Miljoenen euro’s geïnvesteerd in vermeende Bitcoin-fraude in Ierland

De Ierse politie heeft een onderzoek ingesteld naar een vermoedelijke Bitcoin-fraude gericht tegen vermogende particulieren.

  • De Gardaí onderzoeken een grootschalig frauduleus plan vermomd als een investeringsmogelijkheid in Bitcoin.
  • Slachtoffers maakten naar verluidt enkele miljoenen euro’s in Bitcoin over naar portemonnees die door de verdachten werden gecontroleerd.

Investeren van aanzienlijke bedragen in Bitcoin

De Ierse politie (Gardaí) onderzoekt een vermeende „grote fraude“ waarbij de verdachten vermogende particulieren hebben misleid tot het investeren van aanzienlijke bedragen in Bitcoin en vervolgens de controle over hun portemonnees hebben overgenomen.

Het onderzoek bouwt voort op verschillende vermoedelijke slachtoffers, die naar verluidt grote sommen contant geld hebben overgemaakt in ruil voor Crypto Bank, meldde The Irish Times.

Ten minste één bank zou zich zorgen hebben gemaakt over een reeks transacties van elk zo’n 500.000 euro (586.500 dollar), die werden uitgevoerd vanaf een rekening die al een aantal jaren slapende was.

Ondanks de instructies van de gardisten over de gevaren van het verlies van hun geld, geloofden de klanten dat het om een belegging ging en stonden zij er aanvankelijk op om hun plannen door te zetten. Uiteindelijk werd, na het advies van de politie te hebben opgevolgd en met de medewerking van de bank, een andere geplande overschrijving van ongeveer 500 000 euro geblokkeerd.

Een woning in het zuiden van Dublin die in verband wordt gebracht met de verdachten, van wie sommigen buitenlanders zijn, werd onlangs doorzocht, waarbij onder meer contant geld, juwelen en computers in beslag werden genomen. De Gardaí onderzoeken naar verluidt of de verdachten de Bitcoin-portemonnees van de slachtoffers hebben overgenomen.

Terwijl het onderzoek nog loopt, zouden de totale geldbedragen die door de slachtoffers zijn overgemaakt al enkele miljoenen hebben bereikt. De politie gaat er ook van uit dat een deel van het geld naar het buitenland is overgemaakt en werkt in deze zaak samen met rechtshandhavingsinstanties in het buitenland.

Recente Bitcoin-fraudes

Dit is het laatste in een reeks van onderzoeken naar frauduleuze praktijken met Bitcoin in de afgelopen weken.

Eerder deze maand werden vijf personen in Lancashire, Engeland, aangeklaagd wegens betrokkenheid bij een vermeend Bitcoin-samenzwering, waarbij zo’n 20 miljoen pond (27 miljoen dollar) zou zijn gestolen en witgewassen. De samenzwering duurde naar verluidt bijna twee jaar en maakte gebruik van een achterdeurtje in het Australische handelsplatform Coinspot.

Vorige week werd Instagram-influencer Jegara Igbara, ook bekend als Jay Mazini, door Amerikaanse federale onderzoekers beschuldigd van het oplichten van zijn volgers van miljoenen dollars in Bitcoin. De autoriteiten beweren dat Igbara zijn sociale mediaprofiel gebruikte om ten minste 2,5 miljoen dollar aan Bitcoin van zijn slachtoffers te stelen.

Ondanks recente geruchtmakende zaken lijkt het gebruik van Bitcoin voor criminele doeleinden echter af te nemen. Dat blijkt uit gegevens van blockchain-databedrijf Chainalysis, dat suggereert dat slechts 0,34% van alle cryptocurrency-transacties vorig jaar voor snode redenen waren, een daling ten opzichte van 2,1% in 2019.

Förutom Bitcoin noterar Coinbase också institutionell efterfrågan på Ethereum

Coinbase ‚Year in Review‘ 2020- rapport uppgav att det fanns en växande institutionell efterfrågan på Ether, bland ökande företagsinvesteringar i Bitcoin.

Enligt forskare vid Coinbase Institutional , medan börsens kunder främst köpte Bitcoin förra året, tog ett växande antal också positioner i Ethereum

De flesta institutionella kunder på Coinbase tänker på Ethereum som ett ”decentraliserat datanätverk” som delar några av Bitcoin Evolution viktigaste egenskaper. När det gäller att äga Ether ser dessa kunder „en kombination av“ tillgångens potential som en värdebutik och det är en digital vara som är nödvändig för att driva transaktioner på Ethereum.

Många tror att ett växande intresse för DeFi är en primär orsak bakom stigningen i Ethers pris. Samtidigt förutspådde David Grider på Fundstrat att en blomstrande DeFi-ekonomi kunde driva ETH till en sjufaldig ökning.

Förra året växte Ethereums utvecklare och investeringsaktivitet i DeFi, liksom Ethereum-baserade stallmynt, enligt Coinbases granskning. Börsen noterade emellertid problem med applikationer som för närvarande använder Ethereum, inklusive skalningsfriktion, höga gasavgifter, när nätverket blir överbelastat och „komplexa smarta kontrakt“, som kan „växa till stora lager av kryptotillgångar och därmed locka dåliga aktörer. ”

Coinbase- klienter trodde att Ethereum kan bli det primära avvecklingsnätverket som ligger till grund för detta nya finansiella system. Enligt recensionen:

År 2020 började DeFi-protokoll byggda på Ethereum tydligt visa att användningsfallet för „programmerbara pengar“ sträcker sig långt bortom ICO.

Dessutom följer Coinbase „noggrant“ utvecklingen av CBDC och noterar de „uppenbara“ fördelarna med digitala valutor. Det hoppades också att regeringar som utvecklar CBDC „kommer att arbeta för att bevara individuella friheter och integritet.“ Utbytet uppmuntrade kryptosamhället „som förstår dessa system“ att förespråka att en regering utvecklar e-valuta på „toppen av öppna, offentliga blockchain- nätverk.“

Bitcoin key figure indicates an upswing, Aave and Chainlink achieve record prices

The SOPR suggests that the selling pressure on Bitcoin will ease, and the institutions are also still optimistic.

At the beginning of the weekend, Bitcoin ( BTC ) had hoisted itself into a price range of 33,500 – 32,000 US dollars, with the price only staying just above the 32,000 US dollar mark on Sunday.

Some analysts warn that the recent decline is fueled by the fact that institutional investors are slowly becoming “exhausted”.

Since January 19, there has been increasing pressure to sell, especially from Asia

Nonetheless, some institutional investors are holding onto the hope that Bitcoin will climb to $ 100,000 in 2021 . The reason for this is probably that the mood among private investors continues to be good and that new Bitcoin index funds (ETF) have been applied for , which would create further investment vehicles for the crypto market leader.

Although Bitcoin faces resistance at $ 33,000, crypto statistician Willy Woo sees good chances of it going back up. As he explains, the „Bitcoin Spent Output Profit Ratio“ (SOPR) indicates that the course will start again. The key figure SOPR sets the average sales price in relation to the average purchase price for recently traded BTC. If this relative value is greater than 1, selling is worthwhile; below this threshold this would no longer be the case, which is why the selling pressure will probably decrease again for the time being (see graphic below).

With regard to the SOPR, Woo explains:

“The SOPR is doing a reset. Bitcoin that has been trading in the past few hours are no longer profitable on average. Investors would now lose money if they kept selling. “

Woo thinks it is unlikely that investors will be willing to make losses in order to sell their Bitcoin, which is why he sees the current price level bottoming out. From here it would go up again.

Altcoins and DeFi tokens on the rise

Some decentralized financial services (DeFi) altcoins and cryptocurrencies may gain while the crypto market leader is currently struggling. Polkadot (DOT), AAVE, Curve DAO Token (CRV) and Sushiswap (SUSHI) have all gained between 5% to 7%.

The upturn in DeFi tokens can largely be explained by increased trading activity on decentralized crypto exchanges (DEX), because, as the data from Dune Analytics shows, DEX trading volumes have increased continuously since July 2020, and the total is in DeFi invested fortunes now to a whopping $ 23.89 billion.

Indien erwägt, 18% Steuer auf Bitcoin-Transaktionen zu erheben

Die indische Regierung erwägt eine Bitcoin-Transaktionssteuer, die 1 Milliarde Dollar an Einnahmen pro Jahr hinzufügen würde, ein Schritt, von dem einige Branchenteilnehmer sagen, dass er ein Zeichen für das wachsende Wohlbefinden der Regierung mit Kryptowährungen ist.

Ein Vorschlag, der dem Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs (CBIC) vom Central Economic Intelligence Bureau (CEIB) vorgelegt wurde, würde bitcoin (BTC, -0,77%) als immateriellen Vermögenswert kategorisieren und eine 18%ige Waren- und Dienstleistungssteuer (GST) auf bitcoin-Transaktionen erheben, so die Times of India. Der Vorschlag schlägt auch vor, Bitcoin Pro als Umlaufvermögen zu behandeln und GST auf Margen im Handel zu erheben.

Eine 18%ige GST auf den geschätzten jährlichen Wert aller Bitcoin-Transaktionen von INR 40.000 crore (ca. 5,5 Mrd. $) würde INR 7.200 crore oder 1 Mrd. $ an Steuereinnahmen bringen.

Prominente in Indien ansässige Kryptobörsen sagen, dass eine mögliche Steuerstruktur gut für das Ökosystem wäre. „Die Regierung, die über eine Steuerstruktur nachdenkt, ist ein Zeichen für ein besseres Verständnis dieser neuartigen Anlageklasse, und wir hoffen, dass dies zu weiteren positiven Nachrichten in der Zukunft führen wird“, sagte Sumit Gupta, CEO der in Mumbai ansässigen Kryptobörse CoinDCX in einem WhatsApp-Chat.

„In Bezug auf den Steuersatz, und die Struktur ist etwas, das wir abwarten und beobachten, aber dies ist definitiv ein positives Zeichen.“

Nischal Shetty, CEO der Binance-eigenen WazirX exchange, echoed ähnliche Gefühle und fügte hinzu, dass Klarheit an der Steuerfront könnte den Weg für eine erhöhte indische institutionelle Beteiligung an der bitcoin-Markt zu ebnen. WazirX und Bangalore-basierte Austausch Bitbns sagte, dass Sie bereits zahlen GST auf den Handel Gebühren. „Die GST Betrag gezahlt hat, wuchs 500% in den letzten paar Monaten,“ Gaurav Dahake, Gründer und CEO von Bangalore-basierte Austausch Bitbns, sagte CoinDesk.

Die Handelsvolumina an Börsen, die in Indien ansässige Kunden bedienen, sind gestiegen, seit der Oberste Gerichtshof im März das Bankverbot der Reserve Bank of India (Zentralbank) für Kryptowährungen aufgehoben hat. Während die indische Regierung Bitcoin nicht als gesetzliches Zahlungsmittel betrachtet, ist das bloße Halten von Kryptowährungen nicht illegal oder verboten.

Turkey wants to start tests for digital lira in 2021 – high inflation the trigger?

Turkey has been researching a digital currency since 2019, but efforts are intensifying against the backdrop of high inflation.

While Turkey’s inflation rate is now in double digits , Naci Agbal, the governor of Turkey’s central bank, has now announced that basic research on a country’s central bank digital currency (CBDC) has been completed and that first practical tests are in the second half in 2021.

„There is a research project for a digital currency,“ as Agbal confirms according to two Turkish news portals

To this end, he adds: “The concept development has already been completed. We want to start the first pilot tests in the second half of 2021. “

Agbal’s confirmation is a bit of a surprise, although Turkey has been researching its own CBDC since mid-2019 . However, tests would have to be a digital Turkish lira in the coming year actually even a little late, because as Minister Erdogan in November 2019 announced , had first tests should take place at the end to the 2020th

The progress on CBDC comes at a time when Turkey’s central bank is struggling with inflation rates of up to 14%

Agbal, who was appointed the new head of the central bank just last month, announced last week that his institute was “determined” to bring inflation back down and achieve an annual rate below 10%.

As previously reported, Turkey is one of the countries that is most interested in the introduction of its own digital currency, as the population seems to be very willing. Almost 20% of the Turkish population are said to have money in the form of crypto currencies. However, new figures suggest that this figure is calculated a little too optimistically .

I cluster di balene Bitcoin individuano il livello di supporto chiave per la continuazione del rally

I cluster di balene Bitcoin mostrano $ 23.409 come un’area di supporto chiave, il che significa che il rally in corso ha un forte pavimento.

I cluster di balene di Bitcoin ( BTC ) mostrano che il livello di $ 23,409 è diventato un’area di interesse per i grandi trader. Ciò indica che la corsa al rialzo in corso è sostenuta dalle balene che continuano ad accumulare oltre $ 23.000.

I cluster di balene si formano quando le balene acquistano Bitcoin Billionaire e non spostano le loro partecipazioni in BTC dal prezzo di acquisto. I cluster sono utili per determinare i livelli di supporto di Bitcoin, soprattutto quando il mercato si muove rapidamente.

„Non dovrebbe essere inferiore a $ 23.409“

Secondo gli analisti di Whalemap, una società di analisi dei dati che tiene traccia dell’attività delle balene di Bitcoin, BTC ha raggiunto un forte limite nell’intervallo da $ 23.000 a $ 23.500. Hanno detto:

“Sorprendentemente grandi quantità di perdite stavano fluendo sulla catena a prezzi di 19k. Quando ciò accade in condizioni rialziste, BTC ci regala dei bei rally (10k -> 20k l’ultima volta). Abbiamo più forti supporti anche ai prezzi recenti … Non dovrebbe scendere al di sotto di $ 23,409 „.
È importante che Bitcoin stabilisca solide aree di supporto durante una corsa al rialzo a causa del rischio di correzioni improvvise. Se i cluster di balene sono presenti a livelli di prezzo elevati, come $ 23.409, è probabile che le balene facciano un’offerta leggermente superiore e sostengano lo slancio di Bitcoin.

Peter Brandt, un trader di lunga data, ha individuato la linea parabolica di Bitcoin risalente a ottobre come un’area chiave da tenere d’occhio.

Grafico giornaliero dei prezzi BTC / USD con linee di tendenza. Fonte: TradingView.com, Peter Brandt
La linea indica $ 24.000 come area di supporto critica, il che significherebbe che BTC deve rimanere al di sopra di essa per evitare un forte calo. Brandt ha scritto :

“Bitcoin $ BTC sta avanzando in movimento parabolico dal minimo di settembre ’20. Mi aspetto che questa curva venga violata a un certo punto, ma non produrrà un calo dell’80%. La curva verde è un progresso parabolico più ampio dai minimi di dicembre 2018 e marzo 2020. Questo è il motore del mercato rialzista. “
A breve termine, gli ammassi di balene e la linea di tendenza parabolica mostrano che $ 23.409 e $ 24.000 sono i due livelli chiave che Bitcoin deve mantenere.

Sotto i 24.000 dollari, aumentano le possibilità di una correzione accelerata, che potrebbe peggiorare se le aree di supporto dei gruppi di balene venissero violate.

Dove si collocherebbe BTC?

I trader generalmente credono che Bitcoin possa salire a due livelli: $ 30.000 e $ 36.000. Quest’ultima è diventata una previsione popolare a breve termine perché il mercato delle opzioni indica un’alta probabilità di $ 36.000 di essere colpiti nei prossimi mesi. Naturalmente, il primo è un livello psicologico chiave.

Un trader pseudonimo noto come „Byzantine General“ ha detto che prevede che Bitcoin raggiunga $ 30.000. Ha spiegato che $ 30.000 è il livello di „estensione del rapporto aureo“ e ha anche ordini di vendita su Coinbase e Bitfinex. Ha detto :

“Penso che questo rally raggiunga il massimo a medio termine intorno ai 30.000. È l’estensione della sezione aurea. Capita anche di essere dove CB & Finex ha ottenuto grasso chiede in giro. “

Il 27 dicembre, Cointelegraph ha riferito che Bitcoin ha immediatamente visto una grande volatilità, alla fine ha perso il 6,5% in un arco di poche ore dopo che il prezzo ha raggiunto $ 28.200 nelle principali borse. Dato che le aree di resistenza con un’elevata scansione degli ordini di vendita incontrano grandi pullback, l’area di $ 30.000 potrebbe rappresentare un importante ostacolo a breve termine per Bitcoin.

Now Ethereum is picking up speed on Wall Street

$10 billion fund CEO: Now Ethereum is picking up speed on Wall Street

Cryptoadaptation on Wall Street is booming. Well, the Bitcoin adaptation, anyway.

In recent months, the number of Wall Street investors and prominent companies dealing with the leading crypto currency and the associated block chain technologies has increased again.

Paul Tudor Jones, a billionaire investor known for outperforming the markets in the 1970s and during the Great Recession, kicked off before this year’s half. In a Bitcoin Evolution research note he revealed that he considers Bitcoin to be the „fastest horse in the race“ in a world where inflation is rampant.

This was confirmed by a number of other prominent Wall Street veterans – including those inside and outside the crypto room. This list includes Stanley Druckenmiller, Rick Rieder, Mike Novogratz and Raoul Pal.

So far, however, Altcoins have not yet gained a foothold among institutional actors, apart from their role as technology to be used.

Top space managers expect this to change in the coming months.

According to Grayscale MD, Ethereum is becoming more popular on Wall Street

Michael Sonnenhein of Grayscale Investments believes that Ethereum is likely to become more attractive as an „asset class“ with more institutional players. Sonnenhein on this topic:

„In the course of 2020, we will see a new group of investors first in Ethereum and in some cases only in Ethereum. There is a growing belief in Ethereum as an asset class“.

In the same interview, he added that he believes Ethereum has reached a point where its lasting value resembles, so to speak, that of Bitcoin.

This is largely due in part to the rise of decentralised finance (DeFi), which has found a home on Ethereum, unlike other intelligent block chains focused on contracts.

Ethereum hosts the vast majority of the most important DeFi applications in terms of total value and the value of their native crypto currencies.

As DeFi Pulse shows, Ethereum hosts MakerDAO, Wrapped Bitcoin, Compound, Aave, Uniswap and the other 20 or so top DeFi applications.

Many expect this to continue due to the ongoing positive trends in the DeFi sector and simple network effects.

Paul Tudor Jones talks about ETH

As if to demonstrate Wall Street’s growing commitment to crypto assets other than Bitcoin, Paul Tudor Jones recently mentioned ETH in an interview with Yahoo Finance.

According to Jones, there could be a world where there is a precious crypto-currency like Bitcoin and an industrial crypto-currency, referring to something like Ethereum. Tudor Jones did not go into the idea further, but many see this as confirmation that prominent investors on Wall Street will soon view Ethereum as both a technology and an investment.

US Congress in panic over cryptos: the STABLE Act, a banking Trojan?

MP Rashida Tlaib, backed by two of her peers, Jesus Garcia and Stephen Lynch, has tabled a bill relating to stablecoins. The STABLE Act – Stablecoin Tethering and Bank Licensing Enforcement Act – intends to regulate the issuance of stablecoins in the United States.

Issuers of stablecoins assimilated to banks?

The STABLE Act intends to regulate the issuance of stablecoins by requiring the obtaining of a banking license before even considering the launch of a stablecoin.

The stated aim of this proposed law would be to “protect low-income households who invest in stablecoins” . Companies issuing these currencies do not follow the same rules as banks, which could be detrimental to individuals, according to the authors of the bill .

„We cannot outsource the issuance of US currency to private entities and the STABLE Act ensures that our regulators will be able to effectively oversee the deployment of this new technology (stablecoins).“

This necessarily echoes Libra’s re-branding towards Bitcoin Bank, who is seeking to issue a dollar-backed stablecoin . This project is often highlighted by US regulators as a potential threat to the stability of the financial system .

Draconian regulations for stablecoin issuers

The STABLE Act, if passed, would rest on four pillars:

Any issuer of stablecoins must obtain a banking license ,
Companies issuing stablecoins will have to comply with existing banking regulations ,
Companies issuing stablecoins will have to obtain authorization from the central bank and their benchmark banking partner ,
Approval must be obtained at least 6 months before the launch of its services,

The project would also require issuers of stablecoins to maintain sufficient reserves in dollars , consigned to the central bank . All the tokens issued should thus be able to be converted into dollars at any time.

The announcement of this bill sparked strong reactions on Twitter . On the one hand, because the drafters of the text position themselves as the protector of the most disadvantaged against cryptoassets. On the other hand, because this bill could represent, once again, a brake on innovation .

In view of the political calendar, it seems that this law will not be seriously discussed for several months, and that it is unlikely to be passed as it is. Indeed, the current parliamentary session is coming to an end in less than a month. If the debates are not finished by this date, the project will have to be proposed again to Congress in January.

Ripple CEO bei BTC, XRP: Das Interesse institutioneller Anleger steigt sprunghaft an

Die jüngste Rallye von Bitcoin hat das Interesse am Kryptomarkt insgesamt geweckt, und BTC hat mehrere namhafte Investoren angezogen. In diesem Zusammenhang gab Brad Garlinghouse, CEO von Ripple, kürzlich in einem Tweet zu, dass das Interesse institutioneller Anleger an Kryptowährungen gestiegen ist. In seinem Tweet sagte der CEO:

Nie ein langweiliger Moment in Krypto!

Das Interesse institutioneller Anleger steigt sprunghaft an… das Wachstum der Branche hängt vom tatsächlichen Nutzen ab.

Garlinghouse fügte hinzu, dass Bitcoin ein echter Wertspeicher und „nützlich“ als Absicherung gegen Inflation sei:

Als Wertspeicher ist BTC eine äußerst nützliche Absicherung gegen Inflation

In Bezug auf XRP lobte Garlinghouse die Kryptowährung und sagte, dass die Geschwindigkeit, die Kosten und die Skalierbarkeit von XRP es für Zahlungen „äußerst nützlich“ machten. Der CEO von Ripple forderte die Aufsichtsbehörden außerdem auf, das Potenzial dieser Technologien zu erkennen und gleiche Wettbewerbsbedingungen für die Teilnehmer der Branche zu schaffen.

Inzwischen ist Brad Garlinghouse Berücksichtigung in anderen Ländern der USA bewegen heraus, wie Großbritannien, da er glaubte , dass ein klarer Rechtsrahmen für Ripple der XRP arbeiten kann. Garlinghouse hatte zuvor gesagt, es sei „bedauerlich“, dass die US-Aufsichtsbehörden keinen klaren Ansatz für Kryptowährungen hatten, und erneut das Fehlen eines einzigen nationalen Regulierungsrahmens betont, der US-Unternehmen wie Ripple selbst benachteiligte.

Alibaba-grunnlegger Jack Ma kaller digitale valutaer fremtiden

Alibaba-grunnlegger Jack Ma støttet nylig den digitale valutasektoren og sa at de er fremtiden. Han bemerket også at digitale valutaer kan skape verdi.

Milliardær tror på et nytt globalt finanssystem

Milliardærgründeren til Alibaba, Ma, tror at digitale valutaer kan føre til opprettelsen av et nytt globalt finanssystem. Han målrettet også de globale bankbestemmelsene på plass, men avklarte ikke hva han mente med digitale valutaer.

Ma snakket på Bund Summit i Shanghai hvor han snakket om digitale valutaer. Han sa: „Digital valuta kan skape verdi, og vi bør tenke på hvordan vi kan etablere en ny type finanssystem gjennom digital valuta.“ Ma var også kritisk til de eksisterende globale banksystemene.

Kryptosamfunnet reagerte raskt på kommentarene hans, og Twitter var i flamme med spekulasjoner. Binance-sjef Changpeng Zhao satte pris på Ma og kalte det en “fantastisk” tale der han snakket om digitale mynter. Imidlertid spurte Vitalik Buterin, medstifter av Ethereum, betydningen av digitale valutaer. Zhao sa at betydningen av begrepet kan tolkes.

Status for digitale mynter i Kina

Den kinesiske regjeringen har utestengt digitale valutaer, selv om Bitcoin Trader er andre eiendeler som handles i regionen. Kinesiske Bitcoin-gruvearbeidere kontrollerer også en stor del av Bitcoins hashrate. Ma kan antyde en sentralbank digital valuta (CBDC), som en digital yuan. Regjeringer og sentralbanker over hele verden jobber med å utvikle en egen digital sentralbankstøttet valuta. Imidlertid vinner digital yuan løpet.

Ma bemerket at Basel følgelig også var utdatert. Han bemerket at de verdensomspennende reglene for bankvirksomhet kveler utviklingen i Kina. De tenker ikke på unge mennesker eller muligheter for utviklingsland.

Alibaba har et tilknyttet selskap kalt Ant Financial som snart skal lansere en børsnotering. Selskapet er verdsatt til 30 milliarder dollar blir ansett som verdens største børsnotering.