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TA: Bitcoin Forms Bullish Pattern, Why BTC Could Rally above $45K

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Bitcoin price stayed above the key $40,750 support zone against the US Dollar. BTC is rising and it could soon rally above the $45,000 resistance.

  • Bitcoin started a recovery wave above the $42,800 and $43,000 resistance levels.
  • The price is now trading above $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.
  • There was a break above a connecting bearish trend line with resistance near $42,400 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).
  • The pair could accelerate higher once it clears the key $45,000 resistance zone.

Bitcoin Price Starts Fresh Increase

Bitcoin price struggled below the $43,000 level for a few sessions. BTC declined below $41,000, but the bulls protected the $40,750 zone. There were two attempts to clear $40,750, but the bears failed.

As a result, the price started a fresh increase and it seems like it has formed a double bottom pattern near the $40,750 level. It is rising and it has cleared the $42,000 and $42,800 resistance levels. There was also a break above a connecting bearish trend line with resistance near $42,400 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair.

Bitcoin cleared the 50% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $45,153 swing high to $40,750 swing low. It is now trading above $43,000 and the 100 hourly simple moving average.

Besides, it is consolidating near the 76.4% Fib retracement level of the downward move from the $45,153 swing high to $40,750 swing low. On the upside, an immediate resistance is near the $44,800 level. The first major resistance is near the $45,000 level.

Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

A close above the $44,800 and $45,000 levels could start a steady increase. The next major resistance is near the $45,500 zone, above which the price could rise towards the $46,200 resistance.

Dips Limited In BTC?

If bitcoin fails to clear the $45,000 resistance zone, it could start a downside correction. An immediate support on the downside is near the $43,600 level.

The first major support is near the $43,200 zone and the 100 hourly simple moving average. Any more losses could lead the price towards the $42,000 support zone in the near term.

Technical indicators:

Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly gaining pace in the bullish zone.

Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is now above the 50 level.

Major Support Levels – $44,600, followed by $43,200.

Major Resistance Levels – $44,800, $45,000 and $45,500.

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Total Stablecoin Supply Surpasses $150 Billion in November

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Total Stablecoin Supply Surpasses $150 Billion in November
  • The most widely utilized stablecoins are dollar-pegged.
  • Stablecoins made it easy to transfer funds between crypto exchanges.

Stablecoins are crypto-equivalent to fiat currencies like the dollar or the rupee, and it had to be something that could consistently retain value over time and be readily transferred. For example, a system allows Bitcoin investors to convert their Bitcoin earnings to dollars immediately and subsequently invest or withdraw them to their bank accounts. So the stablecoin was created to overcome these difficulties.

Stablecoins are fantastic for trading since, unlike stock markets, crypto trades 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Suddenly, investors could ‘cash out’ and go to bed without worrying about their crypto investments. Stablecoins made it easy to transfer funds between crypto exchanges and avoid lengthy banking processes.

Stablecoins also allowed investors to maintain a portion of their crypto portfolio like cash, allowing them to buy whatever coin they wanted without relying on their banks’ servers, which were known to go down for maintenance.

Dollar-pegged Most Widely Used

Already valued at roughly $130 billion, the stablecoin market has doubled in the previous 20 months. Stablecoins are used in crypto trading and lending. Over 75% of all crypto trading platforms traded between stablecoins and other tokens in October while only making up 5% of all crypto assets. Stablecoin supply reached $150 billion in November, according to CryptoRank.io.

Because of the present financial system, the most widely utilized stablecoins are dollar-pegged. Many stablecoins are tied to other fiat currencies like the Euro, GBP, IMF’s SDR, commodities like gold, or even other cryptocurrencies such Wrapped Bitcoin.

Tether, for example, was created in 2014 as RealCoin. Tether’s supply is limited solely by declared dollar reserves.

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Elon Musk Joins To Alert Dogecoin Holders Regarding Leveraged Trading

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Elon Musk Joins To Alert Dogecoin Holders Regarding Leveraged Trading
  • Elon Musk warns Dogecoin holders regarding leveraged trading.
  • The newbies in the crypto industry should be aware of risks in trading.
  • The current price of DOGE is 72% lower than its ATH.

The whole crypto industry is fond of Elon Musk’s tweet on cryptocurrencies. Twitter users have a great talent for connecting tweets of Musk with the crypto space. Thus, if Musk tweets every trader will admit that he has posted regarding cryptocurrencies or meme-currencies. His support for meme-currencies was the trend for the past few days which significantly resulted in a huge gain for meme-tokens.

As a matter of fact, the crypto market faces many dangers and issues on leveraged trading. Likewise, Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla has warned the dogecoin holders by replying to a tweet posted by Mishaboar. The tweet mentions the hazards and disadvantages of leveraged Dogecoin trading, this has collected the attention of users.

After their margin accounts were liquidated, several meme cryptocurrency holders began seeking aid, according to Mishaboar. As a result, he emphasized the importance of educating individuals about high-risk leveraged trading, equating it to throwing gasoline on a fire.

Moreover, he also mentioned that early investors shouldn’t be fooled by their buddies to make them think that “gambling” is an integral part of crypto. Besides, only professional traders could take their turn at margin trading, according to the prolific member of the Dogecoin network. But the fact is, they are still left out to outperform major institutional players.

Dogecoin Is Dipping

At the time of writing, the trading price of DOGE is $0.20057 which is 72% lower than its highest price value at $0.7315 in mid-May. Since then, Dogecoin has been experiencing a sell-off which has resulted in a gradual price fall. As per Coingecko, Dogecoin has dropped to 3.8% within the last 24-hours and 14.5% down in a week. 

Furthermore, according to the data from Coinglass, in the past 24-hours, $1.88 million worth of Dogecoin yearns have been liquidated. The market experiences more regulatory scrutiny where Binance and FTX were compelled to drastically cut maximum leverage earlier this year. However, there is still a slew of trading platforms that allow clients to place incredibly dangerous trades. As a result, Musk urges his followers to be aware of risks in leveraged trading.

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Hackers Are Now Using Compromised Cloud Accounts To Mine Crypto

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Attackers are exploiting poorly configured cloud accounts to mine crypto, Google warned users in a recent report.

Cryptocurrency mining is a computationally intensive activity. And Google Cloud customers can access it at a cost. However, miners are now hacking Google Cloud accounts for mining purposes.
In the report titled “Threat Horizons,” Google’s cybersecurity team assessed various threats to Cloud users, providing details of the breaches.

Related Reading | Data Shows Crypto Hacks And Fraud In 2021 Are On Track For A New Record

The report also provided cybersecurity threat intelligence to cloud users. The aim is to enable them “better configure their environments and defenses in manners most specific to their needs.”

Crypto Miners Hacking Google Accounts

In the report, the cybersecurity team analyzed 50 recently compromised Google Cloud accounts. And out of those, 86% were related to crypto mining. “Malicious actors were observed performing cryptocurrency mining within compromised Cloud instances,” Google wrote.

Related Reading | Ethereum Miner Revenue Outpaces Bitcoin In 2021

The report also stated that in the majority of these incidents, the hackers downloaded crypto mining software to the compromised accounts within 22 seconds. The attacks were scripted, and it would have been impossible to manually stop them. Additionally, in 10% of these incidents, the hackers scanned other publicly available resources on the Internet to identify vulnerable systems. While in 8% of the instances, they attacked other targets.

However, as reported by the cybersecurity team, the crypto mining hacks were not the only attacks.

“The cloud threat landscape in 2021 was more complex than just rogue cryptocurrency miners, of course,” wrote Bob Mechler, Google Cloud Director of the office of the Chief Information Security Officer, and Seth Rosenblatt, Google Cloud Security Editor, in a blog post.

Other Threats To Google Cloud Users

Another threat the team identified was a phishing attack by the Russian group called APT28, or Fancy Bear. The attackers targeted 12,000 Gmail accounts in a mass phishing attempt. They attempted to trick users into handing over their login details. Google, however, said it had blocked all the phishing emails, and no user was compromised.

The report also pointed out an attack by a North Korean government-backed group. This hacker group posed as Samsung recruiters, sending fake job opportunities to employees at South Korean information security companies. They attached a malicious link to malware stored in Google Drive. Google said it also blocked it.

Another threat to cloud users is ransomware attacks, whereby hackers encrypt users’ data until they pay. In the report, Google mentions the formidable Black Matter ransomware group. And although the group announced that it was shutting down earlier this month, Google is still cautious. “Google has received reports that the Black Matter ransomware group has announced it will shut down operations given outside pressure. Until this is confirmed, Black Matter still poses a risk.”

Total crypto market at $2.4 Trillion | Source: Crypto Total Market Cap from TradingView.com

Google attributes some of these attacks to users’ poor security practices. And also vulnerabilities in third-party software that the users install.

The report also recommends a few ways to prevent these attacks. One of which is enabling two-factor authentication.

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