UPDATE (15th January 08:26 BST): This article has been updated with additional information.
The exchange alleges in a newly released blog post that it was the target of a hack in July 2014, an incident that it said cost it approximately 13,000 BTC ($7.5m at then prices) and approximately 300,000 LTC (then $2.08m).
Unless the funds are recovered or a buyer is able to cover the losses, the post continued, the site will be shut down and bankruptcy declared.
The acknowledgement of insolvency and the hack claims come after months of customer withdrawal delays, comparisons to the now-defunct Japanese bitcoin exchange Mt Gox, and the filing of a class action lawsuit against the exchange.
Cryptsy said that it has outstanding liabilities of approximately 10,000 BTC, or roughly $4.15m at press time. Withdrawals and trading are offline at press time, and the site’s chatroom has been deactivated.
Cryptsy said that did not disclose these losses at the time and continued to make payouts with funds derived from new income.
The post reads:
“This of course was a critical event for Cryptsy, however at the time the website was earning more than