A Brand New Market Cap
Wow! Look at it go! I’m talking, of course, about crypto’s ever-expanding market cap, touching US$800 billion as I write these words. Yes, that’s very close to a trillion bucks. And it’s still growing. At the start of the year (just over 5 days ago), we sat around US$670 billion, when seemingly out of nowhere, we all started watching the Ethereum (ETH) funds in our digital wallets expand in fiat value.
The cryptocurrency markets are treading water right now. Bitcoin has continued its downtrend, slipping even closer to the US$10,000 mark. And with a few exceptions, the other markets are following at its heels, as portfolios the world over are turning red.
Update: This article was drafted on 12/30/2017 in response to a dip in market trends. On its date of publication (12/31/17), the market has experienced an uptrend.
On the Come-Down
Plenty of folks, especially here in the States, went to bed with the unpleasant knowledge that Bitcoin was struggling to retake US$14,000.
If you’ve interacted with Facebook, you may have had run-ins with spam bots that infest your profile (or your friends’ profiles) and post links or advertisements without your permission. Well, the same malware that tells your friends to “Check out this link for 90% off a BRAND NEW pair of Ray-Bans. WOW!” is now being used to mine cryptocurrency. A downloaded client runs mining software that contributes hashing power to the malware’s source server. Unaware Facebook users may have downloaded this bot through links shared on Facebook Messenger.