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Why Bitcoin Miner Sell-Offs May Continue

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Bitcoin miners have borne the brunt of the bear trend since it began. They watched cash flow plummet on their machines, forcing them to look to other ways to finance their operations. The natural response to this was for public miners to dip into their bitcoin reserves and begin selling off BTC to keep their operations going. For a time, it seemed miners would stop selling due to the recovery in price, but this is proving not to be the case.

Miners Offload More BTC

Bitcoin miners had sold off more bitcoin than they had mined for the first time in May. The same trend then continued into June, when miners had sold thousands of BTC to cover operational and other costs. It seems this trend did not end in the month of June either, as the miners continued to sell off coins.

Data shows that bitcoin miners had actually sold 5,700 BTC in the month of July alone, the largest sale so far. These bitcoin miners had once again sold more BTC than they had actually produced. In total, it was reported that 3,470 BTC was produced for the month, meaning they sold 50% more bitcoin than they mined.

These bitcoin miners had sold more during a month when some had to shut off operations due to rising temperatures. However, one of those miners had been able to turn it around by making more money from selling energy credits to the Texas government than they would mining. The largest sellers were ousted to be CoreScientific with 1,970 BTC and BitFarms with 1,600 BTC.

BTC recovers above $24,000 | Source: BTCUSD on TradingView.com

Bear Trend For Bitcoin

Bitcoin miners are often among the largest whales in the market. This means that whatever actions they take in regards to their portfolios can often have an impact on the market. It is evident when miners are not forced to sell their BTC that the price of the digital asset continues to rise, and the reverse is the case when they dump their coins.

The sell-offs have all come due to the reduced revenue realized on a daily basis, and with no significant rise in miner revenues, it is expected that miners are going to have to keep selling. Daily miner revenues for the last week were muted with only a 1.58% growth, seeing them bring in $21.89 million.

If there is to be any reversal in this selling trend, bitcoin miners would have to see more cash flow from their mining activities. However, as the price remains low, these miners are realizing less, dollar-wise, compared to a few months ago, while expenses such as electricity and machines remain the same or even higher in some cases.

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CertiK Uncovers Suspicious $2.4M Payments Into Tornado Cash

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  • The money movement is linked to the October 2021 BXH Exchange breach.
  • GitHub reinstated the Tornado Cash code in “read-only” mode.

On Saturday, crypto security company CertiK said that it had uncovered a suspicious $2.4 million payment into the cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash. Information suggests the money movement is connected to the October 2021 BXH Exchange breach. It resulted in a loss of $139 million. Although the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) has placed sanctions on the crypto mixer. However, the exchange is still being used to move money.

The theft of over 4,000 ETH worth $139 million from the BXH Exchange at the end of October is likely connected to the transfer of funds.

Hackers Defying Sanctions

The address 0x158F5 is held by a third party and used the Binance Smart Chain and Avalanche staking contract’s privileged method to retrieve staked tokens and withdraw cash. The tokens were then transferred to Ethereum using the address.

CertiK reports that the staking contract holding the funds and locations was previously released by a Telegram group formed by persons affected by the BXH Exchange. Tokens with a bridging ERC-20 standard were converted to ETH at the address in question. To date, almost $2.4 million in value has been transferred into Tornado Cash, represented by 1865 ETH tokens.

Even after the Office of Foreign Asset Control at the U.S. Treasury banned suspicious transactions on Tornado Cash in August, the service is still accepting them. The crypto mixer platform has just received a transfer of 500 thousand DAI from EOA 0x0B789. The money transfer was associated with an exploit in DAO Maker.

After receiving confirmation from the Office of Foreign Asset Control of the United States Treasury, GitHub reinstated the Tornado Cash code in “read-only” mode.

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Whale Alert: 270 Million XRP ($130M) Bought by Whales

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  • The largest ever buy was on the Bitso crypto market for 54.1 million XRP.
  • XRP prices have increased by around 50% during the last week.

The native XRP token of Ripple has seen the most growth over the previous seven days. While Bitcoin and Ethereum have both had big price declines recently, XRP has seen a sharp increase. The current price increase of XRP may be attributed to a number of factors. Whales hoarding Ripple tokens is one instance.

Tokens worth around $130.2 million in XRP, almost 270M XRP have been transmitted from several cryptocurrency exchanges to many unknown addresses in the past 24 hours, according to data from Whale Alert. The largest ever buy was on the Bitso crypto market for 54.1 million XRP. Approximately $27.5 million worth of XRP coins were purchased by Whale all at once.

High Volatility Expected After Judgement

However, whales have been buying up XRP on the Bitstamp platform to the tune of nearly $84.1 million. To their XRP holdings, whales have just added more than $41.4 million over many trades. Meanwhile, a massive transaction involving 132 million XRP (about $62.1 million) was also spotted by the whale tracker.

Since the SEC and Ripple submitted their summary judgement papers, there has been a dramatic increase in the whale stockpiling of XRP tokens. The current increase was caused by new court documents. It also noted a surge in the number of active addresses holding between 1 and 10 million XRP tokens in late 2022.

On the other hand, XRP prices have increased by around 50% during the last week. Since word of the case’s resolution circulated favorably across the market, this is the result. At this moment, the price of XRP is $0.5015 as per CMC.

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