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Bitcoin is at $9,800 as of writing, with a lot of pinball price action happening over the past couple of weeks. We have heard nothing but good news. Wyoming is going to be defining a Token that is exempt as a security. This is what we have waited for. Yes, the Swiss had a Token ICO protocol come out, but American businesses are always the ones that wait until one of their own goes first. The Token definition bill is heading to State Congress from State Senate soon, and hopefully we continue to get some good news.

The reason I talk so much about American crypto is because, like it or not, all ICOs are working scared because of the SEC. Americans have not been allowed to launch ICOs easily, nor can they invest in them. This flood gate needs to open. We have a ton of talented people who don’t want to move to Timbuktu to launch a revolutionary idea. I would estimate that we have a crypto-friendly ICO state before the summer.

In the meantime, I am continuing my research on the coins that I hear a lot about. OmiseGO is one of the coins that comes up frequently in discussion. This is a Vitalik Buterin (Ethereum Co-Founder) initiative with a lot of big names and organizations behind it. Full Disclosure: OMG is one of the few coins that I own simply because it is related to Vitalik. I wanted to justify my investment by doing a little more digging on what’s going on behind the hood of the company, and what exactly the ecosystem is going to look like for the company.


The Unicorn (first to achieve $1 billion market cap) of ERC-20 Tokens, OMG was launched in 2017 by its parent company, Omise.

I would categorize Omise exactly like a blend between Ripple’s XCurrent and Xvia for the Asian market. It was founded in 2013, trying to input payment processing systems for organizations and individuals who need quick on-demand payment. An example customer is the e-commerce world. Omise’s software can imbed right onto your website, and you can begin to accept a suite of currencies, both fiat and crypto. The settlement will be in the currency that they have chosen to receive payment in. Sounds like XLM a little bit to me.

OMG token was the next step in the payment processing industry. Omise wanted to provide a way for Southeast Asian populations to be able to utilize the payment processing e-commerce services that they created for their corporate customers. In 2016, KMPG reported that only 27% of the 600 million people in the Southeast Asian region had access to a bank account. With such a tiny penetration rate of financial services, there needed to be a way for people in the region to get their cash on the internet to not only pay for goods and services, but also send money between each other both domestically and globally.


Jun Hasegawa – CEO/Founder: This man knows payment processing. Starting his career in Japan, Jun has focused his 15 year career on figuring out ways to speed up the customer experience of paying for things. His expertise alone has secured over $50 milion in funding for the parent company, Omise. His success within Thailand has made him a key character in Thailand’s interest in blockchain innovation.

Donnie Harinsut – COO/Co-Founder: This guy has the hardest job it seems. He is going around the world to Omise’s different locations, and handling 130 employees. He recently posted a picture with Greylock Partners, a leading Silicon Valley Venture Capital firm. I always like that.

The rest of the Executive team has experience in banking/technology within Southeast Asia, with some being American/European ex-pats. I would say the team is probably the biggest draw to the coin. We already have our historical precedent with their parent company’s success, and they are boots on the ground in their Thailand headquarters. Banking the unbanked would be a little difficult if you are in a cushy Manhattan loft.

Tech Highlights

Decentralized “Plasma” Exchange: The exchange will eventually be freely available to the public, and not owned by any entity. This will allow a structure conducive to the community, where the users have control over their own holdings, and do not need to trust an entity to secure it. This is one of the many reasons why people like Bitcoin blockchain infrastructure so much. When no one is in control, there is inherently less risk.

SDK Wallet: This was the real eye popper during my reading. SDK stands for “Software Development Kit”. This is a wallet platform” you can develop your own white labeled wallet. This will be a way for corporations to have a stake in the blockchain game. They can set up a front-end application wallet that can accept a multitude of different coins/fiat currencies, and convert them into whatever is needed for the given payment or transaction. This is big. I am very excited to see the functionality of a wallet like this.

This is the scenario they are trying to cater to: Remember those 438,000,000 people in Southeast Asia who don’t have bank accounts? They can now access this wallet on their mobile phone, and deposit monies via gift/debit card. This is the same as “Topping up” on cell phone data and minutes. Any time that someone would want to send or pay anything, they would go to a location, “top up” their card with fiat currency, and deposit the contents of the card into their SDK Wallet. They now have complete access to a system that will process their transactions for pennies on the dollar compared to a Western Union. They also have access to pay for E-Commerce goods and services for the first time ever! Sending and receiving money to their families is great, but I really care about them buying stuff online for the first time. No one knows what would happen to the world if all of these people had a way to buy online. I am certainly excited to see it.


There are too many to list. Once again, the theme I am seeing OMG as the Thai version of Ripple. The Omise team did the heavy lifting with developing these payment processing relationships within the country, with no blockchain included. Through the five years of operation, the level of trust has garnered the support of many corporations, to name a few: McDonald’s (Thai), Thai Airways, Thai Union (seafood producer), Allianz Ayudhya (Ilinsurance). The relationship between all of these companies is that they all want to start accepting things other than cash. Allianz, for example, will be one of the first financial services product providers that people in Thailand will use. As wages in these countries grow, they will want the same services developed countries have: life insurance, health insurance, vacations, and most importantly, savings. The OMG Plasma Network & the SDK Wallet provide that access.


My most dreaded part of the research. The true value of the OMG token (not the OmiseGO network) is in staking. Staking is pledging your tokens to the network to validate transactions, and you will receive a return on the fees for the transactions. Because the blockchain is completely decentralized, no one controls how much one could theoretically make from pledging their coins. It is all based on supply and demand. If a staking user decides to only validate transactions above a certain fee level, that staking user may be waiting a long time, or forever.

This staking mechanism is not completely defined, as the network is in trials. I will be certainly writing a follow-up article once I have seen how the staking works, and the returns available. Remember: You can choose through OmiseGO how you would like to be paid (USD, EUR, OMG, etc.), which could be a game-changer for people with huge amounts of cryptocurrencies that don’t want to take them out of the market. There may be ways to already do this, but this brings a more commercial use-case, rather than crypto use-case.

The proof of stake system is allowing each of our tokens to act as a “miner” validating transactions. This doesn’t require extreme amounts of energy like bitcoin mining, which means you have the ability to make a passive investment 24 hours per day. I like the sound of this! However, I will wait until I have seen it in action before I make any significant investments/comments.


I love this company. Omise makes complete sense to me. They are a boots on the ground Thai company that has built relationships with partners who want to see their customer experience go into the 21st century. Through OmiseGO, remittance transactions will be cheap, companies can develop their own applications to accept payments for goods/services, and decentralized Proof of Stake ensures investment opportunities and unbiased functions.

I am waiting for the staking information to come out before I can categorize the size of the investment opportunity. OMG uses the Ethereum main net, so these two coins are working together. Just recently, we saw Vitalik with the Thai SEC talking about use cases of OMG. The Thai government has welcomed blockchain innovation with open arms. That can’t be said for many other countries with currencies operating within their borders. This is still very much a project, but it is one that I can’t seem to not be excited about.


None of what I have said is a recommendation to buy or sell cryptocurrencies. Please do your own research before investing. As an aside, please do follow me @raijincrypto on Twitter. I would love to know what coins you want more information on, so please do drop me a Tweet if you’d like. Best of luck.

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Crypto Spoofing & Washing: How Whales are Eating Your Lunch



When it comes to the cryptocurrency markets, there are two tactics that the whales have been using with killer effects over the past year.

These are order spoofing and Wash trading. These tactics are methods of market manipulation that they have been using to reap outsized returns. These returns have all come at the expense of the retail cryptocurrency trader who fell for the dirty tricks.

In this post, we will take an in depth look at these tactics by analysing previous episodes of crypto spoofing and wash trading. We will also give you information about how to spot these attempts and avoid falling victim.

Before we get onto that, let us start with some of the basics…

What is Order Spoofing?

Quite simply, order spoofing is a form of market manipulation where an individual will create a host of fake orders with no intention of ever having them executed. This is done in order to create a certain perception around where the market is heading.

The individual who is doing the spoofing is hoping that this market sentiment will impact on the price of the asset in question. They will usually have a position in the asset that will benefit from a movement in the price.

Order spoofing is actually a tactic that has been outlawed by the SEC and has been actively prosecuted in the past. However, when it comes to the still unregulated and anonymous cryptocurrency markets, things are not as easy as they seem.

Sometimes order spoofing is combined with other tactics such as stop loss hunting where the trader will try identify where stop orders have been placed.

What is Wash Trading?

Wash trading is the practice of faking volume. This is done by a trader or a group of traders buying and selling their own orders for a particular coin. It gives the market the perception that there is interest in a coin when there isn’t really.

It is also sometimes practiced by shady exchanges in order to create the perception that a great deal of trading is taking place. This will dupe potential retail traders into using the exchange.

Just like order spoofing, this has been outlawed in traditional financial markets since the passage of the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) in 1936. Wash trading is also very hard to get away with in traditional financial markets as the exchanges have a number of built in protections to avoid it.

Now that we have an understanding of the basics of the manipulation, let’s take a look at some examples in practice.

Spoofing and Washing in the Wild

You may have come across Bitcoin order spoofing before. You would have observed a large buy or sell wall in an exchanges order books that would have appeared and disappeared seemingly out of nowhere. This is the trader placing and removing the order at the chosen times.

For example, if you take a look at the below order books from the Bitifinex exchange a few weeks ago. You can see a massive buy wall with a large order of slightly more than 11,000 BTC at a price of $7,750.

Recent Buy Wall with Large Order. Image source: Cryptowatch

If you were a cryptocurrency trader who was just observing the order books as an indication of market sentiment, you may perceive this a bullish indicator. It will lead you to buy Bitcoin in anticipation of a rally.

Many other traders will follow in your footsteps and the price will rally in response to it. However, what you do not know is that the Whale that has placed this order actually has a long position in Bitcoin and is looking for buyers where he can offload his position at a profit.

The moment that the whale has secured a certain amount of profit from his spoofing endeavours, he will pull the orders from the book. Consequently, that solid buy wall will disappear in front of your eyes. Below is another image from the Bitfinex order books from late last year.

Buy wall disappears from Order Books. Image source: Bitfinex’ed

On the left is the order books attempting to create an illusion of a Bitcoin buy wall with a large order at $8,900 for 502BTC. However, on the right is the exact same order book a mere 5 minutes later. As you can see, the massive buy wall has just evaporated.

It’s likely that the person who had placed that 502BTC order had no intention of it ever getting executed. In this case, the trader realised that their spoof was not convincing the market and decided to remove their orders.

How would this effect you?

Well, if you thought that this was a bullish sign of movement you could have placed a buy order at $8,899. This would have been executed but you would also have noticed that the market had in fact retreated. The expected bullish sentiment was nothing but a fake.

Now lets take a look at an example of some wash trading.

This is a practice that exchanges can easily manage given the amount of funds that they have on their books. In the below image we have a well-researched example of some wash trading on the OKex exchange for LTC / BTC. Notice anything weird?

OKex Volumes on LTC/BTC Pairs. Image source: Sylvain Ribes

As you can see from the volume, the one thing that immediately sticks out is regularity of it. The volume goes through regular peaks and troughs throughout the day. It is highly unlikely that this is as the result of manual market flows through the books of OKEX.

All one need do is take a look at the LTC order books of another large exchange such as Poloniex or Bitstamp and you will see no such volume irregularities.

When fake volume is created, it makes the market think that there is activity in a coin or exchange when there is really none at all. There have also been other exchanges which have more recently been accused of these tactics.

How to Avoid Falling Victim

When it comes to order spoofing, there are generally quite a few things you can do in order to determine where the activity is taking place and how to spot it.

Firstly, before deciding on an exchange to trade with, you study their market statistics with tools such as cryptowatch. Here, you can take a look at all the exchanges and monitor their books in order to spot irregularities.

What you will be looking for are the large buy / sell walls that are often present on exchanges. If these walls have appeared at a time when there is not that much market news or movement, then it should already have piqued your interest.

What you will then want to do is monitor that buy / sell wall with a particular interest on the large order at the top of the wall (closest to market rates). If this order is pulled quickly after it has been formed then it is likely to have been a spoof and an attempt to manipulate the markets.

When it comes to washing, you should always be cautious when you observe high volume on an exchange that you have not heard a great deal about. This is especially true for those newer exchanges that have only been operating for a few months.

However, if you wanted to be able to spot wash trading as it happens, you will usually see a host of rapid executions at a stable price for a particular coin. Below is an example of some washed trades that were placed in an order book. As you can see, there was a whole host of “wash sells” that were placed at a price of $293.

Numerous washed sell orders on exchange. Image source: Cryptocurrency Facts

If you have observed these in the order books it should have raised suspicion that you could be witnessing a large wash trade.

An Ongoing Challenge

Although these tactics are able to help you by identifying suspicious activity, the malicious traders are also evolving. Nowadays most of the spoofing and wash trading is done with advanced high frequency trading bots.

These bots make use of the high through-put API connections on multiple exchanges in order to move markets more quickly than a manual trader. These trading bots have also previously been identified and given unique and interesting names such as the “Picasso trading bot“.

There is reason to be hopeful though.

The authorities are now quite aware of these tactics and are actively getting involved with enforcement. In fact, the US DOJ has recently released a criminal probe into the market manipulation practices on cryptocurrency exchanges.

As these opaque exchanges face more regulatory scrutiny, they are likely to adapt their procedures to actively stamp out the practice. They could also borrow a number of oversight mechanisms that are currently being used on stock exchanges for example.


Cryptocurrencies have taken off quicker than the traditional financial system and regulators have been able to adapt. While that has led to reams of innovation, it has also meant that malicious actors could take advantage of the lack of oversight.

Order spoofing and wash trading are those market manipulation tactics that are being employed in these “Wild West” markets. Although there are moves afoot to stamp these out, the tactics are evolving and innovating just like the underlying technology.

In the end, only you can really protect yourself from this manipulation. As long as you are aware of what to look for and which exchanges to avoid, you can prevent yourself from being a crypto whale’s “lunch”.

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Cache Me If You Can: Crypto Trading, Decentralized



Spot exchanges, over-the-counter/OTC trading desks, and futures contracts would likely rank amongst the most popular methods for trading cryptocurrencies between two or more parties.

Despite their popularity though, most of these trading venues utilise centralised infrastructure in at least one area of their operations.

When combined with the endemic security threats which crypto trading services regularly face: centralized fundamental functions are a considerable threat to users who value the privacy of their transactions.

“A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System”

Cryptocurrency is still a burgeoning industry, with the number of ICOs and market investment having increased by several multiples even just over the past eight months when compared to the whole of 2017.

Despite this: concerning conventions have already established themselves that challenge the original vision prescribed by Satoshi Nakamoto for Bitcoin.

The enigmatic Satoshi Nakamoto became a legend upon publication of his seminal cryptocurrency white-paper entitled ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System’ (and if you haven’t read it, you really should!).

Since then, the document has served as an conceptual blueprint which has been referenced by a great number of subsequent altcoins: evident by the widespread implementation of Bitcoin’s core mechanics. An example of this is has come to be known as cryptocurrency mining, or the ‘Proof of Work’ consensus algorithm.

P2P vs  P2intermediary2P?

Peer-to-peer (P2P) denotes transactions that are made between two parties without the need for an intermediary to facilitate or authorise the trade.

Mike Orcutt, associate editor at the MIT Technology Review wrote in April 2018 that:

“The whole point of using a blockchain is to let people—in particular, people who don’t trust one another—share valuable data in a secure, tamperproof way…

“One supposed security guarantee of a blockchain system is ‘decentralization.’ If copies of the blockchain are kept on a large and widely distributed network of nodes, there’s no one weak point to attack, and it’s hard for anyone to build up enough computing power to subvert the network”

Whilst this is true for many blockchains and their associated blocks for decentralized cryptocurrencies: most middle-man’ who process trades and transaction utilise a centralised system known as an ‘order book’ upon which future transaction and trade values are calculated.

In June 2009, mere months after Nakamoto’s Bitcoin paper was released to the world, a cross-departmental team from Stanford University published a related and highly recommended investigation into the contemporary status of the order-book.

The authors state that:

“most markets are order-driven, where any market participant is free to provide liquidity by submitting a buy or sell order. Submitted orders are amalgamated by price to create a limit order book. The[re is a] rule driven execution of orders in these limit order books and [also] extensive data that is available for order driven markets.”

With  a centralised order-boook; all the data pertaining to transactions: such as receiver and sender addresses, value of tokens, and dates could be all-but-publicly accessible in the case of a hack or successful unwanted intrusion.

Peer-to-Peer Trading: What Can Be Done?

One solution which we have seen numerous examples of are organisations which claim to be ‘decentralized exchanges’.

On the 9th of August 2018, for example, well-known yet controversial ex-China based cryptocurrency exchange Binance launched a pre-alpha build of their highly anticipated decentralized exchange which they call ‘DEX’.

Conversely, Binance has been subject to more than their fair share of negative press and public feedback as of late and earning trust for their future projects will be no easy feat. They have to contend with hackers, pundits, and a 5.9/10 ranking on Trustpilot.

Another notable release comes from blockchain development platform Stratis, a competitor to Ethereum’s ‘platform for platforms’ and ranked in 50th place on CoinMarketCap as of writing.

The ‘Breeze Wallet with Breeze Privacy Protocol’ launched on the 1st August 2018, and it is a means of facilitating pure peer-to-peer, user-to-user, fully decentralized transactions. As a result, Breeze hopes to introduce centralized intermediaries to the realm of obsolescence, by way of a token-tumbling protocol called ‘TumbleBit’.

If you know of any more projects which have been making recent progress – please let us know in the comments section!

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Disrupting the Cloud: ANKR Network




Since the creation of bitcoin and the introduction of the “Proof of Work” (POW) algorithm, many have been concerned about the vast use of computing power and energy and their negative side effects. Currently, cloud computing is projected to be a trillion dollar market, yet it is monopolized by some of the largest tech conglomerates in the world. Only giants in the likes of Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud can afford the high human capital cost and upfront server costs to run a successful cloud operation that spans the globe. However, the aforementioned companies tend to charge the customer with a higher margin of cost.

New developments in blockchain technology aim to resolve these issues by improving the efficiency and effectiveness of cloud computing. Being an innovative solution to this computing and consumer problem, Ankr Network brings the benefits of decentralization to cloud computing and balances value between buyers and sellers via crypto economics, Oracle service and distributed computing.

Ankr Network

Ankr Network is an innovative platform, which aims to create a resource-efficient blockchain architecture for a distributed cloud computing system and an easy-to-use infrastructure for the building of business applications. Ankr is the first cloud computing solution to leverage both blockchain and trusted hardware of Intel SGXs. The SGX hardware will allow developers of applications to protect data from unauthorized access and modification and preserve the confidentiality and integrity of information.

Technical solutions include:

  • Consensus Algorithm Proof of Useful Work (PoUW)
  • Platform for distributed cloud computing (DCC)
  • Oracle integrated service
  • Structural support for sidechains

The consensus looks like this:

Anrk upgrades mining with its consensus “Proof of Useful Work” (PoUW), which provides a sustainable block structure. Specifically, PoUW directs power and computing capacity which was used on hashes in POW algorithms such as bitcoin for processing tasks provided by businesses and consumers on the blockchain. Therefore, one can say Ankr upgrades mining to a higher level, allowing equipment holders to receive a financial incentive for block creation and real-world tasks processing.

To explain this better, consider the following: the golden standard algorithm is one where the nodes on the blockchain require:

1) That tasks performed to solve problems is actually quantifiable work;

2) That the processing of these tasks provides some form of value to any party on the network

The Ankr Network appears capable of achieving this gold standard. Alternatively, existing POW in networks such as bitcoin and Ethereum only achieve the first point – nodes use computing power and energy to prove that work was done (but such amount of work is wasted without any utility).

Ankr solves this key technical limitation in bitcoin and Ethereum by including a second point in its consensus algorithm, thus making all the work done by nodes directed on the processing of tasks that could bring added value utility to the network participants.

Ethereum processes all smart contracts on one chain in a serial sequence, which bottlenecks throughput and dramatically reduces the usability, especially when there are large contracts with complicated data on the chain. Plasma is a protocol to solve the scalability issue by building a tree structure of blockchains, where various application chains (Child or Plasma Chains) are connected to a single root chain (Main Chain). Plasma chains can allow applications to handle their specific smart contracts transactions on side chains, thus balancing potential overload of the network.

The efficiency of the main chain can be significantly improved by offloading a number of transactions from the main chain to Plasma chains, especially if proper incentives are given to Plasma operators. Currently, Oracle solutions exist separately from the blockchain framework and are limited in compatibility. Ankr proposes a user-friendly universal AP (application programming interface) I for each child chain to connect to off-chain entities. Existing business can build decentralized autonomous applications on the child chain with powerful computing power and native data feed service provided by the main chain.


The Native Oracle (NOS) service provides an authenticated data feed by using both cryptographic primitives and a trusted execution environment (TEE). Thanks to a standardized API for transferring data from existing data sources like websites, NOS allows customers to simplify business in the real world. Basically, this means that blockchain can allow integrating smart contract execution with data sources through a protected gateway.

Intel SGX

Intel SGX (Software Guard Extensions) is a new set of instructions that permits execution of an application inside a hardware enclave, which protects the application’s integrity and confidentiality against certain forms of hardware and software attacks, including hostile operating systems. This lowers entry barriers for miners and provides security and privacy.

Distributed Cloud Computing (DCC) Platform

As internet technology advances, massive amounts of data including text, audio, video, etc. have been created. However, most of this data is neither organized nor relevant to each other. Processing the data in a serial sequence (traditional blockchain) becomes less and less resource efficient and can’t be tolerated by the rapid velocity of business development.

Ankr overcomes these shortcomings through its DDC platform, which enables P2P transactions. Miners will provide their computing power to support the blockchain, as well as sending surplus power for cloud computing calculations.

A P2P network allows application owners and individual users (i.e., requesters) to rent computing power from other users (suppliers). Currently, the cloud computing resources in popular blockchain networks such as bitcoin or Ethereum are exclusively controlled by the centralized cloud service providers and are subject to rigid operation models. A decentralized cloud computing platform can incorporate a blockchain-based payment system, which can allow for direct payment among operators (requesters), sellers (suppliers) and software developers.

Now, we will cover what other projects in this field are doing in comparison to Ankr as a reference project.


Users of Golem are only incentivized for cloud computing and Golem is using third party computing containers like Docker.


This project is very similar to Golem, but with a different application field. Golem is focused on rendering, but SONM is focused on the adoption of existing architectures (currently server hosting).


This project is also similar to Golem and SONM, but its application focus is decentralized cloud computing in specific research applications.

In comparison with the projects above, users of Ankr have different incentives that come from mining, transaction (or smart contract) and cloud computing. Also, Ankr does not use third party platforms for computational power; instead, it uses the computing power of miners.

In my opinion, an additional limitation of Golem, SONM, and IExec is that they have based their development on traditional computing architectures, which are used in data centers, thus limiting their potential computing power and scope of tasks. The reason lies in the fact that data center architecture is working on one technical parameter, which is not optimal for distributed computing where the topology of each device changes frequently and will result in a costly overhead in data transfer and decrease the stability of the network. Ankr technology allows bypassing such limitations, which results in a wider applicability and scope of their network.

Overall, if the Ankr network team can create a network that uses PoUW to reach consensus by applying all the computational energy to useful use and not wasting it, then cloud computing services as Amazon Web, Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure are likely to face serious competition soon.

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