problems with the new system and to take into account current market conditions,” MtGox’s statement read.

The firm is also bringing in email notifications for each successful account access, as an extra layer of security. It said more details about the resumption of services would come out on Thursday at the latest.

The price of a bitcoin on MtGox is now just $330, compared with around $625 on less troubled exchanges.

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