Ethereum, the highly touted cryptocurrency and second-largest digital token by market capitalization, has put crypto whales in a feeding frenzy thus far through 2022. With several market dips having already occurred related to crypto bans and new regulations, dismay relating to the Russia Ukraine confrontation have put markets back into the red, creating yet another buying opportunity.
Hackers have again targeted the crypto industry, causing a data breach on February 8 resulting in the loss of $21 million in Bitcoin and $15 million in Ether from retirement accounts held by IRA Financial Trust, a FinTech that manages various portfolios consisting of nontraditional assets.
Canada’s KPMG, a leader in audit, tax, and advisory services to the private and public sector, has added an allocation of both Bitcoin and Ether to its corporate treasury.
After a short reprieve over the weekend, cryptocurrencies continued their dramatic and prolonged slide on Monday, culminating in bitcoin losing nearly half of its value since it hit record highs last November.
As the current crypto bloodbath continues, Altcoins are feeling the brunt of selling pressure, suffering double-digit losses in recent trading sessions. Altcoins enjoyed a recent price surge in the past weeks but have quickly experienced a correction giving up most of their gains. However, altcoins weren’t the only tokens to experience large declines. Bitcoin is down over 10% falling below $40k and Ethereum is down nearly 15% trading in the $2,700 range.
As noted by the widely popular crypto analyst Lark Davis, crypto exchange Binance has started to allow users to make direct withdrawals to Layer Two Ethereum Networks. Binance first announced plans to integrate the Arbitrum One Network and simultaneously open deposits for ETH on Arbitrum One Layer 2 back in November of 2021. After the most recent developments, users now have the ability to make withdrawals as well as deposit ETH to their Binance accounts using the Arbitrum One Layer 2 solution.
Polygon (MATIC), a layer two network designed for scaling and application infrastructure development on the Ethereum (ETH) network, was one of the most popular digital assets throughout the entire crypto market in December. From a spike in active addresses holding or trading MATIC, to Polygon’s $1 billion investment into zero-knowledge technology, co-launching a $200 million Web 3.0 social media initiative, to being utilized by Opera’s web browser to bring its decentralized apps to a wider audience, the future looks incredibly bright for the MATIC network.
The crypto market started out the new week by continuing its recent negative trend that has dragged the broader market down. The three largest cryptocurrencies in terms of market capitalization, Bitcoin Ethereum, and Binance, are all moving lower. During the past 24 hours of trading, all three tokens are down between three and five percent and the overall crypto market has seen a decline of 3.6%.
Badger DAO, a decentralized finance project focused on Bitcoin built on the Ethereum blockchain network that allows users to earn. Passive crypto income, is the latest to be victimized by a hack with $120.3 million worth of Bitcoin and Ethereum stolen during a particularly nasty front-end attack.
Bitcoin has already been crowned digital gold, but another token already outpaces it in terms of daily use, Ethereum. Introduced in 2015, Ethereum has since become the world’s second largest cryptocurrency with a market cap approaching $500 billion and just hit a fresh all-time high when it recently broke past $4,400.