The Blockchain Transparency Institute (BTI) suffered a DDoS attack after it recently posted a report on what exchanges are most engaged in wash trading.
In its May and September 2019 reports, the BTI has been working to expose those crypto exchanges that have facilitated wash trading. In their September report they noticed that since they published their findings, the overall volume of wash trading declined by 35% between the top 40 major crypto exchanges.
The top crypto exchanges that have been in the green in BTI’s reports are Kraken, Coinbase, and Poloniex, with almost no wash trade activity recorded. On the other side of the spectrum, are OKEx, Bibox, and Bithumb, which have been noticed to use wash trading to artificially increase most of their trade volume.
In another report sent by Bitwise to the SEC, it was shown that the daily volume of Bitcoin was only $272 million per day, meaning that almost all of the 95% reported daily trade volume was artificially enhanced by activities such as wash trading.
Wash trading is technically not illegal, but it is frowned upon nonetheless as it is a form of market manipulation. It involves an investor simultaneously selling and buying the same crypto/asset in order to generate misleading, artificial activity in the marketplace.
In response to the Bitwise report, Huobi – one of the worst wash trading crypto exchanges – posted the following message:
“We did identify a few of our market makers conducting what we suspect may have been wash trading for the sake of performance and marketing purposes. We have already communicated with these market makers and they have discontinued the strategies in question.”
But according to BTI, one exchange decided to deny all accusations of wash trading. The OKEx CEO even challenged BTI on Twitter to a 100 BTC bet in which, if OKEx proved that more than 10% of its volume is real, the exchange wins the bet.
BTI then remarked in a Twitter post that since OKEx’s response, the BTI website was under a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack. The BTI website still cannot be reached, meaning that the attack is still ongoing.
OKEx Korea recently delisted all of its privacy coins in order to comply with FATF regulations.
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