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Almost $60 billion wiped off cryptocurrency market in a weekend

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The 2018 selloff in cryptocurrencies deepened, wiping out about US$42 billion (NZ$60 billion) of market value over the weekend and extending this year's slump in Bitcoin to more than 50 percent.

Some observers pinned the latest retreat on an exchange hack in South Korea, while others pointed to lingering concern over a clampdown on trading platforms in China. Cryptocurrency venues have come under growing scrutiny around the world in recent months amid a range of issues including thefts, market manipulation and money laundering.