More than 80% of LINK is controlled by 125 wallets

New research from Glassnode indicates the top 1% of Chainlink holders control nearly 81% of the token’s supply. According to crypto market data aggregator Glassnode, Chainlink’s (LINK) token distribution is at record levels of centralization — with more than 80% of LINK not held on exchanges currently residing in the top 1% of Chainlink wallets.  Glassnode’s research found that 81% of LINK not held on crypto exchanges of smart contracts is currently stashed away in 125 wallets, with the number of tokens held by Chainlink’s whales steadily increasing over the…

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Ethereum price inches closer to a new all-time high as Bitcoin consolidates

Ethereum price is in hot pursuit of a new all-time high, while Bitcoin price continues to trade sideways. Bitcoin (BTC) continues to trade in a tightening range within a pennant pattern and while the price has moved above the 20-day moving average, it’s clear that the bulls and bears are fighting over the direction the digital asset will take.  Data from Cointelegraph Markets and TradingView show that BTC traded in a range between $34,955 and $37,850 over the weekend but traders buying each dip appear to be doing so with…

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Four of the top 70 crypto assets by market cap are Bitcoin

Crypto data sites are double-counting tokenized Bitcoin, with three BTC tokenization protocols representing more than 1.4% of the reported altcoin market cap. Tokenized Bitcoin is booming, with the increasing demand from DeFi combined with BTC’s recent meteoric price rise has resulted in three Bitcoin tokenization protocols ranking among the 70 largest crypto markets. According to popular market data aggregators CoinGecko and CoinMarketCap, Wrapped Bitcoin (WBTC) currently ranks as the 13th-largest market boasting a capitalization of $4.04 billion, with roughly 0.6% of Bitcoin’s supply currently locked in the protocol. Huobi BTC…

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Iran Seizes 45,000 Bitcoin Miners for Illegally Using Subsidized Government Electricity: Report

Police in Iran have reportedly seized 45,000 bitcoin mining rigs for illegally using subsidized electricity from the state-owned power utility Tavanir, the local Tasmin News Agency reported this week. According to Mohammad Hassan Motavalizadeh, head of Tavanir, the efficient application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) bitcoin miners had been consuming 95 megawatts (MW) per hour of electricity at cheaper prices. Authorized miners are charged around 4,800 rials ($0.11) per kilowatt-hour in autumn, winter and spring, says the Iranian Energy Ministry. Subsidized rates may be half as much. Since 2019, when crypto mining…

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Bitstamp imposes KYC for Dutch traders withdrawing to external wallets

To comply with Dutch regulations, Netherlands-based Bitstamp users can no longer make withdrawals without first providing photographic proof they own the recipient wallet. Digital asset exchange Bitstamp has reportedly banned Netherlands-based users from withdrawing crypto to external wallets without first verifying they own the receiving address. According to a letter authored by Bitstamp that was shared on Twitter by user “Bitcoin Marcus,” Bitstamp’s users in Holland must now submit third-party addresses alongside photographic evidence they own the wallet for whitelisting before withdrawals will be processed. “Whitelisting is a security feature…

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EU Seeks to Curb Reliance on US Dollar After American Sanctions Exposed Financial Infrastructure Vulnerabilities

The European Union (EU) is reportedly planning to reduce its reliance on the U.S. dollar-based financial system, after American sanctions on Iran exposed the vulnerabilities of the bloc’s financial infrastructure. According to officials, who are now determined to challenge the dollar’s supremacy, the renewed desire to boost the role of the euro currency is also partly inspired by “lessons learned from the Covid-19 pandemic.” The US Dollar Domination In sentiments expressed in the draft European Commission (EC) policy paper, officials warn of the current over-reliance “on the US dollar to…

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CoinShares to launch $200m Bitcoin ETP on Swiss stock exchange

CoinShares’ CSO says the firm is “starting 2021 off with a bang” by launching a $200 million physically-backed Bitcoin ETP on Switzerland’s SIX exchange. Digital asset manager CoinShares is launching a Bitcoin exchange-traded product, or ETP, on the SIX Swiss Exchange. According to a report from Bloomberg today, the Bitcoin ETP will go live on Switzerland’s principal stock exchange tomorrow under the ticker symbol BITC. Each ETP will be physically backed by 0.001 Bitcoin (BTC) — worth roughly $36 at the time of publication. The custodian behind the ETP will…

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Binance Coin (BNB) hits a new all-time high one day before its token burn

A growing DEX ecosystem, competitive futures platform and low fee incentives pushed Binance Coin to a new all-time high one day ahead of its scheduled token burn. Over the past 6 months, Binance Coin (BNB) has been quietly rallying higher, gaining 189% during this period and notching a new all-time high at $46.90 on Jan. 18. This price peak happened just one day before its quarterly token burn, leading investors to question whether or not BNB price will move higher once the event concludes.  A token burn is a permanent…

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Cybersecurity firm uses encrypted hard drive with Bitcoin to test applicants

Successful applicants can use the funds to buy a ticket to the company’s headquarters. Researchers wishing to apply to New York-based Red Balloon Security have to complete an unusual technical interview as part of their application process: unlocking a hard drive containing crypto. According to a report from Business Insider, Red Balloon sends the hard drives to certain candidates for cybersecurity research positions at the firm. Anyone who has the “the skills and passion” to crack the encryption would be able to claim 0.1337 Bitcoin (BTC), or roughly $4,800 at…

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Good Griefing: A Lingering Vulnerability On Lightning Network That Still Needs Fixing

What happens when your Lightning Network routing node is fed with garbage transactions that never resolve? In short, it causes a lot of grief for routing nodes. What was once a smooth, global payment system can be locked up with trivial effort from a savvy script writer. Working in a small team of routing nodes, we successfully ran a test of the attack with real funds and demonstrated the “griefing” attack described by Joost Jager. The attack is called a grief attack since it is not a theft of funds,…

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