High tales of this week
The FTX collectors listing exhibits airways, charities and tech corporations hit by the collapse
The full list of creditors owed by bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange FTX has been released, revealing a wide range of global companies. Potential creditors include airlines, hotels, charities, banks, venture capital firms, media companies, and crypto companies, as well as US and international government agencies. According to another FTX scandal headline, US federal prosecutors allege that Sam Bankman-Fried used funds from FTX clients to invest $400 million in venture capital firm Modulo Capital. Investigators claim that Modulo was likely built with proceeds of crime or embezzled funds. Legal fees in this case are estimated to be in the hundreds of millions of dollars before the company's bankruptcy investigation is complete.
BlockFi's uncensored financials reportedly show $1.2 billion in FTX exposure
Bankrupt crypto lending firm BlockFi has accidentally uploaded uncensored financials, revealing $1.2 billion in assets linked to bankrupt exchange FTX and defunct trading firm Alameda Research. The unredacted filings show that as of Jan. 14, BlockFi had $415.9 million in assets in FTX and a whopping $831.3 million in loans to Alameda. BlockFi filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Nov. 28, citing the collapse of FTX just weeks earlier as the cause of its financial woes.
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The new "Celsius token" can be used to repay creditors
Bankrupt crypto lending company Celsius may issue its own token to repay creditors. In a court hearing, Celsius attorney Ross M. Kwasteniet said the company was negotiating with its creditors to see how the platform could be restarted and properly repaid. If approved by creditors and the court, the relaunched version would be "a publicly traded company that is properly licensed," which is expected to make more money for creditors than simply liquidating the company.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance admitted to erroneously storing some customer funds in the same wallet with their collateral for Binance-minted tokens, or B-tokens. The exchange has already started transferring the assets to dedicated collateral wallets, emphasizing that B tokens are always fully collateralized and 1:1 secured. Binance previously said that its company holdings would be recorded in segregated accounts and should not be part of the calculations of proof of reserves.
Genesis creditors file securities lawsuit against Barry Silbert and DCG
Crypto conglomerate Digital Currency Group (DCG) faces more legal troubles after filing a new class action lawsuit against its subsidiary Genesis Capital. A group of Genesis creditors filed a lawsuit against DCG and its CEO, Barry Silbert, alleging violations of securities laws by entering into stock lending agreements without qualifying for an exemption from registration under federal laws. Genesis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Jan. 19 and expects to emerge from the proceedings by May.
Winner and Loser
Bitcoin at the end of the week (Bitcoin) is at $23,129ether (ETH) at $1,600 and XRP at $0.41. The total market capitalization is at $1.06 Trillion, according to to CoinMarketCap.
Among the many prime 100 cryptocurrencies, the highest three altcoin gainers of the week are Threshold (T) at 115.05%, Aptos (SUITABLE) at 86.22% and dYdX (DYDX) at 64.91%.
The highest three altcoin losers of the week are Hedera (HBAR) at -7.72%, decentralized (MANA) at -7.71% and producers (MKR) at -5.77%.
For extra info on crypto costs, see Cointelegraph's Market Evaluation.
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forecast of the week
Bitcoin Will Hit $200,000 Earlier than Hitting $70,000 Bear Market In Subsequent Cycle – Prediction
After two weeks of rallying, Bitcoin's worth has been largely flat for the previous few days, displaying that market contributors aren't unduly involved forward of subsequent week's scheduled financial coverage choices from the US Federal Reserve, European Central Financial institution and Financial institution of England.
For a lot of, BTC worth motion continues to be tied to Bitcoin’s four-year halving cycles. The ensuing worth sample options an “all-time excessive” each fourth 12 months, adopted by 2025. In line with pseudonymous analyst Dealer Tardigrade, aka Alan, Bitcoin’s block subsidy halving will happen a 12 months earlier, and from there the trail turns into gargantuan $200,000 to be open.
“The well-formed #Bitcoin construction with stochastic conduct signifies that the subsequent ATH can be 200,000 and the subsequent flooring can be 70,000,” Alan predicted.
FUD of the week
Mango Labs, the creator of crypto trading platform Mango Markets, filed a lawsuit against Avraham Eisenberg, seeking $47 million in damages. It also asked the court to overturn an agreement between Eisenberg and Mango's decentralized autonomous organization. In October 2022, Eisenberg pulled around $117 million from Mango Markets by manipulating the price of its native Mango (MNGO) token and allowing undercollateralized lending.
Argo Blockchain accused of misleading investors in a class action lawsuit
A class-action lawsuit alleges that crypto mining company Argo Blockchain omitted key information and made false statements during its 2021 IPO. It also claimed that a number of the documents presented were negligently prepared, with inaccurate or missing information.
The US Department of Justice seizes the website of prolific ransomware gang Hive
International law enforcement groups have dismantled the notorious Hive cryptocurrency ransomware gang, recovered over 1,300 decryption keys for victims since July 2022, and prevented $130 million in ransomware payments. Hive was behind a number of notorious ransomware incidents, such as the cyberattack on Costa Rica's Public Health Service and Social Security Fund that took place in April-May 2022.
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