Image copyright BTCChance/Reddit Image caption The hackers encouraged users to split up their bitcoins
A website used to trade virtual currencies has been hacked and users told they could split their bitcoins into new ones.
A message on Bitcoin.eu sent users to Bitcoin.com, where they could “split” their bitcoin into 3,000-bitcoin chunks.
The “PartitionScam” message encourages users to share their bitcoins through a special Bitcoin wallet they have created.
Bitcoin.eu’s website also warns against “abuse” and claims there are several scams online.
Image copyright Bitcoin.eu Image caption Bitcoin.eu hosts a messaging app called Livemint.
Bitcoin.eu’s website said users should avoid entering personal information and refer anyone claiming to be from the site to “the official Bitcoin Bitcoin website”.
The message also says many scams on the internet include “specifically targeting Bitcoin users, or one specific virtual currency.”
The web page adds that this scam “is targeted to attractive bitcoin users.”
“I wanted to spend my bitcoins as rapidly as possible and with cash,” a person who spotted the hack wrote on Reddit.
“I was looking forward to the trading value of splitting mine in half to buy Bitcoin. I thought that a three hour sting would equal a few Bitcoin. But, as you can see from the link I’ve been sent, it had screwed all that and more.”
Another said they paid more than €2,600, or roughly £2,400, for the small fraction of bitcoin that they thought they would receive.
“I don’t believe this is legit, but it’s attached to plenty of other fake sites already, so it could very well be genuine.”
Users who follow the links on Bitcoin.eu are allegedly redirected to a site called Plinkli.
Bitcoin exchanges typically offer traders a way to buy or sell multiple currencies simultaneously, sometimes for different currencies at once.
Bitcoin.eu hosted a website called Livemint.
It has recently stopped users accessing its webpage but a login can still be found on another website.
The website claims a few exchanges have been “boiled” for being “misleading and financially injuring”.