Report: Crypto Exchanges Saw Trading Volumes Plummet in January

The crypto winter that started toward the end of last year doesn’t appear to be showing signs of slowing down. Digital assets like bitcoin lost more than 80 percent of their value while the overall crypto market cap shrunk from over $600 billion in January 2018 to less than $138 billion in December 2018. Now, blockchain and cryptocurrency research firm Diar has released a report that reveals a sizeable drop in crypto trade volumes in January 2019 for popular crypto exchanges Binance, Gemini, OKEx and Coinbase. Popular Exchanges Affected The…

A Fight Is Brewing Among QuadrigaCX Crypto Exchange’s Creditors

Creditors of the failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are bracing for a fight – among themselves. Customers who had fiat currency balances at the exchange before it went offline and sought protection from creditors in a Canadian court last week are beginning to argue they should be paid back first from recovered assets. But they expect customers who stored crypto at QuadrigaCX to push back on such demands. And even some fiat holders say such prioritization would be unfair. “There seems to be a conflict going on between creditors themselves,” Canadian resident and…

US Traders Most Active Across Major Crypto Exchanges

New data shows that United States traders are the most active across major crypto exchanges, according to a Feb. 4 tweet from data analytics firm DataLight. The U.S. has the highest distribution of traders — 60 percent — on major crypto exchange and wallet Coinbase, while on Binance, Bittrex and Poloniex, U.S. traders make up 24, 27 and 28 percent of total crypto traders respectively. Geographical Distribution of Crypto Traders. Source: DataLight American traders are less represented on Hong Kong-based crypto exchange Bitfinex, at 10 percent of traders on the…

US Crypto Traders are the Most Active on Major Exchanges, Data Shows

US crypto traders are among the most active investors across all major cryptocurrency exchanges. This data came from the data analytics firm DataLight. Crypto traders from the US are the most active across the majority of the exchanges except for @bitfinex, which also has the most even geographical distribution of traders. pic.twitter.com/haxoUP6N57 — DataLight (@DataLightMe) February 4, 2019 US Crypto Traders Most Active The data was taken from five major cryptocurrency exchanges. Many of the other cryptocurrency exchanges used daily were not added to the list. US residents don’t have…

How Do World’s Largest Crypto Exchanges Store Funds? Avoiding QuadrigaCX’s $190M Disaster

Canada’s largest crypto exchange QuadrigaCX lost more than $190 million worth of user funds and is unable to reimburse its users. As CCN reported on February 1, the founder and CEO of QuadrigaCX passed away in India with sole control over the company’s cold wallets containing more than $150 million in cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum, and $40 million in cash stored with a third party. How do the world’s largest digital asset exchanges such as Binance and Coinbase store funds to avoid a tragic situation like QuadrigaCX? CEO Should…

$950 Million Stolen from ‘Immature’ Cryptocurrency Exchanges & Wallets in 2018: Analytics Firm CEO

$1.7 billion was stolen from cryptocurrency exchanges, custodial services, and in ICO exit scams in 2018. That’s a dramatic rise from the year before, despite the shrinking market. And according to the Q4 CipherTrace Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report, that money needs to be laundered. But here’s the kicker: with a global wave of regulations going into effect later this year, laundering cryptos will be increasingly harder to do. CCN caught up with Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace and co-chair of the Cryptocurrency Working Group at the APWG.org to find out…

Crypto Startup Wants You to Trade on Exchanges Without Trusting Them

A new protocol aims to allow crypto users to maintain control of their private keys while trading on centralized exchanges. Arwen, a startup formerly known as Commonwealth Crypto, launched a testnet version of its namesake protocol Monday. CEO Sharon Goldberg described it as “a layer-two protocol specifically for trading.” In other words, trades will take place off-chain. As Goldberg explained: “You put a smart contract on a blockchain where it locks up coins and once it’s locked up, you can do all sorts of transactions … without posting those transactions…

Top Officials at Two Korean Cryptocurrency Exchanges Face Fraud Indictments

Several of South Korea’s top crypto exchanges have found themselves in hot water, with executives at a couple of exchanges facing criminal charges and jail time. According to a news report on the Korean website Blockinpress, the CEO of Komid, a Korean crypto exchange, has received a three-year prison sentence for committing fraud against investors by artificially inflating the exchange’s actual trading volume. Another company executive also received a sentence of two years for his role in these crimes. The report claims that Komid fabricated over 5 million accounts to…

London Stock Exchange’s Trading Tech to Power New Crypto Exchange

The London Stock Exchange (LSE) is providing the trade-matching technology for an upcoming cryptocurrency exchange in Hong Kong. The LSE Group announced Tuesday that its Millennium Exchange matching engine has been chosen to power AAX, a new exchange platform being launched by Hong Kong-based fintech firm ATOM Group. AAX is scheduled to be launched in the first half of this year and will be the first crypto exchange to use the matching engine product, according to the LSE. According to a separate statement from the ATOM Group on Tuesday, the LSE…

South Korea Government Approves Seven out of 21 Cryptocurrency Exchanges’ Security Policy

Some of South Korea’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges have passed a government security audit, but the majority could be exposed to attacks, local tech news outlet ZDNet reported on Jan 10. Bithumb, Coinone and Korbit, in addition to four other major exchanges, satisfied investigators during the audit, which took place between September and December 2018. Of the tranche of 21 platforms involved, however, the remaining 14 failed to meet the criteria for suitable security procedures. South Korea previously had one of the world’s most active cryptocurrency trading economies before regulatory upheaval…