Bitfinex Suddenly Shutters Site, Cites “Service Disruption”
Not one hour ago, Bitfinex, the Hong Kong-headquartered Bitcoin powerhouse, divulged on Twitter that it was fully aware that its platform wasn’t “accessible to some users.” Yet, minutes later, the shadowed crypto startup, one of the longest standing in this nascent industry, corrected itself, explaining that “Bitfinex is offline to all users.” This came straight out of left field.
As this comment likely caused some traders to fret, especially those with large cryptocurrency holdings on the platform, Bitfinex remarked that “funds are safe.” Per Bitfinex’s status page, the company’s web server, trading engine, backend workers, and WebSockets are all “Under Maintenance.” This comes minutes after the same page claimed that the aforementioned facets were in a “partial outage” state.
Bitfinex To Resume Trading Shortly: How’s Crypto Going To Fare?
In a tweet just released minutes ago (as of the time of writing), Bitfinex divulged that the issue, which remains unnamed, has been identified by its staff. And as such, the crypto heavyweight’s developer team is currently doing its utmost best to resume “full platform functionality.”
The issue has been located and is being resolved as quickly as possible. We will confirm when full platform functionality has resumed.
— Bitfinex (@bitfinex) February 9, 2019
Although this seems innocuous enough, many believe that once the exchange reopens, the market could see another bout of volatility — following the sudden 8% gain that BTC posted on Friday to the chagrin of bears. On Twitter and Reddit, users speculated on the subject matter.
Vanessa B, a leading crypto commentator, joked that due to the temporary shutdown of Bitfinex, there could be a “bull run incoming.” The industry influencer is likely referencing the (conspiracy) theory that margin-enabled platforms like Bitfinex and BitMEX have been artificially depressing the valuation of cryptocurrencies for months, if not years now. But this, of course, is just hearsay.
From a more logical standpoint though, some would argue that a strong move off the back of a sudden Bitfinex maintenance session wouldn’t be out of the cards. One Redditor remarked that the fact users cannot change their stop losses during the “service disruption,” even as the broader BTC market continues to move, could be a recipe for disaster once Bitfinex resumes its order books. He/she remarked:
The shutdown may destroy traders with open shorts and without automatic stop losses. If the trade engine is still running that is. Let’s hope the market does move too much in between now and then.
But for now, I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
This is an ongoing situation, keep an eye on Ethereum World News’ page for updates.
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