Last week Bitcoin.com News reported on two old bitcoin addresses created in 2013 sending 10,001 bitcoin to a myriad of wallets. Heuristics and clustering techniques indicate that the bitcoins were associated with Mt Gox, roughly around the same time the exchange was hacked in June 2011. Five days later, 5,000 bitcoins were transferred from a wallet created on the same day in 2013, and the stash of coins were also connected to Mt Gox in some type of fashion.
The Onchain Tale of 15,001 Bitcoin Associated With the Mt Gox Saga
Another 5,000 so-called ‘sleeping bitcoins,’ from a wallet created on December 19, 2013, were transferred on September 4, 2022. The action, caught by Btcparser.com, took place five days after 10,001 bitcoin (BTC) moved from two bitcoin addresses created close to nine years ago on the same day in 2013. The 5,000 BTC sent on Sunday, September 4, 2022, have a mysterious history as they are associated with the now-defunct Mt Gox bitcoin exchange right around the same time the exchange was hacked in June 2011.
When our newsdesk reported on the 10,001 BTC associated with Mt Gox, there wasn’t much fanfare about the coins moving. Coindesk columnist Jocelyn Yang, however, discussed the situation with a data engineer at Coin Metrics. The engineer said the bitcoins from 2013 may have been associated with “an old Kraken cold storage address, a Kraken OTC (over the counter) deal, [or] a Kraken user.” Then on September 3, 2022, the OXT researcher Ergobtc published a Twitter Thread that cites our report quoting OXT user Taisia, the admin of the GFISchannel Telegram group.
“By referring to the work of a well-informed OXT user, bitcoin.com [is] much closer to the mark than Coindesk,” Ergobtc said. “Despite a Kraken deposit, these coins are not sourced from Kraken. They are however sourced from Mt Gox and possibly controlled by Jeb McCaleb.”
Ergobtc further discussed the two addresses (1,& 2) and explained how OXT can backtrack the source of the coins. “Doing so leads to a large cluster with a user annotation,” Ergobtc details. “The user annotation to this cluster links to a blog post by @wizsecurity blog. Wizsec is the Mt Gox saga expert. The blog post references an address belonging to Jeb McCaleb and wrongfully claimed by CSW.”
Evidenced by the telltale denomination splitting with secondary splits down to 10 BTC. Splits are co-spent with Coinbase clustered addresses. These coins are sourced from the Gox saga, and possibly controlled by Jeb McCaleb. Two txs for 5K BTC were sent to Kraken and Coinbase.
Another Strange Transaction Associated With Mt Gox Moves on September 4
At block height 752,637, on September 4, 2022, 5,000 BTC was sent from “18xGH” and the address was created on the same day (December 19, 2013) as the two addresses that sent 10,001 BTC on Sunday, August 28, and Monday, August 29, 2022. Moreover, by backtracking the transactions, the 5,000 BTC are also connected to the Mt Gox saga and the address “1McUC.” At the time of writing, the address “bc1qp” held 4,929.43 BTC that stemmed from the 5,000 sent on Sunday. By Monday morning, 8: 00 a.m. (ET), the coins were dispersed to a myriad of multi-signature bitcoin addresses. Bitcoin.com News spoke with the admin of the GFISchannel Telegram group Taisia about the latest movement.
“The situation is quite strange,” Taisia told Bitcoin.com News. “The dev of oxt.me confirmed to us that in his opinion, the bitcoins are indeed connected with Mt Gox, and possibly belong to Jed McCaleb.” The GFISchannel administrator also said she spoke with the former Mt Gox CEO Mark Karpeles who “did not directly confirm this information, although he did not rule out that it was ‘close to the truth.’”
“If these are really McCaleb’s bitcoins, why won’t he make a statement to stop speculation on this topic?” Taisia asked during her conversation with Bitcoin.com News. “And, returning to the original question, why are all these movements going on right now? In the midst of the FUD with trustee payments and Vinnick’s recent extradition to the United States.”
Once again a blockchain parser, onchain analysis, and heuristics discovered thousands of bitcoins with an interesting past. These ancient bitcoins that sat idle for close to nine years only to wake up when BTC is trading for $19.9K. It should be noted that these coins have absolutely nothing to do with the bitcoin payments associated with the Mt Gox trustee, except for mere coincidental timing with the trustee’s latest update. Presently, Mt Gox creditors have not seen a hard date set for payment distribution, despite rumors and inaccurate reports last week saying this was the case.
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Borroe Finance draws attention in presale as Ethereum and BNB investors seek new opportunities
Ethereum (ETH) and Binance Coin (BNB) are among the best altcoins in the crypto industry, and investors will always have them in their portfolios. Even though these tokens are currently bullish, they will probably not deliver a triple-digit ROI to investors in 2024. As a result, savvy investors turned to a fast-growing crypto token called Borroe…
Ethereum (ETH) and Binance Coin (BNB) are among the best altcoins in the crypto industry, and investors will always have them in their portfolios. Even though these tokens are currently bullish, they will probably not deliver a triple-digit ROI to investors in 2024.
As a result, savvy investors turned to a fast-growing crypto token called Borroe Finance ($ROE). Keep reading to see expert opinions and forecasts on these tokens.
Standard Chartered predicts a May Ethereum Spot ETFs approval
On January 30, analysts at Standard Chartered (one of the world’s leading financial institutions) predicted that the US SEC may approve Ethereum Spot ETFs by May 23. According to Geoff Kendrick (head of Digital Assets Research at SC), Ethereum will likely mirror BTC’s price movement in the weeks leading up to SEC’s approval for BTC Spot ETFs. Therefore, Kendrick predicts that ETH could trade for $4,000 before its approval.
Thanks to this positive Ethereum crypto news, ETH recorded a minor price surge in the last week of January. On January 24, ETH traded for $2,230. A week later, ETH gained 4.89% and sold for $2,336. According to crypto analysts, Ethereum may likely be one of the best crypto investments in 2024 due to landmark activities in the blockchain industry. BTC halving comes in April, and the resulting market volatility will likely push ETH to $3,200.
Binance Coin surges amid groundbreaking partnership
On January 27, Laika AI (one of the world’s best DeFi research platforms) announced a partnership with Binance Coin Greenfield. Binance Coin Greenfield is a sub-chain of the BNB chain built to provide a decentralized data storage system and thriving web3 data economy to the blockchain industry. In other news, Crypto Slam recently revealed that Binance Coin Chain NFT sales shot up by 688% in the last week of January.
Thanks to these favourable ecosystem developments, BNB went bullish in late January. On January 24, BNB traded for $292. Seven days later, BNB gained 4.84% and sold for $307. According to crypto experts, BNB is primed for a price surge in Q1 2024 because retail crypto traders will return to accumulate altcoins during BTC’s halving in April. Therefore, BNB will likely trade for $325 by March 2024.
Investors back $ROE, presale raises over $2.7M in four stages
Borroe Finance ($ROE) is the world’s first web3 blockchain invoice discounting NFT marketplace. As a decentralized fundraising marketplace, Borroe Finance allows web3 businesses to raise instant cash by minting future earnings into NFTs and selling them to supportive communities at discounted prices. To ensure the safety of the fundraising process, Borroe Finance incorporates AI-risk assessment and efficient payment solutions into its protocol.
$ROE’s fourth presale stage is ongoing, and the token is selling for $0.019. So far, $ROE has completed 85.7% of its current presale stage, and the platform has raised over $2.7 million. When all presale stages conclude, $ROE will surge to $0.040 and deliver a massive 110.5% ROI to early investors. Furthermore, experts believe $ROE will record quick market acceptance in 2024 and likely trade for $0.190 by the end of the year.
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Why experienced investors are turning to NuggetRush amidst the meme coin frenzy?
Shiba Inu burned billions of tokens in January. BONK could fall further amid growing competition from meme coin rivals. NuggetRush (NUGX) could become the most in-demand play-to-earn network after its 80% price increase. The price of SHIB is still struggling despite over 9 billion SHIB tokens being burned by Shiba Inu in January 2024. On…
- Shiba Inu burned billions of tokens in January.
- BONK could fall further amid growing competition from meme coin rivals.
- NuggetRush (NUGX) could become the most in-demand play-to-earn network after its 80% price increase.
The price of SHIB is still struggling despite over 9 billion SHIB tokens being burned by Shiba Inu in January 2024. On the other hand, competition from other meme coins could push BONK down in the market.
Now, investors see NuggetRush (NUGX) as a last hope to secure stable returns and gold rewards. The project has sold nearly 169 million tokens. Yet, can NUGX become a better investment than top altcoins like SHIB and BONK? Let’s hear from market experts.
NuggetRush: matching expectations with high-value gold rewards
Speculation in the NFT gaming industry is rising NuggetRush prepares to launch the first-ever blockchain mining game. While gamers are thrilled by the prospect of an immersive strategy-based game, investors and crypto enthusiasts are more excited about earning NFT rewards that can be traded for real gold.
NuggetRush players primarily aim to become the game’s best miners and sit atop its leaderboard. To achieve this, players will set off on their journey with only miners and equipment while upgrading them as they progress.
With better NFT characters and machinery, a player’s mining efficiency will increase, boosting their chances of completing quests and earning financial rewards.
As for wealth-building, NuggetRush (NUGX) offers staking and trading of NFT assets. Rare in-game rewards called RUSHGEMS can be swapped for real-world gold at the game’s P2P marketplace. On the other hand, NuggetRush (NUGX) players can earn up to 20% APY rewards by staking their NFT assets.
NuggetRush is now in the last phases of its presale, and investors have already swooped up over 168 million NUGX tokens. In that time, NUGX’s price has risen by 80%, moving from $0.010 in round one to $0.018 by round five of its presale.
Investors are already anticipating another 11.1% rise to $0.020 as NUGX is gearing up for its listing. Furthermore, it is showing strong signs of becoming one of the top DeFi projects.
Shiba Inu burns 9 billion tokens
Shiba Inu has kept its word of increasing the SHIB burn rate in 2024. Reports from ShibaScan show that Shiba Inu has burned over 9 billion tokens in January 2024. It comes amid the widespread bearishness that has suffocated the progress of many altcoins.
Shiba Inu (SHIB) has also succumbed to the bearish pressure. As of January 1, SHIB traded at $0.00001069. It fell by 10.9% to $0.000009516 on January 17. SHIB fell by 6.8% to $0.000008861 on January 25, before recovering by 3.8% to $0.0000092 by January 30.
Shiba Inu (SHIB) first unveiled its policy of increased token burns in late 2023, following the launch of Shibarium.
Furthermore, Shibarium’s network activity has risen since the end of 2023, increasing demand for Shiba Inu’s services. This could push Shiba Inu’s SHIB token up by 52.3% to $0.00001402. Analysts say Shiba Inu’s (SHIB) increased token burn rate could make it one of the top crypto coins.
BONK expects competition from meme coin rivals
BONK has enjoyed spectacular growth in the past few months. Yet, the network is gearing up for a possible downturn amid competition from community-driven meme coins. In late January 2024, meme coin investor sentiment rose for networks like Dogwifhat.
Despite the market-wide price drop-off, BONK remained very popular among many crypto users. It traded at $0.00001494 on January 1. BONK jumped by 19.5% to $0.00001202 on January 18 before falling by 6.3% to $0.00001126 on January 30.
BONK could rise further if the meme coin sector reaches its 2023 highs. The network has already upgraded its mobile wallet features to allow smooth and seamless trading of tokens. This could further boost BONK’s trading activity while pushing its price to $0.00001509.
For more information bout the NuggetRush presale, visit the NuggetRush Presale Website.
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