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Largest US Bitcoin exchange halts trading as cryptocurrencies plummet

22 Décembre 2017

The company opened its doors to bitcoin cash trading on Tuesday, December 19, but the currency's skyrocketing pre-Coinbase launch value indicated that someone related to the online exchange spilled the beans early to make a profit. Some businesses, hoping to seize on the bitcoin mania, have changed their names to include the word blockchain, the technology that undergirds the virtual currency.

The company's chief executive intervened after several market watchers posted allegations of illegal activity on social media sites.

Bitcoin's price has climbed back up to around $12,800 as of the time of publishing, and Coinbase noted that buying and selling may still be blocked. "If we find evidence of any employee or contractor violating our policies - directly or indirectly - I will not hesitate to terminate the employee immediately and take appropriate legal action". Bitcoin was down more than 20% on Coinbase's GDAX exchange at the time of writing.

Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency that has soared in value this year, plunged below $11,000 Friday morning, sinking by almost half from a record high it hit less than a week ago.

Largest US Bitcoin exchange halts trading as cryptocurrencies plummet
Largest US Bitcoin exchange halts trading as cryptocurrencies plummet

Buys and sells on Coinbase, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S., were disabled for a little over two hours Friday amid a massive cryptocurrency sell-off.

Claims of insider dealing were not the only hitch that Coinbase experienced when it finally added support for the new asset.

So then why would the man behind one of the most influential voices in Bitcoin right now sell off his share? Coupled with Bitcoin Cash's incredibly fast processing speeds, it is the obvious choice when seeking out the most functional currency that harbors the highest potential for the future. It remains unclear whether or not this was a software glitch or if deals were really being made at this level. Perhaps it is these qualities that have lead Bitcoin Cash to give the second largest cryptocurrency in the world some though competition in terms of market capitalisation.

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Largest US Bitcoin exchange halts trading as cryptocurrencies plummet