Some of the largest U.S.-based cryptocurrency exchanges are having trouble handing Friday's market volatility.
- Kraken's trading is enabled again although "intermittent connectivity issues" remain 17 hours after the company's entire site was relegated to full "maintenance mode" Thursday morning.
- The company battled a second day of severe connectivity issues after Thursday saw an outage of the exchange's trading API, though the web interface was still operational.
- Coinbase also suffered "performance degradation," per its status page. And as the exchanged worked on a fix, reports of the exchange disabling USD buys circulated on Twitter. A Coinbase spokesperson confirmed to CoinDesk that USD buys were down, saying it was related to the outage issues.
- Several hours after the incident occured, Coinbase updated the status page to say "trading is 100% backup [sic]," which was followed by another update shortly thereafter saying "all services are back up" and Coinbse is "continuing to monitor for any future issues."
- Bitcoin's price shot up nearly 20% early Friday morning to over $38,000.
- These two exchanges have suffered downtime already this month, with both venues going down after bitcoin traded above $39,000 for the first time in early January, per CoinDesk's prior reporting.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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