Top Crypto Exchanges Experience Difficulties as Tesla News Prompts Trading Frenzy

Binance, Gemini and Kraken are all having technical difficulties under heavy trading load.

AccessTimeIconFeb 8, 2021 at 3:46 p.m. UTC
Updated May 9, 2023 at 3:15 a.m. UTC

Some of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges were experiencing technical issues Monday after Tesla's (TSLA) announcement of a $1.5 billion bitcoin investment saw prices rally to new highs over $44,000.

  • According to status pages and tweets for Binance, Gemini and Kraken the platforms have experienced difficulties on web and mobile following a surge in bandwidth demand from traders.
  • Binance disabled withdrawals for a short period, but at press time the exchange said these are once more functional.
  • The issues come amid a spike in market activity after Tesla said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that it has invested $1.5 billion in bitcoin and "may acquire and hold digital assets from time to time or long term."
  • As the news quickly spread, bitcoin prices rose around 15% to a new all-time high of $44,801.87, per CoinDesk 20 data. At press time, the cryptocurrency was trading around $43,640.

CORRECTION (Feb. 8, 18:00 UTC): Corrects to remove Coinbase from list of affected exchanges. Coinbase reported no new issues today.


Please note that our privacy policy, terms of use, cookies, and do not sell my personal information has been updated.

The leader in news and information on cryptocurrency, digital assets and the future of money, CoinDesk is a media outlet that strives for the highest journalistic standards and abides by a strict set of editorial policies. CoinDesk is an independent operating subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, which invests in cryptocurrencies and blockchain startups. As part of their compensation, certain CoinDesk employees, including editorial employees, may receive exposure to DCG equity in the form of stock appreciation rights, which vest over a multi-year period. CoinDesk journalists are not allowed to purchase stock outright in DCG.

Learn more about Consensus 2024, CoinDesk’s longest-running and most influential event that brings together all sides of crypto, blockchain and Web3. Head to to register and buy your pass now.