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Another exciting week in crypto space is coming to an end. The most important events around BTC and Co. at a glance.
Crypto.com was hacked
Crypto.com fell victim to a hacker attack at the end of the week. in one blog post Crypto.com commented on the attack that had temporarily paralyzed the US trading platform. According to their own statements, the wallets of 483 Crypto.com users were attacked. This would have resulted in unauthorized withdrawals of 4,836.26 ETH, 443.93 BTC and $66,000 in other cryptocurrencies. According to the current status, the total amount of damage thus amounts to around 33 million US dollars and is therefore about twice as high as assumed a few days earlier.
The Fed is considering a CBDC
After delays, the US Federal Reserve published the report. The report focuses heavily on CBDCs and tends to ignore the rest of the crypto space. In the report, the Fed explains the opportunities and risks that could be associated with the introduction of a CBDC.
“A CBDC could serve as a new foundation for the payment system and a bridge between different payment services, both old and new,” the Fed stated. “Also, it could retain the centrality of safe and trusted central bank money in a rapidly digitizing economy,” the US Federal Reserve continued to write.
Russia wants to ban crypto
The Central Bank of Russia has one on Thursday report published, in which the currency guardian calls for a complete ban on cryptocurrencies on their own national territory. the Bank Rossii justifies her concerns with a threat to the financial stability and the sovereignty of monetary policy in the country. In addition, BTC and Co. are volatile and mostly a financial resource for illegal purposes.
In Russia, there is already a ban on cryptocurrencies as a means of payment. The central bank now intends to extend this ban. As an alternative, they propose using their own digital central bank currency.
BitMEX buys Bankhaus von der Heydt
The contract is signed, the ink has dried. All eyes are now on BaFin, as their go-ahead for the takeover is still pending. “A standard process” is that, explains an employee of the financial institution Von der Heydt bank (BVDH), which as one of the oldest local banks is about to change ownership. the BitMEX Group previously had the acquisition per press release announced.
The Singapore crypto exchange is thus putting out feelers to Europe. The brokerage service had previously been launched in Switzerland BitMEX link, which is intended to enable trading in digital assets in the Alpine state in the future. The long-term goal is “the creation of a new powerhouse for crypto products in the heart of Europe”, says CEO Alexander Höptner, former head of the Stuttgart Stock Exchange.
Crypto market corrects sharply
The crypto market corrected significantly at the end of the week. On Friday, January 21, prices fell by double-digit percentages in some cases.
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