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The Biggest Cryptocurrency Heists in History From 2009-2018

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Biggest Crypto Heists in History Ranked

Coincheck, a popular Japanese cryptocurrency exchange, announced on Friday the 26th of January 2018 that they had fallen victim to a hack. The hackers stole half a billion dollars' worth of the virtual currency NEM.

This theft is the largest crypto heist in history, eclipsing the 2014 hack of Mt. Gox that saw the exchange lose $480,000,000 worth of Bitcoin (850,000 BTC) to hackers. The monster hack ushered in a bear market in cryptos that would last until late 2016. Mt. Gox was ruined by the 2014 hack and subsequently filed for bankruptcy in both Japan and the United States.

It's Different This Time

Coincheck has taken a different approach to their security breach. In a press conference held by Coincheck management to announce the details of the hack, the company's directors have vowed to refund all of their client's losses.

While this strategy did have a positive effect on calming investor confidence in the sector, Coincheck made no official statement about whether their clients would receive the funds in fiat currency or virtual tokens.

Coincheck also stated that they have worked with NEM developers to create a tracking system to tag all of the stolen NEM coins. The tagged coins will be viewed as tainted funds by all major exchanges, which will flag any deposit or withdrawal of hacked NEM coins on regulated trading exchanges. This strategy will prevent the stolen funds from being converted to fiat currency or exchanged for different coins, such as BTC.

The Crypto Hack List

There have been seven huge hacks of exchanges where the losses have been in the tens of millions or hundreds of millions of US Dollars.

  1. Coincheck – $500,000,000
  2. Mt. Gox – $480,000,000
  3. Parity Wallet – $155,000,000
  4. Bitfinex – $65,000,000
  5. Nicehash – $63,000,000
  6. Dao – $50,000,000
  7. Tether – $31,000,000

Can Exchanges be Trusted?

There are speculation and suspicion in the crypto market that suggests the major exchanges may be actively involved with these hacks. While there may not be concrete evidence to support these theories, the coincidences surrounding the hacks and the financial solvency of exchanges have come under scrutiny.

After the Mt. Gox hack, it was revealed by insiders that the hack of the exchange occurred in 2011. The allegations suggest that the Mt. Gox management team led by their CEO, the French national Mark Karpeles, decided to keep the hack from public knowledge until late 2014.

The Japanese police issued a statement that noted they believe that someone working at the exchange initiated the hack. Karpeles was charged by Japanese authorities for embezzlement and price manipulation in July of 2017. He appeared in court and fiercely denied any charges against him.

The Bitfinex and Tether hacks have also undergone tremendous suspicion by the crypto community. Bitfinex lost $65,000,000 of the virtual currency in a hack announced in August of 2016. In the wake of the theft, Bitfinex did not return customer funds but issued a virtual token, BFX, to their customers to compensate them for their losses.

Bitfinex clients were encouraged to either take an equity stake in the company or tokens to the equivalent of their Bitcoin losses. Over 60% of hack victims chose to take equity in Bitfinex, a move which would be questioned by any sophisticated investor.

The crypto watchdog @bitfinexed has accused Bitfinex of starting a Ponzi scheme with Tether. The “scam” involves Bitfinex pumping the market with freshly printed Tethers to raise the Bitcoin price, known as a “pump and dump.”

The same exchange has also been accused of wash trading, a practice of traders selling to their own orders. Their alleged market manipulation tactics also include “spoofing,” i.e., placing orders to give the illusion of trading volume, only to withdraw the order as traders enter the market.

The Future for Crypto in 2018

Cryptocurrency is hailed as being a decentralized and unregulated financial solution that is free from government and central bank manipulation. However; unregulated markets such as cryptocurrency may offer even more risk to investors and speculators. Can the exchanges be trusted? Or will they be the undoing of the entire crypto ecosystem? Time will tell, and 2018 is set to be a fascinating year for Bitcoin and cryptocurrency.

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH Approaching Significant Support Area

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Ethereum Price Analysis ETH Chart

There was another rejection noted near $265.00 in Ethereum vs the US Dollar. ETH/USD is currently declining and approaching towards a couple of important supports near $254.00 and $250.00.

Key Takeaways: ETH/USD

  • Ethereum price formed a short term top near the $264.4 level and declined against the US Dollar.
  • ETH/USD is currently approaching the $254.00 support and a bullish trend line on the 2-hours chart (data feed from Bitstamp).
  • Bitcoin price remains in an uptrend and it could accelerate gains above the $8,300 level.

Ethereum Price Analysis

Recently, bitcoin price gained momentum and broke the $8,100 and $8,200 resistance levels. However, Ethereum price failed to gain traction and formed a short term top near the $264.4 level.

Looking at the 2-hours chart, Ethereum price started a downside correction from the $264.41 high and declined below the $260.00 level. There was a break below the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the last rally from the $236.89 to $264.41.

Ethereum Price Analysis ETH Chart

Besides, there was a break below the $258.00 level, but the price found support near $255.00. Moreover, the price is approaching the $254.00 support and a bullish trend line on the 2-hours chart.

Below the trend line, the main support is near the $250.20 level and the 50 simple moving average (2-hours, purple). The 50% Fib retracement level of the last rally from the $236.89 to $264.41 is also near the $250.65 level to act as a support.

If there is a downside break below the $250.00 support, the price could extend losses and decline towards the $243.50 zone. The 76.4% Fib retracement level of the last rally from the $236.89 to $264.41 is also near $243.40.

Conversely, if the trend line support holds, the price is likely to start a fresh increase in the coming sessions. An initial resistance is near $260.00 and a connecting bearish trend line. A break above the $260.00 barrier might start a strong rally in Ethereum price above the $265.00 level.

Overall, ETH price is trading with a positive bias as long as it is above $250.00, and it could rise again above $260.00 and $265.00.

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Bitcoin Price Analysis: BTC Setting Up For Another Bull Run

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Bitcoin Price Analysis BTC Chart

After a major decline, bitcoin price started a solid upward move above $7,750. BTC to USD gained momentum above $8,000 and even spiked above the $8,250 resistance area.

Key Takeaways: BTC/USD

  • Bitcoin price formed a strong support above $7,550 and recently climbed higher against the US Dollar.
  • BTC/USD broke the main $7900 resistance and a couple of bearish trend lines on the 2-hours chart (data feed from Bitstamp).
  • Ethereum, ripple, and bitcoin cash also gained momentum and moved into a positive zone.

Bitcoin Price Analysis

After testing the $7,500 and $7,520 levels on multiple occasions, bitcoin price finally started a fresh increase. BTC started an upside reversal after it successful broke the $7,600 and $7,850 barriers.

Looking at the 2-hours chart, bitcoin even broke the main resistance near the $7,900 level to move into an uptrend. Finally, there was a break above the $8,000 level plus a close above the 50 simple moving average (2-hours, purple).

Bitcoin Price Analysis BTC Chart

During the rise, the price even broke the $8,150 resistance and a couple of bearish trend lines on the same chart. A new swing high was formed at $8,266 and the price is currently correcting lower.

It broke the $8,150 level and the 23.6% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from $7,903 to $8,266. However, the price is currently finding a strong buying interest near the $8,060 level.

The 50% Fib retracement level of the recent wave from $7,903 to $8,266 is also acting as a decent support. The main support is near the $8,000 level and a connecting bullish trend line on the same chart.

Therefore, bitcoin price is gaining pace and it remains in an uptrend as long as it is above $7,980 and the 50 simple moving average (2-hours, purple).

On the upside, an initial resistance is near the $8,100 level and a connecting bearish trend line. A successful close above $8,100 might start a strong rise in the coming sessions.

The next major hurdle for the bulls is near the $8,250 level, above which the price might start a rally towards the $8,500 level.

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Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Price Analysis June 10th

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Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC) and Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Price Analysis June 10th

BItcoin BTC/USD Forecast

Last Friday the price of Bitcoin came up for interaction with the first significant horizontal resistance at $8140. As the interaction ended as a rejection the price was propelled in a downward trajectory and came down to the levels of the prior low at $7576 which was a decrease of around 6.7%. From today's open which was around the mentioned prior low level, the price has increased by 5.43% with strong bullish momentum as the majority of the increase occurred in only one hour but we are now seeing the price struggling to keep up the upward movement slightly lower then on the prior high.

BTC-USD-Market-June-10

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On the hourly chart, you can see that the price encountered resistance, indicated by the wick from the upper side of the last hourly candle and is now likely to keep interacting with the current level as it's retesting it for resistance further. If the price manages to keep up the upward movement we could see a breakout to the upside from the first significant resistance point and to the next on at around $8500.

This would be unlikely if the found resistance proves to be stronger then the currently seen bullish momentum as a rejection at the current levels would likely lead to a lower low below the one made on 5th at $7506. The price spiked to those levels on today's open but a proper interaction with a lower spike would likely occur if the increase was seen would be stopped out at the mentioned first significant resistance as it would mean that from last Thursday we have been seeing the development of the five-wave move to the downside out of the starting downtrend.

Litecoin LTC/USD Forecast

Last Friday the price of Litecoin increased by around 9.6% coming from $109.96 to $120.47 at its highest which has pushed the price above the first significant resistance level at the descending channels resistance. The price came down for a retest of support at the broken level over the weekend and as it found support it continued moving to the upside above the prior high level, coming to $126.8 at its highest point today.

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The price came above the 0 Fibonacci level which was the ending point of the prior high and above the next highly significant horizontal level at $122.32 above which it is considered to be the sellers' territory. I was expecting the price to start moving to the downside after an interaction with the first significant resistance at the descending channels resistance but as the price continued increasing further past the other significant resistance point we have likely seen the development of another five-wave move to the upside. As the move looks finished or near completion and especially considering that the price has entered the seller's territory I will be shortly expecting the start of the impulsive move to the downside.

Even though we have seen a five-wave increase I don't believe that its the starting upside wave, but is more likely the second correctional structure after the first one currently labeled as a WXYXZ correction ended. The price did make a higher high but this can also be seen on a corrective move usually ending as a running flat. If we are soon the see the start of an impulsive move to the downside the first significant support zone for the price of Litecoin would be at around $83 area.

Ethereum ETH/USD Forecast

The price of Ethereum has increased from today’s open at $228.8 by 6.59%, coming to $243.4 at its highest point today but has encounterd strong resistance there and is currently being traded slightly below those levels.

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On the hourly chart, you can see that the price came down over the weekend below the prior low at around the vicinitly of the 4th wave’s ending point from the previous upside move where it found support as the price immediately started moving impulsively to the upside again.

The rise has been stopped out at the previous horizontal support which now serves as resistance but since a breakout occurred to form the descending triangle which was formed from 30th of May we are likely to see the increase continue for a bit longer before the price continues moving to the downside again.

If the descending triangle was the first structure out of the starting downward move, the increase seen from today could be viewed as a correctional upside move in which case it cannot exceed the 258 level which is around half range between the last Thursdays high and today’s open.

Bitcoin Cash BCH/USD Forecast

Over the weekend the price of Bitcoin Cash has decreased by 8.2% as it came down from $409.2 to $375.6 at its lowest point. From today’s open around the mentioned low level we have seen an increase of 5.36% to $395.7 but the price has encountered resistance as the rise has been stopped out.

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On the hourly chart, you can see that the price decreased slightly above the last week’s low at $366.5 made on Wednesday which is why a lower low before the completion of the downward move would be expected if we are seeing the development of the five-wave move to the downside out of the starting downtrend.

If we are seeing the development of the 4th wave it cannot go above the $413 which the price interacted with over the weekend and found resistance there which makes this possibility higher. As the 4th wave is corrective in nature it could mean that today’s increase is still its development which we are to see from the currently encountered resistance interaction.

Conclusion

Over the weekend the prices have continued increasing to their first significant resistance point and have gotten rejected with the price going to the levels from which the increase was made. This movement could have been the end of the first wave from the starting downtrend but a more likely outcome would be that another lower low is coming before we see some major upside correctional movements.

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