Bitcoin drops as efforts to track ransom payments into data hijackings
The value of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plummeted on Thursday after it was learned that the United States has formed a working group to try to develop a strict tracking of the use of this type of currency to pay ransoms for recent data hijackings. Months.
The Joe Biden administration’s plan is to develop tracking the source of the money paid to “hackers” who have dedicated themselves to preventing the proper functioning of corporations, government agencies and other groups, while trying to provide $10 million for information that leads to the identification of cybercriminals.
Thus, bitcoin approached $31,000 on Thursday, dropping 3.5% to $31,550, a figure that contrasts sharply with the nearly $65,000 that the cryptocurrency was worth last April.
Another cryptocurrency, MicroStrategy, was down 3.5% on Thursday, while Marathon Digital Holdings fell 0.65%, Blockchain 1.3%, and Coinbase 2.3%.
This Wednesday, Bitcoin and Dogecoin reached their lowest values in the past three weeks, while Ether reached their lowest values in the past two weeks.
In addition to the measures that the United States plans to adopt, these currencies were also affected by the recent statements of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who confirmed in remarks Thursday before the country’s Senate that both Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have failed to become a means of payment, except Those who want to remain anonymous.
In recent months, cryptocurrencies have been used to pay millions of dollars in ransoms in several cyberattacks in which company data has been hijacked, including meat company JBS and Colonial Pipeline.