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Monero Price Analysis: XMR/USD Smashed Through Critical Support, as Mining Malware Gains Almost 5% of Total Supply

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  • XMR/USD price action via the daily chart view has breached a critical ascending trend line of support.
  • A study suggests that Monero is still the number 1 popular cryptocurrency among cyber criminals.

XMR/USD Price Review

XMR/USD daily chart. Bears break vital ascending trend line.

The XMR/USD price had initially staged a strong rebound on 15th December 2018. It was very well supported by an ascending trend line, which provided the needed bounce each time the price met it.  Over the course of its elevation, XMR/USD went on to gain as much as 55%. This support had been running right up to the session of 10th January.

A fresh wave of selling pressure hit the entire cryptocurrency market on Thursday 10th January. As a result, the bears managed to smash through the above-detailed ascending trend line. This saw XMR/USD dropping big double-digits and over 18% at the worse point of the day. Further downside was halted thanks to a large daily support level, seen at $44.25.

Since hitting the above-mentioned daily support, at the time of writing, price action has stabilized. Given the breakout of the long-running trend line, eyes will now be on a retest of this. This means XMR/USD could run back up to $53 to come back into proximity with the prior acting support. The bulls will likely have a new challenge in breaking it down.

Monero is Cyber Criminals’ Favorite

A recent study has suggested that Monero remains the most popular cryptocurrency among cyber criminals.  They have been deploying mining malware, which has been able to accumulate a large amount of XMR.

Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, two researchers, published their findings last week. They are from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and King’s College London, having estimated that hackers have be able to mine at least 4.32% of the total Monero in circulation.

In terms of the data, it goes back to 2007, covering crypto mining malware and analyzing over 4.4 million samples of malware during the 12-year period. Furthermore, the research picked up on over one million miners of a malicious nature.

Both researchers detailed that around 2,218 malware campaigns had taken place, which accumulated to roughly 720,000 XMR, worth around $57 million. Elsewhere, there is another campaign that is still in process, which has grabbed as much as 163,000 XMR to date.

In terms of the tactics that were adopted to distribute the malware, this has been reported to vary. The researchers did not that a “common yet effective approach is to use legitimate infrastructure such as Dropbox or GitHub to host the droppers, and stock mining tools such as claymore and xmrig to do the actual mining.”

Lastly, it is worth noting that back in December McAfee published a report which detailed occurrences of crypto-mining malware had jumped well over 4,000% last year.

Disclaimer: The author owns Bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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  1. jhmblvd

    January 11, 2019 at 6:23 pm

    I believe money, good old cash is the favorite of criminals. There is a push towards making privacy look evil. It’s not. In fact it’s an American right that yes we’ve given up but it’s still in our constitution.

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Power Ledger (POWR) Reaps Benefits of Good-Guy Image with 45% Weekly Growth

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Power Ledger (POWR), the blockchain-based democratizer of the energy industry, gained 45% on its value over the past week. While 68% of daily trades came from Korean markets, it was Western eyes which were focused on Power Ledger this week.

Coverage in Huffington Post, and a nomination from Newsweek in their ‘Blockchain Impact Awards’, both added to POWR’s growing reputation of one of crypto’s good guys.

Power Ledger’s Good Rep

Coming hot out the gates with a plan to democratize the energy sector by cutting out third-party middlemen, Power Ledger got off to a promising start when it launched in late 2017.

Only a month or so after trading commenced, POWR got swept up in the altcoin pump of January 2018 and charged ahead to 3,919% gains, and an all-time high of $2.01.

Power Ledger’s aim to put (literal) power back in the hands of the average citizen made it an instant media darling. Its reputation as one of blockchain’s good guys, or gals, may also have been helped by the media focus on co-founder Jemma Green – one of the few women currently involved prominently in the blockchain space.

Blockchain Impact Awards

The first ever Blockchain Impact Awards, held by Newsweek, lists Power Ledger as one of the nominees for the upcoming ceremony.

“Newsweek is working with global experts in the blockchain world to present the first ever Blockchain Impact Awards. The awards will recognize entrepreneurs and enterprises that are developing blockchain applications to accomplish a social good.”

Power Ledger is up against 24 other blockchain projects – none of which are as instantly recognizable as the still fairly unknown Power Ledger. The next most known project among the nominees would perhaps be Akoin – the project founded by U.S-Senegalese rapper, Akon.

Huffington Post Likes Power Ledger

Power Ledger was given the spotlight in the Huffington Post before its ICO was even over, back in 2017. This week saw another focus article dedicated to Power Ledger, this time covering co-founder Jemma Green’s position as a female role-model in the blockchain industry.

Yet the promise of Power Ledger may run deeper yet. A single mother of two when she launched Power Ledger, Green has already met with the likes of Richard Branson and Elon Musk – both of whom have shown interest in the project.

Power Ledger Price

The last seven days have seen POWR wake up after a long and painful descent through 2018. From a weekly low of $0.070057 seven days ago, POWR surged 45% up to Friday morning’s price point of $0.102010.

The late night peak of $0.112617 took weekly gains to 60%, however much of that faded away by the time Western traders woke up for the day. The recent daily volume peak of $15 million is the highest in almost three months, with the POWR/KRW trade to thank for 68% of it.

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What is Optimal Shelf Availability Token (OSA) – And Is it Worth Your Time?

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Optimal Shelf Availability Token (OSA) splashed onto the first page of CoinMarketCap this week when its token circulation stats were updated.

While the coin price remained the same, the token’s market cap jumped 200% in a flash – possibly a result of locked-in ICO funds suddenly becoming available, although different sources report varying circulations at this time.

So what is Optimal Shelf Availability Token? Is it worth your time, or is it just another shitcoin with a ridiculous name?

Optimal Shelf Availability Token

Well, the answer might surprise you. At first glance, OSA actually seems like one of the more promising projects to pop up in recent years – and that’s coming from such a cold-hearted cynic as myself. The team’s self-description sounds common enough:

“OSA is a decentralized, AI-driven blockchain platform that collects and analyzes data from retailers, manufacturers, consumers and open sources real-time.”

The first thing you notice as you land on the project website is a claim that such global brands as Coca-Cola, L’Oreal and Danone already use OSA’s services. As you scroll down, you realise that Optimal Shelf Availability Token is targeting the retail supply-chain industry – and that those claims about Coca-Cola and co are actually…kind of true!??!

Well, for six months the Russian wing of the Coca-Cola HBC (Hellenic Bottling Company) rolled out the OSA tech in a number of retail stores. Over the span of the six-month pilot program, sales increased by 10% – as covered in this report.

When L’Oreal initiated the pilot, sales also increased within a two-month period, but were actually down for the rest of the experiment compared to the control group. More can be read here.

Manga & Marketing

OSA is the first crypto project I’ve seen that comes with a manga comic dramatizing its use-case – two comics, actually. The professionalism of the website compared to some of the tokens recently reviewed on Hacked is night and day. Multiple technical documents are made available for public consumption, including several whitepapers, annual and quarterly reports, and research papers.

The project’s Bitcointalk forum page was launched last April, and is currently 61 pages long. Contributions from the team are regular, and an extension of the bounty program was recently initiated to celebrate the token’s ascension through the rankings.

All of this can seem great at first sight – but, like a thirsty man in the desert, when you’ve been deprived of nutrition for so long, just about anything is going to look good compared to the mass of shitcoins we’re constantly exposed to.

The level of professionalism, and amount of goodies, on the website almost makes me suspicious. Like the polished veneer is only there to compensate for other shortcomings. But that’s coming from a tired mind, grown weary from having its cynicism confirmed on so many occasions.

OSA Price

Despite the recent ascent in the past week, OSA lost 17.98% in the previous twenty-four period, falling from $0.045754 down to $0.037524.

The Bibox exchange processed over 98% of daily trades via OSA/ETH and OSA/BTC, with CoinEgg making up the rest of the $1.3 million daily volume.

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Stellar Price Analysis: Grayscale Announces XLM Based Trust; XLM/USD Stuck Within Bearish Structure

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  • Global digital asset management firm, Grayscale, has announced an investment vehicle based around XLM.
  • XLM/USD is moving within the confinements of a bearish pattern structure, subject to a breakout south.

XLM/USD has been subject to very narrow and choppy trading, which has been going on for the past eight sessions now. Price action is moving within a range-block formation, which is seen across the board with several of its peers. This type of behavior does indicate of some potential vulnerabilities to the downside.

The current consolidation mode taken up came into play after a prior period of range-trading, which saw a deep breakout on 10th January. XLM/USD had plummeted by a hefty 20% to its lowest levels seen since 17th December. Despite the mid-December bull run, which was seen to the end of the month, it has not escaped the bear market. Therefore, bull rallies continue to be sold with some force by the bears.

Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust

Grayscale Investments, a global digital asset management organization, has announced the launch of an investment vehicle based on Stellar Lumens (XLM). This is aimed at giving investors exposure to the cryptocurrency XLM. It is the sixth largest by market cap, just over the $2 billion mark, at the time of writing.

The asset management company tweeted via their official account, “We are excited to announce two big developments! First, today marks the launch of Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust! Investors can now gain exposure to the price movement of XLM through a traditional investment vehicle.”

Grayscale’s Managing Director, Michael Sonnenshein, noted that this Stellar product that they have introduced was brought in on the back of investor demand. Furthermore, he details that Grayscale’s push to offer investors exposure to “established blockchain projects with substantial traction and resources.” Sonnenshein lastly concluded by noting he is bullish on Stellar and the real use cases that it brings.

Technical Review – XLM/USD

XLM/USD daily chart. Price action is moving within triangular structure.

Price action is currently moving within a triangular pattern structure. XLM/USD has been trading within this since the start of December. The lower support was tested to the downside on 14th December at around $0.094000-$0.093500 prior to the big bounce. Life kicked back into the bulls, forcing the rally up to the tracking resistance, around $0.131500. Furthermore, the pattern has further been confirmed, with several tests to the lower and upper acting trend lines.

Lastly, in terms of the described structure, it can also be perceived as a bearish pennant formation, which again point to downside. Support is currently tracking around the $0.107000 area, and a failure to hold will see the December low retested to the downside, $0.093500. Immediate resistance can be observed at $0.120000-$0.1215000.

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