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Bitcoin [BTC], XRP volumes manipulated by Bitbns; found to be inflated by over 500%

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Bitcoin [BTC], XRP [XRP] volumes manipulated by Bitbns; found to be inflated by over 500%
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Bitbns, one of the top cryptocurrency exchanges in India, was found altering the trade volumes of Bitcoin [BTC] and XRP by over 500%. According to a detailed research by Karthik Varma, a crypto enthusiast, Bitbns had inflated the trade volumes of Bitcoin and XRP by over 500% and 668% respectively.

The move could have been to ensure that the exchange platform remains on the global radar as CoinMarketCap does not list exchanges below a certain volume threshold.

Data collated by Varma shows the trade volume of XRP over a 24-hour interval as 62,365, and that of Bitcoin as 2.638 | Source: Medium

Data collated by Varma shows the trade volume of XRP over a 24-hour interval as 62,365, and that of Bitcoin as 2.638 | Source: Medium

Data displayed on CoinMarketCap for the same 24-hours shows the trade volume of XRP as 3,75,410, almost 500% more than the actual volume, and that of Bitcoin as 20.266, almost 668% more than the actual traded volume | Source: Medium

Data displayed on CoinMarketCap for the same 24-hours shows the trade volume of XRP as 3,75,410, almost 500% more than the actual volume, and that of Bitcoin as 20.266, almost 668% more than the actual traded volume | Source: Medium

After the end of the ‘boom’ last year, all exchange platforms saw a sharp drop in trade volumes, with the exception of a few coming on top. Bitbns had a good market and a relatively small but consistent trade volume. By the end of Q1 of 2018, it was observed that the trade volume of Bitbns was considerably higher than its closest competitions.

This led to allegations of malice against the platform, which later passed off as a bug in their system. Media outlets, including Coin Crunch India, reported about this.

Though the trade volumes stabilized temporarily, it later increased dramatically, raising further negative speculation against the firm. This was when Varma decided to undertake a research to check the facts.

After analyzing the trade history updating system of Bitbns website, Varma deployed a system to record the trade history of all Bitcoin and XRP transactions on the platform. Using a detailed Node.js-MySQL program, the data was sorted and recorded based on four parameters; serial number, time stamp, volume and price per unit columns.

An extra code, which will negate generation of duplicate data was also added to ensure the result was accurate. Data for a 24-hour interval was recorded and stored in the database.

Once the data were aggregated and compared to the values put upon the Bitbns website, a huge disparity was observed. Varma says:

“The recorded data showed the trade volume of XRP over the 24-hour interval as 62,365, and that of Bitcoin as 2.638.But on the Bitbns website, the trade volume for XRP was shown as 3,75,410, almost 500% more than the actual volume, and that of Bitcoin was shown as 20.266, almost 668% more than the actual traded volume.”

According to crypto enthusiasts, any action against Bitbns is highly unlikely as there is no regulatory body governing exchanges. This revelation also raised question over the credibility of many exchanges, whose trade volumes seem a bit too good to be true.

Bitbns officially launched in December 2017 and because of their famous founders, had found a strong footing in the industry. They ensured that their platform provided fast support, and a wide array of cryptocurrencies, making it a go-to for most investors.

By the end of the first quarter if 2018, the ‘crypto boom’ subsided and many exchanges found it difficult to keep themselves on the global radar. This made much resort to unethical methods to boost their volumes, apart from referral programs and trading competitions.

Bitforex, one of the top cryptocurrency exchanges, also faced allegations of faking volumes by a large margin. Bitbns’ move seems extremely similar to this, severely questioning its credibility.



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Febin Jose is a full-time journalist/editor at AMBCrypto. He believes that cryptocurrencies will navigate a volatile future and that Arsenal can still win a title. Lives around the "if it sounds like writing, I rewrite it" mantra. He is yet to get his hands on any cryptocurrency.

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