Bitfinex Now Supports SegWit

Today Bitfinex announced that it now fully supports SegWit for lower BTC fees and faster processing times
20 February 2018   801

Bitfinex announced support for bitcoin deposit and withdrawals using P2SH Segregated Witness (SegWit) addresses. Segregated Witness is a Bitcoin protocol improvement that facilitates scaling. From this moment, Bitfinex users can benefit from lower BTC withdrawal fees (approximately 15%) and improved processing times on transactions across the Bitcoin network.

Bitfinex users can now use SegWit-enabled bitcoin wallets to send and receive BTC. To start using it, users will need to generate a new deposit address from their Bitcoin deposit page to receive a SegWit-enabled address, which will start with 3.

SegWit is the process of increasing block size limits by separating signature data from transactional data in bitcoin transactions. SegWit will also effectively fix transaction malleability. This process will also provide future for also Bitcoin development efforts, including the implementation of Lightning Network.

As a premier exchange, Bitfinex is committed to improving its market-leading offering for our loyal and discerning customers. SegWit provides not only an immediate benefit for users, but also a foundation for future Bitcoin development. By supporting SegWit addresses, Bitfinex is tackling three of the biggest crypto-enthusiast concerns: transaction fees, transaction speed, and total network capacity. We are delighted that through this implementation we can provide our customers with bitcoin withdrawal fees that are up to 20 percent lower, as well as faster-than-ever transaction speeds.

Paolo Ardoino

Bitfinex CTO

It is important to note that SegWit is implemented for Bitcoin only — not Bitcoin Cash.

US Authorities to Sell $4.3M Worth Seized BTC

As reported, the Bitcoins were seized during different federal investigations
18 October 2018   100

The US Federal Penitentiary and Marshals Service has announced an auction, during which 660 Bitcoins will be sold, previously confiscated by law enforcement agencies. The current market value of the coins put up for sale is about $ 4.3 million, CoinDesk reports.

Bitcoins offered for sale were seized during federal criminal, civil and administrative investigations.

The auction will be held on November 5, and to participate in it, you must register no later than October 31 and make a deposit of $ 200,000.

The trades will be divided into two parts and include the sale of six blocks of 100 BTC and one more block of 60 BTC. Auction participants will not be able to view other people's rates or change their own.

The Office clarified that part of the assets put up for auction includes Bitcoins, which were seized during the recent investigations into the cases of the traders Teresa Tetley and Thomas Mario Costanzo. Teresa Tetley was sentenced in July to a year in prison on charges of trading in cryptocurrency without the necessary license and laundering money obtained from drug trafficking.

The Marshals do not report which part of the bitcoins seized from Tetley and Costanzo is put up for auction, however, it was previously known that 40 BTC were withdrawn from the first, and 80 BTC from the second.

Two previous major auctions for the sale of confiscated bitcoins were held in the United States in January and March of this year. In the first case, 3813 BTC was sold, in the second - 2170 BTC.