Axie Infinity’s Discord bot compromised, hackers issue fake minting message

Axie Infinity, the popular play-to-earn nonfungible token game, faced another attack on its Discord server earlier on Wednesday, leading to a compromise of its MEE6 bot. MEE6 is a popular discord bot mainly used for automating roles and messages and is used by numerous crypto projects. The attackers used the compromised bot to add permissions to a fake Jiho account, and later issued a fake announcement regarding a mint. The developers managed to remove the compromised MEE6 bot from the main server and deleted the fake messages as well. However,…

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What is P2P trading, and how does it work in peer-to-peer crypto exchanges?

What is peer-to-peer (P2P) trading? Peer-to-peer (P2P) trading is a type of cryptocurrency exchange method that allows traders to trade directly with one another without the need for a centralized third party to facilitate the transactions. Unlike traditional Bitcoin (BTC) exchanges, which typically have strict regulations and require users to go through a verification process before they can access and use the platform, P2P trading platforms tend to be much more relaxed in terms of their requirements. In P2P trading, you can select your preferred offer and trade directly with…

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First 7-week losing streak in history ― 5 things to know in Bitcoin this week

Bitcoin (BTC) starts a new week under $30,000 as the battle to save the market from fresh lows grinds on. After hitting its highest since the Terra LUNA crash last week, the largest cryptocurrency nonetheless continues to fail to reclaim $30,000 as support. What could be in store this week? The potential for major upheaval from macro players, notably the United States Federal Reserve, is shapeshifting this week ahead of the World Economic Forum. At the same time, internal crypto market pressure remains as the implications of LUNA’s collapse continue to play…

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$1.9T wipeout in crypto risks spilling over to stocks, bonds — stablecoin Tether in focus

The cryptocurrency market has lost $1.9 trillion six months after it soared to a record high. Interestingly, these losses are bigger than those witnessed during the 2007’s subprime mortgage market crisis — around $1.3 trillion, which has prompted fears that creaking crypto market risk will spill over across traditional markets, hurting stocks and bonds alike. Crypto market capitalization weekly chart. Source: TradingView Stablecoins not very stable A massive move lower from $69,000 in November 2021 to around $24,300 in May 2022 in Bitcoin’s (BTC) price has caused a selloff frenzy…

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On-chain privacy is key to the wider mass adoption of crypto

Innovations in the crypto space appear daily. Whether through decentralized applications or new ways to implement and use nonfungible tokens (NFTs) within decentralized finance, blockchain technology is innovating at the speed of light. The only thing missing? Widespread adoption. One thing holding this back is the very public nature of the blockchain. DeFi, as it operates now, lacks meaningful privacy. In order to catalyze broad adoption for businesses, governments and individuals, those executing blockchain transactions should expect regular, consistent privacy. First, we need to define what privacy means. It does…

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DeFi protocols declare losses as attackers exploit LUNA price feed discrepancy

The seemingly endless freefall of Terra (LUNA) affected two decentralized finance (DeFi) protocols due to a price discrepancy, as the Chainlink price feed for LUNA gets suspended over extreme market conditions.  Avalanche-based liquidity protocol Blizz Finance reported that as the price of LUNA was stuck at $0.10, attackers were able to deposit millions of LUNA to “borrow all the collateral.” As a result, Blizz Finance mentioned that its protocol was drained before its team could pause. The team apologized to those who were affected. We have built on the AVAX ecosystem…

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USDT-dollar peg wobbles as markets continue to struggle: Tether CTO weighs-in

Cryptocurrencies markets continue to suffer major losses following the depegging of Terra (LUNA) ecosystem’s stablecoin UST – causing discrepancies between stablecoin pegs and the value of Bitcoin (BTC). Stablecoin Tether (USDT) showed signs of stress as USDT/USD traded under $0.99 on major exchanges. Tether and Bitfinex CTO Paulo Ordoino took to Twitter to assure USDT holders that over 300 million UDST tokens had been redeemed at their $1 peg over the past 24 hours. GMReminder that tether is honouring USDt redemptions at 1$ via https://t.co/fB12xESSvB .>300M redeemed in last 24h…

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Terra ‘rescue plan’ still at large as LUNA falls below $5, Bitcoin spikes to ‘$138K’ in UST

Panic appeared to set in on crypto markets overnight on May 11 as Blockchain protocol Terra failed to steady its bleeding cryptoassets. Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed both the firm’s in-house token, LUNA and stablecoin, TerraUSD (UST) seeing fresh heavy losses on the day. A dubious new “all-time high” for Bitcoin After a mass sell-off which some argued was “coordinated” to destroy the Terra ecosystem, UST lost its peg to the U.S. dollar. Attempts to shore up the peg with both LUNA and Bitcoin (BTC) reserves failed,…

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‘Kwontitative easing’ — BTC price hits $43K in UST as Terra empties $2.2B BTC bag

Bitcoin (BTC) fell below $30,000 for the first time in ten months on May 10 as turmoil at Blockchain protocol Terra continued. BTC/USD 1-hour candle chart (Bitstamp). Source: TradingView Bitcoin price bounces at $29,700 Data from Cointelegraph Markets Pro and TradingView showed BTC/USD plumbing lows of $29,731 on Bitstamp. The first trip under the $30,000 mark since July 2021, overnight BTC price performance came amid both declining stock markets and fresh trouble for Terra’s United States dollar stablecoin, TerraUSD (UST). As Cointelegraph continues to report, UST saw an attack involving mass-selling…

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From smart insurance to on-chain document verification: Here’s how NEAR aims to improve Kenya

Kenya-based blockchain community Sankore has partnered with Swiss nonprofit NEAR Foundation to launch a regional hub that aims to develop talent within the region and build projects that aim to improve the local ecosystem.  Sankore supports projects like Kilimo Shwari, which is a blockchain-based insurance program that helps farmers deal with natural disasters. Apart from this, the firm also supports Ledja, a project which focuses on combating fraudulent documentation within Africa by using NEAR Protocol for document verification. The partnership will further these initiatives by developing talent within the region…

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