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Bitcoin Unfazed Even after Bithumb’s attackers made away with $30 mln in Crypto

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All over mainstream media, the safety issue of crypto funds has been the talk of town especially after the recent attack on Bithumb. Bithumb, the South Korean crypto exchange, was hacked in a series of events that saw the exchange platform, ranked in the top ten crypto exchanges in terms of trading volume, lose over $30 million in cryptocurrencies.

Previous attacks and how the market reacted

However, despite the attack, the market only responded mildly with no flash crash as experienced with previous attacks on exchanges. For instance, Coincheck was hacked earlier on in 2018 in what was the biggest coin heist ever such that Bitcoin’s price dropped by 10 percent almost immediately in response to the hack.

When Coinrail was hacker a few weeks ago, the market also experienced a flash crash where prices dropped by over 12.25 percent even as some believe that the crash was unrelated to the attack on the small exchange (Coinrail).

In contrast, when the news about Bitthumb broke out, Bitcoin remained pretty much unfazed only dipping by 2 percent after which its price recovered by 3.14 percent. In response to the hack, Bithumb managed to move quickly and halted deposits and withdrawals while moving all funds to offline cold storage. Furthermore, the company has also promised to refund users who lost their money in the process.

Has the market become inured to attacks?

Well, what stands out form all this is the fact that this time, the market has managed to stay afloat in light of the series of bad news that has been circulating. To most crypto experts, this could actually be a sign f a bull run that is just around the corner.

According to Brian Kelly, a trader with CNBC’s Fast money, the fact that Bitcoin’s price has remained unfazed by the Bithumb hack is a sign of a bull market on the rise.  He said that “things are different for Bitcoin this time around” while explaining that Bithumb’s fast reaction to secure funds, reimburse loses and the fact that the market is exhausted are reasons for the somewhat stable price movement.

In light of Kelly’s analysis of Bitcoin’s price movement after the attack, it seems convincing to conclude that the market has become inured to news about attacks on Bitcoin exchanges. After all, an attack on the wallets of an exchange is not necessarily an attack on Bitcoin.

As Charlie Lee, the founder of Litecoin puts it,

It’s like if a bank gets broken [into] and gold gets stolen, does that affect the price of gold? It shouldn’t. So same with Bitcoin. If the exchange doesn’t protect their coins well enough and it gets hacked, it doesn’t really change the fundamentals of the coin they’re protecting.”

What does Lee think about Bitcoin’s Current bear run?

The fact that the market has not reacted rapidly to the attack on Bithumb as compared to previous attacks could also mean that retail traders who previously would panic with news of an exchange being attacked are more educated with the understanding that it is always a bad idea to leave your funds on an exchange.

Additionally, Lee also pointed out that crypto enthusiasts, traders, and investors should take the responsibility to protect their own funds. In regards to whether Bitcoin will ever recover from the bear rally, Lee believes that Bitcoin’s price in the market is actually disjointed from the level of development on the Bitcoin network. According to him, the platform is progressing “really well” and a bull rally could be anytime soon.

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Behold The Cryptopreneurs – Overcoming The Obstacles Facing The Blockchain Industry

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Integrating blockchain technology is fast becoming a necessity for enterprise ventures and small or large businesses, but with a growing number of choices in the tech revolution, it’s difficult to pick a direction without feeling overwhelmed or taken advantage of. This is where BEHOLD THE CRYPTOPRENEURS comes in.

Private keys, the myth of anonymity, and the battle against anarchist ideology are only a few of the difficult challenges faced by businesses that want to incorporate blockchain into their culture. Author Dennis H. Lewis guides the reader through those challenges and helps them discover the true potential of investing in this new economic paradigm.

Every business has pain points that must be overcome in order to branch out and thrive in an ever-changing commercial environment. Blockchain has real world solutions and cryptopreneurs are not limited to the cryptocurrencies they invest in but rather how they seize economic and technological opportunities to make it work for them.

Innovation, trust, and solutions can differentiate your business from all the noise, but without a solid marketing plan, a cryptopreneur can have the best idea and never get far. Remember: a million great ideas times zero market presence equals zero success.

Investors want to know there is public interest and enthusiasm in a project before they commit any money to it. As a cryptopreneur, you are tasked with generating that interest from the…

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KaratGold Proves Its Business Model By Providing Official Documents

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There has been a lot of renewed enthusiasm in the cryptocurrency market thanks mainly to Bitcoin’s strong move about 10,000.  Although Bitcoin continues to show its dominance, the altcoin market has yet to benefit from that rally.  A few of the largest altcoins remain popular but the rest of the market continues to lag behind.  In 2018, there was a lot of talk regarding a possible altcoin apocalypse where only the strong would survive.  That prediction appears to be playing out as expected.  Going forward, only the best projects that have a real world need will survive.  Crypto traders will have to spend a lot of their time doing proper research in order to find the best opportunities, just like in all financial markets.  One promising project that appears to have the makings of a future winner is KaratGold Coin.

KaratGold Background

KaratGold Coin is a cryptocurrency developed by the reputable German company Karatbars International, which maintains a leading position in the market of small gold items and investments. The project is part of a larger ecosystem, which involves several blockchain solutions that can be used for transactions, communication, investing and other tasks. During the past few weeks, however, the KaratGold ecosystem has been a target of unsavory scam allegations.  

Karatbars International and GSB Gold Standard Banking Corporation…

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SonicX and Dash Could Challenge Facebook’s Libra for Global Payments Market Share

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When Satoshi Nakamoto unveiled Bitcoin to the world, the dream was always for Bitcoin to serve as a new universal currency.  It would be free from the bureaucracy of governments.  And free from the tyranny of the old-world financial cartels.  Although the dream hasn’t yet materialized, it comes closer and closer with each passing day.

One of the biggest roadblocks for Bitcoin has been scalability.  At a speed of approximately 7 transactions per second, Bitcoin lags behind other cryptocurrencies like Ripple and global payment processors like Visa.  Many expect the lightning network to have a positive impact on Bitcoin’s TPS but until that comes to fruition, mass adoption will likely need another significant development.

Libra Currency Announcement

One development that could help pave the way toward mass adoption is the launch of the Libra currency.  Libra is expected to go live during the first half of 2020 according to Facebook’s June announcement.  According to Facebook, Libra will make sending money online cheaper and faster.  It will also have a hand in improving access to financial services, especially for the unbanked.  Given Facebook’s global reach, including many third world countries, providing financial access to the unbanked could provide a huge spark to global economies.  Additionally, it could provide the growth spark that cryptocurrency needs.

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