Bitcoin weakened further on Thursday moving down from the peak above $11,000 reached over the past five days.
On the Bitfinex the main cryptocurrency changed hands at some $10,270 today (6.9% down d-o-d). The second major coin – Ethereum – was quoted on this exchange at $825. The top-3 Ripple coin was recorded at 0.94171, while Litecoin – $206.52.
According to the news reports, the UK Treasury Committee is launching an investigation in cryptocurrency sector. The regulator intends to determine whether Bitcoin technology threatens the central banking system or not. For that purpose, the committee has sent an inquiry which is aimed to determine the risks that these currencies can bring to clients and users and specifically money laundering and criminal actions, as commented the chairman.
At the same time, the authorities arrested BitFunder charging deliberate dodging responsibility for the heist of thousands of bitcoins by hackers, according to the mass media source.
For reference, hackers earlier found the blind sides of BitFunder's code and made the system to charge profit that they did not earn.
In Japan, mass media commented that about 669 cases of possible money laundering can be connected with digital coins in April-December 2017.