TOKYO — Japan's finance minister scoffed at bitcoin woes, dismissing them as inevitable on Friday, and Vietnam banned the virtual currency, but enthusiasm was undimmed among its supporters in the aftermath of the apparent collapse of a major exchange.
The unplugging earlier this week of the Tokyo-based Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange and accusations it suffered a catastrophic theft have drawn renewed regulatory attention to a currency created in 2009 as a way to make transactions across borders without third parties such as banks.
Mt. Gox bitcoin exchange filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan on Friday after claims of a multi-million-dollar theft from its digital vaults, media reports said.
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