The website Rapture Market has been down for well over a week for users who frequent the darknet, causing concern that another DNM has committed an exit scam. Currently, the market’s customers and some vendors are freaking out as the online marketplace was gaining in popularity and enjoying solid ratings with decent uptime. However, Rapture Market hasn’t been around for very long and people are starting to believe another DNM has bitten the dust for a number of speculated reasons.
Darknet Marketplace Rapture Becomes Unavailable for Over a Week—Users Begin to Worry
It has been over eight days since the Rapture Market and its associated forums have been online, and patrons are growing concerned. According to the Deep Dot Web publication, the market is suffering from downtime and its 98 percent uptime rating has dropped to 97 percent. The marketplace hasn’t been around for as long as elder markets like Dream, and Wall Street, as Rapture was created this past January. Since the inception of Rapture, the market has received very good reviews and had a ‘trusted vendors’ referral system and affiliate program, alongside over 500 narcotic listings and other materials. Rapture accepted both Bitcoin Core (BTC) and Monero (XMR) and incorporated a forum and messaging system which have also been non-operational for over a week.
Lots of Speculation, While Reliable DNM Information Is Harder to Gather These Days
These days it’s harder to find out information on the reputation and whereabouts of DNM vendors alongside down darknet markets since Reddit recently removed the most popular DNM forum. However, patrons searching for information about Rapture’s demise are still communicating through the r/darknetmarketnoobs subreddit and other areas on the clearnet.
“Has anyone been in contact with any staff or is there a Rapture PGP signed message about downtime?” One Rapture patron writes on May 15. “I’ve looked but couldn’t find anything. It’s been down a day and a half now, just wondering if anyone knows if its legit downtime or possible exit scam?”
Some Rapture users said the site will return soon and also revealed that the webpage was suffering from DDoS attacks, among other issues. After a few months of decent reviews on the website Deep Dot Web, a bunch of new reviews appeared last week, with people asking why the DNM was not available.
“The market is under DDoS owners are trying to get it back up no need for panic,” a user writes four days ago. The very last reviewer explains they have ‘inside’ information on why the site is non-operational and states:
For security reasons I can not reveal how I have this information but I have very credible sources and the site is fixing some bugs and taking the market offline; bugs are minor but there are a few so it is better to take offline and take care of them all at once. So just chill out it could take a couple of weeks to fix according to sources but the market may be online before then but I do not have that information.
The DNM ‘Exit Scam’ Is the Oldest and Most Lucrative Tricks in the Book
No one has any solid information about the exact reasoning Rapture is down and annoyed patrons are therefore speculating. As usual the ‘exit scam’ is always the most dominant theory. An exit scam is when the marketplace administrators suddenly ‘disappear’ after accumulating a lot of customers’ money that sits in escrow alongside a large collection of vendor bonds that have been collected.
It’s safe to assume that the Deep Dot Web and other DNM sites will remove Rapture if the market remains unavailable and classify it as an exit scam, but for some patrons, there’s still hope for a Rapture revival.
What do you think about Rapture being down for so long? Let us know what you think about this subject in the comments below.
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Tom Lee explains why he believes Bitcoin will reach $25,000, even though the leading cryptocurrency is down 41 percent this year
Over the past few days, cryptocurrency markets have been losing steam as many digital assets have lost a good amount of value. Most coins are down anywhere between 3-15 percent over the past 24-hours. Bitcoin Cash (BCH) values have dipped 10 percent over the last day and prices hover around $1,055 today. Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices are under the $8K zone losing 4.1 percent today as BTC values average around $7,909 at the time of publication.
Stormy Weather Continues to Dump on Crypto-Markets This Spring
Last spring and more specifically in May of 2017 digital currency markets were on fire but this year is a whole different story. Cryptocurrency markets are not doing so well today as every single coin among the top 50 largest valuations are in the red showing losses. The overall market capitalization of all 1,600+ digital assets is around $345Bn today and 24-hour trade volume hovers around 17.8Bn. Trade volume pales in comparison to two weeks ago when cryptocurrency daily trade volumes where much higher. For instance, BCH 24-hour volumes today are around $722Mn when two weeks ago it was about $2Bn+. The same goes for BTC as its daily volumes used to be around $8-9Bn and now the metric stands at $5Bn during today’s trading sessions.
Bitcoin Cash (BCH) Market Action
Bitcoin Cash values have dipped a good eight percent today, and roughly sixteen percent during the past seven days. The top exchanges today swapping the most BCH include Okex, Hitbtc, Bitfinex, Lbank, and Huobi. The top three currencies on these specific trading platforms traded for BCH includes tether (USDT), BTC, and USD. Today the most traded pairs with BCH is BTC by 39.3 percent, Tether (USDT 24.7%), USD (20.5%), KRW (10.3%), and the EUR (2.3%). Ethereum, the Japanese yen, and Waves are also capturing decent percentages of BCH trade volume on May 23.
BCH/USD Technical Indicators
Looking at the 4-hour BCH/USD chart on Bitfinex and Bitstamp shows bulls are attempting to regain some upper ground this morning after the dips. As we mentioned during our last markets update the two Simple Moving Averages (SMA) trend lines were about to cross hairs and this happened earlier today. The 100 SMA is now below the longer-term 200 SMA indicating the path to resistance will likely be on the downside. The Relative Strength Index is meandering in the middle showing some consolidation taking place and uncertainty towards the next big move.
MACd shows similar sentiment as the indicator is hovering around -23 but shows room for improvement. Order books on the upside show BCH bulls need to press past big sell walls between $1,090-1,160. On the backside if bears manage to bring BCH down there is decent support between $950-1,000 at press time but if that resistance breaks things could drop much lower. Presently it looks like bears won’t get prices that low in the short-term, but these ranges are not out of the question.
Bitcoin Core (BTC) Market Action
Bitcoin Core (BTC) prices are below the $8K region after holding above this zone for a couple weeks. Now prices are hovering around $7,927 per BTC and markets are down 4.6 percent during the last seven days. Daily trade volume is weaker than usual as traders are only swapping $5.6Bn worth of BTC during this morning’s trading sessions. The top exchange today trading the most BTC is Binance followed by Bitfinex, Okex, Huobi, and Bitflyer. The Japanese yen is the most dominating pair today with BTC at 55 percent and followed by the USD (19.8%), Tether (USDT 15%), KRW (3.7%), and the EUR (3.2%).
BTC/USD Technical Indicators
Looking at the 4-hour BTC/USD chart on Coinbase/GDAX and Bitstamp shows buyers are stepping up their positions this morning. The two SMAs have also crossed paths during the earlier morning BTC trading sessions as well with the short term 100 SMA now below the 200 SMA. This also indicates bears currently have the reigns and they may take the dips further in the coming hours if resistance above $8K cannot be broken. However, RSI levels show oversold conditions and this shows a bounce back may be in the cards today as well.
Looking at order books shows much less resistance on the BTC/USD side in comparison to the BCH/USD side. Bulls only need to muster past the $8-8200 zone to get to higher regions but things become more difficult between $8,500-8,750. On the back side buy orders show solid foundations between $7,400 and $6,900 but after that things don’t look so hot. Overall chart patterns show it’s unlikely prices will get below the $7,400 region anytime soon, and bulls are fighting back with some success at the time of publication.
The Verdict: Stormy Weather and Uncertainty is Slowly Breaking Optimism Down
Overall most coins are feeling the losses and trying to regain some of the upper hand. Litecoin (LTC) and Ripple (XRP) are two coins who have managed to take less of a beating. Another market oddity today is the BTC/ZEC cryptocurrency fork called Bitcoin Private (BTCP) which is up 13 percent over the past 24-hours.
Top 24-hour trade volume coins today are Tether (USDT), Ethereum (ETH), EOS, Bitcoin Cash (BCH), and Tron (TRX). The losses today throw another black cloud on enthusiasts and traders hoping for long positions to pull through this spring. However, for cryptocurrency traders, it has been nothing but stormy weather with a few brief instances of sunshine here and there. Positivity is lessening and people are definitely more skeptical this week than the past three weeks prior.
Where do you see the price of BCH, BTC, and other cryptocurrencies headed from here? Let us know in the comments below.
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Crypto exchange Huobi Pro has launched a new market index that tracks the ten top-traded digital assets on its platform in real time
The crypto markets tumble, with all top ten coins by market cap in the red, and BTC trading volumes in decline
Crypto markets have seen a slight recovery in the past 24 hours - top 10 coins listed on Coinmarketcap in the green
Fundstrat’s Tom Lee admits that his Consensus BTC rally prediction ‘did not happen,’ but still expects Bitcoin to reach $25k by year end
With the bear trend of early 2018 having witnessed losses not seen in the cryptocurrency markets since 2014, it can be easy to lose track of the meteoric gains produced by the leading virtual currency markets over the span of just a few years. When comparing current prices to those listed on Coinmarketcap’s historic snapshot from the 17th of May, 2015 – the peak of bitcoin’s previous winter – one can see that bitcoin has produced price gains of over 3,000%, whilst the value of the then-top four altcoins have increased by between 9,000% and roughly 13,000%.
BTC Up 3,300% in Three Years
When comparing the current price of BTC market action from three years ago, the price of a single bitcoin has inflated by approximately 3,303% – rising from about $237 USD to approximately $8,000 today.
Value of Top Four Altcoin Markets Increased by Approximately 10,000% Since 2015
Whilst the gains produce by BTC since 2015 have been stunning, the price of bitcoin had then produced a dramatic long-term capitulation after having skyrocketed in late 2013 during what arguably comprised the first BTC bull rally to generate widespread mainstream coverage of cryptocurrencies. During the 2013 bull rally, the altcoin ecosystem entirely consisted of micro-cap projects just beginning to emerge from the petri dishes of their infancy – meaning that the alternative cryptocurrency markets were primed to explode alongside bitcoin during the recent multi-year bull trend.
The second largest cryptocurrency market by capitalization in May 2015, XRP, then had a total market capitalization of just $208.5 million, with price action sitting at approximately $0.006534. In three years, the price of Ripple has realized gains of approximately 10,105% with XRP currently trading for $0.6667, and Ripple comprising the fourth largest market by capitalization, with over $26.1 billion.
LTC, the then-third largest cryptocurrency market (approximately $57.7 million), has produced price gains of roughly 9,000% since May 2015, with a single litecoin trading for approximately $1.45 nearly three years ago, and $132 today. LTC currently comprises the sixth largest cryptocurrency market, with a total capitalization of almost $7.5 billion.
Dash and Stellar Produce Price Gains of Approximately 12,000% in Three Years
On the 17th of May 2015, Dash was the fourth largest cryptocurrency by capitalization ($16 million), with Dash trading for just $3 each. In the three years since, the value of Dash has inflated by approximately 12,670%, with Dash currently trading for $380. Dash is now the twelfth largest market by capitalization, which is currently estimated to be over $3 billion.
Stellar, the then-fifth largest cryptocurrency market with approximately $12.5 million, now comprises the eighth largest crypto with a total capitalization of $5.8 billion. The price of Stellar has increased by approximately 11,860%, gaining from $0.002609 to $0.312048 today.
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The Stuttgart Börse, Germany’s second largest stock exchange, has announced it is launching a zero-fee smartphone crypto trading app, dubbed ‘Bison’