Second, we utilise these indicators and propose an automated anomaly detection approach for locating suspicious transactions patterns. In the early eighteenth century, con artists who owned stock in the South Sea Company began to make false claims about the company and its profits. The goal was to artificially raise the price of the stock, and then sell it off to misinformed buyers who were led to believe that they were buying a promising commodity.
Microcap stock exchanges are not held to the same standard of regulation, which implies that there is usually not as much information about the companies that are listed making them easier to manipulate. Access to and the verification of information is typically more difficult with microcap companies.
Misinformation about the stocks is often spread through email spam which has been found to have a net positive effect on the stock price i. The number of members in some of these groups is reported to have been as high as ,, with smaller groups still running about Martineau Estimating the full scope of the damages caused by cryptocurrency pump-and-dumps is difficult; yet there is some evidence to show that such schemes are generating millions of dollars of trading activity.
This gives a glimpse of how much monetary activity is generated by these groups, the impact of which could be even greater as many groups presumably operate in private or invite-only groups. Example of a pump-and-dump chat group with over 40, members. Right: Corresponding exchange data Binance of the targeted coin Yoyo showing the effect of the pump. The pump-and-dump procedure usually consists of the group leaders declaring that a pump will take place at a particular time on a particular exchange, and only after the specified time will the coin be announced see Fig.
After the coin is announced members of the group chat try to be amongst the first to buy the coin, in order to secure more profits. Indeed, if they are too slow, they may end up buying at the peak and be unable to sell for a profit. During the pumping phase, users are often encouraged to spread misinformation about the coin, in an attempt to trick others into buying it, allowing them to sell easier.
The misinformation varies, but some common tactics include false news stories, non-existent projects, fake partnerships, or fake celebrity endorsements Martineau ; Town Anything which creates a general air of positivity is fair game because the goal is to dump their coins on unwitting investors who have not done their due diligence, by preying on their fear of missing out on the next big crypto investment.
In a move to secure profit for themselves, many pump-and-dump group leaders will often use their insider information to their advantage: because they know which coin will be pumped, they can pre-purchase the coin for a lower price before they announce it. This guarantees them profit while leaving other users to essentially gamble on whether or not they can predict the peak.
The fear of missing out and the potential to beat the odds might drive prospective cryptocurrency investors into joining a pump. Group leaders can also guarantee profits by offering access to the pump notification at an earlier stage prior to the group-wide announcement, in exchange for payment. Commodity Futures Trading Commission Mitigating and preventing pump-and-dump schemes will require knowledge about their operation, and thus the detection of these pump-and-dump schemes is a step towards the goal of mitigation.
However, in general, it appears that as a result of different tactics the time scale has been narrowed and moved towards near real-time. The volume and price are discussed with an estimation window , referring to a collection of previous data points, of some user-specified length.
For example, a moving average over a previously defined time period could be used, which would allow for discussing spikes with regards to some local history. To obtain data for analysis, the CCXT Ccxt library was used which provides a unified way to programmatically access the data from a variety of cryptocurrency exchanges using the python programming language.
Despite the unified access, the exchanges still differ in the amount of historical data they serve, and in the cryptocurrencies, they have listed. Therefore, decisions had to be made on what data to obtain. Cryptocurrencies are listed on exchanges in symbol pairs denoting which currencies are trading for which. The top and bottom wicks represent the highest and lowest value respectively, while the coloured candle represents whether the closing price was higher than the opening price green or lower than the opening price red.
The top of a green candle is the closing price, and the bottom is the opening price, and vice versa for a red candle. Smaller candle sizes mean more data per time period, so usually the smaller the candle size, the fewer days one can retrieve from an exchange, due to imposed limitations on the amount of data retrievable using their API. One-hour candles were chosen as a compromise between the resolution of the data and the amount of historical data available. However, not all of these permit the public retrieval of historical data.
After filtering for those conditions, 24 exchanges remained. Therefore, we resorted to an automated detection approach using anomaly detection. Data points which do not conform to the rest of a dataset are often referred to as anomalies or outliers. Anomaly detection is the process of identifying these non-conforming points Chandola et al. Anomaly detection techniques can be broadly categorised into supervised and unsupervised anomaly detection. The latter hinges on the ability to acquire an adequately sized training set, something which is often challenging.
Conversely, unsupervised techniques rely on the assumption that anomalies are a rare occurrence in the data to prevent an excess of false signals. There are various types of anomalies, which have been grouped into three major categories by Chandola et al. Point anomalies are merely points in the data which are anomalous to the rest of the data. Collective anomalies, on the other hand, refer to a situation in which one single data point may not be anomalous by itself. Instead, a co-occurrence or temporal proximity of anomalous data points might indicate behavior that is anomalous e.
For example, a warm temperature in the winter would be anomalous, but in the summer would be considered normal. Conditional anomalies consider contextual information about the setting Song et al. This is described through indicator variables , of which the values may be directly indicative of an anomaly, and environment variables , whose variables are not directly indicative of an anomaly.
The indicator variables are determined to be anomalous depending on the values of the environmental variables. For the scope of this paper, we do not consider the reinforcer of whether a symbol pair was present on multiple exchanges, due to the amount of data available. Thus, the goal is to locate corresponding price and volume spikes of coins with a low market cap that are trading for other cryptocurrencies. The anomaly detection technique utilised is a thresholding technique, inspired by previous research regarding denial of service attacks on a network Siris and Papagalou For a particular value, a simple moving average is computed by taking the average of previous values in a given time window, the length which is known as the lag factor.
In this way, one can compare a value to the trend over a time period, as opposed to a singular value, allowing for the detection of local anomalies in comparison to recent history. This type of thresholding algorithm, allows us to provide a functioning baseline which further research could then expand upon with more sophisticated algorithms.
Additionally, as more is learned about cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes, it is likely that more domain information e. If the high price at any given point is greater than the computed anomaly threshold for that point, then the point is determined to be anomalous. An instance x is a particular observation in the time series that is associated with the respective OHLCV values. The goal is to detect local conditional point anomalies, that is the co-occurrence of both a price anomaly and a volume anomaly.
There are perhaps other contextual indicators that could be investigated, though for the scope of this paper, only the two mentioned above will be looked at. The market cap of a coin is defined as its price times the supply, and represents a way of judging the popularity, or size, of a coin. This section investigates various values for the different parameters and shows how changing these affects the results found, with the goal of providing a suggestion for balanced parameters.
Hopefully, these parameters could then be taken to a real-time system, to be further monitored and tuned as time progresses. It is possible to formulate expectations based on the domain information presented in earlier sections.
Additionally, since this paper only simulates real-time detection, it is possible to look forward in time, and see which of the alleged pumps were followed by a marked drop in price, which could be an indication of users dumping their coins, making it more likely that the preceding pump was the result of nefarious activity i.
While these may be interesting points to investigate, making the parameters stricter could help reduce false positives i. Ultimately the goal is to find a set of balanced parameters that filter the points detected down to a more reasonable number that can then be further assessed by humans. With the information gained from the previous two parameter sets, we attempted to find a balance between the two.
This resulted in about 1. An illustration of how the percentage of symbols analysed relates to the percentage of pumps detected is shown in Fig. This is consistent with the notion that specific coins may be targeted more often than others. Also interesting to note is that five of the top ten most pumped coins were pumped on the Bittrex exchange. Further research could perhaps investigate the properties of these coins, in an attempt to see if there are links between the most pumped coins.
The individual spikes have been muted in the figure, to highlight only the pump-and-dumps. The resulting graph depicts rather suspicious trading activity, with many periods of lower price and volume, followed by significant spikes in both. During the 9-day period shown eight pumps were detected. Regardless of whether it is directly the result of nefarious activity, it is still a pattern which raises question.
A core test of a pump-and-dump identification system is its real-world detectability. In Case 1 Fig. As a result of their coordinated efforts a large price and volume spike is visible, beginning exactly at the time at which the announcement took place. Exchange: Binance. Once again, the warning signals of corresponding price and volume spikes are present, and the system correctly marks the strange activity at the announced starting time as fraudulent.
In this case we also observe the price and volume beginning to increase just prior to the announcement time, perhaps indicating insider trading by the group leaders. The pump announcement in this case was given on the 4th of September , at p. Once again, we observe corresponding price and volume spikes Fig. The reason for this is that the price continued to climb for a while after the pump, instead of immediately dumping. While our system correctly marked the corresponding price and volume spikes at the specified time, it failed to identify them as being the result of a pump-and-dump.
In Case 4 Fig. Similarly, to Case 3, our system again fails to mark the anomalous spikes as a pump-and-dump, for the same reason of the price not dipping quickly enough afterwards. In order to correctly identify these cases in which the price maintains momentum for some time after the announcement, a potential improvement could be made to the algorithm whereby decreasing volume is also taken into consideration.
This paper attempted to introduce to the crime science community the problem of cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes. With cryptocurrencies becoming increasingly popular, they are also becoming a more likely target for criminal activity.
Cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes are orchestrated attempts to inflate the price of a cryptocurrency artificially. We identified breakout indicators and reinforcers as criteria for locating a pump-and-dump and investigated the data using an anomaly detection approach. We were also able to show that using a limited set of parameters it is possible to detect pumping activity in the data as well as subsequent dumping activity.
Moreover, we monitored two pump-and-dump groups in order to obtain several cases of real life pump-and-dump schemes which we then applied our detection algorithm to, in order to demonstrate its performance in real scenarios. Besides locating potential pump-and-dumps, we found evidence of clustering in the data. Translated to the environmental criminology literature, this pattern resembles repeat victimisation Farrell and Pease ; Kleemans ; Weisel ; Farrell The clustering can be exploited for preventative purposes since efforts can be concentrated towards the clusters, finding out what makes them attractive targets, and implementing strategies to help mitigate potentially nefarious activity.
Consider an exchange which requires additional verification for users trading certain symbol pairs which are determined to be vulnerable. Such an intervention would increase the effort required to trade and hence to pump the vulnerable coin. When considering how to increase the risk, an example could be a system in which the automated detection of anomalous trading activity is used in cooperation with humans.
A major challenge for pump-and-dump prevention might lie in coordinating the efforts between private bodies such as cryptocurrency exchanges and government bodies. While governments are catching up on the problem and have allocated more resources to the mitigation of pump-and-dump schemes, exchanges might have little incentive to cooperate because they benefit from trading activity on their platforms. Finally, a move towards more government regulation—in our data less regulated exchanges were targeted disproportionately more frequently—might undermine the very concept of cryptocurrency trading as a decentralised exchange without government interference.
In the current investigation, we resorted to publicly available data and provided a framework for the future analysis of cryptocurrency pump-and-dumps. However, several limitations merit attention. First, the accuracy of flagging an alleged pump-and-dump is dependent upon the parameters chosen and cannot be ascertained absent a ground truth of confirmed pump-and-dumps. Our analysis should be treated as a first attempt to place the topic in the academic literature.
While this was sufficient for the scope of this paper, future research would want to attempt to collect more substantial quantities of data and at a smaller granularity e. Third, as with any flagging system, there is a decision to be made how many false positives are acceptable i. Arguably, an exchange would want to avoid announcing a coin of being used for fraudulent activity if this were not the case. This compromise is particularly complex in real-time settings so an interesting alternative avenue for future research might be to move towards the identification of early warning signals that can highlight suspicious trading at a point in time where the costs of false positives are relatively low e.
Thus, a cost for both Type I and Type II errors needs to be determined, and a balance struck between the two. Thus, a desirable area for future research would be to create of a database of confirmed pumps. While labour intensive to do in a fully manual way, the creation of such a database could likely be achieved through a smart combination of automated and manual tasks e.
Such a database could be used as a means of testing the accuracy of a detection algorithm, as well as allowing for the use of supervised machine learning methods. Two lines of research seem particularly interesting for an extension of cryptocurrency pump-and-dump identification. First, identifying vulnerable coins and understanding the characteristics of those coins that are repeatedly targeted in more detail would allow for efficient resource allocation of detection systems e.
Second, moving away from exchange trading data, the modus operandi of pump-and-dumps could be examined in more detail. A particularly promising path for future studies could be the linguistic analysis of the coordination of pump-and-dumps in online chat groups, on the one hand; and the means by which misinformation about specific coins is spread on, for example, social media, on the other hand. This paper has attempted to provide a first look into research for cryptocurrency pump-and-dump schemes.
Ultimately, it is the hope that the information presented in this paper will serve useful as a basis for further research into the detection of these fraudulent schemes. Bartels, K. Click here to buy the next Microsoft: the penny stock rules, online microcap fraud, and the unwary investor. Indiana Law Journal, 75, Google Scholar. Bitcoin Magazine. What is an Altcoin? Borrion, H. Quality assurance in crime scripting.
Crime Science, 2 1 , 6. Bouraoui, T. Stock spams: An empirical study on penny stock market. International Review of Business Research Papers, 5 4 , — Having attracted significant speculation, prices have soared in , fell in and are generally known to be very volatile. However, some of the price changes have been due to organized manipulation. Traditionally known in the world of penny stocks and made illegal in most countries, pump and dump schemes are frequent in cryptocurrencies, and mostly unregulated.
In this paper, we perform quantification and detection of pump and dump schemes that are coordinated through Telegram chats and executed on Binance - one of the most popular cryptocurrency exchanges. We detail how pumps are organized on Telegram, and quantify the properties of confirmed events with respect to market capitalization, trading volume, price impact and profitability.
Based on this ground truth, and regular trading intervals obtained from twitter timestamps, we optimize a binary classifier in order to be able to detect additional suspicious trading activity.
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In conclusion, the Apple Car will have to wait for now: there is time until , which is the expected release date. This article originally appeared on Financialounge. It does not represent the opinion of Benzinga and has not been edited. Benzinga does not provide investment advice. All rights reserved.
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We detail how pumps are organized on Telegram, and quantify the properties of confirmed events with respect to market capitalization, trading volume, price impact and profitability. Based on this ground truth, and regular trading intervals obtained from twitter timestamps, we optimize a binary classifier in order to be able to detect additional suspicious trading activity.
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