Bitcoin price plummets by 500 USD – Whale alert on Bitfinex?

  • Yesterday the Bitcoin price fell by 500 USD within 30 minutes. As Crypto-Twitter suspects, some traces lead to a Bitcoin whale named “Joe007” on Bitfinex.
  • Presumably as a result of the whale activities, massive liquidations on BitMEX have occurred.

After the Bitcoin price fell below the 10,000 US dollar mark again on February 10 and then moved relatively quickly back above the psychologically important mark, there was another price crash a few hours ago. Within 30 minutes the Bitcoin price fell from 10,240 USD to 9,750 USD. As always with such strong and sudden price movements, there was an outcry within the crypto community, blaming Bitcoin Wale for this.

And the culprit was apparently found very quickly. As Jacob Canfield wrote in a tweet, there was a flash crash on the unknown Fulcrum trading exchange caused by an exploit. According to the data from Skew Analytics, BitMEX was subsequently liquidated for 90 million US dollars, which presumably significantly increased the crash of the Bitcoin price.

bitmex skew

Source: https://www.skew.com/dashboard/bitcoin-futures

As speculated in the crypto community, a whale that could be responsible for the crash may have taken advantage of yesterday’s low trading volume. The focus of the crypto community is the trader “Joe007”, who has consistently made millions of dollars in profits on Bitfinex over the last six months. On average, Joe007 recorded a monthly profit of 6.52 million dollars in the last six months, as Jacob Canfield noted in another tweet.

Bitfinex CTO Paolo Ardoino published the following picture from the Bitfinex ranking and commented “how to recover 10 million in 5 minutes@J0E007”.

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It wouldn’t be the first time that Joe007 strongly influences the crypto market through its trading maneuvers. In December 2018 he caused a stir when he placed a bet with a Dogecoin supporter. Both traders placed a bet on the Bitcoin price where Joe007’s betting partner would have had to transfer 5 million DOGE to him. Joe007 was betting that the Bitcoin price would remain above 7,100 USD. Just before the betting deadline, the Bitcoin price shot up against the trend by a sudden rise, which made Joe007 win the bet. Whether Joe007 personally took care of this was hotly debated at the time.

Is the Bitcoin rally organic?

Via Twitter Joe007 wrote that the current bull market was heavily manipulated by other whales and that a withdrawal was inevitable. Throughout February he had used spoof orders to exploit the Bitcoin rally. Spoof orders are bogus buy orders placed to encourage other investors to take long positions. Joe007 said about this:

You can push the price only so long with fantom money. At some point, people would want to cash out their mad gainz only to find no one on the other side of the market. That would be the show.

Despite the crash, the mood on the crypto market seems to be more bullish than it has been for a long time. As Willy Woo recently noted, the fundamental and on-chain data of Bitcoin’s rally are supporting the recent price of over $10,000.

Currently, Bitcoin’s price is showing slight signs of recovery from the crash and BTC is trading just below the USD 10,000 mark at the time of writing. Over the past 24 hours, the price has fallen by around 2.5%.

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About Author

Jake Simmons has been a crypto enthusiast since 2016, and since hearing about Bitcoin and blockchain technology, he's been involved with the subject every day. Beyond cryptocurrencies, Jake studied computer science and worked for 2 years for a startup in the blockchain sector. At CNF he is responsible for technical issues. His goal is to make the world aware of cryptocurrencies in a simple and understandable way.

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