2 in 5 Americans want to invest their stimulus checks in Bitcoin

Bullish poll: 2 in 5 Americans want to invest their stimulus checks in Bitcoin

A new survey found that recipients of stimulus cheques in the US would be more likely to invest in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies than in traditional equity offerings.

The cheques are coming – for bitcoin

Japanese megabank Mizuho has found in a recent survey that recipients of stimulus cheques in the US are more likely to invest in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies by Wealth Matrix than in traditional equity offerings, according to a report on market portal MarketWatch.

According to Mizuho, more than 20% of cheque recipients intend to invest up to 20% of their stimulus cheques in bitcoin and/or equities. 13% of them would likely invest 20% to 80% in the markets, while 2% intended to invest more than 80% of their cheques in the markets.

The survey of 235 people found that 2 in 5 respondents (40%) wanted to invest their entire $1,400 stimulus cheque in cryptocurrencies. Mizuho extrapolated this data to find out how much of the $380 billion in direct cheques would flow into the crypto market – and concludes that over $40 billion is on its way to the emerging sector.

„Bitcoin is the preferred investment vehicle among cheque recipients. It accounts for nearly 60% of incremental spending, which could mean $25 billion in incremental spending on Bitcoin from stimulus cheques,“ said Mizuho analysts Dan Dolev and Ryan Coyne.

Stimulus finds a way

Stimulus cheques have been distributed to citizens in the US since last year to combat the effects of the ongoing coronavirus. The idea is to help families live normal lives until the economy returns to normal.

But while there are some who rely on the cheques, a significant percentage of the US population invests the proceeds in financial markets or real estate instead.

Some in the bitcoin space say the stimulus cheques could be worth many times more in the future if recipients decide to buy bitcoin – rather than cash them. The first round of cheques (of $1,200) is now worth over $11,000 if invested in bitcoin.

Meanwhile, Mizuho’s survey shows similar results to those reached by recent surveys in other countries.

A UK survey (of over 2,000 citizens) from earlier this month concluded that over 70% of all investors surveyed are likely to buy Bitcoin this year, with 31% expecting the asset to exceed the $69,000 price level. 18% even expect bullish levels of over $130,000 or more.

But not everyone is happy. Some respondents to the survey think they have already missed the boat and that it is risky to buy Bitcoins at these levels. I wonder what US investors think about that.

Roupa de loteria chinesa listada na NYSE expande investimento em mineração Bitcoin

500.com – uma empresa chinesa listada na Bolsa de Valores de Nova York (NYSE) está expandindo seu investimento na área de mineração Bitcoin (BTC). A empresa é a mais recente a aumentar seu estoque de hardware, já que a corrida global pela mineração de hash Bitcoin continua a se intensificar após a redução pela metade que ocorreu em maio de 2020.

500.com Adquire mais máquinas de mineração Bitcoin

Segundo o Asia Times, 500.com anunciou a aquisição de 5.900 sondas de mineração Bitcoin por 55,2 milhões de yuan (cerca de US$ 8,5 milhões). Espera-se que o novo inventário seja entregue antes do final do verão.

Como parte da compra, a empresa chinesa de loteria esportiva concordou em pagar uma caução de desempenho de 2.000 yuan (~$310) para as primeiras 5.000 sondas. Este cronograma de pagamento chega a quase 10 milhões de yuan (cerca de US$ 1,5 milhão) no total.

Além das 5.900 sondas, a empresa também tem um desembolso planejado para 10.000 máquinas de mineração Bitcoin adicionais programadas para 2021. No entanto, esta parte da expansão de estoque está sujeita à disponibilidade do produto.

Se 500.com adquirir com sucesso todas as 15.900 sondas, a capacidade de mineração Bitcoin da empresa crescerá em cerca de 1.000 petahashes por segundo.

O espaço de mineração Bitcoin está atualmente enfrentando uma escassez de sondas em meio à contínua escassez global de chips. De fato, a gigante mineradora de criptografia Bitmain viu seus produtos esgotados até agosto, com os preços das plataformas também subindo para prêmios significativos.

Além do espaço de mineração Bitcoin, outras indústrias também foram impactadas pela escassez global de semicondutores. Fabricantes de automóveis como a Ford foram forçados a fechar as fábricas à medida que a escassez de chips continua a morder mais forte.

No cenário da mineração de Bitcoin

No cenário da mineração de Bitcoin, os mineiros chineses estão sendo espremidos pelos homólogos norte-americanos para as poucas sondas disponíveis. De fato, as operações de mineração na América do Norte têm adquirido agressivamente novos estoques, expandindo sua presença de mineração Bitcoin, o que poderia reduzir significativamente o domínio global da taxa de haxixe da China.

De acordo com dados do Centro de Financiamento Alternativo de Cambridge (CBECI), a China ainda responde por mais de 65% das distribuições globais de taxas de haxixe. Fora da China, os EUA são o próximo grande centro de mineração de Bitcoin devido à expansão massiva de estabelecimentos no país.

Como já foi relatado anteriormente pelo BTCManager, a Bit Digital, Inc., listada na Nasdaq, trocou 4.000 ações por máquinas de mineração em novembro de 2020. Enquanto isso, países como o Irã estão vendo o envolvimento significativo do governo na área de mineração Bitcoin como uma forma de gerar receita em meio a dificuldades econômicas contínuas.

Une enquête du FMI soutient massivement l’utilisation de Bitcoin

Une enquête du FMI soutient massivement l’utilisation de Bitcoin comme „argent“.

Bitcoin a été créé pour être le tout premier système de paiement électronique poste à poste, et dans son sillage, toute une industrie de biens numériques a depuis été créée. Malgré la longévité et la Bitcoin Trader pérennité de la cryptocarte, les décideurs politiques, les régulateurs et même les investisseurs se demandent encore si la classe d’actifs doit être définie comme de l'“argent“.

Une récente enquête menée par le Fonds monétaire international a révélé que les personnes interrogées ont massivement répondu „oui“ à la question de savoir si les bitcoins et autres altcoins sont effectivement de l’argent et s’ils doivent être considérés comme tels.

Les bitcoins et la maturation vers l’argent

Le prix du bitcoin se négocie à moins de 40 000 dollars, à quelques milliers de dollars de son récent sommet. Et alors qu’une baisse de cette ampleur dans le passé aurait fait apparaître des nécrologies sur Bitcoin, aujourd’hui, elle est considérée comme une opportunité d’entrer un peu moins cher.

Les investisseurs et les institutions votent avec leur capital que la cryptocouronne surpassera le dollar et aidera à compenser l’hyperinflation à venir. Le bitcoin a augmenté de plus de 500 % par rapport au dollar depuis le début de la pandémie, et si la tendance à court terme est peut-être en train de s’essouffler, la trajectoire à long terme a toujours été à la hausse.

La CTB est désormais la 16e monnaie mondiale et elle est en hausse. Elle pourrait un jour devenir la monnaie de réserve mondiale, et être la première monnaie non souveraine utilisée dans le monde. Plus de 10 000 milliards de dollars ont été négociés sur son réseau. Pourtant, pour une raison quelconque, le débat se poursuit sur la question de savoir si les cryptocurrences sont de l’argent.

Le mot „monnaie“ est dans le nom, et Satoshi Nakamoto avait bien l’intention que son invention agisse comme de l’argent. Et selon le grand public, ils considèrent également les cryptocurrences comme de la „monnaie“.

Enquête du FMI sur Twitter : Plus de 75 % des personnes interrogées pensent que la cryptographie est de l'“argent“.

Le compte Twitter officiel du Fonds monétaire international a récemment partagé un sondage demandant aux adeptes si les „monnaies numériques“ sont „vraiment de l’argent“. Sur près de 100 000 votes, le sondage mène actuellement à environ 80 % en faveur de la crypto comme monnaie.

Le FMI est une organisation mondiale composée de „190 pays qui travaillent à encourager la coopération monétaire mondiale, à garantir la stabilité financière, à faciliter le commerce international“, et bien plus encore.

Les monnaies numériques sont-elles vraiment de l’argent ? #sondage

– FMI (@IMFNews) 14 janvier 2021

Récemment, les banques centrales américaines ont reçu le feu vert pour commencer à utiliser des devises numériques pour transférer de l’argent. Chaque jour qui passe, les cryptocurrences font un pas de plus pour devenir de la „monnaie“.

Le débat existe, cependant, car bien que le Bitcoin lui-même puisse facilement être utilisé comme „argent“ à dépenser, peu de ceux qui achètent la cryptocouronne prévoient de l’utiliser de cette façon. Mais c’est ainsi que des formes d’argent supérieures apparaissent pour la première fois. Les propriétaires de l’ancienne forme d’argent commencent à l’échanger contre ce qu’ils perçoivent comme la meilleure forme d’argent, et s’y accrochent parce qu’ils croient qu’elle a plus de valeur.

Finalement, lorsque suffisamment de personnes font cela, la monnaie elle-même devient indéniablement de l’argent à elle seule. Serait-ce la voie sur laquelle la cryptographie est actuellement engagée ?

Las ballenas de Bitcoin se multiplican a un ritmo rápido, alcanzando un récord histórico mientras los grandes compradores apuestan por BTC

La firma de criptoanálisis Santiment está revelando que los inversores con mucho dinero están adquiriendo rápidamente BTC a medida que la cantidad de ballenas Bitcoin alcanza un máximo histórico.

La firma dice que la cantidad de ballenas con un mínimo de 1,000 BTC batió récords a principios de esta semana

„La cantidad de direcciones de ballenas de Bitcoin con al menos 1,000 BTC ha alcanzado un máximo histórico de 2,323 con el cierre del mercado del martes (5 de enero de 2021)“.

Según la plataforma de información en cadena, el número creciente de ballenas Bitcoin Champion es una señal positiva para el mercado alcista de BTC.

„Puede que no haya una métrica alcista más notable que una que apunta a tenedores en crecimiento con $ 33.7M + en la línea“.

Los datos del intercambio de cifrado con sede en EE. UU. Kraken corroboran las conclusiones de Santiment

Kraken dice que el número creciente de ballenas de Bitcoin, así como el movimiento del activo criptográfico insignia de los intercambios a otras opciones de almacenamiento, indican que la criptomoneda insignia todavía tiene más potencial alcista.

„La acumulación adicional de ballenas y las salidas de los intercambios en medio de la escalada parabólica de BTC indica que los participantes del mercado bien capitalizados creen que BTC tiene una mejora incremental en el corto plazo a pesar del movimiento hacia aguas desconocidas“.

Kraken revela que el número de BTC en direcciones de ballenas alcanzó un máximo histórico de 11,46 millones en 2020. El intercambio de criptomonedas agrega que el número de direcciones que tienen más de 100 Bitcoin superó los 16,300, el nivel más alto desde marzo de 2020.

Kraken también revela que las ballenas con más de 100 Bitcoin acumularon 47,500 BTC en diciembre cuando la criptomoneda insignia logró un rally masivo.

Nigel Green a vendu la moitié de sa possession de Bitcoin lorsque le prix a atteint 24k $

Nigel Green, le PDG du groupe deVere, a vendu la moitié de ses avoirs en Bitcoin à Noël, car „il devrait maintenant être traité comme tout autre investissement – vendre haut et racheter dans les creux“, selon un récent article de blog.

„Je crois au Bitcoin“

Au moment de sa liquidation, le prix du Bitcoin venait de franchir 20000 dollars, imprimant un nouveau record au-dessus de 24000 dollars, selon les trackers. Cependant, pour éviter tout doute, Nigel a déclaré que sa décision n’était pas due à son manque de croyance en la crypto-monnaie.

Au lieu de cela, explique-t-il, il s’agissait davantage de prendre des bénéfices.

Nigel note que ample une politique monétaire rendue nécessaire par le besoin des gouvernements de soutenir les économies oblige les investisseurs à adopter Bitcoin, un outil qui est apparu comme une alternative à l’or comme couverture contre l’inflation.

De plus, l’entrée de mégalithes de Wall Street et de sociétés de paiement mondiales est précieuse pour la cryptographie et stimulera l’intérêt des consommateurs:

«Avec certaines des plus grandes institutions du monde – parmi elles, des sociétés de paiement multinationales et des géants de Wall Street – qui s’empilent dans les crypto-monnaies et apportent leur vaste expertise et leur capital avec elles. Ceci, naturellement, stimule l’intérêt des consommateurs. De plus, alors que les gouvernements continuent de soutenir les économies et d’augmenter les dépenses en raison de la crise des coronavirus, les investisseurs se tourneront de plus en plus vers Bitcoin comme une couverture contre le problème d’inflation légitime.

La trajectoire des prix du Bitcoin est indéniablement à la hausse

Fin octobre, PayPal a officiellement annoncé son entrée dans la crypto-monnaie, affirmant qu’il prendrait en charge plusieurs crypto-monnaies, y compris Bitcoin.

Le prix BTC s’est rallié à cette nouvelle, formant une base pour l’éventuelle cassure au-dessus de 20k $. Depuis lors, la paire BTC / USD a grimpé au-dessus de plusieurs murs de vente, atteignant 34,7 k $ le 3 janvier.

Selon les trackers, les prix ont depuis reculé, passant de leurs plus hauts historiques à environ 31000 dollars.

Avec la contraction actuelle, cela pourrait fournir une autre opportunité à Nigel de charger plus de BTC à bon marché, car «la trajectoire des prix à long terme de Bitcoin est indéniablement à la hausse.»

Selon la dernière enquête du groupe deVere, 75% des investisseurs fortunés seront entièrement investis dans les crypto-monnaies avant la fin de 2022. Couplé aux propriétés intrinsèques de la pièce et à l’entrée institutionnelle, le prix BTC / USD pourrait augmenter à long terme.

SkyBridge Capital invests $ 182 million in Bitcoin (BTC)

SkyBridge Capital invests $ 182 million in Bitcoin (BTC)
Anthony Scaramucci’s investment fund, SkyBridge Capital, has just invested $ 182 million in Bitcoin (BTC). This purchase follows the creation of a new investment fund entirely dedicated to Bitcoin.

SkyBridge Capital dedicates 2% of its funds to Bitcoin

New week, new institutional investing millions of dollars in Bitcoin (BTC). SkyBridge Capital investment fund is the latest to join the “ Bitcoin Club ” circle , which is welcoming new members at an astounding rate.

According to a brochure for investors obtained by The Block, SkyBridge Capital has indeed just invested $ 182 million in Bitcoin.

Based in New York, this investment fund founded by Anthony Scaramucci has under management more than 9.3 billion dollars . Its investment in Bitcoin is roughly equivalent to 2% of its funds .

However, this purchase of bitcoins by SkyBridge Capital is not so surprising, and was even expected. Last week, the company filed a case with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to launch a fund dedicated solely to Bitcoin . SkyBridge has notably partnered with Fidelity Digital Assets and Silvergate to successfully launch this fund.

Already in operation, this fund called “  Skybridge Bitcoin Fund LP  ” has also invested $ 25.3 million in Bitcoin, according to the brochure shared with investors. This will be open to outside investors from January 4, who will have to invest at least $ 50,000 .

A new standard?

For a few months now, institutional investors‘ appetite for the queen of cryptocurrencies has not seen the slightest weakness, which can be felt directly in the price of Bitcoin . By approaching $ 30,000, Bitcoin has proven to all of its abilities to recover from a financial crash, especially that of March 2020 when it was around $ 4,000.

Bitcoin is one of the best performing financial assets of the year, with more than 278% increase . A performance that places it very far ahead of gold , which shows an increase of nearly 29% over the last 12 months:

In addition, Anthony Scaramucci is categorical, it is not too late to invest in Bitcoin :

“For us, I don’t think it’s late. On the contrary, it is the first step. You are about to see this wave of early adoption by the institutional community. I would like our investors to get involved before this happens on a large scale, ”he said.

Next year should have some nice surprises in store for us in the cryptocurrency world. Although Bitcoin is likely to see a correction soon , it is highly likely that it will hit new highs in the coming months.

DeFi in 2021, competitors Uniswap do not sit still

Yesterday, we wrote about the role of automated market makers in the success of DeFi in 2020. But how do you get users to provide their own liquidity? Without liquidity, the liquidity pools cannot fill. In order to persuade users, there has to be something in return. Because without the liquidity of users, decentralised exchanges cannot scale up.

Liduidity mining
In order to scale automated market makers (AMM) such as Uniswap, liquidity mining was devised. Before liquidity mining, it was a slow process to build up liquidity within DeFi protocols. Many potential capital providers considered the risky returns they could obtain in DeFi to be insufficient. It just wasn’t worth running so much risk for what you get in return.

Liquidity mining adds a nice reward for early investors, by distributing tokens that gave network governance rights to the contributors of capital. Those governance rights often include the possibility to take market place fees out of the protocol, which makes the tokens scarce.

Deposits into liquidity pools increased significantly, and decentralised exchanges such as Uniswap turned into money machines. This solves the problem of DeFi markets starting from a cold start, i.e. without any form of liquidity.

Dynamic automated market makers
Yesterday we wrote that Uniswap is proof that SMP works, and above you read that liquidity mining can scale up SMP. But the AMMs of Uniswap are not without problems. They are capital-intensive, because they need a balance of two tokens. Also, high market volatility creates an imbalance between SMPs and regular spot market prices, causing liquidity providers to lose money to arbitrage traders. Certainly less liquid Uniswap pairs (compared to, for example, Binance) fall prey to this.

Competitors in 2021
Balancer, Curve and Bancor are working on various solutions to these problems. Balancer is working on a constant product market maker. This means that several assets can draw from the same liquidity pool. So suppose you have ten Ethereum pairs, then you no longer need ten separate liquidity pools, but could combine them.

Bancor launched the second version of their SMP, using data oracles to dynamically balance the liquidity pools. This only happens if market prices deviate too much from spot market prices. Bancor itself says that this can improve capital efficiency by a factor of 20.

Stablecoins
Curve tackles it differently. The SMP of Curve mainly consists of equal trading pairs. As a result, slippage is minimal. An example of such a trading pair is Tether-DAI, both stablecoins worth 1 dollar. Now you might think, what does the market gain from swapping stablecoins? As a liquidity provider (of several stablecoins) you can get between 10% and 50% interest and you get a part of the transaction costs (on which you also get interest). In addition, there is no ‚impermanent loss‘. If you provide liquidity for non-stablecoin pools, you must take into account the market value of the liquidity you provide.

It is expected that Uniswap will continue to dominate the DeFi exchanges in 2021. It is also expected that the popularity of decentralised exchanges will only increase and that Uniswap can become a top 10 exchange. Much depends on the user-friendliness of decentralised exchanges and how they deal with high transaction costs. These are inevitable in a bull run.

By 2020, the fixed dollar value in smart contracts will have risen from USD 600 000 to more than USD 16 billion. If next year DeFi gets part of the same hype as ICOs in 2017, it is easy to predict that this is just the beginning.

COVID-19 phishing scams explode on the Dark Web

Security firms have warned of an increase in scams linked to the COVID-19 vaccine.

Phishing and dark web sales requiring cryptocurrency have become a big problem.

Users must be vigilant so as not to find themselves victims of fraud

Two security companies, Check Point and KnowBe4, have alerted the world to a growth in phishing campaigns that use the pretext of a Covid-19 vaccine as bait.

It finally happened: Hackers are using Covid-19 vaccine promises to steal your information. According to a study published by Check Point and KnowBe4 , there has been a noticeable increase in suspected vaccine advertisements on the Dark Web in the past few days.

A particular example of phishing is an email promising access to COVID-19 vaccines which, in effect, grants access to the Agent Tesla (RAT) spyware trojan.

Phishing typically comes in the form of an authentic looking website that then steals information from a user when they log in. Other scams are as simple as asking a user to buy products through WhatsApp or Telegram, promising prescription pills in addition to COVID-19 vaccines.

A more sophisticated hack scam exploits stolen Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine data to scare users into giving up their credentials.

Eric Howes of KnowBe4 said fear tactics were a big part of these new scams. He said the crooks were preying on user insecurity by asking these questions:

Protecting yourself from COVID-19 scammers

Users should be wary of any vaccine, warns Check Point’s Oded Vanunu. He explained that people naturally search the internet for vaccines and information, but that such research could lead to criminals on the dark web.

Ways to avoid being scammed include checking email addresses before clicking on any links and knowing any hyperlinks that contain domain names or misspelled words. Anything that had highly manipulative and emotional / alarmist language was also a warning sign.

Rather than clicking on links, users can search for businesses on Google to make sure they’re using legitimate URLs. In general, it’s a good idea to never give out login information in response to an email.

Vanunu also suggested that users use two-factor authentication and regularly check their financial accounts.

Vaccines for sale!

The „sellers“ also claim to sell vaccines on the dark web. A con artist appears to be selling Pfizer / BioNTech vaccines for $ 250 a one. Since these vaccines need to be cooler than the Arctic to remain viable, the chances of the ads being genuine will likely be nil.

Some researchers have surveyed crooks to prepare for a bogus sale. With a supposed supplier, the vaccines were offered for 0.01 BTC / piece. These vaccines were not specified by brand and required 14 doses to work. The same vendor also had the allegedly ineffective hydroxychloroquine for sale .

Janet Yellen, a critique of Bitcoin at the US Treasury

Joe Biden would like former Fed president Janet Yellen, who is critical of Bitcoin, to lead the US Treasury. This position corresponds to that of a Minister of the Economy.

She would be the first woman in history to hold this position.

Since this rumor was reported in the Wall Street Journal, the cryptocurrency industry has gone back in time, reconstructing its policies for or against Bitcoin when it was at the helm of the Fed.

Who is Janet Yellen and what is her vision of Bitcoin?

Janet Yellen led the Federal Reserve from 2014 to 2018. She was, again, the first woman to lead the central bank of the United States. She became known as Ben Bernanke’s vice-president for her expansive policies, particularly following the 2008 crisis. She was among those who wanted to stimulate the economy with interest rates close to zero, and a massive purchase of government bonds.

It was therefore under his chairmanship that Bitcoin began to be overwhelmingly discussed, coinciding with some key episodes such as the speculative bubble at the turn of 2017 and 2018.

In this regard, it is worth mentioning some of his famous statements.

In 2014, following the closure of MtGox, which at the time was the most famous exchange crypto, before the US Senate Banking Commission, he said that Bitcoin was not regulated by the Fed:

„Bitcoin is a payment innovation that is occurring outside the banking industry. As far as I know, there is no intersection in any way between Bitcoin and the banks that the Federal Reserve has the ability to supervise and regulate. Therefore the Fed does not have the authority to supervise or regulate Bitcoin“.

These were also the days following the arrest of Charlie Shrem (at the time CEO of BitInstant) and Robert Faiella (implicated in Silk Road), both accused of money laundering. Precisely on the risk that BTC was used to launder money, Yellen said:

„The Fed has no authority over Bitcoin. But surely it would be appropriate for Congress to ask questions about the right legal structure for digital currencies.

It is not that easy to regulate Bitcoin because there is no central issuer or network operator. This is a global and decentralised [entity]… We are dealing with this.

In 2017 his judgement on Bitcoin was even worse, calling it „highly speculative“:

„Bitcoin plays a very small role in the payment system at the moment. It is not a stable source of value and is not legal tender. It is a highly speculative asset“.

However, he reiterated that the Fed could do nothing for Bitcoin:

„The Fed does not actually play any regulatory role in relation to bitcoin, other than to ensure that the banking organizations we supervise are vigilant, that they properly manage the interactions they have with the participants in that market and that they properly control the anti-money laundering, the responsibilities to act according to the banking secrecy they have“.

One of his last public statements about Bitcoin and cryptocurrency came in October 2018, when he was no longer running the Fed. at that time he said he was not a Bitcoin fan:

„I’ll just say I’m not a fan, and let me tell you why. I know there are hundreds of cryptocurrency transactions and maybe something more interesting is coming, but I think first of all, very few transactions are actually handled by bitcoin, and a lot of them that take place on bitcoin are illegal, illicit transactions“.

And it’s going to get worse:

„To be a useful currency, it must be a stable source of value, and bitcoin is anything but. So it is not used for many transactions, it is not a stable source of value, nor is it an efficient means of processing payments. It is very slow in handling payments“.

Illegal, unstable, practically useless a more negative view was hard to imagine.

Who knows that in recent years, and especially now that Bitcoin is moving towards new historical highs, Janet Yellen has changed her mind. Certainly times have changed: today Bitcoin is also used as a payment system, it has become an attractive product for banks, and initiatives and products for institutional investors have multiplied.

In any case, the appointment of Janet Yellen as the head of the US Treasury will be effective only when Joe Biden takes office as US President (January 2021) and will then have to be confirmed by the Senate.

A curiosity about Janet Yellen and her relationship with BTC should be mentioned: in 2017 during a hearing in the US Senate Finance Committee, while she was speaking, someone put up a sign with an unmistakable sign: „Buy Bitcoin“.

Ukrainsk dømt for å stjele Bitcoin til en verdi av $ 10 millioner fra Microsoft

Den amerikanske tingretten i Seattle dømte en ukrainsk mann for å ha stjålet rundt 10 millioner dollar i kryptovaluta mens han jobbet som ingeniør i Microsoft.

En 26 år gammel mann ved navn Volodymyr Kvashuk brukte kontoer og passord til sine kolleger fra Microsoft for å stjele små mengder penger som tilhørte både dem personlig og selskapet. Senere brukte han forskjellige Bitcoin-miksere for å dekke over sporene til transaksjonene sine.

De stjålne pengene ble brukt til å kjøpe luksusvarer som et innsjøhus for $ 1,6 millioner og en Tesla-bil for $ 160.000. Ifølge påtalemyndighetene i denne saken er det forferdeligste ikke det faktum at Kvashuk har stjålet penger fra kollegene og arbeidsgiveren, men det faktum at han prøvde å sette opp sine kolleger og fortalte „en rekke opprørende løgner“, som etter domstolens kjennelse. Som et resultat ble tyven dømt til 9 års fengsel og mer enn 8 millioner dollar restitusjonsutbetalinger.

Nummer én ved bruk av kryptovaluta

På et eller annet tidspunkt virker det ikke overraskende at Kvashuk har valgt Crypto Bank for sine transaksjoner. Først og fremst har mynten nok potensial til å dekke ulovlig aktivitet. I henhold til rapporten fra CoinIdol, en verdensnyheter i blockchain, er BTC fortsatt den mest populære kryptoen for darknet-transaksjoner, selv om den har blitt jaget av Monero i det siste.

Dessuten er Ukraina kjent for sin enorme interesse og tjeneste for blockchain og cryptocurrency-utvikling. I følge en rapport fra Chainalysis rettsmedisinsk firma, kan landet skryte av det høyeste antallet kryptokurrency-transaksjoner i verden.

Videre kan Ukraina også tilby et enormt arbeidskraftpotensial for industrien. Spesialister fra landet har grunnlagt teamene til mange oppstart som Bitfury, Hacken og Propy, for ikke å nevne mange kryptovalutautviklere som er ansatt av selskaper over hele verden.

Betydelig kriminell potensial

Dessverre har landet også et betydelig kriminelt potensial. Kvashuk er bare en av mange kriminelle og svindlere som kommer fra Ukraina. Tilbake i mai 2020 arresterte landets sikkerhetstjeneste en hacker fra Ivano-Frankivsk og konfiskerte en enorm database med stjålet legitimasjon (rundt 2 TB).

Senere arresterte politiet en gruppe hvitvaskere som har legalisert over 42 millioner dollar ved hjelp av kryptovaluta i løpet av to år av arbeidet. En grundig analyse avdekket at det ukrainske kryptomarkedet generelt er sårbart for hvitvaskingsaktivitet på grunn av mangel på regelverk.

For å endre denne situasjonen, vedtok Verkhovna Rada et nytt lovforslag som skal bekjempe nettkriminalitet innenfor landets grenser. Akk, dette lovforslaget hindrer ikke ukrainere i å drive ulovlig aktivitet i utlandet.