The US media reported that the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and the People's Bank of China (PBOC) allegedly intend to jointly take decisive action against "all aspects and services associated with bitcoin trade in the territory of mainland China and Hong Kong."
The e-mail states that PBOC and HKMA will announce the introduction of new measures to counter money laundering in Beijing on February 14 as part of a policy to combat "all services associated with virtual currencies and the activities of individuals and legal entities, including market makers, mining operators, trading platforms and wallets. "
Representatives of regulators in Beijing and Hong Kong reported that the holding of such an event in their plans is not included. About this writes South China Morning Post.
The letter that was at the disposal of the publication was sent from the address "@ pbc.gov.cn". Due to this fact, people believed it. The owner of the box was an employee of one of the offices of the Central Bank of China. He said that he had no idea about the letters sent from his mailbox, which, he said, was hacked.
Analysts suggest that the box was hacked in order to exert negative pressure on the market by cryptocurrency hackers who could take short positions in bitcoin and thus expected to earn.
I’m not sure it always works, but especially when they can make use of mistranslations and ambiguities, I’m sure they can spread a bit of panic. The ruse is effective especially in an immature market with a very low barrier to entry, and where there are many day traders who might be manipulated that way.
President, Hong Kong bitcoin association.
At the beginning of the week, the Chinese government edition really announced the introduction of new restrictions for crypto-currency traders.