The CEO of a UK-based Bitcoin trade called EXMO has apparently been abducted in Ukraine.
Pavel Lerner, 40, was captured while leaving his office in Kiev's Obolon locale on December 26.
Neighborhood media revealed that he had been maneuvered into a dark Mercedes-Benz by mens wearing balaclavas.
"We are doing everything conceivable to accelerate the hunt of Pavel Lerner," a representative said.
"Any data in regards to his whereabouts is particularly appreciated...Despite the circumstance, the trade is functioning not surprisingly. We additionally need to pressure that nature of Pavel's activity at EXMO doesn't expect get to either to stockpiles or any individual information of clients. All clients stores are completely protected."
EXMO is situated in Polegate, Sussex, however as indicated by its site it has laborers in Spain, Russia, India and Thailand together with "monetary guides" from the UK, USA, Lithuania and Singapore.
|Pavel Lerner has been missing since December 26|
As indicated by his Linkedin profile, Mr Lerner moved on from Kursk State University in Russia in 2012 and is CEO however an EXMO representative guaranteed that he filled in as an investigator, not a chief.
Following the news of Mr Lerner's snatching, Exmo's site endured a Distributed Denial of Server (DDOS) assault at the beginning of today, which thumped exchanging incidentally disconnected.
Cryptographic money trades and computerized wallets are turning into an objective for criminal posses as its notoriety and valuation takes off.
This month there were two prominent hacks on cash trades, incorporating one in which criminals carried off £52m worth of Bitcoin.
Fortunately today Exmo affirmed that their representative is protected and "there was no physical damage exacted on him".
As indicated by Ukrainian media reports, Mr Lerner was "tossed out on a motorway" by his abductors.
Exmo stated: "Pavel is right now in a condition of significant pressure, in this way, he won't give any official remarks in the coming days.
"The case is presently under scrutiny of the state security specialists."
The organization stressed it had returned to nothing new, and that Mr Lerner did not approach any money related resources on the stage.