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Bitcoin and cryptocurrency prices have suddenly crashed lower, falling sharply after weeks of malaise.

The bitcoin price dropped under the closely-watched $30,000 per bitcoin level as smaller cryptocurrencies including ethereum, Binance's BNB, cardano, Ripple's XRP and the meme-based dogecoin recorded double-digit percentage losses, wiping away $200 billion in value over the last week.

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The crypto market, having tested the $30,000 level repeatedly over the last few weeks, appears to have been spooked by a cease and desist order that was issued to New Jersey-based multi-billion dollar bitcoin financial services platform BlockFi by the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General, the Bureau of Securities last night.


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The story, first reported by Forbes, triggered a wave of selling as investors questioned this could be part of a wider crackdown on the myriad of crypto lending platforms that have sprung up over the last couple of years. BlockFi offers interest rates to depositors between 0.25% and 8.5% depending on the crypto asset and deposit size.

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"Bitcoin has found it challenging to move higher and the upper end of this range has been converging gradually," Pankaj Balani, the chief executive of the Singapore-based Delta exchange wrote in emailed comments. "Bitcoin failed above $36,000 last week and $33,000 this week. We have also continuously tested the bottom end of the above range which shows weakness in price and opens up the risk of a breakdown below $30,000."