Binance Delists Bitcoin Satoshi's Vision (BSV) Following Craig Wright Drama

Colin Muller

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In a dramatic move, leading cryptoasset exchange Binance announced today that it will delist Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV).

The delisting will take place on April 22 at 10:00 UTC, and at that time all BSV trades will be cancelled and removed from the orderbooks. The cryptoassets will be available for withdrawal from Binance until July of this year.

The move comes after a period of intense online drama involving BSV’s backer Craig Wright, who claims to be Satoshi Nakamoto, the inventor of the original Bitcoin (BTC)

As CryptoGlobe reported, Wright recently offered a bounty of $5,000 for the doxing of one of his online critics, Twitter user “hodlnaut.”

Further, Wright last week issued legal notices to several of his critics, including host of the crypto podcast What Bitcoin Did, Peter McCormack, who has publicly asserted that Wright is not the inventor of Bitcoin. McCormack was threatened with a lawsuit for libel on this basis.

Changpeng Zhao (CZ) Follows Through on Threat

The delisting follows several tweets from the Binance CEO where he reaffirmed the position of McCormack and much of Crypto Twitter that Craig Wright is not Satoshi, and threatened to delist the coin:

In the official announcement on Binance's website, the exchange outlined its process for delisting assets, explaining that it conduct reviews "periodically" to determine if a cryptoasset "continues to meet the high level of standard we expect." Among the factors the exchange says it considers during this review are "evidence of unethical / fraudulent conduct" and "contribution to a healthy and sustainable crypto ecosystem."

Binance Moves Markets

The immediate market reaction to this news has not been kind, showing Binance’s influence in the industry. At the time of writing, BSV is already down 10% versus USDT. 

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The price effect on Bitcoin Cash (BCH), instead, has been the complete inverse, with the crypto seeing an 11% rally in price - presumably also as a direct result of the news. Being the direct competitor, in a sense, to BSV, this should come as no surprise after the fractious hard fork in November of 2018.

BCHUSDSource: CryptoCompare

Ravencoin Vulnerability Allowed Attackers to Increase Total Supply by 1.5%

Attackers have exploited a vulnerability found in Ravencoin, an open-source fork of Bitcoin that launched in 2018, to generate extra RVN tokens “beyond the coinbase of 5000 RVN per block.”

According to a Medium post published by Ravencoin lead developer Tron Black, community members from the CryptoScope team reached out to the Ravencoin team with the findings. Both teams then worked together to stop the exploit from being leaked, and started “code review to detect, isolate, and fix the issue.” The post reads:

A community code submission caused a bug that has been exploited. Law enforcement has been notified and is working with us. The vulnerability does not allow the stealing of RVN or assets that you own and control, but the minting did create RVN that should not exist.

In total, the extra coins that were minted beyond Ravencoin’s total 21 billion supply are the equivalent of 44 days worth of mining, or about 1.5% of the RVN tokens that will ever exist. Black’s suggestion on the post was for the community to absorb the economic cost of the extra tokens, or to move the halving 44 days earlier.

He added the minted RVN tokens were moved to an exchange and traded, and as a result were mixed with other circulating RVN tokens. This means that trying to burn the tokens, even if with community backing, will “cause irreparable harm to innocent victims.”

The burden, Black added, is currently being shared across all RVN holders in proportion to their holdings in the form of inflation. The developer urged users to keep trading to a minimum until a fix is issued. Details on the vulnerability will not be revealed until the fix is implemented.

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