Is It Safe to Use Crypto Exchanges and Wallets in 2018?

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The cases of hacker attacks aimed at major cryptocurrency exchanges and various scams are getting more and more frequent. A lot of experts in this field start seeing an ongoing tendency in this. So why are many cryptocurrency holders losing trust in digital wallets and exchanges?

Firstly, we all remember the strange story with the bounty campaign of John McAfee’s wallet Bitfi, during which nobody received the promised $250k. Secondly, one of the largest crypto exchanges Bithumb was hacked not so long ago with the losses of about $30 million. The list goes on and on.

Encrybit conducted a thorough research of the issue and conducted a survey. According to it:

40% of participants said that security is a major concern.

Hopefully, the representatives of exchanges and wallets take this into consideration and upgrade their security systems and customer service so that the users can be sure their funds are well-protected.

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What Cryptocurrency Exchanges Own the Wealthiest BTC Addresses?

It is quite obvious that a single person can not own the richest crypto wallet, it obviously has to a company, in our case, a crypto exchange.

5 major digital asset exchanges currently possess around 3.5% of the total amount of BTC. At the rate of approximately $5300 per BTC in monetary terms, it is almost 600 thousand BTC (more than 3 billion dollars).

Let’s find out who made it to the top-5.

1. Binance, which is also #1 in the CoinMarketCap rating in terms of trading volumes. It owns over 141 thousand BTC (almost 750 million dollars).

2. Bitfinex. #3 on the CoinMarketCap and holds almost 139 thousand BTC (around 737 million dollars).

3. Huobi. This exchange ranks 4th on the rating according to its trading volume and owns a bit more than 108 thousand BTC (almost 575 million dollars).

4. Bittrex. Being only the 32nd on the CoinMarketCap, Bittrex managed to become the 4th richest BTC holder with its approximately 107 thousand BTC (around 570 million dollars).

5. Bitstamp. Last, but not least is Bitstamp, #15 on the rating. Almost 98 thousand BTC (close to 520 million dollars) belongs to this exchange.

Here are the richest crypto exchanges holding Bitcoin. As for the famous crypto personalities who can boast of their BTC wallets, we can’t help mentioning Roger Ver and the Winklevoss twins. These two own $11 million worth of Bitcoin.

We remind you:

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UK Is Highly Likely To Ban Cryptocurrency Derivatives Due To Market Volatility

The United Kingdom adopted an attitude of severity towards cryptocurrency long ago. As the situation is quite pitiful on the market right now, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) in the UK decided to grapple with cryptocurrency derivatives that seem to be pretty unpopular among UK authorities.

The representative of the FCA, Christopher Woolard, claimed that they were discussing a possibility to ban crypto contracts-for-difference (CFDs), including options, futures, and transferable securities.

Woolard said:

“We’re concerned that retail consumers are being sold complex, volatile and often leveraged derivatives products based on exchange tokens with underlying market integrity issues.”

The current market volatility may alienate people from crypto investments, and may force authorities to ban or put big limitations on using cryptocurrency. Nevertheless, we want to remind you

Investors Lost $135 Million Due To OKEx’s Decision To Close BCH Futures Too Early

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John McAfee Wants the Crypto Community to Calm Down

John McAfee, who undoubtedly has lots of experience on the crypto market seems slightly annoyed with the panic that arose over the price collapse of cryptocurrencies.

McAfee believes that the phenomenon of bear market is quite a common state which happens from time to time, but eventually goes away and gives way to bullish trends. He also stated a couple of reasons which, in his opinion, might have caused such a downtrend, including inadequate crypto regulation and traders’ uncertainty.

The crypto enthusiast also mentioned the fact that the crisis might end, as the forces ruling it leave. Can it be connected with the recent Jihan Wu vs. Craig Wright scandal?

Crypto Wars: Jihan Wu vs Craig Wright, Who Gets McAfee’s Support?

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Bitcoin Cash CV Goes Wild and Reorganizes Its Own Blocks

The recent hard fork of Bitcoin Cash has caused a lot of noise in the crypto community. Some people even blame the collapse of the crypto market on this event. Moreover, as most experts predicted, the fork didn’t proceed smoothly and keeps causing confusion.

One of the newly emerged coins, Bitcoin Cash CV, developed by CoinGeek and supported by Craig Wright, conducted a reorganization of its blocks without any assistance from outside. According to multiple specialists, this is a major violation of the way blockchain functions.

Due to such a frivolity, Bitcoin Cash CV might soon be delisted from major crypto exchanges.

We remind you:

Bitcoin Cash ABC Was Attacked by an Enormous Amount of Spam

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Investors Lost $135 Million Due To OKEx’s Decision To Close BCH Futures Too Early

OKEx upset its customers once again, this time the crypto exchange cancelled their investments too early, as a result, they lost quite impressive amount of money – $135 million.

These investments include Bitcoin Cash futures; OKEx has implemented such investments recently, however, they were not approved by any regulated business.

The exchange took all the measures due to Bitcoin Cash hard fork last week:

“Due to the upcoming hard fork, strong volatility is observed in the BCH spot and futures markets. We expect an even greater volatility…The final outcome of the BCH hard fork is still unpredictable, and so are the responses of other constituent exchanges to the new forked coins.”

Nevertheless, the disruption happened and caused drastic drop in cryptocurrencies’ prices. The Hong Kong-based OKEx decided to deliver the contracts before their due dates. It caused losses to some investors. According to Bloomberg, Qiao Changhe, one fund manager, lost $700,000.

We remind you

Bitcoin Cash: Overview, Advantages and Disadvantages, Details of The Hard Forks

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A Communist Party Committee Will Be Opened Up in China by Huobi

As stated by South China Morning Post, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges Huobi, more specifically, its filial, will launch a special Communist Party Committee. This is the first time a crypto or blockchain-related enterprise has done so.

The firm Beijing Lianhuo Information Office, owned by Huobi’s CEO, will now operate a communist division. There are two reasons for that: firstly, the law of China dictates that any company that has more than 3 members of the Communist Party as employees must have such a committee for promoting the Party; secondly, this will strengthen Huobi’s position on the legislative level.

This might be a very wise decision, taking into consideration the attitude of the Chinese government towards cryptocurrency.

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