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Los ‘hackers’ llevan a la bancarrota a un mercado de bitcoins

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El segundo ‘hackeo’ en el año de la plataforma Youbit provoca pérdidas entre los inversores y aviva el debate sobre la seguridad.

La fiebre inversora por el bitcoin ha multiplicado en los últimos tiempos el número de plataformas de negociación de criptomonedas. Y esta proliferación ha ido acompañada, en algunos casos, de escándalos. Uno de los más célebres es la quiebra por robo, en 2014, de Mt. Gox, el que fuera uno de los mayores mercados de bitcoins.

Los más críticos sobre la seguridad de estas plataformas de negociación tienen nuevos motivos para reforzar su tesis. Uno de los mercados de criptomonedas de Corea del Sur, Youbit, ha anunciado su cierre por bancarrota después de sufrir el segundo ciberataque del año.

La plataforma de contratación de bitcoins ha reconocido que el ‘hackeo’ del sistema registrado esta madrugada ha robado cerca de un 17% de todos sus activos. La empresa no sólo ha cerrado sus operaciones. Se acogerá a la protección por bancarrota, y no podrá devolver a los clientes más de un 75% del valor que había alcanzado su inversión.

El ‘hackeo’ sufrido esta madrugada es el segundo que registra la compañía este año. El pasado mes de abril un ciberataque robó de la plataforma 4.000 bitcoins (por un valor entonces próximo a los 5 millones de dólares). Las autoridades de Corea del Sur señalaron a Corea del Norte como posible origen del ataque.

Youbit tenía una cuota de mercado reducida en Corea del Sur, donde Bithumb acapara cerca del 70% de la contratación, pero su impacto va más allá al avivar el debate sobre la seguridad que ofrece la negociación del bitcoin y del resto de criptomonedas. Los expertos en ciberseguridad apuntan que la escalada vertical en la valoración de las divisas virtuales podría aumentar su vulnerabilidad.

Los mensajes de advertencia sobre la inversión en criptomonedas han aumentado en las últimas jornadas desde diversos ámbitos. El banco central de Dinamarca ha comparado la inversión en bitcoins con las apuestas en juegos de azar, antes de dejar claro que sus inversores, en ningún caso, podrán culpar a los reguladores de las posibles pérdidas sufridas. Uno de los mayores bancos del mundo por activos gestionados, UBS, también ha desaconsejado a sus clientes invertir en las divisas virtuales.

El lanzamiento ayer de los futuros del bitcoin en el Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME), una semana después de su estreno en el CBOE, ha coincidido con el parón que registra el rally de la criptomoneda. Después de rozar en sus récords la barrera de los 20.000 dólares, su precio se ha replegado por debajo de los 19.000 dólares. Su revalorización en lo que va de año, sin embargo, se mantiene próxima al 2000%.

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Ripple Prediction: XRP Could Reportedly Rally Against Bitcoin (BTC)

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According to the latest reports, Ripple’s digital asset XRP could be soon rallying against Bitcoin.

The token’s price has formed major support near 0.0000900BTC against BTC. XRP seems to be preparing for an upside break above 0.0000920BTC and 0.0000950BTC in the near term

XRP price analysis

During the past few days, there have been range moves below 0.0000920BTC in the price of XRP against BTC.

XRP to BTC has reportedly declined a few points below the 0.0000910BTC and 0.0000900BTC levels, but downsides were limited, says Etehreumworldnews.

They conclude by saying that XRP is definitely getting ready “preparing for the next crucial break either above 0.0000920BTC or below the 0.0000885BTC support. The current price action is positive, suggesting high chances of an upside break above 0.0000920BTC. If not, XRP to BTC could break the 0.0000885BTC support and trade towards the 0.0000850BTC or 0.0000840BTC level in the near term.”

What’s in the cards for Ripple and XRP?

XRP forecast regarding the price for 2019 looks positive especially considering that the coin’s price is somehow related to Ripple, the company’s developments.

Back in September 2018, XRP was able to surge by 300% triggering massive excitement in the Ripple and XRP community.

Since then, Ripple’s products became adopted by more banks and financial institutions, and today, for instance, RippleNet include about 200 members.

Just recently, Euro Exim Bank flaunted the massive benefits of using Ripple’s xCurrent and xRapid:

“Operating collaboratively with Ripple and selected counterparts, we are implementing both xCurrent [payments processing solution] and xRapid [on-demand liquidity solution] building on its extensive technological capabilities and blockchain expertise in trading systems.”

Brad Garlinghouse said that more banks would be flipping the switch and starting to use XRP as well.

Source: oracletimes

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Are Bitcoin Tumblers Smart to Use or Do They Bring Unwanted Attention From Regulators

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A bitcoin tumbler site that offers users untraceable cryptocurrency, BestMixer, could have tainted many wallets by giving them small amounts of BTC as gifts, a practice called crypto dusting.

According to a cryptocurrency security firm, Cypher Trace, if your wallet was among those that received the gift then you may be holding laundered coins. The company believes that, although BestMixer’s owners are compliant, they could have transacted with an alleged money launderer, without consent or knowledge.

According to the CEO of Cipher Trace, David Jevans, wallets that dealt with BestMixer could attract attention from relevant regulators. He also believes that anyone using a tumbler site could be suspected of questionable motives.

It All Started In October 2018

BestMixer began the promotional campaign in October 2018, whereby it set BTC to wallet addresses, adding a promotional message for their tumbler services. The amount sent was minuscule, and ranged between 666 and 888 satoshis.

BestMixer allows people to transact completely anonymously, enabling them to remain private when swiping funds with others. The funds are sourced from different pools, depending on the privacy level a person requires.

The tumbler site also perfects on a time delay in the intention of making it hard for blockchain analysts to trace transactions.

Cryptocurrency Payments No Longer Anonymous

Tracing cryptocurrency transactions used to be difficult, and lack of AML/KYC control made it difficult to link a person to their wallet addrc Be of this, criminals found an opportunity to use the mediuurm for their illicit activities; with platforms such as Silk Toad become more popular in the belief that bitcoin is untraceable.

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After a Tumultuous 2018 for Crypto and the Birth of Stablecoins, Here is what to Expect in 2019

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2018 was the year of the bear run and the stablecoin. So what does 2019 hold for the crypto world? While it is impossible to tell what exactly will happen in 2019, one can make a good guess. Here are the five likely scenarios that will play out in 2019 for crypto:

Tether Will Lose Traction

For years, there have been issues raised about how legit Tether is. Despite this, it has remained a popular stablecoin in the crypto world.

However, rival stablecoins such as Coinbase, Circle, and Gemini could offer a challenge. This will erode the monopoly that it has enjoyed in the past. Even if Tether does not shutter as Basis did at the end of 2018, it will most likely not be as dominant.

Facebook Will Mint The WhatsApp Crypto

Facebook has been interested in creating a payments platform for years. The effort started in 2014 when it poached David Marcus of PayPal.

Marcus became the head of messaging products at the company. However, he was picked to head the company’s blockchain project in 2018, which is still shrouded in mystery. Recent reports indicate that he might launch a WhatsApp-based remittance service in India. After a rough period in 2018, the company could use a win in 2019.

The Regulators Will Go After Big Fish

The SEC will take on the major players in crypto in 2019. For instance, it might decide that XRP is unregistered security.

If that happens, Ripple could be hit with huge fines. It might also decide to shut down an exchange for not adhering to anti-money laundering laws. Besides that, celebrities who have used their star power to pump ICs might be in trouble.

The Bitcoin ETF Gets Approved

As the crypto world evolves, it could help the stage for a BTC traded fund also called an ETF. After the bubble burst, investors that are more reasonable are joining the crypto world.

Right now, a firm called Bakkt, created by those behind the NYSE wants to launch a BTC futures market. This could help to improve liquidity in the crypto world. Thus far, it is known that an SEC commission is seeking to have the BTC ETF approved. Before that, a VanEck might or might not be approved next month. It is worth noting how that works out.

The Bear Run Persists

The crypto world has been in a bear run since they reached a high in 2017. Right now, various factors such as volatility in the equity market, a possible economic recession, and global geopolitics might reduce appetite for crypto assets for now.

However, there is a bit of disagreement on this. Some experts believe that prices might bounce back soon. Others believe that crypto prices have not hit their low yet.

Summary

There is a lot of agreement and disagreement over whether these predictions will happen. However, there is quite good evidence to support them if you look at the crypto world right now. It is also worth noting that this is a young industry and anything is possible.

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