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BTC bounty: 69,000 Bitcoins worth $700 million waiting for you

A BTC wallet said to hold about $700 million worth of BTC is being passed around.

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The race to claim the most prized crypto bounty is on.

A BTC wallet said to hold about $700 million worth of BTC is being passed around a community of opportunistic hackers.

Alon Gal, the CTO of network security firm, Hudson Rock, disclosed via Twitter he currently is in possession of the wallet that is said to hold 69,000 BTC.

READ: Population of holders of at least 0.1 Bitcoin surpasses 3 million

Coders are trying to figure out the password that will crack the Bitcoin Core wallet.dat file. Gal jokes that Google should help him out by lending out its quantum computer.

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“There is a Bitcoin wallet with 69,000 Bitcoins ($693,207,618) that is being passed around between hackers/crackers for the past 2 years for the purpose of cracking the password, no success so far,” Gal tweeted.

READ: $30 billion worth of BTCs disappears forever 

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However, the chances of claiming the Bitcoin bounty are very low.

Nairametrics is aware that present-day supercomputers are not powerful enough in breaking cryptographic systems, as seen in the world’s most valuable crypto by market value though global tech brands like Google, IBM continue to develop stronger quantum computing systems in the present day.

READ: Google to pay online publishers for high quality contents

While Google had in recent times said it will take about 10,000 years for a conventional computer to complete such computation, IBM  however shared a different opinion, “We argue that an ideal simulation of the same task can be performed on a classical system in 2.5 days and with far greater fidelity.”

That said, it’s a fact now that quantum computing has not found the quantum leap forward for such advances that could trouble Bitcoin’s present encryption codes.

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Crypto wallet owners should always learn to be vigilant in keeping their private keys, passwords safe as the chance of reclaiming their prized BTCs after such loss is almost impossible.

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The race is on …

Olumide Adesina is a France-born Nigerian. He is a Certified Investment Trader, with more than 15 years of working expertise in Investment Trading. Featured Financial Market Analysis for a Fortune Global 500 Company. Member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Society. Follow Olumide on Twitter @tokunboadesina or email [email protected]

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  1. Carl

    September 13, 2020 at 1:23 pm

    There are a few alternatives to get in this race.
    one is bloom filters.
    and others like Bitcanner, some other scripts out there etc.

    I’m just saying if really want to give it a try.

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Ripple suffers highest day percentage loss since September 3

Ripple’s crypto-asset, XRP was trading at $0.62215 by 00:01 (05:01 GMT)  down 10.29% on the day.

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Crypto owners robbed of 1,150,000 XRP, Ripple owners say XRP will be worth $100, XRP losing steam as BTC & ETH gain investors' funds

In line with the law of gravity, what goes up must come down at one point in time. Ripple the third most valuable crypto by market value has suffered its largest one-day percentage loss since September 3.

READ: How BTC Whales can push BTC market value to $1 trillion

  • Ripple’s crypto-asset, XRP was trading at $0.62215 by 00:01 (05:01 GMT), down 10.29% on the day.
  • The move downwards pushed XRP’s market cap down to $28.6 Billion or 5.08% of the total cryptocurrency market cap.
  • At its highest point in 2017, XRP’s market capitalization was $31.58 Billion.
  • XRP had traded in a range of $0.62057 to $0.70711 in the previous twenty-four hours

READ: Ripple lets go 1,000,000,000 XRP valued at $240 million

That said, the bullish run presently in play is largely attributed to Ripple’s most recent earning reports, disclosing it purchased a large quantity of XRP coin worth $45.5 million in Q3 2020, as part of its efforts to support the crypto market.

READ: NASD OTC market capitalization hits N538.12 billion, as investors gain N9.22 billion

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What you should know

Ripple’s XRP is often tagged as the “remittance network” and currency exchange that independent servers authenticate. The currency traded is known as XRP and transfer times are super fast.

Ripple (XRP) plays dual roles as a payment platform and a currency. The platform is an open-source platform that was created to allow quick and cheap transactions.

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Big investors prepare to offload some Bitcoins

Ki Young Ju recently warned on the high influx of Bitcoin holders moving a significant portion of their BTC holdings.

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Big investors prepare to offload some Bitcoins

A well-revered crypto strategist and Chief Executive Officer of Crypto Quant, Ki Young Ju, recently warned on the high influx of big-time Bitcoin holders moving a significant portion of their BTC holdings to a well-known crypto exchange, Coinbase, obviously to cash out, amid the bullish trend currently in play.

  • At the time of writing this report, Bitcoin traded at $18,813.28 with a daily trading volume of $50 Billion.
  • BTC price is up 2.5% in the last 24 hours. It has a circulating supply of 19 Million coins and a max supply of 21 Million coins.

READ: Bitcoin whale transfers $105 million worth of crypto, BTC trading at $15,800

The Head of the blockchain intelligence platform further anticipated the likelihood for Bitcoin to go through a period of correction as more investors deposit their BTC on Coinbase.

Too many BTC whales on Coinbase. I’m still long-term bullish, but we might face some corrections or sideways until whales become inactive on spot exchanges.

READ: 2,257 investors globally own at least 1,000 Bitcoins

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“Exchange Whale Ratio is the relative size of the top 10 inflows to total inflows. Historical data for Coinbase Whale Ratio. When whales are active (over 90%) on Coinbase, the BTC price will likely be going sideways or bearish.”

However, the top crypto strategist, Willy Woo, warned that the presence of whales in exchanges was no longer a strong indicator of a market sell-off.

READ: Over $20 billion pumped into crypto market by big investors

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“It used to be that peaks in destruction or dormancy would be a bad sign for the market as old coins have more experienced masters, thus smarter money; this would predict a price drop. These days not always, OG whales also sell bottoms. Smarter money has arrived.”

READ: Investors are rushing into cryptos, as market capitalization surges to $323 billion

Bottom line

Taking into consideration the bullish trend currently in play at the world’s flagship crypto market, Nairametrics’ view on Bitcoin remains bullish at least for the mid-term. However, the price needs to cool off at least temporarily, but the timing of such consolidation is pretty unknown, as it could be only for a few days or a protracted consolidation for another week or even longer is hard to tell right now.

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Ripple adds Bank of America to payment network

Ripple on its recently updated website disclosed that a leading American bank is now on its payment network, RippleNet.

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Ripple on its recently updated website disclosed that a leading American bank, Bank of America is now on its payment network RippleNet, known for the startup’s global payment network of banks and leading financial institutions and arch-rival of the SWIFT network.

The fast-growing fintech company gave insights into its growing membership of leading financial firms using its payment network

“The RippleNet Membership is a network of leading financial institutions that partner together to collectively and democratically govern and evolve RippleNet. These institutions work to standardize global cross border transactions…

“It creates a community, regionally and globally, where members can learn and share insights and best practices as their use of RippleNet grows, and build new commercial relationships with other members.”

What you must know: RippleNet is a network of institutional payment-providers that include banks and payment providers that use solutions developed by Ripple to provide a seamless experience to send money worldwide.

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  • RippleNet uses a leverage of cutting-edge blockchain technology in streamlining payments services that help in reducing costs.
  • It should also be added that On-Demand Liquidity (ODL), Ripple’s XRP-powered cross-border payments product, is available in the US, Mexico, Europe, the Philippines, and Australia.

Recall that some weeks ago, Nairametrics released reports on how Ripple, the fast-growing fintech juggernaut and owner of XRP, disclosed that its global payments network, RippleNet, was already live in 55 countries including Nigeria, with XRP remittances live in five continents.

RippleNet also stated that its service offerings were available in 95 currency pairs, according to the fintech’s redesigned website

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