Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy
Mt. Gox, the troubled exchange for the virtual currency Bitcoin, filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday and said that it might have lost all of its customers’ coins in a hacking attack.
The Tokyo-based exchange, which warned earlier this month of a software flaw that may have allowed hackers to defraud it of Bitcoins, had halted all trading earlier this week.
Mark Karpeles, the company’s chief executive, wearing a suit instead of his usual T-shirt, bowed in contrition and apologized in Japanese at a press conference in Tokyo.
“I’m truly sorry to have caused inconvenience,” he said.