Major Darknet Marketplace for Stolen Cards Shuts Down After Making Over $1 Billion in Bitcoin – Featured Bitcoin News

The longest-running marketplace for stolen credit cards on the darknet has announced the shutting down of its services. The administrator of Joker’s Stash, founded in 2014, stated that the site would be taken down in February. Site Generated Over $1 Billion in BTC ‘Over the Past Years,’ Claims a Security Research Firm According to the announcement made through its forum, the admin known as “Jokerstash” stated that “it’s time for us to leave forever.” Stash’s users could spend their account balances until Feb. 15, before the admin proceeds to “wipe…

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Is $1 billion a day in volume the ‘new normal’ for Uniswap?

Leading decentralized exchange, or DEX, platform Uniswap continues to lead the sector as it nears an average of $1 billion a day trading volume for the month of January. Only two-thirds of the way into the month and the platform has already surpassed the previous monthly trade volume record of $15.3 billion set in September during the DeFi boom. The DEX passed $17 billion as of this morning and is on track to surpass $25 billion by the end of January with a daily average of $855 million. Uniswap traders…

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Crypto Futures Exchange Bakkt Going Public at a Valuation of $2.1 Billion

Bitcoin futures exchange Bakkt is going public via a merger with VPC Impact Acquisition Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created for taking startup firms public. Both companies have now confirmed the transaction, and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under a new name – Bakkt Holdings Inc., – sometime in the second quarter of 2021. Rumours about the deal have swelled since early January. After the merger, Bakkt is expected to have an enterprise value of $2.1 billion, the company announced on Jan. 11.…

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Microstrategy’s BTC Holdings More Than Double in Value to $2.4 Billion Four Months Later

The continuing bitcoin price rally has seen the value of Microstrategy’s total holdings of the digital asset go up by 100%. Specifically, the company has seen the value of its initial haul of 38,250 coins grow to over $1.3 billion from the $425 million spent. Market Capitalization By Almost 200% The growth in value of Microstrategy’s digital asset holdings comes on the back of another record-breaking start of the year for bitcoin. At the time of writing, BTC is trading at just above $34,000 with nearly 75% dominance of the…

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Crypto Economy Spikes More Than 11%, Entire Market Cap Captures Over $800 Billion

Digital currency markets have seen decent gains this weekend as bitcoin touched another all-time high (ATH) on Saturday afternoon. Meanwhile, a number of other crypto assets have seen significant price rises as well, as the entire market capitalization of all 7,500+ digital currencies in existence is hovering above the $800 billion mark. The $800 Billion Crypto Economy This weekend, bitcoin (BTC) spiked to a new all-time high at $33,333 per unit and since then the price has dropped some after the ATH. At the time of publication, BTC is hovering…

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Ripple Assails the SEC, Claims the $1.3 billion Lawsuit is an ‘Attack on the Entire Crypto Industry Here in the United States’

Ripple has hit back at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), accusing it of creating more uncertainty and failing in its duty to protect the crypto community. In panning the SEC’s decision to designate its XRP token as a security, the company claims the regulator’s lawsuit against it amounts to an attack on the entire crypto market in the US. XRP Token Holders Affected The latest comments by the Ripple team follow reports of the delisting of the XRP token by Coinbase. In a short statement released on December…

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‘Unprecedented’ Institutional Demand for Bitcoin: Bitgo’s Custodied Assets Top $16 Billion, No Paypal Deal

Bitgo’s assets under custody have surpassed $16 billion. The company says it is seeing “unprecedented interest from institutional investors,” resulting from the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic and the recent bitcoin bull run. Paypal was also rumored to be in acquisition talks with the company. $16 Billion in Cryptocurrencies Under Custody Bitgo announced Wednesday that it has hit a new milestone of more than $16 billion in digital assets under custody. The company noted that the achievement further validates institutional investor interest in cryptocurrency, elaborating: As institutional interest in…

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Bitcoin Options Daily Volume Crosses $1 Billion, $100K Strike Introduced for 2021

Cryptocurrency derivatives markets have been seeing significant demand, as daily volumes for bitcoin options crossed $1 billion on December 17, 2020. Most of the record turnover has been taking place on the derivatives platform Deribit, and a large $100k strike has been introduced on the exchange for September 2021. While bitcoin (BTC) spot markets touched an all-time high (ATH) this year at $23,777 per coin, derivatives markets have been seeing lots of action as well. On Thursday, December 17, 2020, researchers from skew.com tweeted about the record BTC options volumes…

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Brazil Revenue Collector’s Data Shows Cryptocurrency Volumes Exceed $6 Billion Between January and September

Raw data from the Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) shows that crypto traded volumes in the country exceeded $6 billion between January and September this year. According to the data, bitcoin dominates as it accounts for over 80% of traded volumes. Still, other cryptos like bitcoin cash, dai, and dogecoin had significant volumes in the period under review. Since August 2019, Brazilian crypto companies and individual users have been complying with the new requirement to furnish the RFB with details of their digital currency transactions. The regulations specifically state that…

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Filecoin storage tops 1 billion GB as tokenized FIL launches for use in DeFi

Cryptocurrency infrastructure providers Anchorage and Tokensoft are teaming up to wrap FIL, the native token of decentralized file storage network FIlecoin, for use on Ethereum. The firms announced wFIL on Nov. 23, promoting its use in decentralized finance applications including Compound, Maker, and Uniswap. Filecoin ecosystem lead, Colin Evra, stated: “Wrapped Filecoin will enable some really creative DeFi products that create huge opportunities for Filecoin miners and storage users.” The news came on the same day that Filecoin announced the storage capacity dedicated by its global mining community has exceeded…

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