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3.5 bil. yen of cryptocurrency stolen from BITPoint Japan

A website showing how to use bitcoins is seen in this March 1, 2014 file photo. (Mainichi)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Cryptocurrency exchange operator BITPoint Japan Co. said Friday it has suspended all transactions and services after the company found 3.5 billion yen ($32 million) had been stolen the previous night.

The operator said it lost 2.5 billion yen from customers' accounts and 1 billion from the company's deposit account after discovering an outflow at 10:39 p.m. Thursday.

BITPoint Japan handles five kinds of cryptocurrency -- bitcoin, bitcoin cash, ethereum, litecoin and ripple.

The operator, a unit of Remixpoint Inc. listed on the Second Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange, apologized for the inconvenience to customers and said it will compensate any damage caused.

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