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U.S. Government to Sell Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash Seized from Cyber Criminal

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A U.S. federal judge in Utah has approved the auction of hundreds of units of bitcoin and bitcoin cash seized from a dark web dealer, CCN has learned. The sale will be part of a larger liquidation of assets belonging to convicted criminal Aaron Michael Shamo.

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There were 513 units of bitcoin and 512 bitcoin cash tokens in Shamo’s possession at the time of his conviction. All of them will be auctioned off, along with two automobiles. At current prices, the sale will amount to roughly $8.5 million.

Shamo was convicted on May 31, 2017 along with fellow dark web operators for several drug-related offences, including trafficking and conspiracy to commit money laundering.

The official court document released by Utah district judge Dale Kimball indicated that it was too costly to store the seized cryptocurrencies for a prolonged period. Based on the court documents, storing the coins cost taxpayers $465 per month.

The decision to liquidate the coins comes amid growing concerns over price volatility, with government officials seeking an imminent sale of the cryptocurrencies before they lose their value.  In October it was disclosed that the U.S. government lost nearly $2.4 billion on the sale of 144,336 bitcoins when the cryptocurrency was priced at just $336 a unit.

According to the official court document:

“The vehicles [bitcoin and Bitcoin Cash] have been seized and are in the custody and control of the United States Marshals Service. Every month, the USMS is accruing $465/month in storage fees for these vehicles. The total expenses for these two vehicles currently is $5,010.70. The BTC and BCH have been transferred to a Government wallet. Due to the volatile market for cryptocurrencies, the BTC and BCH risk losing value during the pendency of the forfeiture proceedings.”

Once considered the exclusive domain of dark web criminality, bitcoin has catapulted into the mainstream over the last 12 months. The price explosion has drawn the attention of various levels of government, from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to the District Court system.

Although bitcoin remains a popular cryptocurrency in the criminal underworld, altcoins with stronger privacy features are gaining prominence. Coins such as Monero, Zcash and Ethereum are becoming more popular among cyber criminals. Zcash appears to have the best privacy protection among the three, which analysts say could generate higher adoption among criminals in the future.

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Has Fallen Through Vital Support; Where Next?

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  • Critical support for LTC/USD was breached just under the $50 area, leaving the door open to further downside pressure.
  • LTC/USD is moving within a range/consolidation block, subject to another explosive move.

LTC/USD has remained firmly within a downside trend, showing no signs of that shifting anytime soon. Out of the last ten sessions, LTC/USD has closed on the daily in the red for nine of those. Litecoin having lost as much as 27% within this trading period, a move which is generally inline with the rest of the greater market. The focus is now on where LTC/USD will find its feet on some firm ground.

Daily Chart View

LTC/USD daily chart

Looking via the daily time frame, the price has extended through a known touted demand area. This was seen tracking from the big psychological $50 mark, down to $47.50. LTC/USD has previously been comforted by this zone on several occasions. It proved support in August, September and October. This area has always having proven to see decent buyers come in to send the price back on its way north.

4-Hour Chart View

LTC/USD 4-hour chart

Current price behavior remains somewhat worrying via the 4-hour, after the deep drop, LTC/USD has entered a small range block. It is currently licking its wounds, following the bears vicious attack. The price is moving tightly, between $45.00 to $42.50 at the time of writing. Given this technical move being observed, it would not be too surprising if this takes another stab lower. Typically range blocks tend to be broken in an explosive manner.

Next Major Support Areas

LTC/USD weekly chart

The weekly chart view can provide some insight into downside levels to be aware of. In terms of support, the next major level would be eyed at $38 territory. The price has not been seen here since July 2017. LTC/USD had bounced around this area for 7 weeks, between 19th June to 31st July. This move was being observed during a period of consolidation, prior to the big bull run seen in August 2017.

Deeper to the downside, eyes would then be on $33 another vital weekly support level. Price last bounced here in September 2017, requiring support before resuming a bull run. A breach here could be very much catastrophic. There isn’t much support, other than psychological round number areas for LTC/USD. This fall to the downside is very much uncharted territory. If the bearish momentum retains its current course, then $20 or even a return to $10 cannot be ruled out.

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TRON Price Analysis: TRX/USD Moves Within Proven Buying Area

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  • TRX/USD flirting with a huge buying area, historically proven to see buyers swoop in.
  • Justin Sun sings praises on 100 million $TRX trading volume for Tron DEX.

TRX/USD has been suffering heavily, in line with a large bearish reversal seen across the board. The price is running sharply lower, closing on the daily in the red. After TRX/USD had broken out to the downside from a supporting ascending trend line and retested, selling pressure has been consistent. Within the current trend, the price today – Thursday 15th November, was forced to drop to its lowest level seen in around nine weeks.

TRON News Flow

The TRON foundation has not been shy on the update front of late, continuing to push out positive developments from the camp. It was only recent that a new Tron decentralized exchange, DEX was launched.  Over the past few days it has seen a large amount of popularity. Tronscan.org was acknowledged by Tron’s founder, Justin Sun, via Twitter, which heavily contributed to a further pick up in trading volumes.

Justin Sun tweeted, “trx.market  breaks 100 million $TRX trading volume! Next milestone is 500 million”. The founder continues to be very much supportive of these TRON based projects, given his active recognition via social media. Despite the protracted bear market, Sun disregarded this in a recent tweet, showing a screenshot of the double-digit losses seen on Wednesday across the crypto market. He then quite comically compared the Coinmarketcap view with the Tron DEX, showing TRX related pairs trading in the green.

Technical Review – TRX/USD

TRX/USD daily chart

The TRX/USD bears have in the session been testing a vital area of demand. This is seen tracking from $0.01800 down to 0.01700. Previously in August and September, the mentioned area provided firm support in propping up the price. Most recently, the price had dipped into this territory on 12th September, where TRX/USD gradually went on to gain over 60%. Earlier, on August 14th, buyers pilled in, seeing the price gradually gaining over 70% over a period of time.

Given the history of buyers camped in this area, bulls should come back into play imminently. If this does prove to be the case for TRX/USD, eyes will be on another retest of the broken ascending trend line. This is seen tracking around $0.02550. The bears had initially breached this area of support, on 29th October. TRX/USD was supported in its move higher, from 12th September, by this trend line, before the break lower.

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Performing Better than Peers; Another New Partner Announced

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  • Ripple’s XRP weighted to the downside, but not performing as bad as some of its peers.
  • CIMB Group are the latest financial organisation to be utilizing Ripple’s technology.

XRP/USD has been firmly on the back foot during trading over the last two sessions now. Selling pressure had hit the whole market on 13th November. This went on to further intensify in the following session, 14th November. A total blood bath was observed across the board, with huge areas of support being breached. The wave hit the entire market. Ripple’s XRP has managed to hold a firmer ground, in comparison to some of the losses encountered with its peers.

Ripple Reveals New Partner – CIMB

CIMB Group, one of the largest south Asian banking organizations, are the latest to be utilize Ripple’s technology. CIMB will leverage Ripple’s technology for its SpeedSend remittance product, this coming from a joint press release. The SpeedSend product is available in a spectrum of Southeast Asian markets. Countries include: Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. Ripple continue at a rapid pace adding large financial institutions to its network.

Ripple via their announcement stated the following: “Ripple’s blockchain-based solution has been deployed to enhance CIMB’s proprietary remittance product called SpeedSend. This service allows customers to send and receive money with direct account crediting and instant cash collection. The enhancement improves their access to cross-border remittances across the globe — both inbound into ASEAN and outbound to other countries. It is already enabling remittances to corridors such as Australia, USA, UK and Hong Kong.”

Technical Review – XRP/USD

XRP/USD daily chart

XRP/USD is running at three consecutive sessions in the red, nursing chunky double-digit losses over this period. The price dropped over 20%, a move that was very much in line with the rest of the cryptocurrency market. Price action had been moving within a triangular pattern formation, since 21st September. Thie XRP price observed much narrowing over this period. During the heavy selling pressure on 14th November, the bears had pierced the lower support of the mentioned pattern.

Despite the large lower wick seen on 14th November candlestick, the price managed to close within boundaries of the triangular formation. In terms of current price action on the latest for today, XRP/USD is seen below this area of support. Should the market bears manage to push for a breach and daily close underneath the supporting trend line, this could cause large devastation. Eyes could be on a return to the $0.3000-$0.2500 region. Lastly, worth noting, looking to the upside, the resistance would likely be seen around $0.4800, and this level is critical. This is where the lower trend line is seen tracking.

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