BitMEX has just leaked thousands of customer emails 

BitMEX - the largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume - has just revealed the email addresses of a raft of its users in a botched mass mailshot

BitMEX, the world’s most popular cryptocurrency derivative trading platform, has just leaked thousands of customer emails in its latest customer support email.

BitMEX email

This morning’s email from BitMEX

Email privacy issue at BitMEX

In response to the horrifying gaffe that will lead many of its users to question the state of the exchange’s security, the company put out a simple statement on its blog.

“We are aware that some of our users have received a general user update email earlier today, which contained the email addresses of other users.”

BitMEX insisted that customer privacy was its “top priority” and apologised for the unfortunate incident. A statement read:

“We are very sorry for the concern this has caused to our users.”

The largest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume confirmed that it acted immediately upon discovering the leak. The exchange is now working to “contain the issue”.

That will come as little comfort to the BitMEX traders whose email addresses are now floating around in cyberspace.

However, BitMEX has promised that it will contact any affected users. The company has also assured them that its team is doing everything possible to “identify the root cause of the fault”.

Responses to the leak were mixed. Some users took it with humour, with comments on the company’s Twitter feed such as:

“Give me back all the liquidated positions and we are fine Arthur, no biggie.”

Another user replied in a similar vein:

“Distribute some BTC from your insurance fund and we’ll all be happy.”

However, other BitMEX users are outraged. They are questioning how anyone can trust BitMEX after this. One angry user went as far as to say that he would no longer be using the exchange:

“Great job to say goodbye to every client you have ever had. Solid work team.”

Others questioned how it is possible for the company to now “contain the issue” given that the email has already been sent.

Could BitMEX get in trouble with the regulators?

For now, the story is still emerging. It seems that BitMEX will update its customers as and when it has more information. However, the consequences of such a leak could be severe for the Seychelles-registered company.

As one user pointed out, BitMEX has shared personal information of its users without their consent. Granted, it may have been an accident, but the issue may well thrust the unregulated exchange under the spotlight of the General Data Protection Regulation.

After a year fraught with investigations by the CFTC over BitMEX allegedly allowing Americans to trade on the platform, another run-in with the regulators is probably the last thing Mr Hayes wants right now.

Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the author should not be considered as financial advice. We do not give advice on financial products.

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