What Is a Cryptocurrency Pump or How Not to Waste All Your Money?

Bitcoin pump

There are a lot of methods of earning money at the cryptocurrency market, and they often differ depending on the size of the participant’s investment portfolio. Large investors can afford dishonest methods of increasing their own capital, for example, by creating an artificial demand for a certain asset. In professional terminology this is called pumping. In this article we will consider the mechanism of this process. We’ll tell you how to keep your assets safe and not fall into the trap of manipulators.

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  1. The concept of pumping
  2. Pumpers’ working methods
  3. How to recognize a pump and not lose your money?
  4. Conclusion

1. The concept of pumping

A cryptocurrency pump is the artificial inflation of its rate, carried out by buying a large number of coins, creating an agiotage among ordinary traders, while cryptocurrency dump is its unexpected sale at a peak of value and the rate collapse. This is an “excellent” option for earning for single large investors or a group of medium traders.

Manipulators often choose smaller and little-known coins with low market capitalization for these purposes. Bitcoin or any other coin from the top-10 can only be pumped by multimillionaires.

Pumps rarely happen during the general growing trend, since the main task of a pumper is to purchase assets at the lowest prices.

Ideal conditions for manipulation:

  • a pretty new currency with a good news background and a good idea, which you can use;
  • the coin value is below average;
  • global downstream at the market.

2. Pumpers’ working methods

Manipulators who earn on cryptocurrency pumps get as creative as humanly possible in order for their trick to work. The ways which they use to achieve artificial growth of an asset price are quite numerous. In our article we will consider only the main and the most common ones:

  • One-time contribution. An asset rate skyrockets in a short period of time. Depending on the capitalization and the amount of the investment, this index can vary from 40% to 300%.
  • Gradual “pumping” of coins. In this case, besides buying coins, manipulators create a positive news background. This is necessary to ensure that as many investors as possible believe in the natural growth. Long-term pumps can last several months, after that pumpers quickly sell off their assets, leaving investors with nothing.
  • Using trading robots. This method of manipulation is very similar to the first one, but it is implemented through the use of special software. It is the shortest one in terms of time, as the market can quickly track the similarity of transactions. Anyway, the end of a pump is always the same, and it is not beneficial for ordinary investors.

3. How to recognize a pump and not lose your money?

How should ordinary investors who want to protect their portfolios behave? After all, information about pumps is not available in free access. If you don’t want to fall into the bait of manipulators, read the following list of recommendations:

  • Have a cold mind and do not be guided by emotions. Always be skeptical of the sharp rate jumps. If there is no adequate fundamental reason for this, it is most likely a pampus.
  • Do not count on “long-term” during the rapid growth. Not only organizers can earn on pumps, but for this you need to monitor the dynamics of price changes carefully and not try to catch the last train. If unnatural growth lasts for more than a week, do not buy this coin.
  • Do not use bots for trading, as they are not able to adjust to manipulators.
  • Do not be greedy. It is better to earn 50% than to wait and lose 80%.
  • Learn to filter information, as not all sources can be trusted.

4. Conclusion

A cryptocurrency pump is a pretty frequent phenomenon at the market. It implies an artificial increase in the price of an asset, which is caused by the action of one person or a group of people with the aim of quick enrichment. If you want to earn at the cryptocurrency market, you must learn to recognize such phenomena.

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Malware From The Pirate Bay May Hijack Website To Steal Crypto

The movies downloaded from The Pirate Bay bring a malware to the user’s computer. That was the conclusion reached by a security researcher, with the nickname  0xffff0800 in Twitter. He told that when he downloaded a movie ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ from TPB, a .LNK shortcut with CozyBear malware got to his computer.

However, the Cozy Bear malware is just a decoy, the real thing that brings damages is Powershell commands. Once the malware reaches the computer, it carries out malicious actions, like disabling Windows Defender and installing viral extensions in Firefox and Chrome browsers. Moreover, it edits the appearance of the website on the user’s computer.

The movie is an application itself which links the computer to the external malicious servers.

Source: Bleeping Computer

Moreover, the newly installed viral extensions can modify the JavaScript code and add some advertisements to the main page, like it is shown below.

Source: Bleeping Computer

What is the most dangerous is that the malware can edit the appearance of the web page and add or change the information without the user’s awareness, this ability allows the malware to steal the crypto. For example, if the user open Wikipedia page on a compromised system, he/she is likely to see the message saying “Wikipedia now accepts donations in form of bitcoin” and a ‘DONATE’ sign. All the donations will go to the hacker.

Source: Bleeping Computer

In addition, the malware is able to change crypto wallet addresses provided on the pages. Unfortunately, you will not even notice how the hacker stole your money.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 18: Cryptocurrencies Are Relatively Stable

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 1% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3611 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are demonstrating both slight increase and decrease:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.61% over the past 24 hours and costs $129 per coin;

Ripple grew by 0.21% and costs $0.32;

EOS increased by 2.72%, and its price is $2.51;

Litecoin gained 1.1%, and its value is $31;

Cardano added 1.62%, and its cost is $0.046;

Stellar gained 2.44% and costs $0.10;

IOTA increased by 5.41%, and its cost is $0.31;

Dash grew by 2.21%, and its price $72;

Monero became more expensive by 0.35% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 0.66%. The rate of the coin is $123.

The total market capitalization is $122 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $64 billion.

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BitPay Transactions Surpasses $1B in 2018, B2B Payments Records 225% Increase

BitPay is a US-based bitcoin payment provider which has recently announced its financial results of the past year. The company has processed over $1 billion in transactions alone. Moreover, its B2B payments record 225% increase in compare to 2017.

The main reason of such a lift-off is that Bitpay added a lot of new clients, like Dish Networks, HackerOne, and the State of Ohio, as well as many other law firms, data center providers, and IT vendors.

The CEO of BitPay, Stephen Pair, commented on this development:

“BitPay’s B2B business continues to grow rapidly as our solution is cheaper and quicker than a bank wire from most regions of the world. To process over a $1 Billion for the second year in a row despite Bitcoin’s large price drop shows that Bitcoin is being used to solve real pain points around the world.”

BitPay mostly supports Bitcoin transactions, however, it also supports payments with Bitcoin Cash, Gemini, and Paxos. During that year a lot of companies had to lay off their employees due to the market situation, yet, Bitpay conversely increased its manpower by 78 percent in the past year.

In addition, BitPay is attractive to the investors, in 2018, it raised $40 million in Series B funding round taking the total raised capital to $70 million.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 17: Cryptocurrencies Are on the Border of the Red and Green Zones

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.8% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3582 per coin.

Some cryptocurrencies slightly decreased, others added in price a little:

Bitcoin Cash lost 2.6% over the past 24 hours and costs $126 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 1.1% and is $0.32 in rate;

EOS added 0.34%, and its price is $2.44;

Litecoin decreased by 2.66%, and its value is $30;

Cardano grew by 1.3%, and its cost is $0.044;

Stellar fell by 1.73% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 3.42%, and its value is $0.29;

Dash dropped by 0.52,% and its price is $71;

Monero became more expensive by 1.21% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 2.17%. The exchange rate of the coin is $121.

The total market capitalization rose to $121 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.4% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $63 billion.

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Crypto Exchange Bittrex Partners With Bitsdaq To Conquer Asia Market

One of the biggest US-based cryptocurrency exchanges, Bittrex, announced that it was partnering with Bitsdaq to open a special trading platform in Asia. This platform will provide different digital assets to the Asian investors.

Moreover, Bitsdaq will operate on Bittrex technology and will be built based on Bittrex’s experience in the blockchain.The platform will allow users to trade various digital tokens, including tokens a available on the Bittrex exchange.

The Chairman and CEO of Bitsdaq, Ricky Ng, said:

“We are honored to bring Bittrex’s extensive cryptocurrency options to the Asia market.….It takes a unique combination of advanced technology and financial expertise to launch an efficient, reliable and secure platform for trading digital assets in Asia. We found the ideal partner to help provide a safe environment for our customers and the entire community.”

In accordance with the statement, the Bitsdaq platform will control a lot of things connected to the management of the platform, such as customer support, marketing, sales and customised development. In addition, it will take care of customer operations.

The day of the launch is yet to be announced, though customers can pre-register for an account on Bitsdaq’s website.

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Coingecko Publishes Its Annual Crypto Report for 2018

The online platform Coingecko published it crypto report for the passed year of 2018, where it analyzed the most important events in the crypto industry, including the market trends, crypto thefts, ICO news, stablecoins, Bitcoin Cash wars etc.

As for the market tendencies, there is no doubt that 2018 was the year of collapse. The total market capitalization decreased by whopping 78.85%, with the main period of decrease falling onto Q4. Meanwhile, the trading volumes remained quite stable.

Regarding the top-5 coins in the rating, they decreased as follows:

  • BTC – by 73%;
  • XRP – by 82%;
  • ETH – by 84%;
  • BCH – by 93%;
  • EOS – by 66%

The largest crypto exchange by the end of 2018, according to the trading volumes, turned out to be Bithumb, followed closely by ZB.com and Binance.

As for stealing cryptocurrency, the estimated money loss from criminals and scammers amounted to around $867.45 million. The biggest crypto theft was Zaif hack which took place in September and resulted in the theft of $23.5 million.

The most popular blockchain platforms for creating decentralized apps became Ethereum, EOS, Steem and Tron.

The synopsis of the stablecoin development in 2018 looks the following way:

Thus, we can definitely see that though 2018 was a hard year for crypto and there were much more downs than ups, the industry is still afloat and developing. Hopefully, 2019 will be a better year.

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