Updated 12/29/2020: This year has been turbulent for Ripple, but for the fattest XRP whale it has been the best year so far by far. In 2020 Jed McCaleb has sold another 1.2 billion XRP for a total of $411 million USD (average sale price $0.34 USD), bringing the total value of his sales to $546 million USD. Combined with the remaining 3.274 billion settlement XRP, the estimated total value of his XRP holdings and sales is around $1.2 billion USD (at the current price of $0.20 per XRP), making him one of the richest persons in crypto. …


At Whale Alert we analyze and report interesting blockchain transactions and for Bitcoin there is no subject more interesting and mysterious than the founder known by the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. We were able to make the most accurate estimate of the number of blocks mined and bitcoins owned by Satoshi: 1,125,150 bitcoin mined up to block 54,316 with an estimated total value of the unspent bitcoin of at least $10.9 billion USD in today’s market. …


Edit: One week after we posted this story, the Giveaway scammers managed to pull off one of the biggest hacks of the decade and gained control over the Twitter accounts of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Barack Obama, Gemini, Binance and others. The proceeds were meager (a littte over $120,000 USD) , but the scale and the boldness of the attack confirm our fears that the scammers are becoming more professional and dangerous.

During the past two weeks we have been collecting and analyzing data with the help of Scam Alert, our new blockchain crime reporting, tracking and analysis tool. We…

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