Crypto Markets Report Slight Gains While Gold Rises

Friday, March 22 — All the top 20 cryptocurrencies, except Tether (USDT), are in the green, having overcome yesterday’s drop. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) is up 0.31 percent over the past 24 hours, and is trading at around $4,045 at press time. The coin started the day at $4,029, with a jump to as high as $4,053 in the middle of the day. In terms of a weekly view, Bitcoin has gained around 1.9 percent, while in terms of the month BTC has increased by just one percent.…

Report From Former CFTC Chairman Calls for Advanced Crypto Regulations

A recent report published for the Brookings Institution is calling for enhanced regulations on cryptocurrencies. The report was authored by Harvard University fellow Timothy Massad, who served as chairman of the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) during the administration of Pres. Barack Obama. The report dubbed “It’s time to strengthen the regulation of crypto-assets” addresses the purported need for better regulation on digital currencies, the illicit use of cryptocurrencies, as well as measures for reducing the risk of cyber attacks. The report also provides direct recommendations of how…

QuadrigaCX Co-Founder Michael Patryn Is Actually Convicted Criminal Omar Dhanani: Report

A co-founder of controversial QuadrigaCX exchange was reportedly involved in multiple criminal activities in the past, Bloomberg reports on March 19. Michael Patryn, who co-founded Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX along with Gerald Cotten in 2013, was previously known as Omar Dhanani, a person that was involved in multiple crimes in the United States, Bloomberg states. $145 million in clients’ crypto assets was found to be missing from the QuadrigaCX exchange after its co-founder and CEO Cotten died at the age of 30 from complications of Crohn’s disease in December 2018.…

New Report Warns 87 Percent of Cryptocurrency Exchange Volume Is Potentially Suspicious

Almost 90 percent of cryptocurrency exchanges’ reported trade volumes may be incorrect, new research from trading analytics platform The Tie warned in a digest released on March 18. Reporting on figures gathered from 97 exchanges, researchers found that the vast majority of the volume claimed to come from users may not in fact exist. The revelations came as a result of calculations of lesser-known exchanges versus well-known businesses such as Binance and Kraken. “In total we estimated that 87% of exchanges reported trading volume was potentially suspicious and that 75%…

Ethereum DApp Growth Slows While EOS and Tron Race Ahead: Report

Ethereum DApp Growth Slows While EOS and Tron Race Ahead: Report EOS and Tron are leadign Ethereum in dApp growth. | Source: Shutterstock According to new data from RatingDapp, EOS and Tron both gained significant user share over the last week, while Ethereum dApp growth slowed. Ethereum remains the godfather of decentralized applications, with by far the largest user base, ecosystem, and most liquidity. But the landscape is changing quickly, with Tron and EOS dominating in transaction volume. Ethereum Grows 20% Slower Than The Week Before Pure volume is not…

75% of Bitcoin Exchanges Report ‘Suspicious’ Crypto Trading Volumes

A site called TheTie released a report today that estimates over 86% of all reported Bitcoin exchange volume is suspicious, while 75% of exchanges report extremely dubious volumes. The research uses a different formula than other reports have: it values each website’s visitors and compares that value to the reported figures. Potential Fake Crypto Volumes High Across The Board Many Bitcoin exchanges – most notably Bithumb – report volumes well in excess of what should be expected given their web traffic. | Source: TheTie For example, Bithumb, which has been…

Overstock CEO Praises tZERO Blockchain Platform in Q4 Earnings Report

Canadian online retailer Overstock.com said it would counter its significant losses for 2018 with a return to profits this year in its Q4 earnings report released on March 18. Overstock, which is famous as being one of the first major retailers to accept Bitcoin (BTC), saw profitability dive through last year as a result of a change of strategy, something CEO Patrick Byrne says he will now reverse. “Our retail arm lost money last year because I gunned things in an attempt to create a conventional high-growth/money losing e-commerce business,…

Report Shows Cryptojacking Is Prime Example of Shift Towards Discreet Cyberattacks

Cybercriminals are reportedly favoring unhurried approaches in attacks made for financial gains, with cryptojacking as a prime example of this shift. IT news website ComputerWorld reported on this development on March 14. Data released by cybersecurity company Darktrace reveals that cryptojacking attempts increased by 78 percent in 2018, and, according to ComputerWorld, the company also said that this trend continued in 2019. The ComputerWorld article cites Max Heinemeyer, director of threat hunting at Darktrace, commenting on the findings. He reportedly said that since many ransomware victims may be unable to pay…

Report: Thai SEC Approves Country’s First ICO Portal

Thailand’s securities regulator has approved the first initial coin offering (ICO) portal in the country,  local daily news outlet the Bangkok Post reported on March 12. The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) board of directors has reportedly authorized the first ICO portal that allows to screen ICOs, perform due diligence, confirm smart contract source codes and conduct Know Your Customer (KYC) procedures. The operator of the ICO portal is reportedly a foreign entity. Archari Suppiroj, director of the fintech department at the SEC, reportedly told the Bangkok Post, “Thailand’s…

Trezor Responds to Ledger Report on Vulnerabilities in Its Hardware Wallets

Prague-based crypto wallet manufacturer Trezor has responded to а report about hardware vulnerabilities from its competitor Ledger on Tuesday, March 12. Trezor claims that none of the weaknesses revealed by Ledger in a detailed report on March 10, are critical for hardware wallets. As per Trezor, none of them can be exploited remotely, as the attacks described require “physical access to the device, specialized equipment, time, and technical expertise.” Trezor further cites the results of a recent security survey performed in partnership with major cryptocurrency exchange Binance. According to the…