Compromised Access Control
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The auditor was hired to verify that Mt. Gox had sufficient bitcoin and cash reserves to cover its holdings, but the hacker was able to use the auditor’s computer to steal bitcoins from the exchange. The hacker used the auditor’s access to sell bitcoins to his or her own wallet, causing the price of bitcoin on the exchange to plummet. The hacker acquired an estimated 2,000 BTC through this strategy, with an additional 650 BTC purchased by other Mt. Gox users at deflated prices.
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