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Cryptocurrency Scams Could Cost Industry $4.3 Bln This Year: CipherTrace Report

  • Alex Dovbnya
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    Cryptocurrency scammers are thriving after the BTC price more than tripled in 2019


Cryptocurrency Scams Could Cost Industry $4.3 Bln This Year: CipherTrace Report
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According to Blockchain analytics boutique CipherTrace, cryptocurrency scams could amount to a total of $4.3 bln in 2019. The figure was published in the firm’s “Q1 2019 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report,” which was first discovered by technology website VentureBeat.

Alive and kicking 

The outlet points out that the collective effort of cryptocurrency wallets and exchanges to ramp up their security measures was not sufficient to stop hackers from pilfering more than $125 mln of crypto in the second quarter. This amount could reach as much as $400 mln if to consider the rapid growth of the cryptocurrency market during the aforementioned period.

As reported by U.Today, even Binance, the number one exchange by trading volume, suffered a $40 mln security breach back in May. Thus, even such behemoths of the crypto industry are not able to catch up with new tools deployed by bad actors.

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A hidden threat

However, CipherTrace, predicts that exit scammers, not hackers, will rule the roost in 2019. QuadrigaCX set the trend at the beginning of 2019 with more than $200 million being locked in the cold wallet of the exchange’s allegedly dead CEO.  

Not surprisingly, the growing number of fraudsters in the crypto space has led to closer scrutiny from regulators around the world.

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Alex Dovbnya (aka AlexMorris) is a cryptocurrency expert, trader and journalist with an extensive experience of covering everything related to the burgeoning industry — from price analysis to Blockchain disruption. Alex authored more than 1,000 stories for U.Today, CryptoComes and other fintech media outlets. He’s particularly interested in regulatory trends around the globe that are shaping the future of digital assets.

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XRP Price On The Verge Of Breakout? Twitter Users Expect XRP Hit $1 This Year

  • Vera Yurina
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    Can Ripple touch the $1 level this year? Check out interesting opinions and XRP price predictions from Twitter users


XRP Price On The Verge Of Breakout? Twitter Users Expect XRP Hit $1 This Year

Disclaimer: The opinion expressed here is not investment advice – it is provided for informational purposes only. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of U.Today. Every investment and all trading involves risk, so you should always perform your own research prior to making decisions. We do not recommend investing money you cannot afford to lose.

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Failing to sustain high price level, XRP is keeping around $0.30. It might seem that Ripple’s XRP stands still all the time, but Twitter users have the opposite opinion. They are sure that big changes are coming, and XRP is simply accumulating power for the price to explode. Can Ripple go to the moon in 2019? What will drive its overwhelming growth? Check out XRP price predictions from Twitter users. 

The history repeats

According to the long-term price charts, Ripple might be repeating its history, and the scenario of 2019 can actualize this year, too:

If XRP breaks out of the current resistance zones, its growth would exceed $1 easily. Some traders are sure it has enough potential to touch the $5 level, too.

Are there any certain triggers of XRP growth? There’s a bunch of theories. One of them claims that Ripple will burn its immense reserves of XRP for its price to rocket:

Although the petition is started, Ripple Labs itself does not plan to burn its tokens – it might have too serious outcomes. 

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 Here is the golden section pattern that proves XRP might soar:

However, it’s simply an amateur approach: what works with fiats might not work with altcoins at all. 

Better make mid- and short-term predictions based on traditional technicals, such as Fib levels:

XRP won’t grow overnight 

The short-term XRP price predictions are positive:

But simple moves to $0.4-0.5 won’t make any serious difference. As for higher XRP levels, there is no 100% confidence that we can reach them in 2019.

Don’t rush to the conclusions

All in all, time will show whether Ripple is able of groundbreaking moves. Right now, there are no signs of Ripple going to the ceiling. As one Twitter user ironically noticed, Ripple will discuss how liquidity has changed before they know the numbers:

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The XRP conspiracy theory

This post simply could not stay unnoticed:

What we are witnessing now is how Ripple Labs manipulates its XRP stocks and buys/sells XRP in large amounts to shift the value of the coin. Will their efforts turn out to be fruitful? 

For some reason, XRP gets more attractive for other blockchains’ representatives:

Seems like they know something usual traders aren’t aware of. Does it mean Ripple is preparing for a major breakout? Everything is possible.

Meanwhile, Ripple’s bottom levels keep growing from year to year:

Thus, Ripple Labs keeps actualizing its plans, even though slowly. So even if it’s a non-profitable variant for shorts, it must be a great choice for long-term investors. Patience is the key. 

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Crypto writer, blockchain geek & Bitcoin holder with a strong belief in the power of cryptocurrency. Veronika combines in-depth analytical approach with creative writing to deliver the texts that both inform and entertain. With hundreds of reviews, SEO articles and marketing texts under the belt, she has experience of working for blockchain Medium channels, Cryptodiffer site and ICOs. Part of U.Today team since 2018, she focuses on crypto price predictions and monitors the market to provide the most relevant info & opinions.

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