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Brother of Ex-Coinbase Manager Pleads Guilty to Insider Trading

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  • Nikhil Wahi had been taken into custody by the police in July.
  • Nikhil liquidated his crypto holdings shortly after the announcements.

United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York said on Monday, September 12 that 26-year-old Nikhil Wahi pled guilty to wire fraud and insider trading of cryptocurrencies by exploiting secret information of Coinbase’s listings.

To put it simply, Nikhil Wahi is the younger sibling of the former product manager of Coinbase Global, Inc. The court claims Wahi made massive profits from transactions involving cryptocurrencies by using Coinbase’s secret knowledge about upcoming crypto listings. Wahi had been taken into custody by the police in July.

U.S. Attorney Damian Williams said:

“For the first time ever, a defendant has admitted his guilt in an insider trading case involving the cryptocurrency markets. Today’s guilty plea should serve as a reminder to those who participate in the cryptocurrency markets that the Southern District of New York will continue to steadfastly police frauds of all stripes and will adapt as technology evolves. Nikhil Wahi now awaits sentencing for his crime and must also forfeit his illicit profits.”

Failed Attempt

Between July 2021 and May 2022, Nikhil often spoke with his brother Ishan, a former product manager at Coinbase, for advice. This data pertained to Coinbase’s planned cryptocurrency listing expansion in the near future.

To buy cryptocurrency before Coinbase’s announcement of listings, Nikhil set up anonymous Ethereum blockchain wallets. Nikhil liquidated his crypto holdings shortly after the announcements and earned a huge profit.

Nikhil utilized fictitious names to transact on centralized exchanges in order to hide his true identity. At a later time, he would use a number of concealed ETH blockchain wallets to move about money, cryptocurrency, and profits. Nikhil also often established new blockchain wallets that had no record of any previous transactions. According to the prosecution’s case, Nikhil allegedly profited more than $1.5 million from these deals.

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CertiK Uncovers Suspicious $2.4M Payments Into Tornado Cash

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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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Ripple (Xrp) Price Jumps To New Four-Month High
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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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