Bitfinex Responds to Attack Attempt, Shuts Down XRP Rumors
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After a now-deleted post on X sparked widespread speculation within the crypto community, suggesting that about half of XRP’s total supply was being moved in a single transaction to a lone exchange, it appears that the situation is not exactly as initially perceived.
The well-known cryptocurrency commentator, Wolf of All Streets, raised concerns primarily due to the transaction’s appearance of originating from a single wallet. This situation poses a risk for any asset, as having one individual holding significant control over the liquidity of the asset can be potentially problematic.
Bitfinex CTO Set the Record about the XRP Rumors Straight
Bitfinex chief technology officer Paolo Ardoino took to X (formerly Twitter) to confirm to his 217,100 followers that an attack was attempted on the cryptocurrency exchange.
“Someone attempted to attack Bitfinex via “Partial Payments Exploit”. Attack failed since Bitfinex properly handles ‘delivered_amount’ data field.”
He was prompted to do so, after numerous reports were swirling online that a huge transaction almost 50% of XRP’s entire supply was sent by one wallet, in a single transaction, to the exchange.
It was originally spotted by prominent account Whale Alerts. The Wolf of All Streets told his 932,500 followers that “this cannot be real.”
“The circulating supply of XRP is roughly 54b. This is almost half of that. From one wallet. In one transaction.”
Investors holding crypto assetsworry when a single wallet possesses the majority of the supply. This is because it grants the holder significant power and control over the entire market.
The potential consequences of the holder selling all those assets at once could have a substantial impact on the price of XRP.
At the time of publication, XRP’s price is $0.59.
XRP Price Chart 1 Month. Source: BeInCrypto
Rumors of an XRP ETF in the Works
This is a significant concern for the crypto community. This is because there is speculation over the potential for approval of an XRP exchange-traded fund (ETF). The US SEC made a decision to approve 11 spot Bitcoin ETFs last week.
On January 8, BeInCrypto reported that there are predictions that Fidelity could launch a ETF product by April 2024. Furthermore, it could potentially see a greenlight before the end of 2024.
However, this is not the first time XRP has been subject to false news.