Non-Linearities, Cyber Attacks and Cryptocurrencies
12 Pages Posted: 25 Jun 2019 Last revised: 23 Jul 2019
Date Written: 2019
This paper uses a Markov-switching non-linear specification to analyse the effects of cyber attacks on returns in the case of four cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethernam, Litecoin and Stellar) over the period 8/8/2015 - 28/2/2019. The analysis considers both cyber attacks in general and those targeting cryptocurrencies in particular, and also uses cumulative measures capturing persistence. On the whole, the results suggest the existence of significant negative effects of cyber attacks on the probability for cryptocurrencies to stay in the low volatility regime. This is an interesting finding, that confirms the importance of gaining a deeper understanding of this form of crime and of the tools used by cybercriminals in order to prevent possibly severe disruptions to markets.
Keywords: crypto currencies, cyber attacks, regime switching
JEL Classification: C220, E400, G100
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