In the first theft of its size, a user loses most of his balance of Bitcoins - the digital peer-to-peer currency.

A Bitcoin user had his virtual wallet hacked this week and lost 25,000 BTC, which works out to about $487, 749. He started a thread on the Bitcoin forum titled “I just got hacked – any help is welcome!” and posted:

Hi everyone. I am totally devastated today. I just woke up to see a very large chunk of my bitcoin balance gone to the following address: 1KPTdMb6p7H3YCwsyFqrEmKGmsHqe1Q3jg

I backed up my wallet.dat file religiously and encrypted it but that does not do me much good when someone or some trojan or something has direct access to my computer somehow.

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