The HashCows crypto mining pool is reporting some grim news this Christmas Eve. The service reports that their mining pool has been compromised. Perhaps put best in their words:
There’s been a breach this afternoon with a number of users reporting payout addresses being changed and manual payouts being triggered to the new address. All payouts have been disabled and we are working on determining the scope of the issue. While its unlikely passwords have been compromised (and nothing is stored plain text in the db anyways), its not a bad practice to assume the worst and change passwords anyways. We apologize to all hashcows miners who have been affected by this theft. We are working as best we can to determine scope and close holes, All payouts of any kind are currently disabled until further notice. Terrible time of year to wake up to such news.
It’s unclear just where this will go from here, but the likelihood is that some users will be taking losses. (via CryptoCoinsNews)