Earlier today, February 9, Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex went down for about two hours, at a time in which most top cryptocurrencies were moving up. To clarify the situation to its users, Bitfinex has now attributed the outage to ‘connectivity’ issues.
After the exchange went down, the company revealed via microblogging platform Twitter that its platform was unavailable to “some of its users,” but soon clarified it was unavailable to everyone.
We apologise for our previous tweet. In the rush to make users aware of our issue promptly, we were poor in the choice of wording. We can confirm Bitfinex is offline to all users. Please be assured that funds are safe. We will communicate here with further updates— Bitfinex (@bitfinex) February 9, 2019
Soon after, the exchange brought its platform back online and revealed the issue was related to “connectivity.” In a blog post clarifying the occurrence, Bitfinex claimed it understands downtime can be “incredibly frustrating,” especially during times in which the crypto market is moving a lot.
Our team identified and responded to the situation immediately and worked unremittingly to bring full service back as quickly as feasibly possible. Your safety is our top priority and we can confirm that all funds were safe during this period.
To help traders deal with the issue, Bitfinex then called all of its support staff online to handle customer queries. Per the cryptocurrency exchange, the issue has been resolved and is being investigated “to prevent a repeat.”
The incident scared various cryptocurrency traders, as some believe Bitfinex – which shares management with Tether – may be insolvent as they claim the firm doesn’t have the $2 billion USD to cover all USDT tokens in circulation.
Late last year, the crypto exchange halted fiat deposits, which saw BTC be traded at a premium of over $100 against USDT compared to the USD. After the panic caused the Bitcoin-Tether premium to hit an all-time high, Bitfinex put out a statement clarifying the situation.