So, what about the Bitcoin? A Bitcoin is simply a made up cash in an online universe. You use an online exchange in order to trade dollars for Bitcoins. Apparently, some restaurants in New York city will even accept Bitcoins in payment for lunch. Not so fast, though. "Hackers" allegedly hit MyBitcoin back in June, making off with $500,000 in funds. And now, MyBitcoin itself is processing claims to liquidate the remainder of the accounts. Apparently, that will be somewhere around 49% of their deposits. In the NPR piece, Ron Mann commented (correctly of course) that he would not expect Bitcoin to be around in 5 to 10 years. Well mostly correct, as at least mybitcoin was gone a mere months after the original interview. Perhaps others will take up the space left by mybitcoin, but how secure is any payment system?
Here is the story of one mybitcoin user who lost a substantial amount of money from his e-wallet:
As I advise my students, be wary about any new (or even existing) payment device . . . scammers . . .or anywhere you park your money for that matter. There are no quick fixes or easy roads to avoid market volatility and economic instability.