Traders Worry as Binance Halts USDC Withdrawals, Leading to Panic

Traders Worry as Binance Halts USDC Withdrawals, Leading to Panic

  • Binance has announced a halt in the withdrawal of USDC stablecoins on the platform
  • The company stated that the halt was to allow it to conduct a crypto swap, letting users convert to cryptos
  • The move comes after investors began panic withdrawals from Binance, the aftermath of Justin Sun CEO of BitTorrent allegedly withdrawing $50 million

Binance has announced a halt in the withdrawal of stablecoin, USDC, which the company says is to enable it to conduct a token swap.

The announcement comes after Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange platform, was hit with mass withdrawals by traders who became jittery following the aftermath of the FTX collapse.

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Binance explains reason for the halt

The company explained in a statement posted on Twitter that the token swap will allow customers to exchange cryptocurrencies without using fiat currencies.

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Changpeng Zhao, Binance CEO, said on Twitter that the platform has noticed a rise in withdrawals of USDC, a stablecoin pegged to the one-to-one dollar.

Top trader, Justin Sun CEO of BitTorrent allegedly withdrew $50 million from the platform, contributing to panic withdrawals by investors.

Zhao also tweeted a link to Ether indicating he had redeposited $100 million USDC into Binance in an attempt to allay fears.

$1.8 billion withdrawn in 24 hours

A report emerged that in the last 24 hours, traders had withdrawn $1.8 billion from Binance, information from on-chain data says.

The data states that Paxos and Huobi received a part of the inflow with a net flow of $162 million between the two exchanges.

Binance stated that investors can trade in and out of various cryptos using USDC without converting their funds back into US dollars.

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It also added that USDC trading on Binance can be done so investors can transfer into other exchanges.

World's largest cryptocurrency exchange platform, Binance hacked, $100 million worth of coins stolen

Recall that reported that Binance, the world's largest crypto exchange platform, Binance has lost about $100 million worth of coins to a cyber attack.

A tweet from Binance CEO, Changpeng 'CZ' Zhao confirmed the attack on Friday, October 7, 2022. Zhao apologized 'for the inconvenience and promised to provide a further update.

According to Zhao, the current attack is estimated at $100 million in a separate tweet.


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