Trading Platform ‘eToro’ Launches New Cryptocurrency Wallet

The global social trading platform, eToro, recently launched its digital currency wallet which would initially support four virtual coins The New eToro Cryptocurrency Wallet According to Finextra, global social trading platform, eToro, launched its cryptocurrency wallet on Tuesday (Nov. 6th). The new wallet would currently support four virtual currencies, which include Bitcoin (BTC), and altcoins such as Ethereum (ETH), BitcoinCash (BCH), and Litecoin (LTC). The eToro wallet is a mobile app accessible on iOS and Google Play. One of its features includes multi-signature security that ensures the safety of users’…

California Cybercrime Police Focus on Cryptocurrency SIM Swapping as ‘Highest Priority’

U.S. law enforcement consider so-called “SIM swapping” one of its “highest priorities” in a bid to fight cryptocurrency fraud, security news and investigation blog KrebsonSecurity reported Nov. 7. Speaking to the publication, Samy Tarazi, a police sergeant in Santa Barbara and a supervisor of the REACT Task Force — a group dedicated to fighting cybercrime — said the number of instances of the crime had increased dramatically. “For the amounts being stolen and the number of people being successful at taking it, the numbers are probably historic,” he said. SIM…

Ripple (XRP) Briefly ‘Flippens’ Ethereum to Become 2nd-Largest Cryptocurrency

Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Ripple (XRP), long the world’s third-largest cryptocurrency, capped off an impressive single-day rally with a foray onto the market’s silver podium, briefly evicting ethereum (ETH) from the market cap ranking it has long called home. Ripple (XRP) Challenges Ethereum for Silver Podium The rally, as CCN reported, saw the ripple price rise an astounding 14 percent on a day when bitcoin (BTC) traded sideways, and no other large-cap cryptocurrency rose more than 4 percent. In fact, XRP’s single-day return was triple that of Metaverse ETP, whose 4…

Cryptocurrency Exchange Coincheck Reports Over $5 Million Loss in Q3

Coincheck, the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange that suffered a $520 million hack in January, has reported increased losses for the third quarter of 2018. Monex Group, the Japan-based brokerage firm that acquired Coincheck following the hack, released its financial results for Q3 (Q2 in the Japanese financial year) on Monday. The group’s crypto asset segment, which reflects the Coincheck business, brought in revenue of 315 million yen, about $2.8 million, between July and September. Notably, that number represents a 66 percent decline compared to the previous quarter, during which Coincheck made…

Cryptocurrency ‘Illegal’ In India Says Trade Organization Head

The head of an Indian nonprofit trade organization said cryptocurrency is “illegal,” and urged businesses to obey the law, local news daily the Hindu reported Thursday, Oct. 25. Debjani Ghosh, the president of the National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), was cited by the Hindu saying that cryptocurrencies are illegal from NASSCOM’s perspective. NASSCOM is a nonprofit trade association of over 2,000 member companies for the Indian IT and business process outsourcing industries. “It is [the] law of the land and hence, we have to work with it,”…

Japan’s Financial Regulator Mulls Cap on Cryptocurrency Margin Trading

Japan’s Financial Services Agency (FSA) is weighing a plan to put a cap on the leverage in cryptocurrency margin trading in a move that is set to curb speculation and market risks. According to a news report from Nikkei on Thursday, the financial market regulator is considering limiting crypto margin traders’ borrowing power to two to four times of their deposits. Currently, there’s no regulation specifically governing the cryptocurrency margin trading space in Japan, the report added, with exchanges offering as much as 25 times of borrowing power. That means users…

Ephrata, Washington Imposes Year-Long Ban on New Cryptocurrency Mining Operations

The city of Ephrata, Washington, will halt new crypto mining developments in the city for the next 12 months, Eastern Washington and North Idaho daily newspaper The Spokesman Review reports Friday, Oct. 19. The recently announced suspension will only affect new crypto operations from being established in Ephrata, while the existing four businesses already there will continue operating. According to Ephrata city administrator Wes Crago, those four crypto operations — including two at the Port of Ephrata, one in an industrial area of the city, as well as one in…

North Korean Hackers Have Stolen $571 Million in Cryptocurrency: Report

Even though blockchain technology has all sorts of security applications, one thing is for sure: cryptocurrency exchanges are vulnerable to cybersecurity attacks, and hackers have exploited these flaws for massive gains. However, no hacker crew has been quite as successful as the infamous North Korean group of hackers, dubbed “Lazarus,” which is responsible for the theft of over half a billion dollars in cryptocurrency since 2017. Group-IB Report The information arrives courtesy of a new report by Group-IB, widely considered one of the leading cybersecurity companies in the world. The…

Ethereum Token Rallies as Brave’s Cryptocurrency Program Enters Beta

The cryptocurrency market posted a minor decline on Friday, with bitcoin and most other large-cap assets shedding about one to two percent of their previous-day valuations. Ethereum token BAT, however, managed to resist the market’s gravitational pull and post a major single-day rally. Ethereum Token BAT Hits Two-Month High BAT — short for Basic Attention Token — is the native currency of Brave, the ICO-funded web browser that seeks to use the cryptocurrency token to upend the web’s traditional advertising model. For most of the day Thursday, BAT had traded…

Russian Cybersecurity Firm Says Hackers Have Stolen $882 Million From Cryptocurrency Exchanges in Almost Two Years

A Russian cybersecurity firm has released reports stating that hackers have stolen $882 million from cryptocurrency exchanges in almost two years. $882 Million and Counting A cybersecurity firm based in Moscow, Group-IB, conducted research which revealed that hackers have stolen up to $882 million from digital currency exchanges. As reported by Bank Info Security, the theft has been going on for almost two years. Group-IB also stated that the figures were likely to grow in 2019. The potential increase is because experienced hackers including Lazarus, MoneyTaker, and Cobalt focus more…