| Bitcoin hits record $2,000 - and rising; Global demand has offset concerns about its use by hackers
USA TODAY, May 23, 2017 Tuesday
Bitcoin, sometimes frowned upon as a currency of the underworld, is fast gaining currency in the financial world. The crypto-currency soared past $2,000 for the first time over the weekend as investors increasingly treat it as a new gold standard and countries such as Japan and China integrate it into their banking systems. On Monday, it traded 6% higher at $2,182.74, according to CoinDesk.