Criminals Are Moving from BTC to Altcoins 269

Europol cybercrime analyst Jarek Jacubchek recently informed Business Insider that the United European police agency recently discovered the fact that most of the criminals were refusing from Bitcoin and switching to such anonymous cryptocurrencies as Monero, Zcash and Dash.

“So basically, you can achieve a higher level of privacy using these ‘altcoins’, and these altcoins are either using stealth as the basis, like monero. There are also coins like dash that do not have stealth addresses, they have transparent addresses, but they have a mixing process that is part of the protocol” — he said.

The fact that Bitcoin functions in accordance with the existing laws AML / KYC, which implies the identification of customers when opening an account on the network can be also noted as one of the reasons for the transition of criminals to altcoins. Another drawback for criminals is the fact that many law enforcement agencies have already adjusted to the Bitcoin network and are actively improving the mechanisms for identifying cybercriminals.

However, according to Tom Robinson, one of the founders of Elliptic, which uses data analysis to monitor transactions in the blockchain, most of the illegal activities continue to occur on the Bitcoin network, due to the ease of exchange and more developed infrastructure.

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Cryptocurrency Prices for the 17th of August: Is Ethereum Returning to the Green Zone? 390

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA: Cryptocurrency prices today, August 17

According to the online platform Coin360, Bitcоin (BTC) added 1.15% in the last 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $6487 per coin.

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Cryptocurrencies are showing positive dynamics:

Bitcoin Cash added 2.21% over the past day and costs $537 per coin;

Ripple grew by 7.95%, and its price is $0.31;

EOS increased by 2.66%, and its value is $4.85;

Litecoin added 1.45% and costs $57;

Cardano became more expensive by 3.07% and is worth $0.099;

Stellar increased by 2.78%, and its cost $0.22;

IOTA grew by 5.29%, and its value is $0.48.

Ethereum added 3.05% in the past 24 hours. Its cost is $300 per coin.

The total market capitalization rose to $214 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.3% of the total volume. It is $111 billion in monetary terms.

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Buterin, Winklevoss and Others: The Future of the Digital Currency World According to Major Crypto Personalities 798

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The crypto world has entered the new stage of its development, it has always been volatile, but these couple of weeks have been absolutely crazy: coins are jumping up and down, Bitcoin ETF is on its way, blockchain is taking over the world.

No doubt, crypto specialists and financial experts have a lot to say. Today we came up with a compilation of sayings from the stars of the cryptocurrency universe that we found particularly interesting and important.

The CEO of the crypto exchange Gemini, Tyler Winklevoss believes that the acceptance of cryptocurrency in the world as a means of payment equal to fiat will not happen in the next couple of years:

The vast majority of Wall Street firms are still not participating in the cryptocurrency market, which remains primarily a retail-driven market. This will change over time, but it will take time.

Pantera Capital’s CEO is way more optimistic on this issue. He sees great potential in the blockchain technology, and digital coins, according to him, are “superior form of currency.

Ethereum’s founder Vitalik Buterin wants cryptocurrencies to become more user-friendly and common in the everyday life. He also thinks it may become possible only in case the proper regulatory framework for crypto is developed by the state governments.

I want to be able to walk into a convenience store, get a card and pay a small fee to start using Bitcoin Cash,” he said.

The last, but certainly not least, is the CEO of BitMEX, Arthur Hayes, who has some serious doubts concerning Ethereum. According to his calculations, the price of the world’s #2 coin will drop lower than $100.

It is this moment,” he added, “that Ether goes from a 3-digit to a 2-digit shitcoin.

Although we are sure that experts know what they are talking about, the crypto world is way too unpredictable. We can only wait and see whether the abovementioned predictions turn out to be true or not.

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Andreas Antonopoulos Criticized Bitcoin ETF 627

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The well-known author of books about Bitcoin and the founder of his own Bitcoin-business Andreas Antonopoulos published a Youtube video where he expressed his opinion about Bitcoin ETF and explained why they cause so much sensation.

I’m going to burst your bubble. I know a lot of people really want to see an ETF happen because ‘too the moon’ and ‘lambos’ and all that. I think it’s a terrible idea. I still think it’s going to happen… I’m actually against ETFs,” he said.

Antonopoulos explained that he understands why many people are so impressed by the idea of Bitcoin ETF:

Everybody’s so excited about ETFs because what we’ve seen in other markets is that when an ETF becomes available—as we saw in gold—the price really increases dramatically as suddenly that commodity becomes available to a lot more investors and these investors pile on. But the other side of it is that there’s always these claims that the commodities markets are heavily manipulated and opening up these exchange-traded instruments only increases the ability of institutional investors to manipulate—especially [in the case of] large market makers—the prices of commodities, not just in the markets where it’s traded as an ETF but more broadly,” he clarified.

We remind you that the SEC postponed the decision upon Bitcoin ETF until September.

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Cryptocurrency Prices for the 16th of August: BTC Stays Put, and Ethereum Goes Up 583

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Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA: Cryptocurrency prices today, August 15

According to the online platform Coin360, within the last 24 hours Bitcоin (BTC) lost 0.15%. The price at the time of writing is $6407 per coin.

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Cryptocurrencies went both to the green and the red zone:

Bitcoin Cash gained 1.30% over the past day and costs $524 per coin;

Ripple grew by 1.43%, and its price is $0.29;

EOS increased by 1.13%, and its cost is $4.72;

Litecoin added 0.23%, and its value is $56;

Cardano dropped by 1.59% and costs $0.096;

Stellar fell by 2.62% and is worth $0.21;

IOTA lost 1.96%, and its value is $0.46.

Ethereum added 2.09% in the past 24 hours. Its price is $291 per coin.

The total market capitalization rose to $207 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.2% of the total. It is $110 billion in monetary terms.

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The Former CEO of Paypal: Bitcoin Is Eventually Going to Go A Whole Lot Closer to Zero 700

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The ex director of Paypal Bill Harris is known for his scepticism and harsh comments aimed at Bitcoin. He even called it “the greatest scam in the history”. This time CNBC interviewed Harris to find out whether his opinion on the world’s #1 digital coin has changed.

According to the businessman, Bitcoin is supposed to be “instant, free, scalable, efficient, secure, globally accepted and useful”, and it fails to fulfill all of those characteristics. Harris believes that there is “no value” in BTC.

He has also mentioned that there is no need in solving the problem of Bitcoin scalability, because we don’t need Bitcoin at all.

Look how difficult it is to get money from one country across the border to another. It’s slow, it’s expensive, it’s all those things. Agree. You don’t need Bitcoin, you don’t need XRP, you don’t need any of that to solve that problem. What you need is faster networks.

Unlike many of his colleagues, Bill Harris has way more trust in conventional fiat currencies due to their relative stability which cannot be said about Bitcoin.

In conclusion he summed up his thoughts by saying:

Bitcoin makes no revenue, no profitability.

Frankly speaking, the current CEO of Paypal Dan Schulman agrees with Harris on this issue, although Paypal might change its opinion on BTC if it becomes more stable.

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The Bitcoin Application from Square Is Now Available in All Fifty States of America 481

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Buying and selling Bitcoins through the Cash App from Square has become possible in all US states.

We remind you that the American technology company Square, Inc. allowed the purchase and sale of Bitcoin for all US citizens in January of this year. The exception was Wyoming, New York and two other states because of the difficulty in regulating the issue of the cryptocurrency. Later, Square received a certificate from BitLicense, which allows it to work legally in New York.

In late spring of this year the number of Cash App users exceeded 4 million people.

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