The hits continue for bitcoin owners.
After Bitfinex revealed this week that a hacker made off with 119,756 bitcoins (about $72 million), the digital-currency exchange said Friday it is interested in a "socialized loss."
"We are leaning towards a socialized loss scenario among bitcoin balances and active loans to BTCUSD positions," the company said in a blog post, noting that it has not made a final decision and that more details will be available Saturday. BTCUSD stands for Bitcoin/US dollar.
In a socialized loss scenario, a company typically expects a bailout of some sort, either from customers or from the government. It's possible that Bitfinex customers may bear the brunt of the loss.
Bitfinex did not immediately respond to a request to comment.