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Ethereum Price Little Changed After Bancor Hack Compromises $12 Million ETH

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The value of Ethereum was down only slightly Monday after hackers made off with roughly $12 million worth of the digital currency in a coordinated attack on Bancor, a decentralized cryptocurrency exchange. At the time of writing, the stolen ether is still at large.

Bancor Attack

At roughly 00:00 UTC, Bancor was subject to a security breach exposing tens of thousands of ETH coins. ERC-20 tokens NPXS and BNT were also compromised in the attack.

Bancor disclosed the attack early Monday in a post that appeared on Twitter. The attack targeted a wallet used to upgrade some smart contracts on the network, which allowed the perpetrator to steal large sums of ERC-20 tokens in addition to Ethereum.

The monetary breakdown of the attack is as follows:

  • 24,984 ETH (~$12.5 million)
  • 229,356,645 NPXS (~$1 million)
  • 3,200,000 BNT (~$10 million)

NXPS is the native currency of the Pundi X platform. Bancor is the native coin of the Bancor exchange.

“Once the theft was identified, we were able to freeze the stolen BNT, limiting the damage to the Bancor ecosystem from the theft,” the company said in the statement. ” The ability to freeze tokens was built into the Bancor Protocol to be used in an extreme situation to recover from a security breach…”

Bancor was unable to freeze the stolen ether, but is now working with dozens of exchanges to trace the funds. If successful, this will make the stolen coins harder to liquidate on the open market.

The company assured users that no wallets were compromised and that an investigation was ongoing.

Interestingly, this is the second time in as many months that NPXS has been targeted by hackers. The token was compromised last month in an attack on Coinrail, a smaller digital currency exchange based in South Korea.

ETH/USD Price Levels

Ether drifted mostly lower Monday, though losses were generally well contained in spite of the Bancor attack. The ETH/USD exchange rate spent most of the day between $480 and $490 before bottoming near $475 in the early evening. Prices are down 3% over 24 hours.

The largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization crossed the $500 mark on Sunday for the first time in two-and-a-half weeks. The gains were accompanied by a slight bump in trading volumes, a trend that continued into Monday.

When measured by trading volume, ether is the third largest cryptocurrency on the market behind bitcoin and tether, a dollar-pegged stablecoin.

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No Signs of Crypto Revival as Weekend Begins; XRP Overtakes Ethereum by a Wider Margin

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Bitcoin and alternative cryptocurrencies remained under pressure Saturday following one of the worst drops of 2018, as the fallout from the bitcoin cash hard fork offered little reassurance that the market had moved past the divisive rhetoric.

Market Update and XRP/Ethereum “Flippening”

The combined market value of all cryptocurrencies averaged $183 billion on Saturday, according to CoinMarketCap. Crypto values bottomed at 13-month lows Thursday and have since made only a modest recovery attempt.

Total trade volumes have declined sharply over the last 48 hours, falling from a high near $25 billion all the way back down to $13.6 billion. The top-three exchanges by daily trade volume – Binance, OKEx and Huobi – reported double digit declines in turnover.

In terms of individual coins, bitcoin saw an average exchange price of $5,567, down 0.6% compared with Friday. At current values, BTC has a total market capitalization of $96.8 billion.

Ethereum, bitcoin cash and Litecoin all reported 24-hour losses. As Hacked reported earlier, the ETH price is moving within a strong demand area, which could generate a large rally in the short term.

Amid the downtrend, XRP once again emerged as the standout performer. The so-called banker’s cryptocurrency has gained 1% in the last hour and 3.2% compared with Friday to trade at $0.4855. Over the past seven days, XRP has declined just 4.4%. Among top-ten coins, losses ranged between 6% and 20% over the same period.

Perhaps more importantly, XRP has widened its lead over Ethereum in terms of market cap. At the time of writing, XRP was valued at $19.6 billion compared with $17.9 billion for Ethereum.

Bitcoin Cash Hard Fork Aftermath

The cryptocurrency market lost a staggering $37 billion over a two-day selloff that centered on a highly contentious hard fork of bitcoin cash. As Hacked and CCN reported Friday, bitcoin ABC appears to be winning the hash war, with the primary implementation of BCH mining more blocks and featuring more transactions than the competing bitcoin SV chain.

That said, the bitcoin SV camp has reminded observers that the battle for network dominance is a marathon and not a race. Craig Steven Wright, the most vocal supporter of bitcoin SV, tweeted Friday that “We are just at the trials and not yet on the finals to Marathon.” As the battle continues, Wright has warned that the price of bitcoin will continue to be depressed for the foreseeable future.

Roger Ver’s Bitcoin.com mining pool recently announced it was diverting all of its hash power to mine bitcoin ABC blocks. This includes temporarily reallocating hash power from BTC blocks to mine the new chain. The announcement created a bit of a firestorm on Twitter, with some users threatening to take legal action because they have no intent on mining BCH.

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Factom (FCT) Rides Recovery to 65% Gains as Mortgage Service Adopts Blockchain

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Factom (FCT) climbed 65% from Wednesday through Saturday, as it continued to ride the recovery wave while the rest of the market stalled.

The price surge comes amid news that Factom’s Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) technology is to be used by mortgage software and marketing firm, Equator, as a way to increase efficiency.

Factom Price on the Move

The press release announcement landed on November 13th, just as the recent market dip struck which wiped $38 billion off the global market cap. The value of FCT sunk along with the rest of the market, hitting a new 20-month low of $3.81, and a market cap of just over $30 million.

Since then, however, FCT’s fortunes turned round and the coin went on a day-on-day growth surge up to a price of $6.30 – a 65% increase. That was enough to take Factom’s market cap to over $50 million, and send it into the top hundred coins by market cap.

Of FCT’s trade action for Saturday, 100% of trades have come against BTC. Factom only has one other trading pair to its name – the CK USD (CKUSD) stablecoin. Poloniex catered to the majority of movements, with Bittrex, Upbit and Cryptopia picking up the rest.

Factom Gains Mortgage Service Use-Case

As per the press release which announced Factom’s new partnership:

“Equator, an Altisource business unit and a leading provider of residential loan default software and marketing solutions for many of the country’s top servicers, real estate agents and vendors, today announced an agreement with Factom, Inc. to integrate the Factom® Harmony blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) platform into the Equator® PRO solution.”

According to the press release, Equator PRO is a software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution that aims to offer efficiency and oversight to help other mortgage servicers. Their platform includes but is not limited to:

“…loan management, loan modification, short sale/deed-in-lieu, foreclosure/bankruptcy, and real estate owned (REO) focused products…”

In the plainest of language, Factom just got a real-world use-case for its blockchain tech. Thus far, the technology is expected to be used to:

“…provide a distributed mechanism to preserve data, files and digital records, making them verifiable and independently auditable…”

Celebrations

Patrick G. McClain, Senior Vice President of Equator talked up the partnership, stating:

“Incorporating Factom’s blockchain tools will support our customers’ compliance obligations. At Equator we are regularly working to improve and advance our default servicing technology, and adding cutting-edge tools like Factom’s Harmony is another example of our continued leadership.”

Chief Operating Officer of Factom, Laurie Pyle, also celebrated the news, stating:

“At Factom we know a practical blockchain solution is needed to specifically deal with complex business data and documents. We look forward to working with Equator, who shares the vision of using blockchain technology to bring transparency and efficiency to the default servicing process.”

Factom launched just over three years ago and was subject to lots of positive chatter up until the ICO era came into play, and Factom was relegated from CoinMarketCap’s first page.

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Has Big Opportunity to Fly Again

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  • ETH/USD is running at seven consecutive sessions of losses, dropping as much as 25%.
  • Price action is moving within a strong demand area, which could very well see the price rocketing again.

Current Price Action

ETH/USD is stuck within a stubborn downward trend. The price is running at a seven consecutive session losing streak. During this time period, ETH/USD has dropped as much as 25%, falling from $226, down to recent lows of $171.95. This is the biggest weekly loss seen since the bear market back in September.

The price was trading in a consolidation manner; this had been the case after the above-mentioned bear market drop. ETH/USD at the time had dropped as much as 45%, before finally staging a recovery. Since the bounce on 12th September, price action began to form a bearish pennant pattern, which was then firmly broken on 14th November.

ETH/USD daily chart

Buying Opportunity  

At the time of writing, ETH/USD is seen trading deep within a known demand area. Buyers last pilled in and drove the price north, back on 12th September, as detailed above. It had gone on to gain a whopping 50%, following the hammer candlestick reversal confirmation. The demand can be eyed around the $170 territory.

Eyes should be on indications of a reversal, the potential for a signal from a candlestick formation, similarly to the prior mentioned recovery. In terms of the RSI via the daily time frame, ETH/USD is very much in oversold territory. The index seen around the 27 level at the time of writing, which could see the price soon bottoming out.

Upside Targets

Should life be kicked back into the bulls, another retest of the breached pennant pattern would likely be seen. Resistance underneath the pennant should be noted at the psychological $200 mark. The bears firmly ran through this price level on 14th November. Further north, another barrier can be observed at $230 area, a known supply zone.

There has been much debate over the past couple of months, as to whether the cryptocurrency market has hit the bottom. Many believed that this was the case, after the deep September drop. While some were still calling another corrective fall. Once some stabilization from the bulls is seen and recovery picks up momentum, this may be the last of the bears for 2018.

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