The Bulls Are Back, Trump’s Petro Ban Backfires and Karmic Justice: This Week in Crypto

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Make sure you check out last weeks post here, now let’s go over what happened in crypto this week. 

Price Watch:


  • Trump’s crackdown on Petro backfires: A Venezuelan government representative thanked Trump for the free publicity that came from his ban on Petro. The representative further claimed that Trump’s executive order has even managed to raise investor interest in the U.S. These statements should be taken with some hesitation, as the Venezuelans are suspected of making false statements surrounding the “$5 billion” raised by Petro’s presale earlier this year. In any case, Venezuela has made some bold predictions for the future stating Petro’s impact would be felt within “three to six months“.
  • Pakistan banned banks from transferring cryptocurrencies this week in a move that closely followed neighbor and on-again-off-again enemy India’s ban last week. The move in Pakistan is expected to be just as controversial (and ambiguous) as India’s. The move follows similar actions by Bolivia, China, Ecuador, ColombiaRussia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Nigeria, and others although these bans have taken various forms.
  • JP Morgan sued over fees: In what has been called a form of karmic justice for J.P. Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon who called bitcoin a “fraud”, the firm he runs has been hit with a class action lawsuit surrounding hidden fees users incur when using credit cards to buy Bitcoin.
  • Bitfinex investigated over money laundering: Polish authorities have revealed that Bitfinex has been implicated in an investigation into the laundering of zł 1.27 billion Polish złotys (~$371 million). The laundered money is said to belong to Colombian drug cartels. Colombia banned cryptocurrencies in late 2016 citing money laundering concerns.


  • Nano lawsuit demands fork: A class action lawsuit filed by victims of a breach against exchange BitGrail aims to force the developers of Nano (XRB) to create a hard fork which would return lost assets to investors. Normally security is the asset holders responsibility, but the developers appear to have explicitly endorsed the exchange citing a close relationship with BitGrail founder. Questions have been posed over whether or not the attack happened and many have pointed fingers exclusively at BitGrail. If this lawsuit is won by the plaintiffs it could set a dangerous precedent for future hacks.
  • Vitalik opposes hard fork that would stop ASIC mining: After EIP  that sought to slow down Ethereum centralization by stopping ASIC miners became wildly popular, Ethereum co-founder Vitalik urged the community to exercise some restraint. With the memory of Moner’s 5x hard fork , it’s completely reasonable to fear a split in the community and a detraction from “more important things”.

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