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Bitcoin Hits Lowest Level of the Year Thus Far

Today is a bleak day for cryptocurrencies everywhere as Bitcoin hits the lowest level of the year thus far. Where Bitcoin goes, the rest of the market tends to follow, and indeed, the index shows us all the top-ten coins are experiencing double-digit losses.

Bitcoin Hits Lowest Level of the Year

Currently, Bitcoin is down over 10% and has touched a low of $5,550 a coin. This price is the weakest the coin has been since October 2017 and also puts an end to what was the steadiest period the coin experienced in months. Bitcoin has been trading comfortably around the $6,400 range for the majority of Autumn and volatility was at an all-time low.

The market is placing the blame on tomorrow’s Bitcoin Cash hard fork for the selloff across the exchanges today. As stated, the damage is widespread, and Bitcoin Cash itself is suffering the hardest, with losses just shy of 17%. Ethereum is down -13.5% and Litecoin is down -13.05%, but the entire top-ten are hurting.

Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork

The Bitcoin Cash hard fork will result in a network being split into two different versions of Bitcoin Cash. One upgrade will follow the Roger Ver-favored Bitcoin Cash ABC protocol, and the other will follow Craig Wright’s preferred protocol, the Bitcoin Cash SV.

According to Mati Greenspan of eToro:

“Both Roger and Craig are advocating a different version of Bitcoin Cash […] The end result will most likely be a split in the network resulting in two different versions of Bitcoin Cash when both upgrades go into effect this Thursday.”

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Market Drops

The entire cryptocurrency market capitalization dropped by $15 billion USD over 24 hours Wednesday.

And the total market cap of $85 billion is down more than 70% since the start of this year.

This is a far cry from the highs of 2017 when Bitcoin was selling for $19,511 a coin.

What do you think about Bitcoin’s new low?

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Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Approaches

A Bitcoin Cash hard fork will happen on Thursday, November 15th.

Bitcoin Cash is already a hard fork of Bitcoin and has since grown to become the fourth-largest cryptocurrency. Now the digital currency will split in two, creating a second cryptocurrency.

The two digital currencies go by the names Bitcoin ABC, which is the continuation of the current or core Bitcoin Cash, and Bitcoin SV, which will follow new rules and stands for Satoshi’s Vision.

Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork

A hard fork occurs when network participants no longer agree on a proposed change to the running of the blockchain. This change is implemented via a software update.

Participants will decide what they agree with and when the fork happens, those that wish to adapt to the new rules will upgrade to the new software and those that don’t won’t upgrade their network.

The result is a split network. This means two separate blockchains, each running on different rules and with their own currency. Therefore, there will now be two separate digital currencies.

What Happened?

This Bitcoin Cash hard fork has come about after developer Amaury Sechet proposed an upgrade that made a small change to transaction ordering.

An escalating disagreement ensued and two well-known crypto personalities—Roger Ver and Craig Wright—ended up pitted against each other.

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Ver is in support of the new software upgrade (Bitcoin ABC), but Wright favors a move more reflective of the original Bitcoin whitepaper (Bitcoin SV), which seeks to raise the maximum block size to 128MB from 32MB.

Hash Power and the Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork

The computing power needed to mine cryptocurrency is called ‘Hash Power.’ Hash power is important because the success of each coin will depend on where the miners commit their hash power to—Bitcoin ACB or Bitcoin SV. Currently, tallies are swaying in favor of Bitcoin ABC, but only time will tell.

Importantly, most major exchanges have stated support for the hard fork. This means owners of Bitcoin Cash will receive 1:1 per new cryptocurrency once the network upgrade happens.

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NEM (XEM) Trading Resumes on Coincheck Months After Hack

After ten months of stagnancy, the newly re-opened Japenese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck has resumed its NEM (XEM) trading. According to a South Korean news source FNNews, Coincheck has restricted its platform by external ‘security experts.’

NEM (XEM) Trading Resumes on Coincheck

Back in January, Coincheck suffered the largest cryptocurrency exchange hack in history. $530 million USD worth of XEM was stolen from the Japanese exchange. After the investigation, the company announced it would repay the 260,000 investors affected by the hack.

At the time of the hack, Coincheck’s website read:

“We would like to offer our sincerest apologies to our customers, other exchanges, and everyone else affected by the illicit transfer of NEM which occurred on our platform. We vow to take action on all of the points listed in the business improvement order handed down from the Financial Services Agency as we work towards resuming normal business operations. Currently, we have suspended various features of our platform including new registrations. Thank you for your patience and understanding.”

Since the incident, NEM purchases and deposits have been completely halted on the Coincheck platform. In addition to NEM, the exchange will soon open up support for both Ethereum (ETH) and Lisk (LSK).

Back in March, the Financial Services Agency (FSA) of Japan gave the company a business improvement order. The ‘watchdog’ demanded that the company undergo drastic reforms to its exchange platform, which included enhanced anti-money laundering (AML) and counter-terrorism financing (CFT) measures.

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Shortly after, Coincheck was acquired by the Japenese internet broker Monex Group Inc. On October 30th, Monex announced it would resume Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Litecoin (LTC), and Ethereum Classic (ETC) trades.

After Coincheck made the announcement yesterday, NEM saw price gains of well above six percent. According to CoinMarketCap, NEM (XEM) is currently trading at $0.113 a coin, up 6.24%, in 24 hours.

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EtherDelta Founder Charged by SEC as an Unregistered Exchange

Zachary Coburn, the founder of EtherDelta, has just been charged by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with operating an unregistered securities exchange. The SEC released the news via a press release yesterday.

EtherDelta Charged

According to the report by the SEC, over the course of 18 months, EtherDelta users placed over 3.6 million orders for digital currencies. Among those ordered were coins considered securities by US federal laws.

Under the current law, EtherDelta was supposed to register in the US or apply for an exemption. However, the cryptocurrency exchange failed to do either.

“EtherDelta had both the user interface and underlying functionality of an online national securities exchange and was required to register with the SEC or qualify for an exemption,” said Stephanie Avakian, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division.

According to the SEC, Coburn neither denied or admitted to the findings, instead, he consented to pay the state $300,000 in unlawful profits. In addition to the $300,000 fine, the EtherDelta founder will pay $13,000 for prejudgment interest and an additional $75,000 penalty.

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EtherDelta isn’t the only crypto exchange the SEC has gone after. In fact, many popular global exchanges have barred US citizens from using their platform due to the country’s strict regulations. Many exchanges don’t want to have to go through the process of registering and the potential for fines.

“We are witnessing a time of significant innovation in the securities markets with the use and application of distributed ledger technology,” said Steven Peikin, Co-Director of the SEC’s Enforcement Division. “But to protect investors, this innovation necessitates the SEC’s thoughtful oversight of digital markets and enforcement of existing laws.”

While many within the crypto community feel the restrictions are too harsh, the SEC feels it has a right to protect its citizens from fraudulent activity. Most fraud has surrounded Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs), and the SEC has cracked down the most on these activities in the crypto space.

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Teachers Mine for Ethereum | Busted for Using School’s Power

Teachers Mine for Ethereum: Mining for cryptocurrency comes with its controversy. Energy consumption is already the most eyebrow-raising aspect. So what about using the local school’s computers to mine for Ethereum… during school time? Oh, and you’re the principal of the school.

This is exactly what happened in Hunan Province, China.

Teachers Mine for Ethereum: What Happened?

According to Hong Kong news outlet HK01, two Puman Middle School principals were caught using the school’s power to mine Ethereum.

The school’s general manager noticed the computers’ fans were louder than normal and this raised questions. This was even during the holiday period. The IT network had slowed greatly, and energy consumption doubled between July and November.

The two principals in question are Lei Hua and vice principal Wang Zhipeng. The pair had installed $7,000 worth of computers (nine computers) and were using the school’s power to mine Ethereum. Hua had initially set up the rigs at his home, but he soon discovered the high cost that mining requires. Shocked at the energy bill, he then installed the computers in a school dormitory.

Teachers Mine for Ethereum, Stealing Power

Installing the computers in the school meant he effectively stole $2,163 worth of power—the amount required to mine.

Since the incident, the principal has lost his position at the school, and the vice principal has been given a strict warning.

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Mining Cryptocurrencies

Mining for cryptocurrencies is a notoriously expensive feat and has become a massive business in recent years. If you want to make a serious profit in mining for Bitcoin, for example, you need machines that can run in the thousands.

The more energy that is burned, the faster your computer can compute the complex mathematical equations, meaning you are more likely to ‘win’ Bitcoin.

To put it in perspective, mining for one block on the Bitcoin network reportedly costs the same amount of energy as powering a small house in a year.

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