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Alt-Right Groups Received $500K in BTC Month Before Capitol Riot: Chainalysis

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UPDATE (7:28 PM EST 1/14/21): Federal agencies are investigating the bitcoin donations, the New York Times reported Thursday. Chainalysis told CoinDesk it “informed all appropriate government agencies” of the moving funds.

Alt-right extremist groups and a handful of personalities linked to last week’s storming of the U.S. Capitol building received a bitcoin donation worth about $522,000 one month before the D.C. siege, according to crypto tracing firm Chainalysis.

Chainalysis explained in a Thursday blog post that an unnamed French blogger sent 28.15 BTC to 22 wallets on Dec. 8. Nick Fuentes, the far-right internet personality whose livestream from the Capitol takeover resulted in his banning from the streaming site DLive, received the single-largest donation: about $250,000, or 13.5 BTC.

There is no evidence that Fuentes entered the Capitol during the events of Jan. 6. However, he was present at the initial rally, was spotted on the Capitol grounds and promoted President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” event for weeks, Chainalysis said.

The rest of the funds appear to have been split among a smattering of other accounts with ties to far-right ideologies, Chainalysis said. Neo-Nazi blog Daily Stormer received 3% of the total, anti-immigration group VDARE 3.3% and white nationalist leader Patrick Casey 5%, among others. Yahoo News first reported the story.

In all, the transactions represent an unprecedented crypto windfall for the domestic extremists groups that Chainalysis said it tracks.

Chainalysis declined to identify the alleged donator by name due to privacy concerns and ongoing legal proceedings. However, it described the individual as a French blogger who may now be deceased. Chainalysis pointed to a seeming suicide note posted online one day after the donations initiated.

The individual laments what he claimed to be the “decline” of Western civilization and the “rejection of our ancestors and our heritage.” That language tracks with rhetoric common in white nationalist circles. He pledged to “leave my modest wealth to certain causes and people” upon his death.

Investigators are still working to determine how much planning went into the Jan. 6 Capitol storming.

For its part, Chainalysis declined to directly link the donation to the political violence in Washington, D.C., but the “timing warrants suspicion,” Chainalysis wrote.

“As mainstream payment platforms remove extremist groups and figures, we may see them embrace cryptocurrency more as a donations mechanism,” the company said.

Source: https://www.coindesk.com/extremist-crypto-donations-chainalysis

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Bitcoin Proponents Against Elon Musk Following Heated Dogecoin vs Bitcoin Tweets

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Last week, Elon Musk and Tesla shocked the entire crypto industry following an announcement that the electric car company will no longer accept bitcoin payments for “environmental reasons.”

A Hard Pill For Bitcoin Maximalists

Giving its reasons, Tesla argued that Bitcoin mining operation requires massive energy consumption, which is generated from fossil fuel, especially coal, and as such, causes environmental pollution.

The announcement caused a market dip which saw over $4 billion of both short and long positions liquidated as the entire capitalization lost almost $400 billion in a day.

For Bitcoin maximalists and proponents, Tesla’s decision was a hard pill to swallow, and that was evident in their responses to the electric car company and its CEO.

While the likes of Max Keiser lambasted Musk for his company’s move, noting that it was due to political pressure, others like popular YouTuber Chris Dunn were seen canceling their Tesla Cybertruck orders.


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Adding more fuel to the fire, Musk also responded to a long Twitter thread by Peter McCormack, implying that Bitcoin is not actually decentralized.

Musk Working With Dogecoin Devs

Elon Musk, who named himself the “Dogefather” on SNL, created a Twitter poll, asking his nearly 55 million followers if they want Tesla to integrate DOGE as a payment option.

The poll, which had almost 4 million votes, was favorable for Dogecoin, as more than 75% of the community voted “Yes.”

Following Tesla’s announcement, the billionaire tweeted that he is working closely with Dogecoin developers to improve transaction efficiency, saying that it is “potentially promising.”

Tesla dropping bitcoin as a payment instrument over energy concerns, with the possibility of integrating dogecoin payments, comes as a surprise to bitcoiners since the two cryptocurrencies use a Proof-of-Work (PoW) consensus algorithm and, as such, face the same underlying energy problem.

Elon Musk: Dogecoin Wins Bitcoin

Despite using a PoW algorithm, Elon Musk continues to favor Dogecoin over Bitcoin. Responding to a tweet that covered some of the reasons why Musk easily chose DOGE over BTC, the billionaire CEO agreed that Dogecoin wins Bitcoin in many ways.

Comparing DOGE to BTC, Musk noted that “DOGE speeds up block time 10X, increases block size 10X & drops fee 100X. Then it wins hands down.”

Max Keiser: Who’s The Bigger Idiot?

As Elon Musk continues his lovey-dovey affair with Dogecoin, Bitcoin proponents continue to criticize the Dogefather.

Following Musk’s comments on Dogecoin today, popular Bitcoin advocate Max Keiser took to his Twitter page to ridicule the Tesla boss while recalling when gold bug Peter Schiff described Bitcoin as “intrinsically worthless” after he lost access to his BTC wallet.

“Who’s the bigger idiot?” Keiser asked.

Aside from Keiser, other Bitcoin proponents such as Michael Saylor replied to Tesla’s CEO:

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ETH Developers Calculated How To Defuse The Difficulty Bomb

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ETH developers calculated how to defuse the difficulty bomb because if they leave it untreated, they will slow down the network as we can see more in our Ethereum news today.

Ethereum’s encoded difficulty bomb is set to explode this summer and James Hancock as well as Tim beiko said that the ETH developers calculated the time needed to delay the bomb and this could the last time the developers need to take that action. Ethereum developers agreed on Friday how to delay the difficulty bomb ad if that is left untreated, the entire network could be slowed down. The difficulty bomb is an old piece of code that makes mining on ETH slower and less profitable over time by increasing the lag between the production of blocks.

Ethereum 2.0 switches the network from proof of work as a way of validating transactions with powerful mining computers to Proo of Stake which rewards the ones that pledge the coins to the network. It takes an average of 13 seconds to mine a block on ETH right now and without delaying the bomb, it could take more than 20 seconds to validate the block by the end of the year. Ethereum developers agreed on how many blocks were quite necessary to delay the bomb until December. The calculation for the delay was proposed by the ETH core developers James Hancock as he said:

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“The bomb’s always there, and we defuse it by turning the blocktime back just for the bomb.”

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The block time chart on Etherscan. Annotated by James Hancock for Decrypt.

He later said that the proposal will delay the bomb by 9,700,000 blocks. Tim Beiko, the ETH core developer also said that the developers dismissed a proposal to delay the bomb next spring but that won’t be necessary. The developers expected that by December, the network will update to allow the ETH 1.0 the network that relies on PoW to communicate with ETH 2.0 as the new network relies on PoS and this is known as the Merge:

“If the Merge is ready by December, we won’t need to do anything about the bomb because we will move away from mining entirely.”

If the merge plans remain unimplemented, the Shanghai fork is expected to go live and will delay the bomb once again. The Bomb has been delayed three times so far.

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VeChain price prediction: VeChain prepares to move higher?

TL;DR Breakdown VET retests 0.618 Fib retracement level. Closest major resistance at $0.22. Closest support at $0.16. Today’s VeChain price prediction is bullish as the market continues setting higher lows over the past days in preparation for a push to the upside next week.  The overall market trades in the red today as Bitcoin has […]

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TL;DR Breakdown

  • VET retests 0.618 Fib retracement level.
  • Closest major resistance at $0.22.
  • Closest support at $0.16.

Today’s VeChain price prediction is bullish as the market continues setting higher lows over the past days in preparation for a push to the upside next week. 

VeChain price prediction: VeChain prepares to move higher? 1
Cryptocurrency heat map. Source: Coin360

The overall market trades in the red today as Bitcoin has lost almost 2 percent, while Ethereum trades with a 5 percent loss. Solana (SOL) is one of the best performers as it trades with a gain of 15 percent. Alternatively, Polkadot (DOT) is among the worst performers, with a loss of almost 9 percent over the last 24 hours.

VET/USD opened at $0.172 today after a bearish push yesterday. Over the past hours, VET/USD retested the local high at $0.19, from which the market moved lower once again and currently looks to set another higher low.

VeChain price movement in the last 24 hours

The VET/USD price moved in a range of $0.1701 – $0.1925, indicating a moderate amount of volatility. 24 hour trading volume has increased by 9.5 percent, totaling $1.7 billion. The total market cap trades around $15.5 billion, resulting in a market rank of 17th.

VET/USD 4-hour chart – VET consolidates in an increasingly tighter range over the past days

On the 4-hour chart, we can see bulls picking up any further selling pressure around the $0.175 mark, indicating that another slightly higher low will be set.

VeChain price prediction: VeChain prepares to move higher?
VET/USD 4-hour chart. Source: TradingView

Overall the market continues retracing from the $0.25 swing high set on the 7th of May. A total loss of 35 percent was seen over several days, indicating that further selling pressure is likely exhausted.

Currently, the VeChain price action builds a base from which to move higher over the next week. Both a higher low and a lower high were established over the past 24 hours, indicating an increasingly tighter range. Therefore, once VET/USD breaks above the $0.19-$0.195 mark, we expect the market to rapidly move forwards to the next major resistance target around $0.215 – $0.22. From there, bulls will likely pick up momentum and push the market towards the current all-time high resistance around $0.27-$0.28.

Alternatively, Vechain cannot move any higher and breaks below the current local swing lows around $0.17, we should see another push lower over the next 24 hours. In this scenario, VET/USD will likely continue moving lower next week towards the next major support area around $0.12-$0.13.

VeChain Price Prediction: Conclusion 

VeChain price prediction is bullish as the market continues to consolidate in an increasingly tighter range after a sharp drop earlier this week. Therefore, we expect VET/USD to push higher early next week to regain some of the loss.

While waiting for the Vechain price action to reverse, read our guides on other great altcoins – Monero, Ethereum Classic, and Ripple.

Disclaimer. The information provided is not trading advice. Cryptopolitan.com holds no liability for any investments made based on the information provided on this page. We strongly recommend independent research and/or consultation with a qualified professional before making any investment decisions.

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