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“Five months of fear in crypto”. What’s going on with sentiment in the cryptocurrency market

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September was the sixth month since fear in crypto took over the market, as measured by the Fear and Greed Index. This is the longest period that the market has been in fear since the index appeared.

As of September 11, the market was fixed at 26 bps, which equates to “moderate fear.” The market reached its lowest point on June 19, when the index plummeted to 6 bps, which equates to “extreme fear.” At that time, bitcoin (BTC) was trading at ~$23,000 in the BTC/USD pair and ether (ETH) was trading at $1,520 in the ETH/USD pair.

Bitcoin has remained below the $25,000 level since early summer, which may signal investor uncertainty that the leading cryptocurrency by capitalization will not continue to update yearly lows.

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Also, bitcoin’s dominance in the market is also declining. According to BTCTools, bitcoin’s dominance index has dropped to 37.6 bps, its lowest since the summer of 2018. Ether could build up its dominance from 17 bps in early June to 20.4 bps in September.

Confidence in bitcoin is also declining among public miners. As Arcane Research calculated, Marathon, Hut 8 and Bitfarms have unloaded the most since April. Riot and CleanSpark miners were the only ones who, on the contrary, increased their bitcoin reserves from April to September.

Here, however, it is also important to consider the fact that many of the big miners were in financial trouble because of the drop in bitcoin prices. As Ethan Vera, co-founder of the mining firm Luxor Technologies, previously argued, many lenders (Bable Finance, Galaxy Digital, the bankrupt Celsius Network, blockfi, Foundry Networks) are concerned that they have made too many loans to secure mining devices. Vera estimates that the firms have made a combined $4 billion in loans.

We previously reported that 70% of crypto investors believe they will become billionaires.

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China has uncovered a money laundering scheme involving the digital yuan. How does money laundering work? 

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Chinese authorities have uncovered a 200 million yuan (~$28 million) money-laundering scheme where criminals used the digital yuan. Local newspaper Renmin Jibao writes about it. How does money laundering work?

It is reported that the criminals were detained in Fujian province. According to law enforcement authorities, the criminal group, led by Lai Moumou and Zheng Moumou, provided illegal services for the settlement of money to support gambling businesses. It is also noted that the group formed entire cells throughout China and worked on money laundering.

This is the second reported case of the digital yuan appearing in illegal activities. Earlier, the editorial board wrote that the People’s Bank of China decided to amend the digital yuan model after authorities uncovered an eleven-person criminal cell that used the digital state currency to launder money.

According to local media reports, the scammers used phishing to obtain the digital state currency, which they later ran through banks and payment systems. The amount of the fraud was not disclosed. However, it remains unclear whether the incident was the reason for the digital currency changes.

Work on the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) or DCEP, as representatives of the financial regulator themselves call the project, has been underway since 2014. In this case, the head of the Chinese Central Bank Yi Gang, noted that the financial institution has no clear timetable for the launch of the digital yuan. The banker drew attention to the fact that information about the pilot release of the digital asset and related initiatives should not be equated with the official release of the virtual yuan.

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FBI tracked Colonial Pipeline hackers through Chainalysis

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Recently, Colonial Pipeline has been hacked again. But the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) could identify Colonial Pipeline hackers through analytics firm Chainalysis. It is reported by Bloomberg, citing representatives of the firm.

It is not clear how exactly the FBI could identify the attackers. It is alleged that Chainalysis collects a large amount of data from the blockchain and also relies on off-network information received from customers. The analytics firm uses machine learning and statistical analysis to figure out where and to whom cryptocurrency might be sent.

In May 2021, a group of hackers called DarkSide hacked and shut down the Colonial Pipeline, one of the largest oil pipelines in the United States, causing a fuel shortage on the East Coast. As a ransom, the hackers demanded that 75 BTC be transferred to an anonymous wallet. Colonial Pipeline hackers then apologized.

Earlier in September, analysts at Group-IB found that the number of cryptocurrency-related fraud sites rose to 2,000 in the first half of 2022, a 335% increase over the entire 2021. At the same time, just over 60% of all fraudulent crypto-sites are registered through Russian providers.

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Is Kraken a good crypto exchange? Kraken has no plans to change its listing due to SEC complaints

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Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken is not going to remove from its listing tokens that the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) compares to securities. Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken CEO Dave Ripley told Reuters.

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Recall, earlier media revealed that the U.S. exchange regulator has organized an investigation into the actions of cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase to list tokens. The reason for launching the investigation was the SEC’s suspicions that Coinbase opened American users’ access to transactions with cryptocurrencies, which can be classified as securities.

However, despite the investigation, the exchange regulator did not sue Coinbase, which has already surprised Ripple, which has long been in litigation with the SEC over the altcoin XRP.

The SEC sued Ripple back in late 2020. The regulator argues that XRP falls under the definition of securities, but the California-based startup disagrees. While the verdict on the lawsuit between the SEC and Ripple probably won’t appear until late 2022, Coinbase was one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges to remove XRP from its listing.

We previously reported on researchers finding vulnerabilities in cryptocurrency exchanges.

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