The world’s most popular digital currency has been hit with an unprecedented attack by a malicious cyberattack.
The issue comes as bitcoin and blockchain-powered currencies have become increasingly popular.
A report from the cybersecurity firm Trend Micro indicates that a malware called Cryptocurrency-Based Remote Access Tool (CBRAT) has infiltrated some bitcoin wallets in China.
The company is now tracking thousands of users in China and is also urging them to change their passwords.
Bitcoin-related cyberattacks are also a common problem for companies using bitcoin, according to cybersecurity firm Mandiant.
Bitcoin is now worth more than $1,000.
In addition to being used to buy and sell goods and services, bitcoins are used to store value.
Blockchain-based cryptocurrency such as bitcoin can be used to securely store transactions and make them harder for criminals to trace.
A cyberattack like this could hurt bitcoin, though.
Bitcoin prices have already dropped significantly.
In August, the value of a bitcoin fell more than 50 percent in a matter of days.
A recent study found that a significant number of bitcoin miners are now struggling to keep their machines running.
The attack could have a big impact on the bitcoin price, as well.
Some bitcoin exchanges have reported a surge in demand, with the bitcoin prices of many popular altcoins rising.
Bitcoin has risen about 5 percent since the beginning of the year.
If this is true, then the bitcoin-based ecosystem could see its value plunge significantly in the coming weeks.