Bitfinex'ed Hired a Lawyer to Fight Bitfinex

New stage of one of the hypest struggles in crypto community
13 March 2018   97

The Bitfinex'ed blogger, known for his criticism of Bitfinex cryptocurrency exchange, hired a well-known lawyer to defend his interests in the fight against a company that earned a controversial reputation. This is reported by CoinDesk.

Stephen Palley, a partner of the Washington-based law firm Anderson Kill, on Monday sent a formidable message to Bitfinex Chief Legal Adviser Stuart Högner. In his letter, Palli warned Högner that if he finds out that the threats that his client has received are worth Bitfinex, the exchange will "there will be legal consequences."

As you know, threats have been made and continue to be made against @bitfinex'ed. If we learn that your client is directly or indirectly responsible for these threats, or if any harm should take place to @bitfinex'ed as a result of these threats, there will be legal consequences.

Stephen Palley

Partner, Anderson Kill

Bitfinex'ed appealed to a lawyer back in December last year, when Bitfinex began to publicly threaten to hold him accountable, but until recently this fact was kept secret.

Although Palli did not explain the nature of the threats coming from Bitfinex'ed, the blogger himself reported last year that someone had offered a five-figure amount for information about him.

Bitfinex'ed also believes that the temporary blocking of his Twitter account was made after the service received a large number of complaints sent at the request of Bitfinex.

The blogger publishes detailed investigations that cast a shadow on the Bitfinex and the associated Tether cryptocurrency token issuer since August last year. He argues that Tether releases its USDT tokens, which have gained considerable popularity in the crypto currency market due to the stability of their exchange rate against the US dollar, without having a sufficient phyty reserve for this, which is a violation of the conditions for providing service to the company and jeopardizing the integrity of the entire market.

In January, the Bitmex Exchange published its own investigation, which stated that Tether does not necessarily engage in fraudulent activities and can be serviced by banks in Puerto Rico, but the associated risks associated with its tokens continue to pose a threat to the cryptocurrency community.


Web Traffic for Major Exchanges to Decrease Double

Estimates of the total number of visits to the trading sites based on web traffic show a sharp decline
23 March 2018   63

After the peak of attendance of crypto exchanges, which occurred in December-January, in February, users began to visit them twice more rarely. The same level of attendance was observed in November 2017. This is reported by with reference to the data of the Similarweb service.

So, if in December, 169.5 million visits were recorded at the Coinbase, and in January -123.5 million, in February their number fell by 49% to 63.1 million.

Coinbase Traffic
Coinbase Traffic

The indicator of Binance sank by 54%: from 191.5 million to 87.3 million visits.

Binance Traffic
Binance Traffic

Bitfinex had a 48% decrease from 35.4 million in January to 18.1 million in February, although back in December the exchange had 59.3 million user visits.

Bitfinex Traffic
Bitfinex Traffic

Kraken lost more than a half of its traffic for one month - 31.7 million visits in January dropped 13.8 million in February.

Kraken Traffic
Kraken Traffic

According to experts, the decrease in attendance is due to a decline in activity in the crypto-currency market in early 2018. In addition, traffic data on exchange sites may be associated with a general decrease in the number of transactions in the bitcoin network.