Crypto exchange Kraken has already implemented its “advanced cryptographic accounting procedure” to allow users to verify their token balances since Feb. 2022. Crypto exchange OKX also announced its plans to roll out a Merkle tree-based Proof-of-Reserves audit system in a Nov. 8 Twitter post - something they consider to be an “important step” in establishing a “baseline trust” in the industry. The idea of more Proof-of-Reserve audits received near-full backing from the Twitter community, with crypto industry figures weighing in on the move by Binance. Host of The Daily Gwei podcast Anthony Sassano and founder of open-source crypto exchange ShapeShift Erik Voorhees both suggested Proof-of-Reserves are already integrated into decentralized finance (DeFi) and automated by smart contracts.
June 15, 2022
Kraken reiterates hiring targets as CEO denounces "woke activists" in corporate culture. "We recognize that hurt feelings are inevitable in a global organization that is optimizing for team outcomes above individual sentiment," said the team at Kraken. On Wednesday, cryptocurrency exchange Kraken announced that it would continue to hire over 500 roles in various departments amid a market downturn. The company's hiring efforts are in stark contrast to a week of severe layoff announcements from major blockchain firms such as Coinbase, BlockFi, etc. In support of the decision to expand its staff, Kraken said: "We have not adjusted our hiring plan, and we do not intend to make any layoffs. We have over 500 roles to fill during the remainder of the year and believe bear markets are fantastic at weeding out the applicants chasing hype from the true believers in our mission." However, Jesse Powell, Kraken's CEO, also expressed critical remarks over a small subset of employees at Kraken, estimated to be 20 out of 3,200 people. As told by Powell: "I think we've developed some really thoughtful policies that might not appease woke activists but work for the other 99% of the world."
April 1, 2022
Kraken users report Bitcoin Lightning Network availability. Kraken was previously aiming to implement the BItcoin Lightning Network in 2021 after officially announcing the plan in late 2020. Major American cryptocurrency exchange Kraken reportedly started implementing the Bitcoin (BTC) Lightning Network for users a bit later than the firm originally planned. Bitcoin maximalist Mr.Hodl took to Twitter on Wednesday to report that Kraken has implemented the Lightning Network. He attached a screenshot of the supposed new Kraken withdrawal process allowing users to complete a withdrawal request from a Lightning wallet to receive BTC from their accounts. “The Lightning network runs on top of the Bitcoin blockchain to enable more uses of Bitcoin,” Kraken’s withdrawal notice on the screenshot reads. It appears that no other Kraken users have reported the supposed BTC Lightning implementation on the platform so far. Instead, some Kraken customers said that they didn’t have the Lightning option to withdraw BTC as of Tuesday, suggesting that the Lightning implementation should be extended for all accounts within 24 hours. The first reports of Kraken’s BTC Lightning integration surfaced in mid-March from data appearing on the Lightning Network explorer known as Amboss Space. Bitcoin Lightning enthusiasts spotted the new Lightning node and shared their suspicions about a Lightning integration on social media.
February 1, 2022
Kraken, a global crypto exchange originating from the U.S., has had quite a success in the Asian markets. The exchange’s services are available in over 45 Asian nations, and it has grown to become one of the leading western exchanges to gain a footing in the Asian market. Kraken also relaunched in Japan in 2020 after closing its services in 2018, citing rising operating costs and the need to concentrate its efforts on “other geographical areas.” The exchange became a licensed “Crypto Asset Exchange Service Provider” in the country in line with domestic regulatory requirements.
November 30, 2021
Kraken exchange defies competitors’ regulatory concerns with SHIB listing. The move comes in contrast to other digital asset exchanges, such as Robinhood, which have avoided listing altcoins such as SHIB over regulatory concerns. United States-based digital asset exchange Kraken has announced it will begin supporting the viral memecoin Shiba Inu (SHIB) as of Nov. 30. There will be a minimum deposit of 373,000 SHIB ($16), and the minimum trading volume is 50,000 SHIB ($2). SHIB will initially be tradeable against the U.S. dollar and euro pairs, however, Kraken Futures and Margin Trading for SHIB won’t be available at launch. Kraken Australia managing director Jonathon Miller told Cointelegraph that the crypto marketplace supports projects with a clear demand for trading, including SHIB. At the time of publishing, SHIB is the 12th-largest cryptocurrency with a market capitalization of $25.81 billion. SHIB has surged over 20% in the last 24 hours on the listing news. Miller added, “I wouldn’t describe Kraken as being the place where every single coin is listed, that’s not been what we have been known for.” Kraken is one of the least conservative exchanges with 93 assets on the exchange in total. Meanwhile, Coinbase supports 51 assets, and Robinhood only supports seven. Other exchanges have been hesitant to list the Dogecoin-inspired altcoin over regulatory concerns, despite increasing pressure from their users. On Friday, SHIB surpassed 1 million holders despite trading 50% below its all-time high. On Nov. 10, Robinhood chief operating officer Christine Brown said that the platform’s “strategy is different than a lot of the other players out there who are racing to list as many assets as possible right now.” The Change.org petition requesting that Robinhood list the Shiba Inu coin has amassed over half a million signatures. Miller added, “There are certain services that we have that don’t really fit the regulatory mold. So there’s this gray area that the whole industry exists in, and that’s not specific to us.”
October 25, 2021
Kraken, one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, has tentative plans to go public next year, according to CEO Jesse Powell. Powell appeared on a segment on CNBC after Kraken published record-breaking fourth-quarter results, including a surge in trading volumes and new client signups. “The first quarter just completely blew away the entirety of last year,” he said. “We beat last year’s numbers by the end of February.” Regarding a potential stock market debut, Powell said 2022 is a likely target for a new listing: “We’re looking at being able to go public sometime next year. It would probably be a direct listing, similar to Coinbase.”
October 18, 2021
Typically, outsized orders, when seen by other traders will cause the market to move unfavorably, making it more difficult to fill the order at the desired price. This unfavorable price movement may be avoided in a dark pool. Finally, Kraken also provides a staking service that allows users to earn a return on assets that would be otherwise held and unused by its users.
October 8, 2021
Kraken has launched a mobile crypto trading application in a new move to boost industry adoption in the United States. The company announced Wednesday that its new app is now available for most of the United States as well as other countries around the world for both iOS and Android users. The app allows users to trade more than 50 cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH), via smartphones. The move follows a rollout of the Kraken mobile app in Europe this January.
October 1, 2021
Kraken has urged BATMTwo ATM owners and operators to change the admin QR code for their ATMs to avoid potential attacks. Kraken Security Labs has said that a “large number” of Bitcoin (BTC) ATMs are vulnerable to hacking, as the administrators never changed the default admin QR code. In a Wednesday blog post, Kraken posted research from its Security Labs team, which found that there are “multiple hardware and software vulnerabilities” in the General Bytes BATMTwo ATM range. “Multiple attack vectors were found through the default administrative QR code, the Android operating software, the ATM management system and even the hardware case of the machine,” the post read. Kraken’s security team stated that if a hacker gets their hands on the administrative code, they can essentially “walk up to an ATM and compromise it,” while also highlighting issues with the BATMTwo’s lack of secure boot mechanisms, as well as “critical vulnerabilities” in the ATM’s management system. However, General Bytes has reportedly already alerted ATM owners to the vulnerabilities: “Kraken Security Labs reported the vulnerabilities to General Bytes on April 20, 2021, they released patches to their backend system (CAS) and alerted their customers, but full fixes for some of the issues may still require hardware revisions.”
September 8, 2021
Kraken Australia CEO Jonathon Miller described Tuesday’s Bitcoin (BTC) crash as a natural correction after BTC was “dragged up” by the overheated Ether (ETH) and nonfungible token (NFT) markets. “We always see corrections when we get to all-time highs. I think it’s a natural part of the cycle,” said Kraken Australia CEO Jonathon Miller. In its August report, Kraken notes that the supply of Ether on centralized exchanges fell to a three-year low of 12.8% at the start of the month, concluding “the likelihood of supply shock capitulating ETH higher is greater.” Miller noted that Kraken saw “a massive run-up of trading activity” leading into Ethereum’s highly anticipated London upgrade, adding that demand for Ether has sustained since. In addition to the hype surrounding Ethereum upgrades and Ethereum Improvement Proposal 1559 going live, Miller attributes the recent crypto rallies to the mania surrounding NFTs. In its report, Kraken noted that the NFT industry saw an explosion of growth during August, with OpenSea’s daily users gaining 289% and trade volume rising 900%, according to a weekly moving average. “The combination of Bitcoin being [...] dragged up a little bit by Ethereum, Ethereum getting super hot because of all the activity on NFTs, I think there’s a bit of a natural curtailment happening,” he said, adding: “When you’re starting to see Sotheby’s auctions and the numbers going around for NFTs — these are high levels. We always see corrections when we get to all-time highs. I think it’s a natural part of the cycle.” “Bitcoin’s had a big run-up again from a previous dip. It does this, we know that,” he added. Miller also noted the buzz surrounding El Salvador’s Bitcoin Law taking effect among the “heady factors” contributing to Bitcoin’s recent gains, acknowledging that some investors may have planned to sell on the Salvadoran news: “The timing of the El Salvador thing, I don’t think you could ignore it [...] This is a pivotal turning point in terms of the adoption story for Bitcoin.”
June 11, 2021
Jesse Powell is rethinking Kraken’s plan to go public which is set for late 2022, following the uninspiring performance of Coinbase stock (COIN) since its launch on April 14. Speaking with Fortune on June 11, Powell stated that in light of the performance on Coinbase’s direct public offering, the firm is now considering an initial public offering (IPO) more seriously now, as the firm is looking to avoid potential issues a direct listing presents: Not having lock-ups, having billions of dollars of insiders be able to dump their shares, you know, on day one [...] I think it has a dampening effect on the market.And, you know, the IPO is just a very different process, he added. Kraken began discussing the idea of public listing in March, following Coinbase's plans to pursue a direct listing on the Nasdaq.
June 9, 2021
Cryptocurrency exchange Kraken has announced a “first-of-its-kind” Parachain Auction Platform enabling clients to participate directly from the exchange. Kraken revealed the new platform will enable users that qualify to pledge support for Kusama projects vying for a Parachain slot by staking Kusama’s KSM tokens. The rewards for contributors who support a winning bid vary and can include referral bonuses, early participation bonuses, and airdrops. Polkadot’s multi-chain ecosystem will use sharded sidechains to process transactions in parallel. These Parachains are acquired in the auction process whereby projects try to outbid each other for the right to use the slot for 48 weeks with KSM tokens. Kusama is the testing and development network often dubbed Polkadot’s “Canary network.” Only 100 Parachain slots are expected to be available, but this may change through protocol governance votes over time.
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