SegWit Transactions Are More Popular Than BCH

According to BitMEX reseach, there are more SegWit transactions in Bitcoin network than Bitcoin Cash transactions
23 March 2018   816

The volume of SegWit transactions in the bitcoin network exceeded the aggregate number of Bitcoin Cash transactions since the launch of it in August of last year. This is reported in the blog of the BitMEX exchange.

As the researchers remind, activation of the Segregated Witness protocol was carried out in the same month as the Bitcoin Cash hardfork. It was promoted by his supporters as an alternative to the solutions for scaling the bitcoin network, suggesting significant savings on transaction fees.

Since the implementation of Segregated Witness, the volume of SegWit-transactions has exceeded the aggregate number of transactions performed on the Bitcoin Cash (BCH) network by 20.1%. Also, the researchers concluded that if the appearance of BCH occurred simultaneously with the activation of SegWit, then this separation would be much larger and would be 31.5% (the gray line on the graph).

Cumulative transaction volume since the launch of Bitcoin Cash
Cumulative transaction volume since the launch of Bitcoin Cash

The graph shows that in the first days after the appearance of Bitcoin Cash, there was a rapid growth in the volume of transactions in this network. At the same time, the increase of the  SegWit transactions in the bitcoin network occurred gradually. Nevertheless, in just three months, the volume of BTC transactions with SegWit exceeded the total volume of BCH-transactions.

The graph below shows how gradually the popularity of legacy transactions in the bitcoin network is declining in favor of SegWit.

Daily transaction volume
Daily transaction volume

The chart below shows the continued growth of SegWit transactions, mainly due to the activation of support for this solution by the major players of the bitcoin industry:

Percentage of transactions that use SegWit
Percentage of transactions that use SegWit

Currently, the share of SegWit-transactions in the bitcoin network is about 30%. At the same time, the average share of such transactions in the bitcoin blockchain is about 22%.

According to the researchers, Segregated Witness significantly influences the performance of bitcoin blocking and benefits in the form of a reduction in commissions even for users who prefer to use the old transaction format. Also, according to the BitMEX team, the results of their research show that large-scale innovations should be introduced gradually and in the most secure way.

Crypto Billionaire to Lost 5.5k BTC Due to Fraud

Thai scammers convinced 22 yo Finnish crypto billionaire to invest in their 'investment' scheme
13 August 2018   270

The 22-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire lost more than 5,500 bitcoins after taking part in the investment scheme in Thailand. The case attracted public attention because of the possible participation of a Thai actor. This is reported by Bangkok Post.

A group of scammers in June 2017 persuaded Finnish businessman Aarni Otawa Saarimaa to invest in several Thai securities, a casino in Macau and a crypto currency called Dragon Coin.

Scammers claimed that Dragon Coin could be used in Macau casinos. In addition, they brought Saarimaa to this casino to demonstrate the legitimacy of their project. Saarimaa transferred 5 564 BTC to fraudsters.

In January, without receiving any income for his investments, Saarimaa filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's (CSD), along with his local business partner, who believed that this investment scheme was fraudulent.

CSD began to investigate the case and stated that the group made no investment for Saarimaa, instead transferring all the bitcoins to Thai baht and placing these funds on seven bank accounts.

Although it is not clear when exactly the scammers sold the bitcoins, CSD announced that they raised about 800 million baht or about 24 million dollars.

Then followed a months-long investigation, according to which CSD began to suspect that the Thai film actor Jiratkisit "Boom" Jaravijit also took part in the fraudulent scheme - he was arrested last Wednesday.

In addition, the CSD stated that it suspects the actor's brother, Princess Jaravijit, as the "instigator" of this entire scheme. He left Thailand, traveling to South Korea, and then to the United States. According to the Bangkok Post, CSD is currently working with the US to track him down.