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Sindri Steffanson and six others sentenced for Iceland’s biggest mining rigs theft

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Sindri Steffanson, who was accused and arrested for looting mining equipment worth over $2 million from the mining firm Advania Data Centre, has been slapped with a four and a half years sentence. Sindri and six partners of the major cybercrime in the history of Iceland, have been convicted for a total of nine years and seven months for their involvement in multiple episodes of crimes. After fleeing the jail on December last year, he managed to travel all the way to Germany and was arrested in Amsterdam.

Sindri and his partners stole 100 mining machinery from Algrim Consulting prior to this heist. The crew also attempted to steal rigs from Borealis Data Centre but failed after they accidentally set off an alarm. Advania has been compensated with $200,000. However, the stolen machinery that accounted for nearly 600 mining systems, have not been found yet.

The Bitcoin mining wave in the Nordic island nation escalated following the prices of the digital assets that soared during the mid-2017s. Owing to the cold-climate along with low-cost energy sources, the world’s five largest mining farms are located in this country. With the increase in crypto adoption, there has been an increase in cybercrimes. To tackle the burgeoning security issues in the space, BitGo has collaborated with the trading firm Genesis Global Trading to provide a secure mechanism to execute the trading process.

The clients on its platform can leverage the vast network of trading partners of Genesis and also solve the underlying issue of making liquidity accessible to its consumers, i.e., a platform that renders the crypto consumers to trade the digital assets by keeping it safe on the device and not on an online-mode. The digital currency traded by the users would be kept safe in the cold storage. For this service, the users would not require to create a new account. Besides, there will be no additional fee levied on the users.





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Chayanika holds a Journalism degree and is currently working with AMBCrypto. She is inquisitive about everything that the Blockchain Technology has to offer.

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Bitcoin’s volatility – an indication of growth or regression?

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Bitcoin's volatility indicated to be a key aspect of its current success
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Market volatility plays a huge role in the financial ecosystem of assets and cryptocurrencies are regularly linked to its predominant effect. Whenever Bitcoin exhibits a rapid price movement in the market, the majority of the critics tagged the digital currency with extreme volatility and state that it would eventually lead to its downfall, since crypto assets cannot be trusted on a long term basis.

This assumption was recently widely questioned as data showed that over the last few months, the volatility rate had actually decreased for Bitcoin but the community continued to talk against the coin’s development solely on the basis of the crash witnessed by BTC after the bull run of 2017.

Pierre Rochard, a bitcoin enthusiast, recently spoke about the situation and stated, that the volatility might actually be one of the reasons why Bitcoin was starting to find prominent success in the market.

It was suggested that Bitcoin had been accumulating value over the years through various implementations and at specific time frames, short-term traders were causing an effect on the price, which would cause the “incidental price surge”. The price surge would then undergo correction and witness a fall but the price would continue to grow at a progressive rate.

The aforementioned reason can be backed by the fact that Bitcoin had indeed outperformed the likes of commodities like gold in the recent market analysis, and it was released that Bitcoin attained more profit in the long-term returns and risks asset trade in comparison to the S&P 500.

A recent data also exhibited that since 2013, any investment that included 5 percent Bitcoin to 95 percent fiat currency gathered more returns and lesser risk than the S&P 500; which also witnessed losses in 2017.

Twitter user @1Mark Moss indicated that Bitcoin was growing at it’s natural growth rate and stated,

“The volatility is the difference between perception and reality. And the reality is BTC continues to progress, just not as fast as the perception makes it seem sometimes… just part of the natural evolution.”

However, another user @JordiMorris1 explained that the people had more to do with the volatility and anything else. He said,

“The relationship of people towards Bitcoin is volatile. Bitcoin is predictible by nature, its production is stable independently of how crazy people go about Bitcoin. No sense to blame on Bitcoin.”





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