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Bitcoin Crashed 87% on Binance’s U.S. Exchange Due to Algo Bug

Oct. 21, 2021, 4:22 PM

Another day, another major snafu in cryptocurrency trading.

The price of Bitcoin rapidly plunged about 87% on Binance’s U.S. exchange Thursday morning, sinking to as low as $8,200 from around $65,000. The price did nothing like that on other venues, and on Binance the level almost immediately snapped back to where it had been.

“One of our institutional traders indicated to us that they had a bug in their trading algorithm, which appears to have caused the sell-off,” Binance.US said in an emailed statement. “We are continuing to look into the event, but understand from the trader that they have ...