Ethereum 

BTC Outflow on BitMEX Exceeded Inflow by $73M: TokenAnalyst

Bitcoin (BTC) outflows on major crypto exchange BitMEX have notably exceeded the inflows after the firm was reported to be a subject in a regulatory investigation. Bitcoin outflows on BitMEX exceeded inflows by $73 million Over the past 24 hours, BitMEX saw an outflow of $83 million worth of Bitcoin, while only $12 million came in, London-based blockchain data provider TokenAnalyst reported in a tweet on July 19. 24-hour on-chain Bitcoin flows on major exchanges. Courtesy of: TokenAnalyst Twitter While such a discrepancy appears to be abnormal in comparison with…

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Ethereum 

U.S. Regulator Investigating BitMEX for Allowing Americans to Trade

United States regulator the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) is reportedly investigating derivatives giant BitMEX. According to sources citing people familiar with the matter speaking to Bloomberg, the CFTC suspects that BitMEX, which is registered in the Seychelles, allowed U.S. residents to use its platform to trade. Under current law, the U.S. is one of the countries excluded from using BitMEX and similar crypto-based financial services, but users may have sought to circumvent the geoblock using services such as VPNs. The investigation, details of which have not yet been confirmed…

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Ethereum 

BitMEX in Violation of Securities Laws, Crypto a Metastasized Cancer

Economist and anti-cryptocurrency pundit Nouriel Roubini has recently declared that there is “overwhelming evidence of rampant fraud and abuse” in the crypto space.  Roubini, a professor at NYU’s Stern School of Business, also took aim specifically at the compliance policies of crypto exchange BitMEX in an essay entitled “The Great Crypto Heist.” The essay was published by opinions publication site Project Syndicate on July 16. According to Roubini, anonymous sources from within BitMex told him that criminals perform a massive amount of money laundering on the exchange: “BitMEX insiders revealed…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Lightning Nodes Claimed 2.22 BTC in ‘Justice’ Against Thieves: BitMEX

Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network nodes have claimed 2.2 BTC in “justice transactions” to deter potential thieves, a BitMex Research analysis revealed on July 15. A so-dubbed “justice transaction” is a punitive mechanism involving the closure of a lightning channel that is suspected to be attempting theft. As the report outlines: “… by design, when a thief attempts to steal funds on the lightning network, if caught, they do not only lose the money they tried to steal, they lose all the funds in the relevant channel. This “punishment” is expected…

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Blockchain 

BitMEX Owner Awards $60K Grant to Bitcoin Developer Michael Ford

Bitcoin Core contributor Michael Ford, aka “fanquake,” has been awarded a $60,000 grant by the parent firm of top crypto derivatives platform BitMEX. In an official announcement published on July 12, BitMEX owner and operator HDR Global Trading revealed its decision to award Ford the grant, noting that he has just recently been made the latest official maintainer of the Bitcoin Core software project.  This means that the developer’s key has been added to the “trusted keys list” file on GitHub — giving him the ability to merge in changes…

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Bitcoin 

BitMEX CEO Says Facebook Libra Will Make Banks ‘Dumb Nodes’

Facebook’s Libra payment protocol could make central and commercial banks irrelevant, but PayPal has no future anyway, the CEO of derivatives giant BitMEX thinks. Arthur Hayes made the comments in a new interview with Taiwanese news network BlockTempo TV on July 9. Speaking during this year’s Asia Blockchain Summit (ABS), Hayes made grim forecasts for both banks and fiat-based payment networks.  Libra, which saw its whitepaper release last month but has yet to launch, has drawn both praise and criticism from across the international economy.  For Hayes, participants who should…

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Bitcoin 

‘Release the Tape You Coward’ — Roubini Tells BitMEX CEO After Debate

American economist and professional crypto contrarian Nouriel Roubini has furiously demanded the release of a recording of his latest debate with BitMEX CEO and co-founder Arthur Hayes.  In one of several fulminating tweets posted on July 2, Roubini accused the organizers of the Asia Blockchain Summit in Taiwan of being part of a “mafia hush money racket” and cowing to BitMEX’s censorship by choosing to neither tape nor broadcast his debate with Hayes during the event. One tweet reads: “Another @CryptoHayes scam: he didnt allow the blockchain conference to record our…

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Bitcoin 

BitMEX, CryptoCompare and Refinitiv to Jointly Build Real-Time Crypto Futures Dataset

Crypto derivatives platform BitMEX and provider of crypto data CryptoCompare will jointly build a real-time crypto futures dataset, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on June 10. The BitMEX cryptocurrency futures dataset is designed for institutional investors, and will be delivered to financial markets data provider Refinitiv through the CryptoCompare contributions conduit. The tool will eventually be integrated into the Refinitiv Eikon, a set of software products for financial professionals to monitor and analyze financial information. The product is set to increase transparency and confidence in the cryptocurrency…

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Bitcoin 

BitMEX Operator Firm Donates to MIT to Conduct Crypto, Bitcoin-Related Research

The owner and operator of cryptocurrency exchange BitMEX has donated to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to conduct cryptocurrency-related research, according to an announcement published on May 28. HDR Global Trading Limited has made a donation to the MIT Digital Currency Initiative (DCI), the objective of which is to conduct the research necessary to support the development of digital currency and blockchain technology. Specifically, the funds will be allocated to support Bitcoin Core developers Wladimir van der Laan and Cory Fields. Commenting on the sponsorship, Sam Reed, CTO of…

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Bitcoin 

BCH May Have Sustained $1.3 Million+ Double Spend: BitMex Research

Following its hard fork on May 15, bitcoin cash (BCH) appears to have experienced a two-block chain reorganization resulting in a 3,392 BCH (about $1.35 million at press time) double spend. The claim was made in a report released by the research arm of cryptocurrency derivatives exchange BitMex on May 24. Per the report, the recent BCH hard fork experienced three interrelated issues. Firstly, an apparent bug evidently exploited by an attacker right after the hard fork. The attacker was able to “broadcast transactions which met the mempool validity conditions…

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