Digital Gold Rush The Bitcoin Boom and Its Many Risks

In the midst of the euro crisis, particularly daring investors are putting their faith in the Internet currency bitcoin. A boom in the virtual coins has made some into millionaires. But central bankers are wary of its potential, and the currency is everything but crash-proof.
In the early days, anyone could use their home computer to mine bitcoins, but now the market is dominated by professionals.

In the early days, anyone could use their home computer to mine bitcoins, but now the market is dominated by professionals.

Tim Brakemeier/ dpa
Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan
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