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Bitcoin Wallet receives part of 5,000 BTC; speculated to be linked with wash trading and mixing

Namrata Shukla

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The cryptocurrency market has been a victim to multiple hacks where exchanges and users lost various cryptocurrencies. One of the recent examples was the Binance hack where 7,000 BTC were stolen from Binance’s hot wallet. However, with vigilant tracking apps, these funds can enter the system and it is difficult to identify when mixed with other funds. Many websites actively help move black money when converted into crypto and other illegal activities.

Whale alert, a tracker of large cryptocurrency-related transactions, could be used to follow suspicious transactions. A recent Whale Alert highlighted a transaction on May 24, where a large sum of Bitcoin [BTC] exchanged hands between two anonymous wallets. According to the alert the transaction took place at 22:13:23 + 1 minutes and 5,000.00001092 BTC was transferred from an unknown wallet, with address 19SiCYaYKZh9A8HUjuh14eg5wtYzKxiFbB, to another unknown wallet with address 14GcjGjxwadzcpmq9EG3KUgTKATjurbnWt. The hash rate for the transaction was reported to be 7178961eed5844d218b36d0b17b2ec6758d28311449a1c14d98176aa99b63fb7.

Source: Whale Alert

Source: Whale Alert

The Output from the recipient’s account was split into approximately 103 Bitcoin bech32 wallets, where each account received 49.74996413 BTC, except one regular Bitcoin wallet that received 25 BTC.

 

Source: Blockchain.com

Source: Blockchain.com

While investigating further this thread, three OP_Return transactions were found with addresses 17A16QmavnUfCW11DAApiJxp7ARnxN5pGX, 1JpiTWauQdtysbynNp88dWeuyg2gBbKDcT, and 1Q7cu7WkeDurYgffeEc9CEnA6zLohbh9iQ.

The addresses had messages in Hex which translated into

“We’ll buy your Bitcoins. [email protected]

And another similar text that read:

“BESTMIXER.IO | MIX YOUR BITCOINS TO STAY SAFE AND PROTECTED!”

OP_Return Transaction Source: Smartbit.com

OP_Return Transaction Source: Smartbit.com

OP_Return Transaction Source: Smartbit.com

OP_Return Transaction Source: Smartbit.com

Even though AMBCrypto found three such addresses without going through all the transactions on this thread, there could be multiple websites working towards helping people hide cryptos by mixing them under large transactions. The above sites offer to buy a person’s BTC and sell it through a different market. The organized behavior of these transactions from one to many doesn’t hint at a manual approach.

Apart from moving large volumes of BTC for a probable dump, many other cryptos have been transacted through various platforms. Whale Alert had been flagging many USDT transactions to and fro from Bitfinex and Tether Treasury, and other accounts. Recently, 100 million USDT was printed, increasing Tether’s market cap, reaching its all-time high.





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Bitcoin’s on-chain/off-chain valuation indicators the key point of focus as coin heads to $13,000

Akash Anand

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Bitcoin's on-chain/off-chain valuation indicators they key point of focus as crypto heads towards $13,000
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With the rise in Bitcoin’s price, the rest of the cryptocurrency market has followed suit by displaying a green trend across the board. In a recent series of tweets by popular cryptocurrency analyst Adam Tache, users were informed about the top Bitcoin on-chain and off-chain valuation indicators, derived from on-chain valuation models.

The analysis touched on the Mayer Multiple created by dividing the price by the all-important – 200 day moving average. The current average Mayer Multiple stands at a figure of 1.39, which may climb higher. Looking at previous figures, the normal Mayer Multiple figures stated that if the value shoots up to 2.4, then Bitcoin eventually retraces back to a comfortable 1.5. The Mayer Multiple is usually considered as the original indicator used to clock the valuation of Bitcoin.

Another major indicator discussed in the thread was the NVT Ratio invented by Willy Woo, Partner at Adaptive Fund. The indicator is used to calculate Bitcoin’s prominence or value in the cryptocurrency space by evaluating the amount transacted on the blockchain as a “proxy for investment flow and bear and bull market cycles.”

At the moment, the NVT ratio for Bitcoin is in an abnormal region compared to the start of previous bullish patterns. The NVT ratio was above the “bear market” separator, which meant that the cryptocurrency was overbought. When Bitcoin is overbought, it usually means that the buying pressure is much higher than the selling pressure. Adam Tache opined,

“NVT signaling overbought is likely due to a number of factors — namely the proliferation of exchange-based, purely off-chain txs driving short-term price action.”

The analysis also pointed out the liveliness of the Bitcoin indicator created by Tamas Blummer. The indicator showed the inverse count of lost or ‘HODLed’ Bitcoin, while stating that when the ratio increases, long-terms holders of the cryptocurrency decrease their positions. The indicator conveyed accumulation of Bitcoin when the ratio decreased.





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