Welcome to our recap of the major stories in the crypto world! Here’s what has happened over the past week:
⛽️ Low gas fees on Ethereum
With the crypto bear market in full swing, the cost of gas fees on the Ethereum blockchain has plummeted.
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) July 3, 2022
A drop in gas fees is usually correlated with a drop in demand and the number of transactions, which seems to be happening because of the bear market.
In other news, the Sepolia Mainnet has successfully merged to operate using a Proof-of-Stake consensus mechanism.
JUST IN: Sepolia is the second public Ethereum testnet to successfully complete the transition to PoS ⛓
— The Defiant (@DefiantNews) July 6, 2022
This is huge news as the Ethereum developers will need to successfully perform The Merge on one more testnet (Goerli), before the Mainnet gets merged.
You can find out more about the implications of The Merge on Ethereum in our article here.
Cardano hard fork a success ✅
Similar to Ethereum, the Cardano Vasil hard fork was a success on the testnet.
We’re happy to report that today at 20:20 UTC the IOG team has successfully hard forked the #Cardano Testnet. This is an important next step in the journey towards the Vasil upgrade on mainnet. 🧵
— Input Output (@InputOutputHK) July 3, 2022
The Vasil hard fork is focused on scalability, so as to ensure that the network is able to cope with the increased number of transactions brought about by smart contracts.
While we do not have the Cardano network on our platform, we support assets on 10 different blockchains (including Ethereum, Aurora, Klaytn and Solana) where you can store and receive them all within the convenience of one app!
USDC > USDT? 🪙
While USDT has been the go-to stablecoin in the crypto world, USDC is hot on their heels.
USDC is inching toward USDT's market capitalization. https://t.co/omM5azz1DE
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) July 5, 2022
The market capitalisation for USDC has grown significantly, while USDT has taken quite a beating during this bear market.
Following this news that the volume on Ethereum for USDC has overtaken USDT,
Over the past 24 hours USDC volume on Ethereum has doubled USDT's and the total supply gap between the two continues to narrow. Is USDT’s rein as the top stablecoin coming to an end? https://t.co/Ei694dUARn
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) June 22, 2022
USDC’s market cap is just $10 billion short of USDT.
Tether has been mired in controversy, mainly due to concerns regarding its reserves.
While Tether recently announced that they have reduced the number of commercial paper assets in their reserves,
Tether Continues to Reduce CP Holdings As It Solidifies Its Position As The Most Transparent Stablecoin
Read more info here: ⬇️https://t.co/hAvr4NVTsw
— Tether (@Tether_to) July 1, 2022
it will be interesting to see their attestation report that may be announced soon.
You can find out why USDT reserves are so controversial in our analysis here.
One of Shiba Inu’s lead developers, Shytoshi Kusama, posted updates regarding the SHIB ecosystem, with the most interesting one being that they’ll be launching a decentralised stablecoin.
— Shytoshi Kusama™ (@ShytoshiKusama) July 6, 2022
Shytoshi mentioned that the stablecoin is ‘an experimental protocol’, and should be released in 2022.
Apart from that, the developers plan to launch Shibarium, a Layer 2 blockchain, and a reward token (TREAT), which will benefit the SHIB ecosystem holders.
Ronin bridge hack 💻
More details have followed regarding the Ronin bridge hack, which amounted to a loss of over $450 million.
It seems that a senior engineer received a job offer from a fake company.
EXCLUSIVE: How a fake job offer took down the world’s most popular crypto game
— The Block (@TheBlock__) July 6, 2022
When he downloaded a PDF file that contained the offer, this allowed spyware to take control of 4 out of the 9 validators in the Ronin blockchain.
This meant that they almost had full control over the blockchain, and after gaining control over the last validator, they were able to perform the hack.
Amidst all the turmoil, Sky Mavis recently relaunched the Ronin bridge which allows you to bridge assets from the Ethereum blockchain to the Ronin sidechain.
Sky Mavis has relaunched the Ronin bridge with increased security and has also reimbursed all users affected by the $600 million+ Axie Infinity hack in March. https://t.co/9frMSJRiR0
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) June 29, 2022
You can find out more about what a bridge is in our article here.
This is a key lesson for all of us, as hackers are now targeting crypto wallets with multiple phishing scams and ransomware.
There are new scams that will take over your browser’s data if you download them,
Beware of the Pennywise crypto-malware that’s spreading on YouTube, stealing from crypto wallets and Chromium and Firefox browser extensions. There’s a super suspicious Russian connection too. https://t.co/LOfqfompBn
— Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) July 6, 2022
and we strongly urge you to be extremely careful about which links you click, or software that you download!
Crypto scammers have hacked the British Army's social media accounts. 🤯 https://t.co/dpnd4ToQ8X
— CoinMarketCap (@CoinMarketCap) July 5, 2022
DeFi loan to TradFi institution 🤝
ICYMI: MakerDAO approves $100 million stablecoin loan vault for 151-year-old US bankhttps://t.co/o3EvFCsir4
— The Block (@TheBlock__) July 7, 2022
Huntingdon Valley Bank was founded in 1871, and Maker will now be creating a vault with 100 million DAI, which is their algorithmic stablecoin.
With this vault, it will strengthen the ties between the DeFi and traditional finance (TradFi) worlds.
DAI is an algorithmic stablecoin, which is similar to TerraUSD Classic (USTC). However, DAI managed to survive while USTC plummeted, and you can find out more in our analysis here.
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