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Why IS Crypto Crime Taking Over The Crypto Community?




As technology grows, it moves alongside with crypto crime.

The first stolen cryptocurrency (Ether) occurred in Argentina which led to the first criminal sentence. Since then, crypto crime has been an issue in relation to the crypto economy.

In 2018, the rate of crypto crime increased but its effects on the large market were just the tip of an iceberg.

Analysis done by Chainalysis in January 2019 shows that crypto crime has decreased over the past years with only 1 percent of all Bitcoin transaction in 2018.

In the crypto ecosystem, Hackers are the main issue. Hackers generate billions of dollars in support of criminal activities, scams, and fraudsters also targeting an individual’s investment and darknet in full support of illegal activities which tarnishes the image of the crypto society.

Whenever hackers hack a cryptocurrency, they waste no time in cashing out after the attack which makes it difficult to track all of their transactions.

Crypto crime in relation to cryptocurrency has a high impact on society negatively to be precise. Unfortunately, crypto coins are the main mode of payment for crime activities. Which makes it even harder to trace perpetrators.

Nowadays, Wallets are been generated for cryptocurrency which serves as an offshore bank account used by crooks, drug dealers and scammers which has slown down economic activities. This often affects society when converting cryptocurrency to dollars.

Cryptojacking shows a clear indication that crypto crime is taking over the crypto space in a sense that hackers intend to use someone’s else computer power (electricity) to mine cryptocurrency by getting the victim to click on the malicious link. Which cause financial loss to the society and the state as a whole.

Crypto crime controls the society in diverse ways both online and offline. Monetary loss from crypto crime has a high impact on cryptocurrency society.

As people find ways and means of protecting themselves, crypto criminals also develop new ways of keeping the illicit flow of their illegal activities. Which is a serious issue on ecosystem?

Crypto crime has taking advantage of the Internet by attacking information meant for modern society using the computer as a tool. Crypto crime involves blockchain fraud, hacktism, silk road, anonymity, cryptocurrency scam etc.

Officials of Law enforcement finds it difficult to fight these crimes. in this case, affecting society by costing billions of dollars annually to protect society.

Cryptocurrency investors are the most victimised within a society. They fall as a victim to crypto crime including computer viruses, identity theft and credit card fraud. They feel annoyed, angry, cheated, anxious and mostly blame themselves for being attacked.

In spite of what they go through after being attacked, most people within a society won’t change their behavior toward crypto crime unless they become a victim.

As time pass by, crypto crime has become business for crypto criminals driven by personal interest, billions of dollars have been discovered. Half a billion are nowhere to be found. More will be stolen without trace which is a threat to crypto society. So, a time will come where crypto crime will take over the crypto ecosystem. Am not predicting, but base on the activities that are still going on shows a clear indication that crypto crime is at its peak and will one day take over.


J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk Engage in Twitter Conversation About Bitcoin



J.K. Rowling and Elon Musk Engage in Twitter Conversation About Bitcoin

Just recently, the CEO of SpaceX – Elon Musk took to Twitter to reveal his current holding of Bitcoin. The conversation ensued during an effort to educate British author and film producer – J.K. Rowling on the subject of cryptocurrencies. Following a tweet originally referred to CoinDesk’s senior reporter – Leigh Cuen by the Orator of the Harry Potter fiction on Saturday, for an explanation to bitcoin’s operability.

J.K. Rowling subsequently received Musk’s reply among several others from Bitcoin’s advocates and cynics alike; such as the co-founder of Ethereum and Bitcoin Magazine– Vitalik Buterin, among many others. Notably, the author’s tweet drew some attention to the tune of 2,800 replies, as at the time of writing.

Furthermore, the co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Inc., emphasized that the bulky issuance of currencies by the central banks of various economies is making the digital currency – Bitcoin, more solid in juxtaposition to fiat. Musk also went on ahead to convey his views towards digital money as being positive, even though he currently owns a quarter of a Bitcoin as stated in his tweet that reads;

“I still only own 0.25 Bitcoins btw.”

Yet, Cuen replied Rowling with a reassuring statement while providing her with guides to sample use-cases of Bitcoin. Cuen stressed this in a tweet with the message;

“Hi! My D.M.s are open if you want to chat w/out onlookers. The very short version is: Bitcoin is money fueled by a community of contributors. There is no king or central bank in charge. There are countless stories we can use to explore the ethics of a world w/global currency.”

Albeit, Rowling expressed her discontent with regards to the explanations she received, as her curiosity rapidly became debased by the myriad of responses she received. She disclosed her uneasiness towards the topic in question – with a bit of sarcasm while tweeting the following;

Another noteworthy reply is that of Vitalik Buterin, who added that;

“It is a digital currency. There’s ~ 18m units of it. It is not backed by anything, it’s just valuable because it is, like collectibles. There’s a network of computers (which anyone can join) that maintains a decentralized global excel spreadsheet of how many coins each person has.”

Although, Rowling might have admitted being woozy before publishing these tweets, however, her views on the digital currencies and Bitcoin are unlikely to change when she becomes sober or in the foreseeable future.

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Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price



Ripple Sends $26 Million Worth of XRP to Jed McCaleb, XRP Army Fears Another Dump in Price

Time and again, several members of the XRP community have opined that the massive dump of the crypto asset in the market has impacted on its price, negatively. Now, there are speculations for another dip in XRP’s price. The latter is after Whale Alert informed on September 7, 2019, that 100 million XRP tokens have been transferred to Jed McCaleb, Ripple’s co-founder. 

Ripple Sends XRP Worth About $26 Million to McCaleb’s Wallet

According to Whale Alert, Ripple transferred 100 million XRP valued at $26,322,440 to Jed McCaleb’s wallet. The transfer has led to the sentiment in the crypto space that XRP might tank below its $0.262 price today. Also, the opinion is due to McCaleb’s reputation for dumping huge amounts of XRP in the market.

McCaleb is Ripple’s co-founder, and in 2014, Ripple transferred 9 billion XRP to him as his share for founding the company in 2012. However, the blockchain company entered a seven-year agreement with McCaleb to control how much XRP he can sell in the market yearly.

Per the agreement, the co-founder could sell $10,000 worth of XRP per week in the first year, $20,000 per week in the second, third, and fourth years, and “750 million XRP per year for the fifth and sixth years.” In the same vein, he could choose to dump 1 billion XRP yearly for the seventh year, and 2 billion XRP yearly after the seventh year.

McCaleb’s Dump of XRP Impacts of Asset’s Market Price

Given that this is the fifth year since the agreement was made, McCaleb can choose to dump thousands of XRP tokens daily. In 2014 when he announced his plans to sell a significant part of his XRP holdings, the value of the asset declined by 40%. As such, the continuous dump of the asset has also been pointed out as one of the reasons why it is not spiking like other top cryptocurrencies.

Asides from being reputable in the XRP community, McCaleb is also a name associated with Mt Gox, one of the first cryptocurrency exchanges. He founded the platform and sold it off years before its hack. Similarly, McCaleb is the creator of Stellar (XLM), the 11th largest cryptocurrency by market cap.

Nonetheless, the crypto community has aired its views about the potential for McCaleb to release another share of XRP to the market. Crypto BitLord, for instance, said: “Wow. Another cool $26M Jed can unload at market. This shits out of control.” Another remarked that: “know, right?! Private businesses shouldn’t be allowed to exist. The name “Jed” should be banned.”

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