Yaa good luck with that... lol
A criminal probe into Bitcoin (BTC) price manipulation by crypto traders has been opened by the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ), Bloomberg reports today, May 24.
Bloomberg cites four unnamed sources close to the matter as reporting that the criminal investigation – run by U.S. federal prosecutors and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) – will look into how traders could have engineered prices by illegal activities like spoofing and wash trading.
Spoofing, the act of creating a large amount of orders and then cancelling them, has come up before in the crypto markets, when an unknown trader or group of traders known as “Spoofy” reportedly placed a number of $1 mln orders without following through. Wash trading, which “Spoofy” also practiced, is when a trader buys their own orders, thus creating the illusion of market demand to attract more buyers.