19% of All Bitcoins Stored On BitMEX Withdrawn After The CFTC Charges

19% of All Bitcoins Stored On BitMEX Withdrawn After The CFTC Charges

  • Recent data revealed that cryptocurrency traders had withdrawn the first batch of 23,200 BTC (worth over $240 million) from BitMEX in the initial hours following yesterday’s developments.

 

  • This substantial amount represented about 13% of all bitcoins held on the popular Bitcoin derivatives exchange.

 

  • The Glassnode data indicated that this is the “largest hourly BTC outflow from BitMEX” since the company keeps track. 

 

Bitcoin Withdrawals on BitMEX. Source: Glassnode
Bitcoin Withdrawals on BitMEX. Source: Glassnode

 

  • The withdrawals accelerated in the following hours. The total amount grew to 32,200 BTC (or 19% of all bitcoins stored on the exchange) in three batches. Glassnode updated that the latest withdrawals of 6,000 bitcoins ($63 million) occurred minutes ago.

 

  • The significant withdrawals come as a direct consequence of the major news that broke out yesterday. The US Commodity and Futures Trading Commission charged the owners of BitMEX, namely Arthur Hayes, Benjamin Delo, Samuel Reed, and Gregory Dwyer, with illegally operating the cryptocurrency derivatives platform and anti-money laundering violations.

 

  • The Acting US Attorney for the District of New York, Audrey Strauss, also indicted Hayes, Delo, Reed, and Dwyer for violating the Bank Secrecy Act and conspiring to violate the same Act. 

 

  • BitMEX issued an official response, in which the exchange “strongly disagreed with the US government’s heavy-handed decision to bring these charges.” The company also intends to “defend the allegations vigorously.”

 

  • Despite the BitMEX response, the cryptocurrency field felt the adverse effects almost immediately, and prices tumbled. 

 

  • The cryptocurrency community also had a controversial reaction to the entire case. Some claimed that it’s bad for the industry, while others believe it could have a positive impact in the long run. 

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