US Elections Push Augur’s Total Ether Bets Over $2 Million

U.S. elections drama may be dragging Augur out of the doldrums. The decentralized betting platform built on ethereum enjoyed a promising launch in July but then stagnated due to its clunky user experience and a general decline in the use of decentralized applications. As Tuesday’s mid-term elections in the U.S. approach, however, money is pouring into the platform. The market for “Which party will control the House after 2018 U.S. Midterm Election?” has 3,517 ether or nearly $727,000 staked on it at the time of writing, according to Predictions.Global, a…

Israeli Startups Raised $600 Million Through ICOs in 2018: Report

Israeli startups have brought in more than $600 million in funding from initial coin offerings (ICOs) in the first three quarters of 2018, according to an industry report. Crypto analytics and research firm One Alpha surveyed ICOs and blockchain projects globally, from the past year, aiming to provide an overview on the status of the blockchain and ICO ecosystem, with a particular focus on Israel. One Alpha’s survey counted 140 active blockchain-related companies in Israel, which, when combined with other forms of investment, have received $1.3 billion worth of investments.…

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…

Overstock’s Blockchain Unit Invests $6 Million in Crypto Social Network ‘Minds’

Overstock.com Inc.’s blockchain subsidiary, Medici Ventures, made a $6 million Series A investment in Minds, an open-source, blockchain-based crypto social network. Under the partnership, Overstock founder and CEO Patrick M. Byrne joined Minds Inc.’s board of directors. “There has been increasing excitement in recent years over the power of blockchain technology to liberate individuals and organizations,” Byrne said in statement. “Minds’ work employing blockchain technology as a social media application is the next great innovation.” Minds launched in 2015 and boasts more than 1 million members. It’s a blockchain-based alternative to Facebook, Twitter, and the…

Bitfinex Took 630 Million Tether Out of Circulation After Drop Below $1

Bitfinex is sending massive quantities of tether tokens back to the vaults. The cryptocurrency exchange has overlapping management and owners with Tether Ltd., the company that issues a dollar-linked cryptocurrency of the same name (often abbreviated USDT). Both firms have come under increasing scrutiny following USDT’s dramatic break with dollar parity last week, when the exchange rate briefly dropped as low as $0.85 on the Kraken exchange. It has yet to fully recover. It’s notable, then, that a wallet address controlled by Bitfinex has sent 630 million USDT to an…

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…

North Korean Hacking Group Lazerus Stole $571 Million in Cryptos: Report

North Korea’s infamous hacking group, dubbed Lazarus, has managed to steal over half a billion dollars in cryptocurrencies, a report indicates. According to an article published Friday by The Next Web, the coming annual report from cybersecurity vendor Group-IB sets out that Lazarus was behind 14 hacks on crypto exchanges since January 2017, reaping a massive $571 million from the attacks. The news backs up claims from officials in South Korea, who said in February that North Korean hackers likely stole tens of millions of dollars’ worth in cryptocurrencies in 2017. As reported…

North Korean Hacking Group Lazarus Stole $571 Million in Cryptos: Report

North Korea’s infamous hacking group, dubbed Lazarus, has managed to steal over half a billion dollars in cryptocurrencies, a report indicates. According to an article published Friday by The Next Web, the coming annual report from cybersecurity vendor Group-IB sets out that Lazarus was behind 14 hacks on crypto exchanges since January 2017, reaping a massive $571 million from the attacks. The news backs up claims from officials in South Korea, who said in February that North Korean hackers likely stole tens of millions of dollars’ worth in cryptocurrencies in 2017. As reported…

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…

Tether Has Yanked $610 Million out of Circulation this Month

Tether Limited, issuer of the dollar-pegged cryptocurrency tether (USDT), has yanked nearly a quarter of the controversial stablecoin’s market cap out of circulation since the beginning of October. On Wednesday, cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex sent another 50 million USDT to the Tether Treasury, marking the sixth time this month that the company — which shares a management team with Tether — pulled USDT out of circulation by depositing them into the treasury address. Tether has not issued any new tokens in October, and the last time that new tokens entered circulation was…