From Banking Giants to Tech Darlings, China Reveals Over 500 Enterprise Blockchain Projects

The Takeaway: More than 500 blockchain projects have been registered with the Chinese government since March. The filings reveal some of the largest Chinese banks and tech companies working with the technology. Several government offices, including courts and tax bureaus, are testing blockchain platforms to execute administrative tasks, the filings show. Chinese president Xi Jinping […]

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Hackers Launch Widespread Botnet Attack on Crypto Wallets Using Cheap Russian Malware

With millions of dollars cryptocurrency stolen from crypto wallets every year, security researchers were surprised to find one active botnet being run for about $160. The bargain Trojan malware is called MasterMana Botnet, which uses mass mailing to send phishing emails with attachments containing malicious code to crypto investors. Once someone clicks on the email, the […]

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Emsisoft Releases Bug Fix for Bitcoin-Ransoming Malware WannaCryFake

Software firm Emsisoft released a bug fix for the bitcoin-ransoming malware WannaCryFake. Announced today in a blog post, the free software will help recover encrypted files without leading to data loss. Unlike real crypto-mining exploits, ransomware is dependent on extortion to reap a reward. Ransomware attacks increased 118 percent in 2019, equaling 504 new threats […]

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Crypto Sleuthing Firm Elliptic Raises $23 Million in Fundraise Led by SBI

Blockchain forensics firm Elliptic has raised $23 million in a Series B funding round led by Tokyo-based financial institution SBI Holdings. Announced Wednesday, the funding will help drive Elliptic’s Asia expansion, which includes a recently opened Singapore office and one in Japan that will open this week. Tomoyuki Nii, executive officer for overseas investment at […]

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In Big Block Hard Fork, Craig Wright’s Bitcoin Has Left Nodes Behind

In the wake of a recent network upgrade, a number of nodes have been separated from the bitcoin SV blockchain, a development that highlights why “hard forks” have long been the subject of passionate infighting among cryptocurrency developers. According to block explorer Blockchair, roughly 20 percent of BSV nodes are still running an older version […]

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SBI Holdings’ Crypto Exchange Adopts New Tech to Help Meet FATF Standards

VC Trade, the Japan-based crypto exchange launched by SBI Holdings last year, is integrating new technology to help it comply with international customer verification standards issued by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in June. The solution is provided by blockchain security company CoolBitX, which has developed a wallet product based on its know-your-customer (KYC) and […]

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Crypto Loans Firms Left Thousands of Users’ Financial Data Exposed Online

Cryptocurrency loans platform YouHodler left millions of records containing private financial data from thousands of users exposed online, researchers found. In a blog post, vpnMentor said its research team, led by Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, discovered a database leak as part of their web-mapping project and traced it back to YouHodler. The data, they found, exposed comes to […]

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Facebook’s Libra Lacks Foundational Components for Crypto Key Security

Steven Sprague is one of the principal industry evangelists for the application of trusted computing technology. Steven served as president and CEO of Wave Systems Corp. for 14 years before transitioning to the board of directors. Recently, Facebook launched Libra with the stated goal of “transforming the global economy.” It’s a lofty aim. However, after […]

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Researcher Discovers Serious Vulnerability in Paper Crypto Wallet Site

A security researcher from MyCrypto.com, Harry Denley, has posted a detailed – and damning – analysis of paper wallet site WalletGenerator.net. The core of the analysis hinges on WalletGenerator’s original open-source code, available here. Until August 17, 2018 the online code matched the open-source code and the entire project generated wallets using a client-side technique […]

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Ethereum Investment Vehicle Approved for Small Investors

Individual investors will soon be able to invest in Grayscale Ethereum Trust, billed as “the first U.S. publicly quoted security solely invested in and deriving value from the price of ethereum.” The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Wall Street’s self-regulatory organization (SRO), has approved public quotation of shares in the trust, Grayscale Investments announced Thursday. “All […]

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