Coinbase to Help Determine Whether Coin is Security

The system, which is developed together with Kraken, Circle and Bittrex, will help exchanges to determinate whether a coin is a security under US law
01 October 2019   478

Bitcoin exchange operators, including Coinbase, Kraken, Circle and Bittrex, have developed a system to evaluate which cryptocurrencies are classified as securities under US law.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the system will help exchanges decide which digital assets to list and which ones to not deal with so as not to violate the requirements of securities laws.

A specially created Cryptocurrency Rating Council evaluates digital assets based on the rules and recommendations of the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Cryptocurrency project developers do not participate in asset valuation, but may provide additional information.

The rating structure assigns from 1 to 5 points to the asset in question. The highest value indicates that cryptocurrency has the maximum number of signs of a security.

The Council published the results of an assessment of 20 cryptocurrencies. Bitcoin, Litecoin (LTC), Monero (XMR) and DAI each received 1 point, which indicates the minimum probability of classifying them as securities. The same applies to Ethereum (ETH) - only 2 points.

Ripple's XRP was at risk with 4 points. Closer to this value, the ratings of tokens EOS, FOAM, Stellar (XLM), Tezos (XTZ), Augur (REP), Hedera Hashgraph (HBAR) and LOOM from Loom Network - 3.75 points.

The system itself selects digital assets for valuation, but may consider the application.

In addition to exchange operators, the founders of the Cryptocurrency Rating Council were custodial and trading companies of the industry, including Anchorage, a division of Cumberland holding DRW, Genesis Global Trading and Grayscale Investments.

Bittrex to Go For Maintenance After 1/3 Funds Moved

Users suspects hack, but exchange says "funds are safe"
05 December 2019   75

The Bittrex cryptocurrency exchange has announced scheduled maintenance today, December 5, from 22:00 to 23:00 (GMT). On the eve, a third of its assets were transferred to an unknown wallet.

During maintenance, users will not be able to log into the system or use the APIs. Trading will be suspended.

On December the 4th, populat Twitter account posted that "43,564 #BTC (313,074,134 USD) transferred from Bittrex to unknown wallet." Users suspected that the exchange was hacked, but the exchange . 

Closures for scheduled maintenance only heightened suspicion. However, the Bittrex team assures that "that claim is false."