Archive for the ‘Crypto News’ Category

Yesterday the BTC-e crypto currency exchange went offline with some unexpected technical issues cited as the problem. The website is still not available online and there has been some unexpected, yet interesting development happening in the meantime. Reuters has reported that Greece arrests Russian suspected of running $4 billion bitcoin laundering ring and the person in question (Alexander Vinnik) is apparently associated with BTC-e in some way or another and the exchange has apparently been used for money laundering according to the information. Meanwhile WizSec has released an update regarding the MtGox hack tying the person in question with laundering the Bitcoins stolen from MtGox (not the actual “hacker” or hacker it seems). Apparently more details regarding the MtGox connection, the BTC-e case and money laundering are yet to follow…

The creator of the crypto coin Litecoin (LTC) – Charlie Lee has tweeted that he is leaving Coinbase and will going in order to focus on his creation. Good news for one of the oldest altcoins and a total change from the “no need of further development attitude” from the last couple of years. In the last couple of months we have seen significant changes in LTC and that has lead to the revival of the altcoin after a long period of “sleep” and the news that Charlie Lee is focusing his attention on Litecoin is also a very positive one. We are already seeing the market responding to this positive news with the price of LTC rising…

According to the data from the website CoinMarketCap that tracks all of the more serious crypto currencies the total market capitalization has just passed the $100 Billion USD mark. Furthermore in less than three months it has risen multiple times from just about $25 Billion to today’s peak of a little over $101 Billion USD with Bitcoin surging shortly to a little over $2900 USD, before getting back down to the $2700 USD range. Many are wondering already when the bubble will burst or if it will at all, as other people are considering Bitcoin and some of the altcoins still being greatly undervalued. For now the craze continues, even with the shortages of GPUs and other mining hardware on the market.

It is interesting to note that Bitcoin (BTC) is responsible for just about the half of the total market cap of crypto currencies, if we take BTC from the equation and look only at all altcoins the number falls down to abut $53 Billion. In the last three months Bitcoin has significantly reduced its dominance in the market cap from over 80% to less than 50% currently. The most significant altcoins gaining in the total market cap at the expense of BTC are Ethereum and Ripple. Although we’ve seen some positive movement with Litecoin, Dash, Monero and some others as well, they are still much smaller compared to the market cap of the top three crypto coins in terms of market cap.


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