Major cryptocurrency exchange Binance announced that it will offer a lifetime VIP membership to all its users affected by the recent Know Your Customer (KYC) images leakon the platform.
According to the official blog, currently Binance is “actively contacting all potential victims with […] guidance on privacy protection and restitution,” and highly recommends “affected users to apply for new identification documents in their respective region.” The post also states:
“We are compensating affected users with a lifetime Binance VIP membership, including preferential trading fees, support, and more services.”
When a hacker knows your customer
As Cointelegraph reported recently, Binance said that its investigation of a KYC data leak that occurred in the beginning of August is still ongoing. The exchange’s security and investigations team is purportedly trying to identify the source of KYC images similar to those leaked by an unidentified hacker.
Binance announced the leak on Aug. 7, stating that an unidentified individual threatened the platform and demanded 300 bitcoins (BTC) in exchange for withholding over 10,000 photographs of purported Binance KYC data.
Cryptocurrency exchanges often require users to submit an image of themselves presenting credentials in order to verify their identity.
Binance also states that some of the leaked images overlap with the images that were processed by a third party vendor the exchange contacted several times from early December 2018 to late February 2019.
Alibaba Denies Working With Bitcoin (BTC) Company or Support for Crypto: Report
Contrary to an announcement made by Bitcoin cashback company Lolli, e-commerce giant Alibaba says it has no partnership with the platform.
Lolli announced on China’s Singles Day that its app now allows Alibaba shoppers to earn Bitcoin rewards.
According to a report by CoinDesk, however, Alibaba representatives are denying the partnership. Additionally, Alibaba clarifies that it does not support payments in BTC.
An Alibaba representative tells CoinDesk,
“One of Alibaba.com’s contractors hired a subcontractor who brokered an affiliate marketing program with Lolli. This was done without the knowledge of Alibaba.com. Alibaba.com’s contractor is terminating the relationship with the subcontractor who was working with Lolli. As a result, Lolli should no longer promote or bring traffic to Alibaba.com.”
Lolli’s head of communications, Aubrey Strobel, says Alibaba.com trialed the platform for 24 hours during the Singles Day campaign which drew attention as shoppers broke records and the day’s marketing event, an entertainment extravaganza featuring Taylor Swift, sparked global attention. Shortly thereafter “the partnership” was deactivated.
In a statement reviewed by CoinDesk, Strobel writes,
“It seems as though there was a miscommunication on Alibaba’s end and while that’s unfortunate, we look forward to the possibility of working with Alibaba.com again in the future. In the interim, Alibaba Group’s AliExpress is still live on Lolli.”
In the days following Singles Day, China is showing signs of renewing its crackdown on Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies. While President Xi Jinping has embraced blockchain in addition to removing cryptocurrency mining from a list of banned activities, rolling out mobile app lessons about Bitcoin and calling BTC the first successful use case of blockchain, the country’s anti-crypto stance has not entirely faded. It remains complex.
The Weibo accounts of leading cryptocurrency Tron and trading platform Binance were recently blocked for violating community regulations as China is rolling out new directives that are designed to squash the speculative trading of cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin drop below $8,500 may be tied down to USDCoin
If one were to look at the unrelated rise and fall of Bitcoin vis-a-vis internal factors within the digital assets space, the relevance of stablecoins increases. Seen as a balancing tool for the volatile world of decentralized currency, the printing, volume and change in stablecoins is often tied to the rapid price movements of Bitcoin.
The recent drop below $8,500 was no different, however, it had a different stablecoin playing a tethering agent, and according to Santiment, a crypto-analytics service it wasn’t Tether [USDT]. Rather the stablecoin USDCoin should be given more weightage.
According to Santiment, the over $600 fall of Bitcoin observed on November 15 can be tied down the USDCoin’s “average age consumed in days metric, which spiked to its all-time high during the same period. They stated,
“#Bitcoin has fallen back below $8,500 for the first time in three weeks, and one likely foreshadow was $USDC‘s [USDCoin] largest “average age consumed in days” spike of all time.”
The metric, although not used frequently in charting is used to determine the number of days, on average, that digital assets are not used before being transacted on a said date, as per the Santiment website. This metric looks at the “idleness,” of the blocks within cryptocurrency’s network and hence the days since the “last time said token moved.”
Santiment stated the three elements in this price move was Bitcoin, stablecoins and large whales. As Bitcoin is being moved between two exchanges, stablecoin movement can indicate future drops in price when “previewing,” activities of large -whales. They opined that this is most often on the sell-side, with a large number of organic buyers within the market. Santiment stated,
“This spike likely occurred from the result of a large amount of $BTC being transferred between exchanges, and stablecoins often indicate future drops in price with these types of spikes by previewing a whales’ plan to make a large (most often sell-related) move.”
At press time, Bitcoin is trading below $8,500 for the first time since it marked its biggest daily gain of over 40 percent on October 23, owing to Xi Jinping’s comments about China making headway in blockchain technology to ramp up its plan of issuing a digital currency tied to the Chinese yuan.
Bitcoin News Today – Headlines for November 17
- Bitcoin finds strong support around the lower $8k range
- Bitcoin might experience another major dip before the next price rally
- Bitcoin’s next rally might coincide with the forthcoming halving
Bitcoin News Today – Bitcoin (BTC) has been in a consolidation period for a long time now. The digital currency has been trading sideways with support around the $8,500 mark. That has been the major support level for Bitcoin (BTC) over the past week. Since the digital currency plunged below the $9k level, it has not posted any major upward and downward trend. Many believe Bitcoin (BTC) is consolidating for another major upward movement. However, some analysts believe that the reverse might be the case.
According to some analysts, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) will experience one more major downward correction in the short-term before it starts correcting higher. The analysts are pointing out that the next major rally is likely to coincide with the approaching halving of Bitcoin mining reward.
Bitcoin (BTC) Price Today – BTC / USD
Bitcoin Finds Strong Support
At the press time, the world’s largest digital currency by market cap is trading up marginally and its current value is $8,534. This marks the second day Bitcoin has been trading sideways around the $8,500 support level. The recent dips of the digital currency have proven that it presently has strong support within the lower $8k level. This is because BTC quickly tested the $8,400 mark before it found enough buying pressure to push it over the $8,500 mark.
The recent price action of Bitcoin (BTC) marks an extension of the slow grind downtrends that the digital currency has been facing since it plunged from its 30-day high of $10,600. The $10,600 mark was set as the height of the meteoric rally of Bitcoin that first started when it hit $7,300.
Bitcoin (BTC) to Experience One More Dip Before Halving
There is support around the present price levels of Bitcoin (BTC). However, analysts are watching closely for one more price dip before it returns to a level that has sufficient buying pressure to act as a catalyst for the next price rally, which could be around the $7k region.
In a recent tweet, a very popular digital currency analyst on Twitter – Mayne – gave his opinion regarding what is ahead for Bitcoin (BTC). His tweet says:
“$BTC: One more down move I reckon. Take out this currency swing low, some more sideways, spring to fill the last of my bids then up. I am building a swing long down here so my stop is wide and my position size is calculated accordingly. Play safe!”