Bitcoin surges $4k in 48 hours and professional hackers are enjoying the $64 million they stole

Cryptocurrencies surpasses $400 billion, Total market cap, for the first time.

“You have a lot of zealotry, and a lot of people, including me, who think it’s the greatest thing to ever happen in the history of mankind. You have a lot of people who think it’s a bubble and a Ponzi scheme. It turns out both of them can’t be right,” Lou Kerner, Founder and Managing Partner at The Social Internet Fund.

The BTC/USD pair reached an all-time high at $15,517 on Thursday. The pair rose more than 50% since it broke above the 10K for the first time on the last day of November and recently pierced 15k. Based on the latest data the pair was trading at $15,463, adding an incredible 18.7% on the day.

NiceHash, which describes itself as the largest marketplace for mining digital currencies, said late Wednesday that it was suspending its operations for at least 24 hours because of a security breach.

The site's payment system was compromised and the contents of its bitcoin account have been stolen, it said. NiceHash, a digital currency mining marketplace is urging users to change their passwords to prevent professional hackers from obtaining any more than the $63+ million in bitcoin already stolen.