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Bitcoin exchange customers lose 36% of their money after hack

By Jackie Wattles

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Bitcoin owners targeted by hackers last week may lose about 36% of their money.

Hong Kong-based Bitfinex said it's working to reopen the exchange by Monday. The platform was shut down on August 3 after 119,756 bitcoins, worth more than $65 million based on exchange rates at the time, were stolen from some users' accounts.

Bitfinex said it decided "after much thought, analysis and consultations" to generalize the losses across all users. That means even people who weren't affected by the hack will find that 36% of the value of their accounts will be replaced by a "token" labeled BFX.

The company said it will use those tokens to keep track of customers' losses and will work to compensate the accounts in the future. Bitfinex said those discussions are "in early stages" and "will likely take time to play out."

"The BFX tokens will remain outstanding until redeemed in full by Bitfinex or possibly exchanged" for shares of Bitfinex's owner, iFinex Inc., the company said in a statement.

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