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Crypto.com Steps Up To Boost Security And Privacy Studies Via Donations

Hong-kong based cryptocurrency exchange, Crypto.com, known for its industry-standard security measures, announced on Thursday that it is granting a donation of an undisclosed amount to the Crypto Research Lab of the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in order to boost the analysis of security and privacy in this age of digital revolution. The crypto exchange inked […]

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BitMEX Mastermind Arthur Hayes Pleads Guilty, Avoids Jail Time

The picture is getting clearer for BitMEX co-founder Arthur Hayes. The judge called what he did “a willful violation of the Bank Secrecy Act,” but he still got two years probation. Hayes will serve the first six months of that sentence in home confinement, but that’s it. The banker and entrepreneur will not set foot in a cell. Why was anyone expecting otherwise, though?  Related Reading | Arthur Hayes’ Crystal Ball Predicts: Bitcoin And Ethereum To See Carnage In June The top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, Damian Williams, commented in a statement that Hayes “allowed BitMEX to operate as a platform in the shadows of the financial markets.” That’s according to Bloomberg, publication that summarizes the situation as: “On Friday a federal judge sentenced Hayes to two years’ probation, after Hayes and BitMEX’s other founders were charged in 2020 with violating the Bank Secrecy Act, which requires the establishment of such safeguards, including verifying the identities of an exchange’s customers.” His company, BitMEX, also “agreed to pay $100 million to settle civil allegations that it allowed illegal trades for years and violated rules requiring anti-money-laundering programs, without admitting to or denying the claims.” Some people are completely against the sentence, as they believe it sets a dark precedent. Objections To Arthur Hayes’ Sentence  The publication quotes assistant US Attorney Samuel Raymond, who told US District Judge John Koeltl.  “This is a very serious offense. There were real consequences. When individuals like Mr. Hayes operate platforms without anti-money-laundering programs or know-your-customer programs, they become a magnet for people to launder money.” Considering criminals are highly incentivized to circumvent the AML measures and KYC procedures, we can categorically say that John Koeltl’s assumptions are skewed. However, that doesn’t justify not complying with the law. According to Samuel Raymond, not sending Hayes to prison “would send a message to him that the cost of doing business is merely a fine, and he could continue to violate the law for huge amounts and pay any fine.”  What About The Other BitMEX Co-Founders? The article is about Hayes, so, it doesn’t go into detail about the others. It summarizes their situation as follows: “Hayes and co-founder Benjamin Delo pleaded guilty in February, and Samuel Reed in March, each agreeing to forfeit $10 million. Delo is scheduled to be sentenced next month and Reed in July.” To close it all off, James Benjamin, Hayes’ lawyer, states the obvious. “Did BitMEX do a perfect and seamless job on its path from startup to a mature fintech company? No, it did not. There were some bumps in the road.” LUNA price chart on FTX | Source: LUNA/USD on TradingView.com Arthur Hayes On The Terra Luna Collapse As many crypto-experts knew, Terra was a disaster waiting to happen. In his latest piece about the Luna collapse, Arthur Hayes tried to explain the underlying problem with algo-stablecoins. Related Reading | BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes Goes Mum amid CFTC Probe Rumor ”Algorithmic stablecoins are not much different than fiat debt-backed currencies, save for one crucial factor. Terra and others like it cannot force anyone to use UST at any price. They must convince the market with their fancy designs that the governance tokens backing the protocol will have a non-zero value that rises more quickly over time than the amount of fiat-pegged tokens issued.” Obviously, the model failed. The vulnerability was so big that maybe it wasn’t even a coordinated attack. The Terra Luna scheme wasn’t long for this world, in any case. Featured Image by Ichigo121212 from Pixabay | Charts by TradingView

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After TerraUSD (UST) De-Pegging Scare, Tether (USDT) Releases Report Claiming It Has Fully Backed Reserves

As the most recent crypto market crash is putting the spotlight on stablecoins, one of the leading dollar-pegged tokens says its valuation remains secure. In a new post, Tether Holdings Limited announced that not only is its signature product Tether (USDT) backed by more assets than liabilities, the company is reducing its commercial investments in […]

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DeFi Altcoin Rebounds by More Than 92% From Last Week’s Crypto Crash Despite Class-Action Lawsuit

The second version of a crypto whose predecessor is embroiled in lawsuits finds itself defying the odds on the price charts. SafeMoon (SFM) is the rebranded follow-up to SafeMoon (SAFEMOON), a so-called meme coin that initially skyrocketed after launching to great fanfare due to celebrity hype in March of 2021 before crashing two months later. […]

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MicroStrategy Stock Rallies 10% As CEO Saylor Predicts Bitcoin Will ‘Go Into The Millions’

According to Thursday’s reports, the recent decline in bitcoin’s value has not altered the investment tactics of MicroStrategy. MicroStrategy surged more than 10 percent on Thursday alongside Bitcoin, which was trading about 5 percent higher despite the S&P 500 struggling to trade flat. Saylor is evidently still optimistic about bitcoin despite the recent market decline. […]

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Time For Autopsy? Bitcoin May Plunge Further After Dive Below $30k

The next bull market in Bitcoin is now building a bottom. As a result, bears continue to rule the market, sending the price of bitcoin below $29,000 in the last 24 hours. Traders expecting the bear market to conclude may have to wait longer due to unfavorable conditions. Will Bitcoin Retrace? Bitcoin is no stranger to retracements of higher than 20%. More substantial corrections have occurred in Bitcoin’s history than this current one. Those who have been around long enough to recall previous meltdowns of more than 50% in less than a month can attest that this is just another hiccup. Since Bitcoin’s inception, there have been around seven price corrections, with the price dropping by half. Bitcoin has always bounced back after each of these corrections. Bitcoin fell by 83% in a short period of time in April 2013. When China first outlawed Bitcoin in December of that year, it dropped another 50%. BTC/USD slides below $30k. Source: TradingView 2018 was a difficult year. Although it reached an all-time high of about $20,000 in December 2017, it was only worth about $3,000 in December 2018. More recent investors will recall the March 2020 meltdown, when Bitcoin dropped 50% in a few of days. In May of 2021, the same event happened. Related reading | New Data Shows China Still Controls 21% Of The Global Bitcoin Mining Hashrate Despite this, markets are in chaos today, with Bitcoin down more than 20% in the previous week and more than 50% from its all-time high in November 2021. The 200 week moving average(WMA) is probably the most dependable and straightforward chart to provide some information on Bitcoin’s present position . It usually rebounds back rapidly from the 200 WMA. Only twice in history has Bitcoin fallen below the 200 WMA, and both times it was only for a short time. For more than a month, it has never been below the 200 WMA. Bitcoin’s 200 WMA is now about $22,000. With a current price of roughly $29,000, it may probably go lower or even trade sideways for a while, but the worst is likely behind it. Bloomberg Analyst Believes BTC Will Plummet Despite a recent 15% rally from the lows reached last week, Bloomberg analysts believe the flagship cryptocurrency will continue to fall. BTC now appears to be more fragile than previously. According to the article, Bitcoin’s recent rally has resulted in the formation of a “saucer-top” pattern on an hourly BTC chart. A Head and Shoulders pattern has emerged within it, indicating a trend change from bullish to bearish. Source: Bloomberg After BTC dipped beneath the formation’s neckline, the pattern was activated. In order to avoid a further drop, the Bitcoin price must now surge over $30,800. Santiment’s Bitcoin statistics shows a lackluster market sentiment as traders remain indifferent. On May 18, the S&P 500 fell more than 3%, dragging Bitcoin down with it. Indeed, since the beginning of 2022, the correlation between Nasdaq-100 and Bitcoin has remained tight, making it a good indication for anticipating Bitcoin price movement. Bitcoin-U.S. Equity Market Correlation. Source: Santiment Nasdaq-100 futures and other U.S. index futures are down about 1.5 percent at the time of writing. It suggests that the Bitcoin price may continue to fall. In fact, Asian and European stock markets are down more than 2% today. Whales, on the other hand, appear to be anticipating a bottom in order to continue accumulating. According to Rekt Capital, Bitcoin’s RSI has now reached the level where long-term investors have historically gained the most. Related reading | Funding Rates Fall To Yearly Lows Following Bitcoin’s Fall Below $29,000 Featured Image by Pixabay | Charts by TradingView

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Blockchain Data Indicates $10M Worth Of Ether From The Ronin Exploit In Rotation

More than 5,505 Ether of the Ronin Bridge exploitation seems to be transferred through Tornado Cash, a unique privacy crypto exchange. Blockchain data showed that the address associated with the $625 million Ronin Bridge Attack had begun transferring ether tokens valued at over $10 million. This occurred during the Asian morning hours. The data showed that the Ronin hacker had transferred over 5,505 ether to one unknown account this morning. Additionally, the funds were sent from another Ethereum wallet funded by the prominent hacker’s blockchain address. All these took place within the early hours of Wednesday, as the funds were sent in groups of 100 ether each to the Tornado privacy crypto exchange. The Ronin Bridge Ether Exploit Ronin Bridge is an Ethereum-based sidechain for the play-to-earn game Axie Infinity, an NFT game. It was created by Sky Mavis and is running both Ronin Bridge and Axie Infinity. Related Reading | Bitcoin Market Plunges Into Extreme Fear, How Scary Does It Get? On March 23, cybercriminals exploited The Ronin Bridge Network, and the hackers looted over $625 million worth of assets. The assets comprise 25.5 million USDC and over 173,600 ether. A report on their blog revealed this data. The platform realized the attack when one of its users couldn’t withdraw 5,000 Ether from the Ronin Network. Then, they took to Twitter to notify the public of the security breach on the platform. After the hack, the Ronin Bridge temporarily shut down to redevelop the platform. Moreover, even though attackers targeted the hack at Ronin and Axie Infinity, the incident didn’t affect the ‘axie’ tokens. Therefore, the AXS and SLP tokens used to facilitate transactions within the Axie Infinity game are still safe and unaffected. Blockchain Data Reveals Ongoing Ether Fund Transfer Within the early hours of Wednesday, Etherscan, a blockchain tracking platform, revealed that the attackers made about 55 transactions from an address funded by the principal looter. Currently, the wallet holds 3.45 ether, summing to $6,885.84. This step followed the massive selling of looted ether in April when the looters transferred over 21,000 ether via various transfers to the Tornado exchange. The transaction was worth over $65 million then. Tornado Privacy Crypto Exchange Tornado crypto exchange is an advanced crypto exchange that tweaks and breaks through the on-chain for a destination and source address. Thus, enabling hackers to hide their addresses while illegally withdrawing looted funds. The United States Trace the Looting to North Korean Hackers The United States official had previously traced the looter’s address to the “Lazarus” group, an infamous group of hackers sponsored by the North Korean supreme leader Kim Kuk-song. Also, Chainalysis, the blockchain tracking platform, traced and confirmed the transaction between the North Korean Cybercriminal group. Related Reading | New Data Shows China Still Controls 21% Of The Global Bitcoin Mining Hashrate In a thread on Twitter, the platform even provided proof of the Lazarus group being behind the March exploitation. Sky Mavis Accrues $150 Million In A Funding Round to Regain Ronin Bridge Sky Mavis, the Ronin Bridge, and the Axie Infinity platform raised over $150 million following the massive attack and exploitation. This effort was to regain the Ronin Bridge platform after the previous hit. Among the list of supporters was the world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange Binance, alongside other crypto entities. Featured image from Pexels, charts from EtherScan and TradingView.com