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Bitcoin tumbles to 6-week low on fears of regulatory noose tightening

Bitcoin’s spot price was slumping on Tuesday, touching a six-week low below $11,000, as the biggest cryptocurrencies came under pressure across the board.

The selloff follows reports that South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said banning trading in virtual currencies was “a live option.” That has added to ongoing worries about a potential crackdown in what’s considered the world’s third-largest crypto trading market.


One of the Biggest Crypto Exchanges Goes Dark and Users Are Getting Nervous

One of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges has been down for hours and its clients are starting to freak out.

Kraken went offline at 9 p.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday for maintenance that was initially scheduled to last two hours, plus an additional two to three hours for withdrawals, according to an announcement on the San Francisco-based company’s website.

“We are still working to resolve the issues that we have identified and our team is working around the clock to ensure a smooth upgrade,” according to a status update on Kraken’s website posted seven hours ago. “This means it may still take several hours before we can relaunch the site.”

In previous updates, Kraken mentioned it’s working on “unexpected and delicate issues” and assured clients their funds were secure, adding that “Yes, this is our new record for downtime since we launched in 2013. No, we’re not proud of it.”


Crypto Climax Closes Top Exchanges

Cryptocurrency trading reached a crescendo yesterday with total trade volume reaching an all-time high, topping $835 billion. The world’s major cryptocurrency exchanges were forced to shut up shop to new customers as the massive surge swamped their systems.

The massive influx in new account applications has caused three of the top four crypto exchanges to suspend new registrations. Many of them are reporting record numbers of signups as crypto mania exponentially increases.


Japanese Banking Giant Wants To Prevent Another Mt. Gox

Japan’s Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking is preparing to launch a service that will protect cryptocurrency holders if the exchanges they use shut down or are hacked, reports Japan-based online publication Nikkei Asian Review.

The banking giant will keep matching records from cryptocurrency exchanges of customers who opt-in for the scheme. In the event the exchange fails or is compromised, Mitsubishi UFJ will compensate its clients for their losses according to the records they maintain.

Nikkei reports that the service will start with Bitcoin trading and could launch as early as April. Crypto exchange users who opt-in to have their funds protected by the Mitsubishi UFJ will be charged a fee for the service.

However, as CEO of Tokyo-based exchange Bitbank Noriyuki Hirosue asserts, the extra fee may be an easy price to pay for those who prefer to trust traditional financial institutions: