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Cryptocurrency Hackers Were More Active in 2019, but Were Less Successful

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The total amount of cryptocurrency stolen by hackers decreased in 2019 despite overall malicious activity increasing and attacks being more widespread.

According to the most recent Crypto Crime Report by blockchain analysis company Chainalysis, more cryptocurrency hacks occurred in 2019 than any other year so far. However, the cumulative amount of money stolen during crypto hacks was down compared to previous years.

Of the eleven major hacks that took place in 2019, none matched the scale of previous thefts such as 2018s $534 million hack of Coincheck or the $195 million from BitGrail. Total crypto theft from hacks declined from $875.5 million in 2018 to $282.6 million in 2019.

Chainalsysiss methodology was limited to hacks involving access to exchange funds and did not include exit scams or thefts of payment processors.

According to the report,

With no hacks taking in more than the $105 million stolen from Coinbene, both the average and median amount stolen per hack fell substantially in 2019, after having risen each of the three preceding years.

The report continues, adding that only 54$ of the hackers seen in 2019 took over $10 million from their victims, compared with all of the hacks observed in 2018.

Chainalysis attributes the decline to exchanges, as thesehavegotten better at limiting the damage any one hacker can do.

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Bitcoin Breaks 7-Month Downtrend But Must Clear These Hurdles to $10K – Cointelegraph

The price of Bitcoin (BTC) found strong support at $8,200 last week, after which it started to rally toward $8,800 earlier today.

Alongside with that, the total market capitalization of crypto found a support at $215 billion and starting to look bullish. Will this mean that the correction is over, and crypto is trending upwards?

Crypto market daily performance. Source: Coin360

Bitcoin is still trending upwards since the low at $6,500, as previous resistance zones have become support. A recent example is showing a bounce on the green area, which is the $8,200 level. This type of bullish support/resistance flips is a common occurrence in an uptrend market.

BTC USDT 1-day chart. Source: TradingView

A break below $8,200 would have demonstrated weakness, as that level would not have provided enough buying pressure and support. Losing such a level would usually have been followed by a continuation downwards. An example is found after the push to $10,000 in November 2019.

The chart is also showing a clear breakout from the 7-month downtrend. A retest was done at $7,600, after which the price of Bitcoin rallied towards $9,200 for temporary resistance.

BTC USDT 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

The 4-hour chart of Bitcoin is showing a healthy support/resistance flip at $8,200, after which price broke through the $8,500 resistance. Currently, the price of Bitcoin is facing the next resistance at $8,800.

However, its quite unlikely to see an immediate breakthrough at this level as the indicators on smaller time frames show exhaustion of this upwards move.

Additionally, some significant resistances are shown on the chart, i.e. $9,000 and $9,200-9,400, which are two hurdles to overcome if the price of Bitcoin wants to continue moving upwards.

On the support side, a retest of $8,500 looks quite healthy for confirmation of new support. Range-bound movements are now likely to happen if price cant break through $8,800 or drop below $8,500.

Total market capitalization cryptocurrency chart. Source: TradingView

The total market capitalization of cryptocurrencies is showing an essential bounce from the blue zone (level around $217-218 billion). A retest there was quite healthy as anticipated in a recent article.

This retest is now completed and shows intense buying pressure as the total market capitalization has already rallied up to $238 billion. This retest also indicates confirmation of the uptrend with the total market cap breaking the 7-month downtrend as well.

The first hurdle to overcome now is the $247 billion level. If that is broken, continuation towards $270 and $300 billion is likely to occur.

The total market capitalization chart of altcoins is looking healthy The market cap rallied from $52 billion to $80 billion. Only a slight retracement occurred to $71 billion, which means that it is stuck in a narrow range.

Total altcoin market capitalization chart. Source: TradingView

If we check the rest of the chart, we can spot many tests of the $80 billion level in recent months. Around three tests have happened prior to this latest one, which means that the resistance should become weaker.

Remember, the more times a resistance gets tested, the more exhausted sellers will get, and the weaker a resistance becomes. On the other hand, this also happens with support zones. The $6,000 support of Bitcoin in 2018 was tested many times before it broke down.

Given that these tests of the $80 billion level occurred quite frequently, a breakout to the upside is the most likely scenario at this point, meaning that the altcoin market cap could rally towards $120 billion.

BTC USDT 4-hour chart bullish scenario. Source: TradingView

The most bullish scenario would be a clear breakout of $8,800 and a continuation from there. However, as stated earlier, I find it unlikely to see such a move occur in one go.

A retest and consolidation would be more likely including a likely retest of the $8,500. This is healthy and would be almost required before the price of Bitcoin can continue to face higher resistance levels.

If Bitcoin can hold the $8,500 area for support, I see a breakthrough of the $8,800 and $9,000 as likely, after which $10,000 will become the primary target. Moreover, clearing $10,000 could bring the price of Bitcoin towards $11,000 as well.

BTC USDT 4-hour chart bearish scenario. Source: TradingView

Typically, the bearish scenario has a similar pattern in the beginning, as BTC needs to be rejected at the $8,800 level. However, the difference is in the subsequent pattern.

If the price of Bitcoin is to make lower highs with weak bounces, the downward trend is likely to resume. If this occurs, Id be aiming for bearish retest (support/resistances flips) of the $8,500 level as a potential short opportunity. The main target would then be the $7,600 area.

But first, the price needs to be rejected at $8,800-9,000 to get these scenarios going. Overall, the $8,100 support/resistance flip doesnt say that were bearish at this point. Especially, since that price has broken at a 7-month downtrend.

The views and opinions expressed here are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cointelegraph. Every investment and trading move involves risk. You should conduct your own research when making a decision.

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Bitcoin Price Indicator That Called 2019 Bull Run Flashes Green Again – Cointelegraph

Bitcoin (BTC) plans to move higher and further squeeze bears in the short term, several price indicators suggest.

As the week begins, a group of measurements some surprisingly accurate historically are combining to make traders firmly bullish on BTC.

Leading the positive signs is a useful but somewhat forgotten indicator dubbed the Guppy. This is a collection of exponential moving averages which has flashed green on the daily chart for the first time in around 300 days.

The interval is significant the last flip from red to green for Guppy was on April 9, 2019, coinciding with Bitcoins rapid rise to highs of $13,800.

Before that, Guppy also turned bullish on Jan. 14, 2018, when Bitcoin briefly rose above $9,000 on the way down from the all-time high a month earlier.

Bitcoins Guppy indicator bull and bear phases. Source: Hsaka/ Twitter

A second sign that bullish momentum is building for Bitcoin lies in the so-called Puell Multiple.

Used to identify the cryptocurrencys price cycles, the tool allows traders to tell from a miners perspective when the value of newly-mined Bitcoins is historically too high or too low.

Puell spiked during the 2017 highs, bottoming a year later in January 2019 when BTC/USD traded at under $4,000.

At present, the indicator suggests Bitcoin is significantly closer to the too low area than its lifetime highs.

Bitcoin Puell Multiple with peaks and troughs highlighted. Source: Glassnode/ Twitter

Zooming in, steady enthusiasm is already creeping into traders forecasts once again. For regular Cointelegraph contributor Michal van de Poppe, current action means $8,000 has now formed a fresh support level.

BTC/USD has gained around 3.8% since Friday, having bounced off local lows around $8,200.

Nice breakthrough of $8,600 level and we're back in the range. This means that the $8,000-8,100 level has now flipped as support, he summarized in a Twitter update on Jan. 27.

Van de Poppe continued:

Eyeing to see a retest of $8,500. Holding that and we can aim for $8,900.

A classic guidance signal for Bitcoin comes in the form of the Mayer Multiple, which is also firmly supportive of Bitcoin as a buying opportunity this week.

The brainchild of Proof of Keys organizer, Trace Mayer, the Mayer Multiple divines to what extent it is profitable to buy Bitcoin at a particular time.

To arrive at its conclusions, it uses the current Bitcoin price versus its 200-day moving average. When the multiple is below 2.4, Mayer says, long-term Bitcoin buys saw the best long-term results.

The current multiple is 0.97 and has been higher 63% of the time since Bitcoin was created eleven years ago.

Bitcoin Mayer Multiple with 2.4 boundary highlighted. Source: Mayermultiple.info

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Latest Bitcoin price and analysis (BTC to USD) – Coin Rivet

Bitcoin (BTC) is currently trading at around $8,610 following a 3% increase in price over the last 24 hours.

Even though BTC seemed to be struggling last week, the worlds largest cryptocurrency recovered nicely over the weekend.

Bitcoin momentarily traded close to $8,300 at the start of the weekend after price dropped 4% from Thursday to Saturday.

Since then, Bitcoin has rebounded to the upside, which reiterates the bullish sentiment surrounding the digital asset ahead of this summers halving event.

Bitcoin now seems to be consolidating above $8,600 and getting ready for another shot at the $8,830 level of resistance.

Lets take a look at Bitcoins chart, courtesy of TradingView.

Bitcoin has been climbing upwards since the start of the new year, breaking through all its EMAs over the past few weeks after a major rally that took the digital asset from just below $7,000 to over $8,600.

From bottom to top, BTC has grown about 28% in the space of 18 days. At the moment, BTC is still around 25% higher than the start of the year.

However, price needs to continue picking up steam if the hangover from the second half of 2019 is to completely turn around.

In addition, Bitcoins volume must continue to grow. At the time of writing, it is showing signs of having fully recovered and is now between 30-40% higher than last month around $23 billion.

If Bitcoin is able to maintain the positive trend seen so far this year, we might see it top $10,000 sooner than expected.

Last week, I underlined that within the next few days/weeks, we could see a major reversal after a period of serious accumulation by hodlers.

The boost in trading volume means the accumulation cycle could be close to an end and the bull run were all waiting for will start sooner than expected.

The upwards movement over the past few days could mean a shift in sentiment, but it is too early to tell. It seems we already found the bottom (during 2019) and could be making our way towards a mid-term move to the upside.

For the time being though, theres a chance it can go either way. Only if BTC continues to record higher lows will price continue to go up.

Hopefully, the 200-day EMA (blue line) will now become support for Bitcoin and BTC will continue to hold above all its EMAs. In addition, I expect the 20-day EMA to cross both the 50-day and 200-day EMAs to the upside quite soon.

When these golden crosses take place, my take on the market will considerably shift to the upside.

I strongly believe Bitcoin to be a long-term store of value, especially as traditional markets continue to show weaknesses.

How can the markets continue to push higher after the ECBs recent rate cuts, the continuous share buybacks from huge corporations, or the inverted bond yield shoving investors away towards riskier assets?

In addition, repo market activity as in loans from central banks to commercial and investment banks has spiked to new monthly records. That adds up to another signal of weakness for the general economy.

We shouldnt forget that the Bitcoin halving is coming in May 2020, which will put extra positive pressure on price as the number of Bitcoin minted per block is halved.

The key aspect of the halving event is to work out whether it has already been priced-in by miners. I personally doubt it, since most people (and businesses) have a short-term mindset.

Therefore, I see miners pushing for lower prices until the halving takes place. The harder it is to mine until the halving, the more miners will drop off, leaving more room for profits for the players who stay.

In conclusion, investors and traders should pay attention to the overall economic panorama, as it will most likely be a major catalyst for worldwide BTC adoption.

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The paper outlined a method of using a P2P network for electronic transactions without relying on trust. On January 3 2009, the Bitcoin network came into existence. Nakamoto mined block number 0 (or the genesis block), which had a reward of 50 Bitcoins.

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Different Type of Shakeout Trader Says Bitcoin Unlikely to Hit $6K – Cointelegraph

Bitcoin (BTC) hitting $6,000 again is not only unlikely but would be concerning, a well-known commentator has told Cointelegraph.

Speaking in a market discussion with Cointelegraph, EzeeTrader partner Charlie Burton said that should current market behavior continue, those waiting to buy in closer to $6,000 will face disappointment.

...I think well have upside and then well have downside again, just to the point where a number of players will just get bored and move on, he said. Burton continued:

And then therell be a fast move thatll come, and a lot of people will say, Oh my God, why was I not on that move?

BTC/USD was trading at around $8,600 on Monday, having gained almost 4% over the weekend.

As Cointelegraph reported, a number of price indicators are flipping bullish for Bitcoin under current conditions, providing strong suggestions of bullish momentum on both a short and long-term basis.

I think the market has done a good job of shaking out a load of people into 2018 and 2019, but I think its probably a different type of shakeout now, Burton continued.

The comments broadly echoed previous market discussion guest, Peter Brandt, who also argued that buyers planning to enter at $6,000 had already missed their opportunity.

The weak hands are out the strong hands own it, he famously summarized last weekend.

Fellow guest YouTuber and Twitch regular Eric Krown appeared to agree. Based on technical analysis, he suggested that it would be poetic if Bitcoin denied the lower levels demanded by some traders.

Cointelegraph regularly produces Market Discussions, Interviews and Documentaries. To watch more of our videos, subscribe to Cointelegraphs YouTube channel.

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Theres Something Very Strange Going On With Bitcoin Exchange LocalBitcoins – Forbes

Bitcoin exchange LocalBitcoins, often used as a gauge of bitcoin interest and prices around the world, has suddenly begun suspending long-time users' accounts without warning.

Reports began coming in this week that LocalBitcoins users across Africa, the Middle East, and Asia have had their accounts "deactivated."

Bitcoin users around the world have complained that LocalBitcoins has suddenly suspended their ... [+] accounts without explanation.

Messages seen by this reporter were sent to account holders by LocalBitcoins in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Syria, and Pakistan informing them they could "withdraw [their] bitcoins by deleting [their] account," though some users have claimed to be unable to do so.

LocalBitcoin, a peer-to-peer bitcoin exchange which was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, was unable to be reached for comment.

"One of my customers was due to travel out of the country and had to sell some of his bitcoin to be able to go only to notice on his way to the airport that he cannot even access his funds," said one LocalBitcoins user of three years in Nigeria, who wanted their identity to remain anonymous, adding their account had been suspended on Monday morning with no indication of when it might be reactivated.

According to the message received by users, LocalBitcoins now requires users in some countries to go through an "enhanced due diligence process," though LocalBitcoins has given no indication of what that process is or when details will be made clear.

Some reports have suggested the suspensions are a result of strict new European Union anti-money laundering regulations that came into effect this month, requiring bitcoin and cryptocurrency platforms and wallet providers to identify their customers.

However, LocalBitcoins, which has a reputation as being a relatively anonymous way for bitcoin users around the world to buy and sell bitcoin, claimed to have complied with the new legislation early last year, giving it ample time to verify users' identities ahead of the changes taking effect this month.

The regulatory changes have been blamed for bitcoin trading volumes on LocalBitcoins falling sharply in recent months, with reports suggesting bitcoin volume on the site fell by around 70% between September and November 2019.

In an interview last year, LocalBitcoins chief executive Sebastian Sonntag said the exchange was signing up between 4,000 and 5,000 new users per day but warned "changes" to the site have "had an impact on overall trade volume."

"We expect the situation to become more stable in the following weeks and improvements in the verification flow should also influence positively," Sonntag told finance trade site LearnBonds.

Meanwhile, other major bitcoin and crypto exchanges have been struggling with declining volumes over the last year, sparking fears the market could be on course for a correction.

The bitcoin price has climbed over the last 12-months but declining trade volumes have some worried. ... [+]

Bitcoin and cryptocurrency exchanges around the world have long struggled with hacks, data breaches, and theftswith many millions of dollars worth of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies lost.

Last year, hackers stole around $28,000 worth of bitcoin from users' LocalBitcoins accounts.

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Bitcoin Just Surged to $8,950: Heres Why Analysts Expect a Bigger Price Explosion – newsBTC

After falling as low as $8,200 late last week, Bitcoin (BTC) has recently started to mount an extremely strong recovery, bouncing after the 11% correction seen after a 43% rally.

Just minutes ago as of the time of writing this article, the leading cryptocurrency hit $8,950, falling just shy of the key $9,000 level as sellers stepped in at the eleventh hour.

Despite this slight rejection, which has brought BTC to $8,850, analysts are certain that this latest surge proves a growing bull case for Bitcoin and its ilk.

Fractal Watch, a popular cryptocurrency analyst, noted that this latest breakout towards $9,000 has allowed BTC to break out of a falling wedge chart pattern. The measured move of this bullish chart formation is $9,500, the top of the infamous China pump seen in October/November of 2019.

This surge has brought the price of BTC close to or above depending on which chart you use the 200-day moving average, a technical level that analysts say is an indicator of an assets long-term directionality.

If Bitcoin manages to close above the moving average and retest it as support, it could mark the start of another bull market. Indeed, in 2018, BTC failing to surmount the 200-day MA on at least three occasions is what indicated it remained bearish.

This comes as long-term signals have begun to support bulls.

Per previous reports from this outlet, the Fisher Transform on the weekly chart is pushing above the 0 line, pushing above its bands, for the first time since $4,200 in early 2019. Once the signal was confirmed last time around, the price of the cryptocurrency rallied to $14,000, marking a 230% surge from the $4,200 price where the signal confirmed.

If the indicator manages to close how it is looking right now, the historical precedent suggests that BTC will begin a strong surge to the upside, thereby invalidating any more expectation of downside in the cryptocurrency market.

Also, Dave the Wave a top analyst who called much of BTCs 2019 price action recently gave the four following reasons why Bitcoin remains in a bull trend despite the 50% downturn:

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Bitcoin (BTC) Price Likely to Aim for $8,900 If It Holds Above $8,500, Crypto Analyst Predicts – U.Today

After about four days of trading below $8,600, the Bitcoin price has finally returned to this area. At the time of writing, it is changing hands at $8,643, showing a 2.26-percent rise.

Crypto analysts and traders believe that if BTC manages to hold above $8,500, it will likely keep rising to $8,900. However, some predict that after reaching this level, the flagship currency may decline and hit $6,400.

Crypto analyst @CryptoMichNL is optimistic about the Bitcoin price short-term. SinceBTC has reclaimed $8,600, he believes that the major cryptocurrency is likely to start heading for $8,900 provided it can hold above the $8,500 price mark.

The founder of Elevate UX, Posty, seems to be at a loss as to where the Bitcoin price will start off next. In the same tweet, he says that should BTC start rising, it may hitresistance at $8,700. In that case, the $8,400 level will serve as support.

Yesterday, the BTC price suddenly started growing from the $8,300 area ending up in the $8,600 zone today and Posty says this turn of events came as a surprise for him.

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Twitter user Cryptonaire has posted a BTC chart with a Falling Wedge pattern formed on it. This userbelievesthat, since this is a bullish formation, Bitcoin is likely to pump to $8,900 first, fill twoCME gaps and then decline to the $6,400 level, potentially losing over $2,500 ofits price.

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Strong Bitcoin Rally Sparks Fears of a Virus-Driven Violent Recession – newsBTC

The spread of the deadly and highly contagious Coronavirus has kindled fear in the hearts of investors, as the global equities markets are now facing heightened recession risk as the death toll and potential economic impact of the virus grows at a rapid rate.

The strength of the ongoing global selloff can be seen by the massive rallies incurred by safe haven assets like Gold and Bitcoin, which is emblematic of growing fears of an imminent recession amongst investors.

It is important to note, however, that analysts do believe that the downtrend resulting from the viral outbreak may be closer to an end than is widely expected.

As reported by The New York Times, the death toll stemming from the recent Coronavirus outbreak has climbed above 80 as China reports thousands of new cases of infected individuals, with nearly 3,000 people now officially infected.

It is highly likely that more and more cases will begin surfacing in other countries as well, as news recently broke that the virus had made its way to Orange County, California.

The fast spread of the Coronavirus coupled with its relatively high death rate has sent shockwaves throughout the equities markets, with the Chinese markets reeling down 6% overnight, while the US benchmarks all shed just over 1%. This dip has not yet been deep enough to bring the markets into recession territory, however.

Chinese stocks now down a bloody 6% since last night. All coronavirus driven, Alex Krger, an economist, explained in a recent tweet.

In tandem with this sell off, Bitcoin has been able to rally nearly 3% to its current price of $8,790, and it is now fast approaching a revisit to its 2020 highs of $9,200.

Although the ongoing sell off in the global markets has sparked concerns that a recession is imminent, it is important to keep in mind that this turbulence comes close on the heels of a massive multi-month rally.

Krger also spoke about this in a recent tweet, explaining that the markets reaction to the virus is natural and will likely lead the Chinese government to respond with expansionary policies in an attempt to combat this economic damage.

The virus does have significant economic impact, and is thus natural for markets to sell off. Markets are discounting mechanisms. Retail sales in China will take a big hit, and will impact consumption and GDP. Should expect the Chinese govt to respond with expansionary policies, he noted.

Although the Coronavirus-induced market turbulence may extend into the future, it does not appear to be likely at this time that it will lead the markets into recession territory, and most of the economic impacts may be contained within China so long as it doesnt grow more globally widespread.

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Bitcoin Rallied 230% Last Time This Signal Flashed, And Its Back Again – newsBTC

While Bitcoin (BTC) has struggled over the past few days, a number of long-term bull signals are on the verge of coming to fruition, presenting a massive bull case for the cryptocurrency market.

Prominent cryptocurrency trader MoeMentum recently noted that while Bitcoin has just entered a new week in terms of price action, a key signal has already started to form:

The Fisher Transform on the weekly chart is pushing above the 0 line, pushing above its bands, for the first time since $4,200 in early 2019. Once the signal was confirmed last time around, the price of the cryptocurrency rallied to $14,000, marking a 230% surge from the $4,200 price where the signal confirmed.

If the indicator manages to close how it is looking right now, the historical precedent suggests that BTC will begin a strong surge to the upside, thereby invalidating any more expectation of downside in the cryptocurrency market.

It isnt only the Fisher Transform signal that is suggesting Bitcoin is on the verge of entering another exponential, maybe even parabolic, bull run.

Cryptocurrency analystCryptokearecently notedthat the worldwide Google Trends, well, trends for the search term Buy Bitcoin have recently hit a seven-month high the highest since June 2019.

More specifically, the metric has hit a 10 on a long-term basis, with the metrics maximum being 100. The latest Google Trends 10, Kea said, likely marks the start of a parabolic run-up that will bring prices much higher than the$14,000 high.

He added that the long-term upwards trend for this metric, which is correlated with growth in the price of Bitcoin, is undeniable, pointing to a logarithmic corridor confirming that over time, more and more people want to buy the cryptocurrency.

Also, the weekly Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator just printed a bullish crossover, with the MACD line just crossing over the signal line.

So why is this relevant? Well, as pointed out in the below chart from NewBTC, the last time this technical signal was seen was in February of 2019, just months prior to a massive price explosion that brought BTC from the depths of the $3,000s to as high as $14,000 in a few months time.

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