Bitcoin and Ethereum: new heights

BTC and ETH showed new price heights on the background of upcoming big events
13 October 2017   1598

Bitcoin price

Today, October 13, the rate of the Bitcoin confidently surpassed the level of $ 5500 and fixed a historic high at the mark of $ 5920 (Bitfinex exchange):

Bitfinex
Bitfinex Bitcoin Chart

On the hourly chart, a correction of the price with consolidation around $ 5550 is clearly visible.

As for other popular stock exchanges, such as Poloniex and Bitstamp, then on these trading floors the price did not reach such high values. The maximum bitcoin was slightly lower, near $ 5,800.

Thus, the price set the resistance level at $ 5800-5900. A strong support level is in the region of $ 4800-5200.

The current rise in the price of the first crypto currency is largely due to the approaching probable hardfoot Segwit2x. It is possible that investors are buying bitcoin in the hope of obtaining an equivalent amount of "alternative bitcoin," as it was in August this year.

Another important factor in price growth is the gradual growth of SegWit-transactions in the bitcoin network:

SegWit Charts
SegWit Charts

The graph shows that the share of SegWit-transactions in the bitcoin network already exceeds 10%.

According to the Coinmarketcap service, the current value of bitcoin capitalization is $ 95B. The aggregate capitalization of the crypto-currency market is $ 169.8 billion.

Ethereum price

Etherum gained more than 6% in last 24 hours, showing the rapid price rise. 

Ethereum Charts
Ethereum Charts

At the moment, average Ethereum price is $325.48 with historic maximum at $386.83 (was reached at Aug 31 2017). Market cap is more than $30B and 24h trading volume is almost $1B. 

Main reason of Ethereum price rise can be upcoming hardfork called Byzantium. At the moment, Byzantium launch is planned on the October 16, 2017. 

Crypto Billionaire to Lost 5.5k BTC Due to Fraud

Thai scammers convinced 22 yo Finnish crypto billionaire to invest in their 'investment' scheme
13 August 2018   277

The 22-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire lost more than 5,500 bitcoins after taking part in the investment scheme in Thailand. The case attracted public attention because of the possible participation of a Thai actor. This is reported by Bangkok Post.

A group of scammers in June 2017 persuaded Finnish businessman Aarni Otawa Saarimaa to invest in several Thai securities, a casino in Macau and a crypto currency called Dragon Coin.

Scammers claimed that Dragon Coin could be used in Macau casinos. In addition, they brought Saarimaa to this casino to demonstrate the legitimacy of their project. Saarimaa transferred 5 564 BTC to fraudsters.

In January, without receiving any income for his investments, Saarimaa filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's (CSD), along with his local business partner, who believed that this investment scheme was fraudulent.

CSD began to investigate the case and stated that the group made no investment for Saarimaa, instead transferring all the bitcoins to Thai baht and placing these funds on seven bank accounts.

Although it is not clear when exactly the scammers sold the bitcoins, CSD announced that they raised about 800 million baht or about 24 million dollars.

Then followed a months-long investigation, according to which CSD began to suspect that the Thai film actor Jiratkisit "Boom" Jaravijit also took part in the fraudulent scheme - he was arrested last Wednesday.

In addition, the CSD stated that it suspects the actor's brother, Princess Jaravijit, as the "instigator" of this entire scheme. He left Thailand, traveling to South Korea, and then to the United States. According to the Bangkok Post, CSD is currently working with the US to track him down.