Controversial cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex is alleged to have tapped into reserves of the stablecoin issued by sister company Tether to cover up $851 million in losses last year, New York Attorney General Letitia James charged on Thursday.
It seems like the #RippleArmy has won at least one major battle: acceptance by Coinbase. One of the biggest names in retail crypto trading announced on Monday that its Coinbase Pro platform will start accepting inbound transfers of XRP Tuesday morning.
Cryptocurrency supporters eager to see the business break into the financial mainstream had a pair of good signs on Jan. 30, as Fidelity Investments announced a timeframe for its Bitcoin custody service, and the Gemini exchange became the first exchange to pass a tough third-party test of its security offerings.
Something strange is going on with the stablecoin issued by Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss’ Gemini Trust Company. Over the past several days, CoinMarketCap data on trading using the Gemini dollar (GUSD) has spiked dramatically—and it all seems to stem from one exchange, the China-based OEX. Seemingly overnight, there was a surge in GUSD daily trading volume. From December 2 to December 13, that number was in a range between roughly 1.4 million and 2.3 million, according to CoinMarketCap. However, on December 14 and 15, daily trading volume was around 18 million. On December 16 and 17, it was around 30 million. Before then, the figure never exceeded 17.6 million. As…