Good morning, and welcome to First Mover. I’m Bradley Keoun, here to take you through the latest in crypto markets, news and insights. (Lyllah Ledesma is off.)
- Price point: Bitcoin's price holds steady – defending $30K – as the European Central Bank moves to raise interest rates for the first time in more than a decade.
- Market Moves: Mixed-up address snafu leads to $15M theft of Optimism's OP tokens, Sam Kessler reports.
- Featured story: The Osmosis Chain will remain halted for at least 48 hours following a liquidity pool exploit that resulted in an estimated loss of $5 million, Oliver Knight reports.
As flagged in CoinDesk's Market Wrap newsletter on Wednesday, bitcoin's price this year has traded around expectations of central-bank monetary policy tightening – since the liquidity-sucking exercises also appear to influence cryptocurrencies.
For most of this year, the U.S. Federal Reserve's actions have attracted most of the focus. Now that the ECB is also moving to rein in soaring inflation, crypto traders are paying attention.
"The globalization of markets means that this would affect all economies, so equities and crypto could suffer as a result in the short term," Marcus Sotiriou, analyst at UK-based digital-asset broker GlobalBlock, wrote Thursday in an email.
After a 3% drop on Wednesday, the bitcoin price was flat to slightly higher on Thursday at around $30,200.
For now, crypto bulls appear to have defended the crucial $30,000 price threshold. But some crypto analysts have warned that a deeper sell-off remains in the cards.
"We still believe that the bear market for bitcoin and the entire cryptocurrency market has yet to play its final act, and that should be expected before the end of the year," said Alex Kuptsikevich, senior market analyst at FxPro.
For the past four weeks, bitcoin has traded in a tight range from roughly $32,300 to $28,000.
Such action resembles the U.S. stock market lately, where commentators have described the situation as "boring."
As more central banks follow the Fed's lead, markets might get more interesting again. Or maybe the central banks will simply suppress the volatility.
Wintermute concedes "serious error" leading to $15 million theft of Optimism's OP tokens
Ethereum scaling solution Optimism announced Wednesday that $15 million in OP governance tokens have been stolen by attackers, Sam Kessler reports.
Optimism intended to send the funds to a crypto-market maker, but they fell into the wrong hands when the market maker, Wintermute, provided Optimism’s team with an incorrect blockchain address.
In a statement, Wintermute CEO Evgeny Gaevoy took responsibility for allowing the theft: “We made a serious error."
Feature: Osmosis to Cover Possible $5M Exploit Loss; Chain to Remain Halted for 2 Days
By Oliver Knight
The Osmosis Chain will remain halted for at least 48 hours following a liquidity pool exploit that resulted in an estimated loss of $5 million.
In a series of updates on Twitter (TWTR) and in a Discord post at 17:32 UTC on Wednesday, the Osmosis team said it will cover all losses using its strategic reserves.
The bug was an issue with the JoinPoolNoSwap function, in which liquidity providers received 50% more than they should have when withdrawing from liquidity pools.
The bug was exploited by a "small number of individuals," Osmosis said. Four individuals have been identified as being responsible for 95% of the exploited amount.
Link to full story: Osmosis to Cover Possible $5M Exploit Loss; Chain to Remain Halted for 2 Days
- Crypto Trading Firm Wintermute to Launch DEX on Ethereum The decentralized exchange, Bebop, is scheduled to go live this summer.
- Coinbase Makes Strategic Investment in Crypto Exchange Zipmex: Report Coinbase has opted for a strategic investment instead of an acquisition despite earlier talks.
- OSL and Interactive Brokers Partner for Crypto Services in Hong Kong An agreement has been signed that will see Interactive Brokers offer crypto services to professional clients in Hong Kong.
- Anchorage Spearheads Crypto Custody Exchange Network to Enhance Trading, Liquidity Anchorage and crypto companies including Binance.US created an exchange network for institutional investors.
- Osmosis to Cover Possible $5M Exploit Loss; Chain to Remain Halted for 2 Days The cause of the liquidity pool exploit has been identified and a new blockchain update will be pushed in at least 48 hours.
- South Korea Investigates Terra Labs for Alleged Bitcoin Embezzlement Following UST Collapse: Report A probe has been launched into Do Kwon's Terraform Labs over alleged embezzlement of the company's bitcoin.
- $15M of Optimism Tokens Stolen by an Attacker After Wintermute Sent Wrong Wallet Address The theft, which follows the OP token’s botched airdrop, sent the token’s price to new lows.
Today’s newsletter was edited by Bradley Keoun and produced by Parikshit Mishra and Stephen Alpher.
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