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Bitcoin ‘Glitch’ Sparks 23% Flash Crash

Posted By yihan On March 13, 2013 @ 6:04 am In Money Watch | Comments Disabled

Zero Hedge [1]
March 13, 2013

While we are used to seeing insta-crashes in our highly-regulated and trustworthy equity markets, the unregulated digital world of Bitcoins suffered another flash-crash last night. According to Ars Technica [2], the 23% plungefest in the value of the digital currency (the second in a week) was due not to Waddel & Reed, not HFT algos, but ‘forking’ Cryptographic algos gone wild agreeing on different (legacy) keys as being correct akin to finding Tungsten in your Gold bars (and hence the drop in the value). This latest glitch is different from the problem that caused Bitcoin prices to briefly crash to zero [3] in June of 2011. In that case, the sell-off was caused by the compromise of the exchange itself, whereas this time the glitch occurred in the core Bitcoin software. Obviously, the incident will be another important test of the cryptocurrency’s decentralized governance structure – to say nothing of its reputation among the less technically-capable owners and miners (even though BTC rapidly recovered almost all its losses).

Last night’s bitcoin software-related crash…

Bitcoin Glitch Sparks 23% Flash Crash 20130312 BTC1 0 [4]

 

and last week’s ‘market’ based crash

Bitcoin Glitch Sparks 23% Flash Crash 20130312 BTC2 0 [5]

 

and the life of BTC…

Bitcoin Glitch Sparks 23% Flash Crash 20130312 BTC3 0 [6]

 

From a high of more than $48 earlier Monday, the value of Bitcoins plummeted to less than $37 around 10 PM Central time on Monday evening, a 23 percent decline. The price has since recovered; one Bitcoin is now worth about $46 – which, one could argue reflects a rapid recoupling with value and confidence (especially given the recent run-up in price) but notably, flash-crashes in equities (as we noted above) never seemed to stop greed-stricken investors piling into them anyway.

Charts: Bitcoincharts.com [7]

 


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[1] Zero Hedge: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-03-12/bitcoin-glitch-sparks-23-flash-crash

[2] According to Ars Technica: http://arstechnica.com/business/2013/03/major-glitch-in-bitcoin-network-sparks-sell-off-price-temporarily-falls-23/

[3] different from the problem that caused Bitcoin prices to briefly crash to zero: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2011/06/bitcoin-price-plummets-on-compromised-exchange/

[4] Image: http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2013/03/20130312_BTC1.jpg

[5] Image: http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2013/03/20130312_BTC2.jpg

[6] Image: http://www.zerohedge.com/sites/default/files/images/user3303/imageroot/2013/03/20130312_BTC3.jpg

[7] Bitcoincharts.com: http://bitcoincharts.com/charts/mtgoxUSD#rg5zig5-minzczsg2013-03-03zeg2013-03-08ztgSzm1g10zm2g25

[8] The bitcoin bubble: Why speculative bitcoin buy-ins now point to a disastrous bitcoin crash: http://www.prisonplanet.com/the-bitcoin-bubble-why-speculative-bitcoin-buy-ins-now-point-to-a-disastrous-bitcoin-crash.html

[9] Here’s Why Bitcoin Speculators Are Just Laughing At Anyone Who Calls It A Bubble: http://www.prisonplanet.com/heres-why-bitcoin-speculators-are-just-laughing-at-anyone-who-calls-it-a-bubble.html

[10] Now Here’s One Big Crash That CAN’T Be Blamed On A Glitch: http://www.prisonplanet.com/now-heres-one-big-crash-that-cant-be-blamed-on-a-glitch.html

[11] How the looming bitcoin crash will be exploited by globalists to outlaw decentralized crypto currencies: http://www.prisonplanet.com/how-the-looming-bitcoin-crash-will-be-exploited-by-globalists-to-outlaw-decentralized-crypto-currencies.html

[12] Top bitcoin exchange freezes, arbitrarily shuts down, proving you will not be able to get out of bitcoin when you want to: http://www.prisonplanet.com/top-bitcoin-exchange-freezes-arbitrarily-shuts-down-proving-you-will-not-be-able-to-get-out-of-bitcoin-when-you-want-to.html

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