The BTC-E exchange has been down earlier today due to scheduled maintenance. As is usually the case when this happens, there is a lot of confusion and panic over what is going on. Many people assumed there was a security breach, but that does not appear to be the case. No funds are stolen, and everything should be working as normal once again.
BTC-E Maintenance Was Scheduled Well Ahead of Time
If people in the Bitcoin world did their homework properly, they would have known BTC-E had planned a technical maintenance between midnight and midday on October 2, 2016. All of the company services would be unavailable as this maintenance took place, which is only normal.
Technical maintenance in data center on October 2, 2016, from 00:00 till 12:00 (MSK time). Our services may be temporary unavailable #btce
— BTC-E (@btcecom) October 1, 2016
A lot of people were concerned about the exchange going offline for such an extended period. Every time a Bitcoin exchange goes down, people are concerned about the platform security, and what may happen to user funds. All of these concerns were invalid, though, as nothing malicious has gone on.
Some people may argue a downtime of 12 hours is unusually long, and plenty of reason for concern over funds. A technical maintenance can mean a lot of different things, and running a large-scale Bitcoin exchange is not so easy. Such an extended period also begs the question whether or not the company uses redundant servers to keep most functionality going.
Keeping in mind how BTC-E has been around since 2011, it is safe to say the company has a certain reputation in the Bitcoin space. While they are not too transparent regarding who runs the platform, and sometimes have to deal with strange issues, they are still alive to this very day.
It did not take long for someone to claim BTC-E has become insolvent. Even though there is zero evidence to back up this claim, it is not the first time such rumors are being spread. Despite what some people may want to believe, BTC-E is not going anywhere anytime soon.
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