Bitcoin Hits $8,000 After Breaching Key Levels In Its Best Day Since December

Francisco Memoria
  • Bitcoin is currently up 10.7 percent after surging over $1,000 in only 30 minutes.
  • What's behind the rally is unclear as several factors could've helped the cryptocurrency surge.

Bitcoin (BTC), the flagship cryptocurrency, recently surged over $1,000 in about 30 minutes, after it broke past key levels, according to analysts. The rally saw bitcoin surpass the $8,000 mark, before falling back to $7,700 at press time.

Bitcoin’s surge saw the cryptocurrency mark add roughly $30 billion in a short amount of time, as most cryptocurrencies followed suit on its rally. Bitcoin is now up 10.7 percent in the last 24-hour period thanks to its recent rally.

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What’s behind the cryptocurrency’s surge is somewhat unclear, as several factors could be behind it. Some analysts claim bitcoin’s stability allowed it to break through the resistance at $7,000, which then allowed it to surge to $8,000.

Others claim institutional investors finally started buying cryptocurrencies. As covered, $8 billion legendary investor George Soros, along with the Rockefeller family through its Venrock venture capital fund, are entering the cryptocurrency space.

Cryptocurrency analyst “Crypto_Ed_NL” had a different theory. On Twitter, he claimed he believes bitcoin’s price is dominated by whales and market makers, who manipulate it to make as much profit as possible.

Per his theory, they could’ve pushed bitcoin’s price up to create a shorts squeeze, which would further help bitcoin’s bullish rally as traders holding short positions could panic and buy more bitcoin to sustain their positions and avoid liquidation.

Available data shows this could be the case, although a lot of positions seemingly got liquidated as well. The shorts squeeze could, in fact, have been accidental as institutional investors enter the market. Speaking to Bloomberg, Cryptocampus analyst Jeffrey Van de Leemput revealed he recently “helped set up a 200k btc transaction for Chinese buyers.”

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The squeeze could’ve also been triggered by a large amount of new buyers entering the market, as an Islamic scholar recently declared the flagship cryptocurrency compliant with Sharia Law. Given that nearly one-quarter of the world’s population is Muslim, the scholar’s conclusion could see bitcoin’s adoption enter a whole new level.

Going forward, analysts believe bitcoin will need to hold above the $7,500 mark before it can keep on climbing back up to its mid-December all-time high of over $19,000. If the cryptocurrency holds above that mark, the next rally could see it hit $9,000.

Children’s Toy Drug Bust Leads Police to $1 Million Crypto Seizure

Michael LaVere
  • Australian authorities seized more than $1 million in crypto following a children's toy drug bust.
  • An Australian couple attempted to transport MDMA hidden in a child's toy through international mail.

Ecstasy hidden in a child’s toy led Australian authorities to a record-breaking cryptocurrency seizure. 

According to a report by the Sydney Morning Herald, Western Australian (WA) authorities seized a record amount of cryptocurrency from a couple attempting to transport ecstasy hidden in a child’s toy painting kit. 

While screening international mail, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers found 27.5 grams of MDMA tablets and a similar amount of powder concealed inside the children’s toy. The report claims the package had been sent from the UK and was en route to the Perth metropolitan area. 

The ABF officers alerted federal and WA authorities, which led detectives from the meth transport team to raid a property in Marangaroo where they seized more than 1.5 million AUD (~1.03 million USD) in cryptoassets. 

A man and a woman were arrested and charged by authorities for their role in the drug operation. 

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Matthews, who was in charge of the drug and firearm squad, said of the record-breaking seizure, 

While WA Police Force has seized millions of dollars worth of physical property and bank account assets in the course of several drug investigations, particularly those involving established criminal networks, the identification and freezing of over $1.5million of cryptocurrency in these circumstances highlights the current digital environment in which law enforcement agencies must operate.

Australian Border Force commander Rod O’Donnell said that his officers are awake to the “many creative methods” criminals are using to import drugs. 

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