Bitcoin and Ethereum: new heights

BTC and ETH showed new price heights on the background of upcoming big events
13 October 2017   1059

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 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. 

NSA Tracks BTC Users, Snowden Says

According to the documents from former NSA agent, BTC transaction monitoring is one of the main priorities of the agency
21 March 2018   218

The US National Security Agency monitors actions in the bitcoin blovkchain in order to identify users of crypto currency. This is reported by The Intercept, which received a set of documents from a former employee of the NSA Edward Snowden, according to which the monitoring of BTC transactions is one of the main priorities of the agency.

They also say that the work of the NSA in this direction may not be limited to analyzing the blockchain and include the detection of crypto users.

The published document indicates that the NSA has become more likely to collect passwords of bitcoin users, data about their activity on the Internet and the identity of their devices.

According to the report, the NSA monitors bitcoin users from 2013 through a program code-named OAKSTAR, as well as the MONKEYROCKET program, which is the OAKSTAR project. The data collected over the years can allow the NSA to accurately identify participants in crypto-currency transactions.

For information on bitcoin users, the NSA can use XKeyScore, a powerful system for monitoring Internet activity, which became known in 2013, when Snowden revealed information about the surveillance of the NSA.

The document says that the information collected by the Agency is stored in the file "Provider user full.csv", and details of identification of time stamps and Internet addresses of users for the purpose of determining their location are given.