he cryptocurrency market is constantly evolving, and staying up-to-date with the latest news is crucial for any investor or enthusiast. In this article, we will dive into the top crypto news from the week of January 15th to 21st. From legal disputes to market developments, we will cover the trending stories that you might have missed. 

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Crypto news Roundup this week

Bitfinex Defended Against Massive $15 Billion XRP Cyberattack

Bitfinex, one of the prominent cryptocurrency exchanges, successfully thwarted a massive attack aimed at compromising $15 billion worth of XRP tokens. The exchange's adept management of critical transaction data neutralized the exploit, which sought to exploit a "Partial Payments Exploit." Paolo Ardoino, the CTO of Bitfinex, addressed the situation on social media, highlighting the exchange's resilience in the face of such attacks.

Bitcoin Plunge Despite Spot Bitcoin ETF Approval

Despite the approval of the spot Bitcoin ETF by the SEC, Bitcoin's price experienced a significant plunge. The approval had initially created a lot of hype and expectations of a price surge. However, investors chasing temporary profits from the initial ETF hype led to a decline in Bitcoin's value. This serves as a reminder of the volatility and unpredictability of the cryptocurrency market.

Binance Opens Doors to Thailand's Crypto Market

Binance, a giant cryptocurrency exchange, has officially launched its cryptocurrency exchange services in Thailand through a joint venture with Gulf Innova. Backed by Binance Capital Management and Gulf Energy Development, this partnership represents a significant advancement in the digital finance sector. Thai users can now easily engage in cryptocurrency trading through a platform that offers a variety of local currency pairs.

Brad Garlinghouse Shared the Stage With CFTC Commissioner

Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse made his presence pivotal at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos by sharing the stage with CFTC Commissioner Caroline D. Pham. The event brought together global participants, including civil society leaders and social entrepreneurs. Garlinghouse's presence at such a prestigious gathering highlights the growing importance of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology in mainstream discussions.

Grayscale, BlackRock, and Fidelity-Ruled Bitcoin ETFs with $1.6B Trading Volume

Following the SEC's approval, Grayscale, BlackRock, and Fidelity collectively accounted for 90% of the total trading volume in Bitcoin ETFs. These market giants contributed an impressive $1.6 billion to the overall trading volume of $1.8 billion. Despite a slight dip in overall volume, these institutions maintained a stronghold in the market.

Ethereum Hits All-Time High Amidst Market Volatility

Despite the market's ups and downs, Ethereum managed to reach an all-time high during the week. The second-largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization showcased its resilience and potential for growth, attracting investors and enthusiasts alike. This milestone highlights Ethereum's position as a leading player in the crypto space and its ability to withstand market fluctuations.

Coinbase Faces Legal Battle with SEC

Coinbase, one of the largest cryptocurrency exchanges, continues to face a legal dispute with the SEC. The outcome of this battle could have significant implications for the regulation of cryptocurrencies in the United States. The case highlights the ongoing challenges faced by crypto exchanges in navigating regulatory frameworks and the need for clear guidelines in the industry.

NFT Market Shows Signs of Recovery

After a period of decline, the non-fungible token (NFT) market has shown signs of recovery. Sales and trading volume have picked up, indicating renewed interest in digital collectibles and unique digital assets. This resurgence in the NFT market demonstrates the enduring appeal of digital art and the potential for innovation in the crypto space.

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