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Bitconnect finally gone bust!

The sketchy crypto coin and lending platform Bitconnect has finally gone bust!

Just $400 per 1 unit of BCC a few weeks ago, down to $15 today, and still dropping.

Their website and subreddit are offline:
https://bitconnect.co/
https://www.reddit.com/r/Bitconnect/

You can still get an idea of the damage by checking out BCC on Coinmarketcap site here. Also read more about it at this article.

Many youtubers were promoting Bitconnect with their referral links, many came across as spammy, for such a scammy pyramid-style setup that Bitconnect was. Users like Craig Grant, Trevon James & CryptoNick, c’mon fuckers, you knew exactly what you were pushing! Quit pleading innocence on this! 😡

The shameless BCC holders hitting HitBTC trollbox with comments like “Buy BCC!!!” or “hold your BCC it go back up”, “HODL BCC”, but if you have a brain in your head, you know better than to touch it with a 10 foot pole.

/Bitconnect

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Bitcoin Jesus or Crypto Cancer?

Roger Ver, he calls himself “Bitcoin Jesus”, as a narcissistic that he is, must compare himself to higher powers, or GODlike figures like Jesus. In my opinion he is a cancer to the crypto markets, bitcoin especially, but surely the entire crypto game as a whole.

Everyone, do not support narcissistic, egotistical, scammer, misleading and master manipulators like Roger Ver! Things he’s involved with are: Bcash (Bitcoin Cash, BCH), Zcash (ZEC), Bitcoin.com (beware, he aims to mislead you into getting Bitcoin wallets while in fact you’re getting Bcash wallets), and the list goes on.

Beware!

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The upcoming Segwit2x situation

Get ready, prepare your bitcoins! Make sure you’re storing them on a Segwit2x supportive exchange, Ledger Nano or Trezor.

I was going to research the exchanges and make an informative compiliation but it looks like BitcoinMagazine has beat me to it, luckily! haha. If your exchanges are these:
Bitfinex, Bitmex (awesome stance on s2x), Bitstamp, GDAX (Coinbase), Bitflyer, Kraken, HitBTC, Bitcoin.de, CoinsBank, Cex.io, itBit, Gemini (Winklevoss’ exchange), Coinfloor, BTCC (Chinese), BitMarket, QuadrigaCX (Canada), Mercado Bitcoin (Brazil & Argentina), Bitso, The Rock Trading, & EXMO … then check the detailed descriptioins of those on BTCmag here.

Others that have not made statements yet about the upcoming segwit2x (B2x) UAHF are: Mercatox, OKcoin, & Binance.

But also make sure to check your exchanges own blog or announcements pages so you can hear it from the horse’s own mouth.

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US Citizens troubles with Bitcoin exchanges

So recently I wanted to test out the Bitmex trading platform, and as I tried to begin by depositing bitcoins into my account, I get this message:

Due to local laws, BitMEX is unable to service your country (US). We cannot accept deposits. If you believe this to be in error, contact us at support@bitmex.com.

While any US citizen using Bitfinex (imho the best bitcoin trading platform around) know that they are terminating all crypto transactions from ALL US individual customer accounts:

“we are terminating trading, deposits, and withdrawal functionality for U.S. individual customers by no later than November 9, 2017.”

from this post.

WTF is going on??? I would love to hear your informations or opinions on why this is happening, is Trumpland USA really fucking shit up internationally?

/Rant

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No Gemini follow up about Bitcoin Cash

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Some of us bitcoin holders held bitcoin in Gemini exchange during the Aug 1 fork, we knew Gemini was not supporting Bitcoin Cash, but after the fork and BCH/BCC become quite a valueable coin 99% of non supportive exchanges have since announced they will distribute Bitcoin Cash for their users, some have immediately (Poloniex, Cex, etc), some announced they’ll be distributing later, like Coinbase announced they’ll be distributing in January 2018.

Surely every non-supporting exchange had pressure from users, hoping and requesting they get BCH, Gemini ended up posting this on Aug 3 addressing the BCH forking issue on their blog:

Since the “hard fork” on August 1st, 2017, we have been monitoring the situation closely. Currently, Gemini does not support trading or withdrawals of the newly forked chain (BCC / BCH / BCash). As we first wrote on March 20th, 2017, and later updated on July 26, 2017, we will make every effort to support withdrawals for the chain with less total difficulty (in this case BCC). As a result, we are currently working on a technical implementation for a one-time withdrawal of BCC for our customers. With that said, any modifications we make to our digital asset storage system (including support for a one-time withdrawal), are made with extreme caution and require extensive security review to ensure the integrity of our customers’ assets. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take the next few weeks to build this functionality in a safe, secure, and responsible manner. We will post material updates when we have them. If you have any questions, please contact Gemini customer support at support@gemini.com.

So it seems like good news, but after emailing them at their above support email, asking for an update on this situation, they responded with this generic response:

Thank you for reaching out. Currently, Gemini does not support trading or withdrawals of the newly forked chain (BCC / BCH / BCash). We have been monitoring the “hard fork” situation closely and are currently working on a technical implementation for a one-time withdrawal of BCC for our customers.

Any modifications we make to our digital asset storage system (including support for a one-time withdrawal), are made with extreme caution and require extensive security review to ensure the integrity of our customers’ assets. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we take the next few weeks to build this functionality in a safe, secure, and responsible manner.

Material updates will be posted on our blog here: https://gemini.com/blog/update-bitcoin-hard-fork-bitcoin-cash/. Please let us know if you have additional questions.

It’s actually copy and pasted from their blog. 🙁

Gemini! It’s August 21! Can you please update us, many of us have been loyal customers and would appreciate an update on this situation.

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BTC-e bitcoin exchange seized by US gov

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Russian bitcoin exchange BTC-e has been seized by the US gov for possible fraud. All coins have been currently confiscated. BTC-e reps have been giving updates on BitcoinTalk forum.

Here is update #3 and most recent update is update #6, you’ll have to use Google translate probably since the entire thread is in Russian language.

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Mt Gox situation will pass and bitcoin will thrive once again

Mt Gox (aka “Empty Gox”) filed for bankruptcy protection Mark Karpeles admits all the money is gone, vid/article here. As of now there is an estimated 750,000 – 850,000 bitcoins that have gone missing from MtGox.

mtgox_protest Kolin Burges

For those of you that had money or bitcoins in your MtGox account, the recovery process has begun. There is a class action suit against MtGox and CEO Mark Karpeles, to join the class action suit check this page http://www.mtgoxrecovery.com There are currently over 1000 participants. The actual Greene vs MtGox Inc file is here.

Here is a nice timeline of MtGox since they began exchanging bitcoins back in 2011. Check it out here.

To those that lost on MtGox I wish you all good luck getting your money and bitcoins back.

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Bank questioning customers about Bitcoin purchase and selling

A user of TalkBitcoins.com wrote in today with this question, and I personally have dealt with the same issue with my small hometown bank:

Bank questioning my Bitcoin purchases?

Hi, my USA hometown bank called me today and was questioning me about my Coinbase/BTC purchases. It was their security and fraud department. They were asking all kinds of questions about why do I buy them, what are they used for, and also mentioned how BTC are very involved with terrorism and money laundering.

My question to you guys is, what is the typical reply you think Coinbase customers should use? I really felt pretty violated that my bank, or any bank for that matter would be asking these things from me.

So does anyone know when and what guidelines are being put into place to help out banks and customers fix problems like this?






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BitcoinTalk.org website has been hacked and compromised

Received this email today:

Email title: BitcoinTalk.org Forum Compromised

—–BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE—–
Hash: SHA256

Unfortunately, it was recently discovered that the Bitcoin Forum’s server
was compromised. It is currently believed that the attacker(s) *could* have
accessed the database, but at this time it is unknown whether they actually did
so. If they accessed the database, they would have had access to all
personal messages, emails, and password hashes. To be safe, it is
recommended that all Bitcoin Forum users consider any password used
on the Bitcoin Forum in 2013 to be insecure: if you used this
password on a different site, change it. When the Bitcoin Forum
returns, change your password.

Passwords on the Bitcoin Forum are hashed with 7500 rounds of
sha256crypt. This is very strong. It may take years for
reasonably-strong passwords to be cracked. Even so, it is best to
assume that the attacker will be able to crack your passwords.

The Bitcoin Forum will return within the next several days after a
full investigation has been conducted and we are sure that this
problem cannot recur.

Check http://www.reddit.com/r/Bitcoin/ and #bitcoin on Freenode for
more info as it develops.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

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The Silk Road busted and $3.6M worth of Bitcoins seized by US Gov

The famous Silk Road website has been seized and the owner arrested. The FBI, DEA, and more US government agencies in a combined effort tracked down the creator of Silk Road Ross William Ulbricht.

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Here is the official PDF filed complaint against Ross William Ulbricht, aka Dread Pirate Roberts, aka DPR, aka Silk Road: UlbrichtCriminalComplaint.pdf. Charges are from money laundering to drug trafficking.

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