Listing Website Suspected For $0.5B Laundering in Crypto

At the moment, US DOJ seized Backpage. com and fully stopped its activity
11 April 2018   433

In the US, operators of the Backpage website, which was used to advertise sexual services, were accused of organizing and abetting prostitution, as well as laundering $ 500 million illegally obtained, including using crypto-currencies. In 2015, the site began accepting payments through the crypto-exchange Coinbase and Kraken, as well as payment instruments GoCoin, Paxful and Crypto Capital. This is reported by Cointelegraph.

Backpage Website
Backpage Website

By laundering the illegal gains of an enterprise, Backpage perpetuated the exploitation of victims and continued to finance their business.
 

Guy Cottrell

Chief Inspector, Post

The indictment states that the defendants “converted customer payments into and out of cryptocurrency” in order to hide their crime and evade law enforcement. But beyond the indictment, the crypto trail goes further, involving not only the defendants, but the sex workers who used the online hub as well.

At the moment, law enforcement agencies have stopped the operation of the web resource.

Bear Market to Hit Mining Hard

BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of market decline on the mining industry
11 December 2018   63

The cryptocurrency market has experienced a marked decline over the past weeks. The BitMEX research division presented an analysis of the impact of these events on the mining industry. Bitcoin hash rate has fallen by 31% since the beginning of November, which is equivalent to the capacity of 1.3 million Bitmain S9 devices. From this, BitMEX concludes that miners as a class are in a difficult situation, however, they may have different conditions, and those who pay more for electricity, are forced to turn off their equipment first, while others may still be quite viable.

The decrease in the price of Bitcoin by 45% since the beginning of November has already caused two recalculations of the complexity of mining to the lower side - by 7.4% and 15.1% on November 16 and December 3, respectively. The first recalculation turned out to be the largest since January 2013, the second - since October 2011.

Bitcoin mining revenue fell from $ 13 million per day in early November to $ 6 million per day in early December. The fall in the size of the miner's encouragement turned out to be even more rapid than the fall in the price of cryptocurrency. This is due to the delay in recalculating the complexity of mining. For the six-day period ending December 3, 21.8% fewer blocks were mined than expected, since the miners left the network before recalculating the difficulty. As a result, in addition to reducing the size of the miners' encouragement in dollar terms, due to lower asset prices, they received 21.8% less bitcoin awards.

One of the popular reasons for the recent decline in the cryptocurrency market is that miners sold bitcoins to cover their costs of hash warsin the Bitcoin Cash network. The monitoring platform Boltzmann recorded an unusually large sale of Bitcoin by the miner on November 12, that is, 3 days before the hard fork of Bitcoin Cash.

BitMEX assumes that the actions of miners over the past weeks could have played a significant role in reducing the market, however, recommends not overestimating their value and reminds that in a bearish trend, prices continue to fall regardless of asset movements and news.