The Daily: BTCP Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’, Binance Lists New Pairs


The main story featured in today’s edition of The Daily is an official conformation from the Bitcoin Private team that someone has premined millions of BTCP. We also report about the latest currency pairs made available for trading on the Binance exchange.

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Bitcoin Private Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’

The Daily: BTCP Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’, Binance Lists New PairsThe team behind Bitcoin Private has issued an official statement regarding a Coinmetrics report alleging that there was a covert premine of about 2 million BTCP at the creation of the token. The developers say they preformed an investigation after being made aware of the issue and determined that the findings are “mathematically accurate.” However, they claim that they have no connection to whoever was behind this exploit.

According to their internal audit, an open source developer became a BTCP developer to work on a specific issue in exchange for a bounty. This developer was given access to the project on Github in January, wrote his code, collected the reward, and hasn’t been heard of again. But one line of code was missing which enabled the exploit due to the nodes not properly verifying the falsified fork blocks.

And during the publicly announced fork-mine, a “bad actor” exploited this bug, the developers say. “As the code was open source, and the fork-mine was announced on Twitter, anyone with sufficient blockchain development knowledge could have exploited it. At this point, the only thing we can be sure of is that the BTCP Contribution Team did not know about the exploit until it was uncovered by Coin Metrics.”

The developers have put forward two possible plans for fixing the issue using hard forks to choose from, based on community feedback. In the meantime, they requested that all exchanges close deposits and withdrawals of BTCP to mitigate any damage that could be done. Users are also advised to proceed with caution when moving coins.

Binance Exchange Lists New Pairs

The Daily: BTCP Bug Exploited by ‘Bad Actor’, Binance Lists New PairsBinance, the popular international cryptocurrency exchange, has announced it is adding two new trading pairs (TRX/XRP and XZC/XRP), with Ripple’s XRP as the quote asset into the new Combined ALTS Trading Market (ALTS). The move naturally created a lot of excitement and buzz among Ripple’s cheerleaders on crypto social media.

Alongside this development, Binance also announced that the original ETH Trading Market (ETH) will be renamed into the ALTS Trading Market. This is done to reflect the fact that the trading venue now wants to support more trading pairs with different quote currencies.

What do you think about today’s news tidbits? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week


Cryptocurrency markets have been bullish lately as most of the top digital asset prices have seen decent gains over the last week. The overall market capitalization of all the coins in existence is roughly $132 billion this Sunday and global trade volume has increased significantly considering it’s the weekend before the holidays with $20 billion traded over the last 24 hours.

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Cryptocurrency Bulls Still Have the Reigns

On Sunday, Dec. 23 the day before Christmas Eve, there’s been more digital asset swaps than usual compared to a few holiday trading sessions in the past. Global digital currency trade volume for many of the top cryptocurrencies has increased significantly since the big drops in price two weeks ago. The top ten digital asset markets are also up in value between 2 to 15 percent over the last 24 hours increasing the general market valuation of the entire crypto-economy. Bitcoin core is up 2.6% for the day and 21.7% over the last seven days. This gives BTC a global average of about $3,991 per coin and a market capitalization of around $69.6 billion. The cryptocurrency BTC currently has $6.2 billion worth of the entire ecosystem’s $20 billion worth of 24 hour global trade volumes.  

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

The second highest valued market today is ripple (XRP) which is trading for $0.37 per coin and has a $14.9 billion market valuation. There’s been more than $648 million worth of XRP swapped over the last day and markets are up 3.3% this Sunday. The third highest valued market today commanded by ethereum (ETH) is up 14.5% over the last 24 hours and 47% for the week. One ETH is swapping for $128 across global exchanges and has a market valuation of around $13.3 billion. Lastly, the fifth position belongs to eos (EOS) this weekend as each coin is trading for $2.79 and markets are up today 9%. EOS markets have jumped 43% over the last seven days.

Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action

The phenomenal gains that bitcoin cash (BCH) had seen a few days ago have tapered a bit but BCH gained a whopping total of 140% for the week. Today BCH is up 4.6% and each coin is trading for $197. The top five BCH trading platforms swapping the most BCH this Sunday includes Lbank, Binance, Huobi, Coinbase, and Bitbank. Bitcoin cash trade volume is fairly high today capturing $610 million in trades over the last day. BCH is the sixth most traded cryptocurrency this weekend below ripple and above litecoin markets. The top currency pairs trading with BCH include USDT (42%), BTC (21%), ETH (19%), USD (8.7%), and the JPY (4.2%). The Korean won (KRW 1.9%), and the euro (EUR 1.5%) pairs against BCH are trailing not too far behind.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

BCH/USD Technical Indicators

Looking at the BCH/USD 4-hour charts on Bitstamp shows bulls have the reigns and are seemingly still going strong. At the moment there is a lot of resistance between the current vantage point and price higher than $225. The two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) still have a decent gap between them but the 200 SMA looks as though it may drop below the short term 100 SMA trendline. This would indicate that the path towards least resistance would change to the upside but for now, it remains toward the downside.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

The Relative Strength Index (RSI) shows conditions are nearing overbought regions at 65.84 on the 4-hour chart. BCH bulls have shown their prowess on the 3-day chart and the percentage gains were far more than most digital assets in this time frame. The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence (MACd) has been dipping downward at the time of publication and shows room for improvement over the next 24 hours. As mentioned above, order books also show bulls need to surpass the $225 range to get some better momentum. On the backside, bears will see some light resistance back to $177 but after that, there are fewer foundations.

Markets Update: Bitcoin Cash Gains More Than 140% This Week

2017’s All-Time Highs Are Still Far Away

Cryptocurrency market sentiment this weekend is far better than the last few weeks of brutal dumps and price fake outs. Although 80-90% corrections are not out of the ordinary when it comes to digital asset volatility and market declines in the past. There is still a strong amount of skepticism and pessimistic traders who feel the past few days may not be indicative of a market bottom. On the other hand, BTC/USD and ETH/USD short positions on Bitfinex have dropped considerably this week indicating that traders may not be so confident the price will drop again. Overall cryptocurrency infrastructure continues to grow stronger and well known financial institutions are clearly making moves on the sidelines. Still, it will take a large factor to drive cryptocurrencies higher in value and surpass the all-time highs of 2017.

Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC and other coins heading from here? Let us know in the comments below.

Disclaimer: Price articles and markets updates are intended for informational purposes only and should not to be considered as trading advice. Neither nor the author is responsible for any losses or gains, as the ultimate decision to conduct a trade is made by the reader. Always remember that only those in possession of the private keys are in control of the “money.”

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