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NiceHash founders criminal family associations comes to light following today's $62 Million hack...

Conspiracy theories are flooding Nicehash discussion groups as the criminal past of their CTO and Co-founder's family comes to light. 

Matjaz Skorjanc was arrested in 2010, for money laundering, and creating the "Mariposa botnet" which at one point infected 12.7 million computers - he is the son of the owner of NiceHash.

To top off today's strange events, he's scrubbing the internet for traces of his existence, his LinkIn profile that was active yesterday, is now deleted. A facebook profile active earlier today is also gone.
Matjaz's LinkedIn
Matjaz was also credited for creating the darknet forum "Darkode" - which was eventually raided and lead to over 70 arrests around the globe. 

What's missing from the conspiracy is a clear motive. Nicehash was making good profits, running what seemed to be a legitimate business. But maybe that wasn't enough.

Just a reminder, we're reporting on the speculation that's occurring, at this point, we are not accusing anyone of a crime.

*Article updated 12/7/18 to correctly reflect the family relationship.
Author: Ross Davis
San Francisco News Desk

BREAKING: Nicehash HACKED - now over $62 Million sits in hackers Bitcoin wallet!

In an official press release just sent out, stated:

Unfortunately, there has been a security breach involving NiceHash website. We are currently investigating the nature of the incident and, as a result, we are stopping all operations for the next 24 hours.
Importantly, our payment system was compromised and the contents of the NiceHash Bitcoin wallet have been stolen. We are working to verify the precise number of BTC taken.
Clearly, this is a matter of deep concern and we are working hard to rectify the matter in the coming days. In addition to undertaking our own investigation, the incident has been reported to the relevant authorities and law enforcement and we are co-operating with them as a matter of urgency.
We are fully committed to restoring the NiceHash service with the highest security measures at the earliest opportunity.
We would not exist without our devoted buyers and miners all around the globe. We understand that you will have a lot of questions, and we ask for patience and understanding while we investigate the causes and find the appropriate solutions for the future of the service. We will endeavour to update you at regular intervals.
While the full scope of what happened is not yet known, we recommend, as a precaution, that you change your online passwords.
We are truly sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused and are committing every resource towards solving this issue as soon as possible.
Things aren't looking good, immediately following the hack, users found their wallets emptied, having sent their money to 1 Bitcoin address: 1EnJHhq8Jq8vDuZA5ahVh6H4t6jh1mB4rq - which now holds $62,616,073.98 USD

In a situation like this, there's really only one thing NiceHash can do to get the money back - catch the hacker.

We're following this story closely for further developments.

Author: Ross Davis
San Francisco News Desk