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BitMEX Research Estimates 1.3 Million Bitmain S9 Bitcoin Miners Went Offline Due to Profitability

The market crash for the prices of nearly all cryptocurrencies has been taking a major toll on everyone. From investors to developers to miners, the community is suffering, and the changing prices have had a ripple effect. Based on a BitMEX report, it looks like “the recent price crash is likely to have sent almost all the miners into the red.” BitMEX was recently the source of a report that is meant to examine “the impact this price decline may have on the mining industry.” Published on December 10th, the report explains how the hashrate has declined by 31%, which is why many miners are struggling to make the same profits. Since the price has been declining, many miners with higher costs have already turned off their machines. As a result, it looks as if the equivalent of 1.3 million Bitmain S9 miners have been turned off. The whole crypto community is suffering, leading them to question why the crash happened in the first place. There seems to be many different opinions, like the Bitcoin Cash fork or the recent regulatory changes. Still, regardless of the cause, a good portion of the individuals involved in the community seem to think that this is a sign that Bitcoin will soon reach zero. The BitMEX website seems to be in favor of the Bitcoin Cash fork being the issue that led to the ultimate demise of the industry. This fork took place in November 2018, but data from Boltzmann shows that there was a major sale of Bitcoin by an “unusually large miner” just two days before the hard fork occurred on November 12th. Continuing on this concept, the report also says, “Boltzmann detected that net Bitcoin sales from miners were ‘17.5 standard deviations below [the] 3-month trailing average.’ On further analysis, it appears these miners may have been a member of Slushpool.” The report also tracks the slump that the Bitcoin mining industry has been going through in November. At the beginning of last month, the mining industry was bringing in about $13 million daily, which has gone down to approximately $6 million daily by the start of December. The $7 million loss for the Bitcoin mining industry isn’t a good sign, considering that the incentives to perform these mining functions also has dropped by about 21.8% recently. Explaining the reason behind these losses, the report says, “This drop in incentives was even larger than the fall in the Bitcoin price, due to a delay in the way difficulty adjusts. In the six-day period ending 3rd December 21.8% fewer blocks than the expected 144 per day were found, as miners left the network before the difficulty adjusted, and as a result, fewer blocks were found.”
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Crypto Bear Market is So Bad That an ICO is Day Trading its Holdings

Every day, the crypto market is on the verge of entering darker territory, and as prices continue to plunge, many cryptocurrencies have become the victims of sudden sell-offs. An initial coin offering (ICO) called Substratum has even taken to day trading its present ether holdings to make up for potential losses. In a YouTube video, a figure named Justin from the Substratum network announces that the company is opening the doors to a token swap set to begin on Monday, December 17. The smart contracts for the company will begin then and batch transactions will start happening over the Ethereum network. Old Crypto Becomes New Crypto Prior to this date, executives will be moving any remaining Ethereum tokens in their crowdsale wallet over to a new wallet. If a person’s tokens are on Binance, the switch will be occurring natively through the exchange. Thus, customers will not need to worry. If a customer’s tokens are locked up in a wallet for an airdrop, they too will not need to take any steps. The move from the present wallet to the new wallet will occur on its own time. All older tokens will become frozen and unusable while the new tokens will be transferred into customers’ wallets. The company is also moving from two decimal places to 18 decimal places, which representatives claim will make transactions faster and more efficient. The smart contract has been fully audited by Quantstamp; furthermore, 120 million old tokens have been burned thus far. They will not be coming over through the transfer but will rather disappear into what Justin calls “the ether.” These tokens are set to disappear completely. The transfer will not be done within a set timeframe. The transfer is indefinite and will last until all customers’ wallets have received their new tokens. Predicting What the Future Holds Substratum now has a full-time trader on staff, who has suggested that Ethereum is going to be continually tested over the coming months. The bear market is not letting up and he has stated that Ethereum could fall to as low as $60. Executives are not necessarily looking to cash out. Instead, they will be trading only a portion of the Ethereum they possess, which they claim will give them the chance to “trade up” and potentially earn a little revenue before the crypto market falls any further. Once the market becomes bullish again, Justin claims in the video that Substratum will be in a better place and will be able to create newer (and better) products. Do you foresee the market getting even worse before it gets better? Post your comments below. Image courtesy of Shuttershock The post Crypto Bear Market is So Bad That an ICO is Day Trading its Holdings appeared first on Live Bitcoin News.
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States Take Cryptocurrency Regulation Into Their Own Hands As US Federal Government Focuses On Blockchain

States Take Regulation Of Cryptocurrency In Their Own Hands, As US Federal Government Focuses On Blockchain Technology The regulation of cryptocurrency has been an ongoing problem for the United States (US). They have managed to outline particular processes involved with blockchain technology and have many trials that examine the way that it works in their industries. However, the fact that even government authorities have different classifications for the same token groups makes it hard to know how to handle them. As a result of the confusion, any states are working to become the friendliest places for cryptocurrency. Ohio even made an announcement recently that they would allow their residents to cover taxes with the use of crypto payments. In the meantime, the authorities are still in a state of confusion with defining and regulating the assets that clearly are in demand for residents. The ones making the most noise about the lack of organization of the federal policies aren’t stakeholders or even enthusiasts; these concerns also involve academics. Carol Goforth, a professor at the University of Arkansas, recently noted that there are presently four different regulators within the federal government that oversee how digital assets are dealt with, from their categorization to their issuance, and further. These four entities are the: Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) Internal Revenue Service (IRS) The CFTC sees crypto assets as commodities, though the IRS shares a similar view in calling them property. The FinCen, which is run by the Treasury Department, regulates them with the same rules as fiat currency, but the SEC sees them much differently as securities. Professor Goforth expressed her skepticism that the regulatory entities would work together anytime soon, leading her to encourage the coordination between them for a more nuanced approach. As she puts it, her version of the rules would force the federal government to deal with each cryptocurrency as it is introduced, specifically identifying them by their functionality and the motivations of users. This is a path that at least one instance shows is happening within the federal regulators. The CFTC publicly requested details on the functionality of Ether and the Ethereum Network on December 11th. The document has 25 different questions that deal with the platforms purpose, functionality, scalability, and more. However, the effort to address a single asset by the CFTC isn’t necessarily a sign that the industry is turning towards the idea that the professor had in mind. None of the other regulators have taking this move and are holding on to the regulatory measures that they already have in line. Still, there’s always a chance that congressional legislators will make some changes in their framework. Darren Soto and Ted Budd, who are both US Representatives, brought in two bills on December 6th that will help with the improvement of regulatory framework and reduce the risk of price manipulation. These bills are called the Virtual Currency Consumer Protection Act of 2018 and the U.S. Virtual Currency Market and Regulatory Competitiveness Act of 2018, respectively. These two bills offer specific regulatory changes that could be made for the process to be smoother for exchanges, users, and everyone else involved. The first bill discusses that many situations that can arise in the market for price manipulation. The other requests an in-depth study that aims to improve the “burdensome regulations that may inhibit innovation.” Warren Davidson, the representative of Ohio, spoke at a conference in Cleveland where he noted his intent to bring in a new bill that would create a new asset class for tokens. As such, the regulation of initial coin offerings (ICOs) would become significantly less difficult. A week later, Davidson suggested a crowdfunding event to help with the creation of the US-Mexico border wall, which would include the use of blockchain and “wall coins.” Even though there appears to be a significant lack of clear regulations regarding cryptocurrency, blockchain technology is already being applied to daily operations. The use of this ledger with supply chain logistics is easily its biggest application, and federal authorities are looking to use it for food safety as well, especially considering the recent E. coli outbreak. The Department of Homeland Security announced their intention to use the technology as a way to protect their own activities. Their three subsidiaries are working together for a clear record of documentation that will help with fraud, counterfeiting, and forgery. The defense authorities for the federal government recently established an app that would help the members of the armed forced to learn how to use blockchain technology for the supply chain as well.
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Bitcoin Supporter Says Crypto is Unconfiscatable as Long as It’s Not in Regulated Exchanges

Bitcoin has many different features, but one of the most important is the fact that users are the real owners of their funds as long as they keep their private keys. However, when users have their funds stored in exchanges, Bitcoin can be confiscated. During a Q&A session during a Tampa Meetup, he said that Bitcoin being non confiscatable applies to exchanges that are not regulated. In general, centralized virtual currency exchanges are not a safe place where to store funds. The company behind the exchange is able to manage the funds as it considers, block some accounts and even experience security issues. If Bitcoin wants to remain non confiscatable, the best what a person can do is to store them in cold storage wallets. No one is able to move the funds from there unless they have the private keys. At the same time, he said that Bitcoin does not have just a single price because there are different markets listing it. He compared the price of Bitcoin (BTC) with Apple stock explaining that Apple’s stock price is determined by supply and demand in just one place. He has also talked about Bitcoin ETF and the fact that to have a stable price of Bitcoin everything needs to sit in one place. He went on saying that having all the BTC in one place is a risk even when it creates a more stable market. For example, he emphasized the fact that if all the BTC are located in just one exchange, hackers might focus only on it. Furthermore, the US government would also have the possibility to confiscate the BTC that users own or trade them. There are several crypto platforms that are regulated, including exchanges such as Coinbase or Gemini. Governments would be able to confiscate the funds that users have on these exchanges, thus deleting one of Bitcoin’s main characteristics. Moreover, he said that Bitcoin being under the control of governments is not positive for the space. A lot of people would completely lose the faith in the popular virtual currency. This is exactly what Satoshi Nakamoto was trying to avoid when it created Bitcoin.
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Hong Kong Businessmen Targeted by Bitcoin Bomb Threats After Recent USA and Canada Attempts

There have been many different ways to steal funds from individuals in the cryptocurrency market. However, a new methodology has been applied in Hong Kong and other countries such as the United States. According to a recent report released by the South China Morning Post, businessmen in Hong Kong are being targeted by criminals that want to steal Bitcoin from them. These scammers try to steal Bitcoins from victims by threatening them that they will receive a bomb if they don’t send Bitcoins in the time span the scammers provide. One of the affected individuals is Michael Gazeley, the CEO of Network Box. He received a message in his business email with this Bitcoin bomb threat. Furthermore, he said that he had to pay $20,000 if he wanted to avoid receiving a bomb in his office. Gazeley said to the news outlet: “This looks like the third wave of blackmail emails plaguing the world in the past few years… I have never seen something like this, which sounds like cyberterrorism, in my 20-year career in cybersecurity.” Nevertheless, he was 99.99% sure that the message was not worth. Indeed, he mentioned that the email had some typo mistakes and the grammar used was not exactly good. That shows that the main intention is to take a few bucks from some individuals rather than really bombing an office. Hong Kong authorities did not provide further information about this issue, thus it is not possible to know the exact number of companies affected by these threats. This is not the first time that there are Bitcoin bomb threats around the world. A few days ago, as reported by NBC New York. Hoax bomb threats spread asking users to pay in Bitcoin. The New York Police Department (NYPD) informed on Twitter that there was an email circulating that contained a threat asking for a Bitcoin payment. However, they say that they did not find any devices in some of the places where the threat arrived. Please be advised – there is an email being circulated containing a bomb threat asking for bitcoin payment. While this email has been sent to numerous locations, searches have been conducted and NO DEVICES have been found. pic.twitter.com/7omOs13Z7Q — NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) December 13, 2018 The NYPD went on explaining that the threats are meant to cause disruption and/or obtain money in a fast way. Although the police will be responding to the calls made by the community, they believe that the threats are likely ‘not credible.’ This is not the first time that there are scammers trying to steal Bitcoin and other virtual currencies from users. Earlier this year, scammers on Twitter were asking for Bitcoin and ETH deposits using fake accounts that stole famous people’s identities.
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