Sam Bankman-Fried’s life in jail, Tornado Cash’s turmoil, and a $3B BTC whale: Hodler’s Digest, Aug. 20-26


Top Stories This Week

Tornado Cash co-founders charged with cash laundering, sanctions violations

United States officers pressed charges against the co-founders of crypto mixer Tornado Cash on Aug. 23. Roman Storm and Roman Semenov had been each charged with conspiracy to commit cash laundering, conspiracy to commit sanctions violations and conspiracy to function an unlicensed money-transmitting enterprise. Storm was arrested and released on bail a few days later, whereas Semenov was added to the U.S. checklist of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons. Combined, the fees carry a most sentence of 45 years in jail. The third Tornado Cash co-founder, Alexey Pertsev, was arrested in the Netherlands on cash laundering expenses in August 2022. The legislation enforcement actions are a continuation of a U.S. authorities crackdown on Tornado Cash that started final 12 months as a result of its alleged function in laundering funds of the Lazarus Group, a North Korean-linked hacking collective. Tornado Cash has been implicated in a number of different hacks as nicely. All informed, the mixer has laundered over $1 billion in ill-gotten beneficial properties, the U.S. Department of Justice alleges.

Sam Bankman-Fried is low on meds, residing on $3 peanut butter in jail

FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried appears to be having a tough time behind bars, consuming solely bread with peanut butter to accommodate his vegan food regimen whereas exhausting his provide of prescription remedy. In the identical listening to the place Bankman-Fried pleaded not guilty to seven fraud-related expenses, his attorneys pleaded for the previous FTX CEO to obtain higher therapy inside Brooklyn’s infamous Metropolitan Detention Center. Also this week, Bankman-Fried was granted permission to meet together with his authorized workforce exterior of jail with 48 hours’ discover. Every day, he may have roughly seven hours to arrange for his upcoming trial anticipated to start in October.

Mystery solved: Bitcoin pockets accruing $3B in 3 months is recognized

The mysterious Bitcoin pockets that surged up the ranks to turn out to be the third-largest holder of Bitcoin in the world in simply over three months, has been identified. Blockchain intelligence platform Arkham Intelligence labeled the pockets as Robinhood: Jump Trading Custody. According to information from crypto statistics platform BitInfoCharts, the pockets tackle first obtained Bitcoin on March 8. Over the course of the subsequent three months and two weeks, the pockets had accrued a staggering 118,000 BTC — value $3.08 billion at present costs. The present largest Bitcoin wallets in the world, in line with BitInfoCharts, are reportedly owned by Binance and Bitfinex — as Bitcoin chilly wallets.

Prime Trust father or mother firm misplaced $8M investing in TerraUSD

The father or mother firm of crypto custodian Prime Trust — at the moment concerned in Chapter 11 chapter proceedings — has reported losing roughly $8 million in consumer and treasury funds by TerraUSD investments, presumably when the algorithmic stablecoin collapsed in May 2022. The firm described the funding in addition to a ramping up of spending in October and November 2022 — in the midst of FTX’s collapse — as contributing to its chapter submitting. Court paperwork present Prime Trust owed greater than $85 million in fiat and $69.5 million in crypto to its purchasers. The collapse of the Terra ecosystem triggered a main market crash in 2022, affecting a number of corporations together with FTX, BlockFi, Celsius Network and Voyager Digital.

PEPE whale seizes dip alternative, buys $529K value of tokens

A Pepe holder bought 640 billion Pepe tokens for 320 Ether valued at $529,000 after the value of the frog-themed memecoin dropped by roughly 15% as a result of current modifications to a multisig pockets and issues about potential developer manipulation. According to on-chain analytics platform Lookonchain, the whale bought PEPE at a mean worth of $0.000001163. The worth of the once-popular memecoin plunged after modifications associated to the quantity of signatures required to signal transactions led to worries about a potential “rug pull,” which was later confirmed by one of the project’s co-founders.

Winners and Losers

At the top of the week, Bitcoin (BTC) is at $26,040, Ether (ETH) at $1,653 and XRP at $0.52. The complete market cap is at $1.05 trillion, according to CoinMarketCap.

Among the largest 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Bone ShibaSwap (BONE) at 18.58%, Sui (SUI) at 12.86% and Toncoin (TON) at 11.97%. 

The prime three altcoin losers of the week are Pepe (PEPE) at -21.07%, XDC Network (XDC) at -9.62% and ApeCoin (APE) at -8.35%.

For extra data on crypto costs, be certain to learn Cointelegraph’s market analysis.

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Most Memorable Quotations

“If history were to repeat itself, the next halving would see bitcoin rising to $35k before the halving and $148k after.”

Pantera Capital

“A new computing era has begun. Companies worldwide are transitioning from general-purpose to accelerated computing and generative AI.”

Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of NVIDIA

“Some of the people who currently think that there should not be effective law enforcement on-chain would feel differently if they got hacked, defrauded, or lost their private keys.”

Mike Kanovitz, CEO of Jurat

“You could never underestimate the damage the SEC’s lawsuit has caused – not only against Ripple – but #XRP. Three years of adoption – that’s what it’s caused.”

John Deaton, pro-XRP lawyer

“AI will never replace human creativity because it will always lack the essential spark that drives the most talented artists to do their best work, which is intention.”

Neal Mohan, CEO of YouTube

“Blockchain and AI can certainly co-exist — they’re both pillars of Web3.”

Aydin Kilic, CEO of Hive Digital Technologies

Prediction of the Week 

Bitcoin ‘overconfidence reigns’ however bulls should reclaim $27.8K — Trader

Bitcoin needs to reclaim one key moving average to “regain its bullish status,” argues well-liked pseudonymous analyst CryptoCon, warning that bulls remained too optimistic concerning the $26,000 BTC worth assist holding.

For CryptoCon, the 20-week exponential transferring common (EMA), now at $27,750, should be received again as assist in order for the uptrend to be protected. “I have been covering this moving average a lot recently, but I believe it is critical for Bitcoin to regain its bullish status,” he wrote.

The evaluation in contrast present BTC worth motion to its rebound from 2018 cycle lows. “It is very important that Bitcoin both rises above and retests the 20 Week EMA as support,” CryptoCon famous with a chart displaying the similarities between 2019 and 2023, with the retest and subsequent profitable EMA reclaim circled.

FUD of the Week 

Chinese official sentenced to life in prison for Bitcoin mining, corruption

A Chinese government official has been sentenced to life in prison for illegitimate enterprise operations associated to operating a 2.4 billion Chinese yuan ($329 million) Bitcoin mining enterprise and for unrelated expenses of corruption. Prosecutors say Xiao Yi — a former member of the Jiangxi Provincial Political Consultative Conference Party Group — “covered up” the mining operation by instructing related departments to manufacture statistical experiences and modify the classification of electrical energy consumption. From 2017 to 2020, his facility’s electrical energy consumption accounted for 10% of the town of Fuzhou’s complete electrical energy consumption.

FBI flags 6 Bitcoin wallets linked to North Korea, urges vigilance in crypto corporations

The United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has flagged six Bitcoin wallets linked to North Korean state-backed hacking group Lazarus. The six wallets include 1,580 BTC value $40 million believed to be hoarded from varied cryptocurrency hacks over the previous 12 months. The FBI in its investigation discovered that Lazarus Group moved roughly 1,580 BTC linked with a number of crypto exploits. The hacking group has been actively concerned in a number of crypto-linked exploits over time and are believed to have stolen practically $2 billion in crypto since 2018.

OpenSea supervisor accused of insider buying and selling sentenced to three months in jail, $50K advantageous

A federal decide has sentenced former OpenSea product manager Nathaniel Chastain to a few months in jail for wire fraud and cash laundering associated to insider buying and selling on the platform. He was accused of utilizing insider data in his place at OpenSea to revenue off the buying and selling of NFTs. In his place as product supervisor, he had the authority to decide on which NFTs can be featured on the OpenSea web site. He bought 45 NFTs previous to them being featured and then resold them.

Recursive inscriptions: Bitcoin ‘supercomputer’ and BTC DeFi coming quickly

Some believe that Ordinals and recursive inscriptions might supercharge the Bitcoin community as a viable competitor to sensible contract platforms. It’s not going to be straightforward, although.

AI Eye: Get higher outcomes being good to ChatGPT, AI faux little one porn debate, Amazon’s AI evaluations

Being nice to ChatGPT gets better results, Wired’s bizarre little one porn debate and the top of CATPCHAs.

NFT Collector: Giant Swan’s gothic VR dreamscapes… royalty nightmare on OpenSea

From crying in his car to putting the primary 3D object onchain — the story of Giant Swan. Plus royalties race to the underside accelerates as a result of OpenSea.

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Cointelegraph Magazine writers and reporters contributed to this text.

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