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The destabilising effects of cryptocurrency cybercriminality

Shaen Corbet (), Douglas Cumming (), Brian Lucey (), Maurice Peat and Samuel A. Vigne

Economics Letters, 2020, vol. 191, issue C

Abstract: This paper investigates the financial market effects of recent cybercriminality in cryptocurrency markets. Hacking events are found to increase both the price volatility of the targeted cryptocurrency and broad cross-cryptocurrency correlations. Further, cybercrime events significantly reduce price discovery sourced within the hacked currency relative to other cryptocurrencies. Finally, abnormal returns in the hours prior to the cybercrime event, revert to zero when news is publicly announced.

Keywords: Price volatility; Cryptocurrency; Hacking; Cybercrime; Bitcoin; GARCH (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2019.108741

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