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Bitcoin Price Drop after South Korean Exchange Hack

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On 10th June 2018, CoinRail, a small yet renowned cryptocurrency exchange in South Korea had announced that there had been a hacking attempt. The official website of Coinrail stated that they had confirmed “70% of the coin rail total coin / token reserves are safely stored” and, “Two-thirds of the coins confirmed to have been leaked are covered by freezing / recalling through consultation with each coach and related exchanges. The remaining one-third of coins are being investigated with investigators, relevant exchanges, and coin developers.”

Currently, CoinRail is focused on improving the security so as to provide the maximum protection to the assets and minimize the damage. The exact damage of the leaked coin and tokens is yet to be confirmed and may take some time. The Bitcoin price and many other cryptocurrencies have dropped after the news of the South Korean exchange hack was released. Meanwhile, an investigation by police agencies is on the roll.

Drop in Price

It has been noted that the price of Bitcoin had dropped by nearly 11% after 5 p.m. New York time on Friday. At the time of writing on 11th June, the price of BTC as per coinmarketcap.com shows $6,782.39 USD (-7.11%) approximately. This has resulted in its year-to-date loss to nearly 53 percent. Other major cryptocurrency markets have also been affected adversely. As per coinmarketcap.com, the market value of digital assets has slumped to a nearly two-month low of $294 billion. Compared to the stats in early January, at one point the digital assets were worth $830 billion.

Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash and other cryptocurrencies had fallen by 5% or more. The previous two weeks had seen comparatively little volatility in the cryptocurrency market.

Ethereum has experienced a drop of nearly 6.38% to $534.72 USD as recorded at the time of writing on 11th June 2018. As per coinmarketcap.com, the market cap of Ethereum (ETH) has fallen by nearly $1,000,000,000 USD since yesterday. At the time of writing, Ripple (XRP) has also dropped to $0.582 USD (-7.39%) approximately. The historical data of XRP from coinmarketcap.com shows that there has been a decline of nearly $3,000,000,000 USD in market cap from 8th June to 11th June (as of now). Currently, the market cap of Ripple (XRP) is approximately $22,874,489,464 USD.

Among Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash, it seems that Bitcoin Cash (BCH) was more affected. Since yesterday, as per coinmarketcap.com, the price of BCH has fallen to $928.42 USD (-10.04%) approximately. (At the time of writing, 11th June 2018) The market cap drop, however, remains close to that of Ethereum (ETH).

Probable Reasons for the Hack

North Korea still stands to be one of the primary suspects whenever there is news about a cryptocurrency exchange hack. Through this process, it is widely believed that North Korea exchanges the virtual currencies for hard currencies. The turf between North Korea and South Korea is also one of the reasons for cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea being a target. However, other factors can also be the reason behind this hack.

Hope

The news of another South Korean cryptocurrency exchange hack is quite alarming but it is nothing to be overly worried about. News of cryptocurrency exchange hacks had made headlines previously also. For instance, in July last year, Bithumb, the world’s fifth largest crypto exchange at that time, located in South Korea was hacked. According to reports, information on above 30,000 customers was compromised. Even though the hackers could not access the customer accounts, their personal information was compromised. Another instance of a South Korean cryptocurrency exchange hack is the Youbit hack in December 2017. It was estimated that nearly 4,000 Bitcoins were stolen.

It has been observed that major cryptocurrencies including Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple and Bitcoin Cash had rebounded after the hacks. The second half of 2017 had also seen Bitcoin, Ethereum, and other major cryptocurrencies reach their peak. Ripple, for instance, has continued to maintain its status and position in the cryptocurrency world by becoming partners with some of the major financial institutions and companies. The popularity of the Ethereum blockchain and smart contracts has in no way decreased after the news of previous major hacks. It can be said from this that the crypto coins will also again see an increase in price, market cap, and volume. The exchanges have also bounced back with stronger security system and strategies that will protect their clients’ personal information and accounts in case of an attack. The attack on CoinRail will hopefully not have any long-lasting effect on Bitcoin and other major cryptocurrencies like Ethereum, Ripple, Litecoin or Bitcoin Cash.

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Why Bitcoin Price Remains Stable Before the Expected Hike

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The cryptocurrency rallied a few days back, but now, it has moved closer to 38.2% Fib level. Investors are enthusiastic that as it remains at this level for some time, and stabilize. The next move in Bitcoin price will take it to the 61.8% Fib level. This is when the hike in the price of the cryptocurrency will occur towards $4,200. However, after the surge in price, the upcoming weeks will see the Bitcoin falling swiftly to $3,000.

The truth is that if this move fails to occur, there may not be an improvement in the value of the digital currency. Also, this movement will enable the “bullish gartly pattern” we saw on the BTC/USD 4H chart to become a reality. Also, we are expecting that the Bitcoin price will decline the same way it has been recovering since early February.

Why this week’s closing price matters

Presently, Bitcoin price is still trading above what the intrinsic value is showing on larger time frames. However, we can see adequate room to accommodate short-term rallies. The price at which Bitcoin closes this week is very critical. It will be a clear indication as to how the digital currency will move in the coming weeks.

If Bitcoin closes at a price above $4,000, we are hopeful that the correction may come from early next week. On the other hand, any…

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Stanford Lecturer praises XRP over Bitcoin

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The world of cryptocurrencies continues to cause controversies even now, particularly when it comes to matters such as the superiority of one coin over others. According to recent reports, one student from Stanford University has stated that one of Stanford’s guest lecturers — Dr. Susan Athey — bashed the first and largest cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, while praising XRP.

Does guest lecturer go anti-Bitcoin?

In late February, Stanford’s student called Conner Brown came out publicly with a claim that Athey described Bitcoin’s network and protocol inaccurately, and that she also used the opportunity to make unfounded criticism. Athey, who also sits on Board of Directors at Ripple Labs — XRP’s parent company — supposedly also stated that XRP provides solutions to all issues mentioned in regards to Bitcoin.

According to Brown’s comments on the matter, the lecture in question took place over a month ago, and after attending it, he wrote an open letter to Standford, explaining the incident. In the letter, Brown claims that Athey inaccurately presented Bitcoin’s consensus protocol and overstated several issues, such as the threat of a 51% attack on the coins network, as well as Bitcoin’s mining centralization.

However, the main problem with the lecture, as Brown sees it, is the professor’s claims that XRP presents a solution to these problems.

The claims caused Dr. Athey to respond publicly via Twitter, stating…

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Bitcoin Chasing Green — First Positive Month Since July In Sight

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The crypto market has started seeing gains in mid-February, with Bitcoin (BTC) following the bullish trend as well. In fact, the largest coin was on its way of seeing the first positive month since July of the last year. Even though its price was struggling to permanently overcome the major resistance at $4,000, the coin kept trying, and as long as its price doesn’t drop below $3,414, this goal can still be achieved

The return of the bearish trend which briefly overtook the market on February 24th caused a lot of damage, although Bitcoin managed to remain above $3,800. Following the crash, BTC started seeing minor gains once again, indicating that the bears have withdrawn for now.

What does the future hold for BTC?

As mentioned, Bitcoin can only complete a positive month if its price remains above $3,500 until the end of February. At the time of writing, the price sits at $3,807 according to TradingView, with an increase of 0.58% in the last 24 hours. As things are right now, it is likely that BTC might succeed in doing this, as its price performed relatively well ever since January 11th, even though it remained between $3,300 and $3,700.

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