“Alameda Research has minted over $38 billion in Tether (USDT) tokens in 2021, indicating that the total value of USDT creation surpasses Alameda’s total assets. The inner workings of this process involve benefiting from trade value discrepancies and ensuring USDT’s dollar peg stability. However, this raises ethical concerns for industry watchers.”
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Zimbabwe’s central bank has introduced a gold-backed digital token, Zimbabwe Gold (ZiG), as a payment method. Physical gold tokens were introduced last year to entice local investors to invest in national assets. The digitization aims to expand value-preserving instruments and facilitate investment versatility. The strategy’s success, amid socio-economic complexities and inflation, remains uncertain.
The latest buzz in the crypto market surrounds the explosive +500% growth of Snorlax token (SNOR), despite global risk concerns. However, the risk factor is equally significant. Meanwhile, Bitcoin Minetrix (BTCMTX), the first-ever tokenised Bitcoin cloud mining platform, is gaining considerable interest. It promises a secure mining solution, decentralising profits to individual investors. Despite such promising trends, crypto investing involves high risks.
“Bitcoin’s dominance over other altcoins has reached a three-month high, resulting in uncertainty for altcoins and potential short opportunities for traders. Experts suggest that Bitcoin could climb towards $35,000-$40,000 if it breaches the $28,000 barrier. However, market stability remains relative, with every investment carrying a degree of risk.”
“The FTX debacle shed light on the murkiness of crypto regulations following accusations made against the former CEO, Sam Bankman-Fried. Charles Hoskinson, Cardano’s founder, raised concerns over the media’s leniency towards Bankman-Fried, comparing him to Bernie Madoff. This case emphasizes the need for transparent and accountable media and robust crypto regulations.”
A CrypToadz NFT, normally under $1000, was bought for about $1.6 million, leading to questions about its legitimacy. The indicators point towards potential wash trading, involving a chain of transactions for liquidating dubious funds. This episode underscores the need for vigilance in the evolving cryptocurrency and NFT markets.
“China Daily, an English-language newspaper giant, has announced a $390,000 budget for creating a metaverse and non-fungible tokens (NFT) platform. This groundbreaking initiative, soliciting offers from both domestic and international blockchain firms, highlights the escalating global interest in NFTs and the metaverse, potentially morphing the future of journalism and content creation.”
The Israeli police cyber unit and Binance tackled Hamas’ attempts to raise funds via cryptocurrency while Crypto Aid Israel, supported by Fireblocks, was established to receive cryptocurrency donations for displaced citizens securely. The growing cooperation could potentially link cryptocurrency assets and traditional banking, crystalizing a hybrid financial future vision.
Bitcoin’s value hovers at $27,653 as Robert F. Kennedy Jr, a crypto enthusiast, vies for presidency as an independent, proposing the reinforcement of the US dollar with Bitcoin among other assets. Cryptocurrency organizations, including Fireblocks, offer aid in the midst of the Israel crisis, suggesting possible integration of crypto in traditional finance systems. Robin Linus unveils BitVM, potentially importing Ethereum-level smart contracts to the Bitcoin sphere.
The Hong Kong crypto community was victim to a costly phishing scam, with fraudsters impersonating Binance and swindling users out of more than $450,000. Amid rising technology crimes, the local police, through its CyberDefender program, are emphasizing prevention and education about risks associated with the digital universe.
“This story embodies the complexities of the blockchain era: a vortex of opportunities and challenges swirling together. Secure online transactions and financial autonomy are laudable, but the obfuscation and veil of anonymity may inadvertently shield devious individuals, unfurling a global chase through digital footprints across international borders.”
“Despite the security prowess that blockchain technology is renowned for, a recent wave of cyber-crime caused 11 Binance users in Hong Kong to lose over $446k. This demonstrates the ongoing struggle between the technology’s versatility and inherent vulnerabilities, highlighting shortcomings in existing security frameworks and the urgent need for comprehensive solutions.”
Friend.tech, a decentralized social media platform, has strengthened its security systems amid increasing SIM-swap attacks by incorporating a Two-Factor Authentication password feature. This additional security measure urges users to set another password when logging in from unrecognized devices, aiming to protect against cell carrier or email breaches without interfering with password resets.
“Analyses of Bitcoin suggest a possible decisive move in its trajectory as early as November, based on its earlier cyclical trends leading up to a halving event. However, factors like global macroeconomics and the Federal Reserve’s decisions might also play a decisive role. Despite market predictions, investors are advised to maintain a diversified portfolio and stay updated with crypto market and blockchain developments.”
“Ordswap, a Bitcoin Ordinals marketplace, temporarily lost control of its domain, redirecting users to phishing links. The issue wasn’t Ordswap’s fault, but attributed to their hosting firm, Netlify. During this, Ordswap took quick steps to help users recover their private keys and secure their assets.”
Despite facing US Treasury Department sanctions in August 2022, Tornado Cash has reportedly circulated $77.35 million worth of assets on Ethereum mainnet over the last month, according to blockchain intelligence firm, Arkham. The US allegations pertain to the platform’s use by North Korean hacker group, Lazarus Group, for money laundering. After an initial slump, Tornado Cash’s current total volume locked stands at $187.9 million.
In response to increasing SIM-swap attacks, decentralized social media platform Friend.tech has added two-factor authentication (2FA) as a second security level. This allows users to add an extra password for increased security. Critics, however, question the timing of the upgrade while others view the 2FA feature as a significant improvement.
“The FTX hack saw over $400 million siphoned off from FTX’s coffers, coinciding with Sam Bankman-Fried’s high-profile trial, potentially providing cover for such illicit activities. These unexpected breaches in security have signaled the need for the evolving and relentless vigilance in our industry.”
“Tezos (XTZ) experienced a surge of over 11% in a single day, linked more to technical factors rather than fundamental ones. However, the Tezos blockchain’s stagnant TVL (Trade Value Locked) and declining monthly transactions cloud its future prospects. Crypto presales, despite inherent risks, could offer high-risk-high-reward strategies.”
“The quest for impermeable security in the crypto world is ongoing. Notable incidents with 3Commas highlight the value of enabling two-factor authentication and changing passwords regularly. Both firms and users must ensure safety of digital assets through constant vigilance and proactive measures.”
“China’s digital yuan experienced increased usage at the Hangzhou Asian Games, where athletes interacted with the new technology. New language features were introduced, and the currency is linked with Hong Kong’s Fast Payment System. Overseas visitors can now open a digital yuan wallet using an overseas mobile phone number, and can ‘top up first, and use later’, for smoother transactions.”
The recent “BitVM: Compute Anything on Bitcoin” white paper by ZeroSync’s project lead, Robin Linus, proposes a new way to implement complex off-chain smart contracts on Bitcoin. Based on a Turing Complete system, this method would broaden Bitcoin’s operations to include applications like tactical games verification, bridging BTC to foreign chains, and constructing prediction markets.
“Sam Altman, leader of Worldcoin and OpenAI, discussed his concern about US government’s aggressive regulation of the cryptocurrency industry. While accepting the need for regulatory oversight, he criticized the government’s stern approach, arguing it stifles the potential of digital assets particularly Bitcoin (BTC), and highlighted the surveillance risks of Central Bank Digital Currencies (CBDCs).”
“Despite fears of market volatility due to the Israel-Gaza conflict, US markets rebounded with resilience. Defense-related companies, oil, and gold, experienced significant gains while the US Dollar Index rose slightly, leading to a fall in the euro and a moderate gain for the yen.”
“Bitcoin, despite market caution due to the Israel-Hamas tension, persists near the $28,000 valuation mark. Although overall crypto market value declined, Bitcoin’s stability was underpinned by robust US job figures. Israel’s involvement in Bitcoin-related endeavours may impact Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies during a potential regional fallout.”
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., running as an independent candidate in the upcoming U.S. Presidential Race, is adopting a pro-cryptocurrency stance. Aiming to make America a global hub for cryptocurrency, particularly Bitcoin, Kennedy proposes backing the USD with hard currencies, including Bitcoin. This move could fundamentally transform America’s position in the global crypto landscape and the fate of Bitcoin.
“The recent 8.2% decline in Ethereum (ETH) attributes to increased coin issuance, significant sales by creator Vitalik Buterin, and the underperforming ETH futures ETF. Despite significant network developments, the uncertainty of Ethereum’s monetary policy and increased supply by 30,064 ETH has stirred negative sentiments among crypto enthusiasts.”
Kristina Campbell, Ripple’s CFO left the company igniting speculations about Ripple’s future amidst an ongoing SEC lawsuit. Campbell, who significantly impacted Ripple’s financial journey, now serves as the CFO of Maven Clinic. Ripple’s silence over her departure raises questions and could affect investor confidence.
Brazil’s Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM) has announced plans to initiate a second regulatory sandbox focusing on tokenization, set to start in 2024. The sandbox will allow companies to test products or ideas under relaxed regulations, potentially in sectors like agribusiness and Environmental, Social, and Governance.
The escalating situation between Israel and Palestine has impacted crypto values, with Ether and Bitcoin experiencing significant declines. An anticipated shift of attention towards economic indicators could further affect these values. Concerns about these risks have led traders towards minor digital currencies and meme coins, albeit extremely risky endeavors. Crypto remains a high-risk asset, and investors must remember the potential for loss.
Recent news highlights the dichotomy within the crypto industry – between regulators seeking oversight and proponents advocating decentralization. Examples include the dismissal of SEC’s case against Ripple Labs, new crypto-focused task forces in Hong Kong, changes in stablecoin oversight in Canada, and increased regulation in the UK.
“The escalating tensions between Israel and Hamas are affecting global financial markets, causing a decline in emerging stocks and cryptocurrencies, and a surprising uptick in traditional safe havens like oil and precious metals. Amid this turmoil, global economies are grappling with high oil prices and inflationary pressure, while the long-term effects are yet to be seen.”