Crypto Exchange Gate.io Removes StatCounter Service Following Report of Security Breach

Crypto exchange Gate.io has removed web analytics tool StatCounter from their website following a breach report by cybersecurity firm ESET, according to an official blog post published today, Nov. 7. The company has reported that they immediately removed StatCounter’s traffic stats service after receiving a security notice by ESET about suspicious behavior. Gate.io claimed they subsequently scanned the website with 56 antivirus products, and “no one reported any suspicious behavior at that time.” However, the firm still changed its traffic tracker, also reporting that “users’ funds are safe.” On Nov.…

China’s Central Bank Wants to Put the Damper on Airdrops: Report

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, has its eyes on cryptocurrency companies that run airdrop campaigns in the country. In its most recent financial stability report for 2018, which was published on Friday, November 3, 2018, the bank said there has been a surge in the number of “disguised” Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), including the free distribution of crypto tokens through airdrops, despite its effort to clamp down on their activities. Based on the report, the bank states that the companies running token giveaways are evading China’s…

Morgan Stanley Report Shows Strong Institutional Investment for Bitcoin

On October 31, multinational investment bank and financial services company, Morgan Stanley, released their latest report on Bitcoin. The report, entitled “Update: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies and Blockchain,” stated that Bitcoins and altcoins have constituted a “new institutional investment class” since 2017. In comparison to Morgan Stanley’s 2017 report on Bitcoin, their 2018 outlook is bullish. The report contains an overview of both how Bitcoin has evolved, and how its investment purpose has changed throughout its existence. Morgan Stanley analysts also touched upon the recent stablecoin trend and both central bank and…

China’s Central Bank Wants to Put the Damper Airdrops: Report

The People’s Bank of China (PBoC), China’s central bank, has its eyes on cryptocurrency companies that run airdrop campaigns in the country. In its most recent financial stability report for 2018, which was published on Friday, November 3, 2018, the bank said there has been a surge in the number of “disguised” Initial Coin Offerings (ICO), including the free distribution of crypto tokens through airdrops, despite its effort to clamp down on their activities. Based on the report, the bank states that the companies running token giveaways are evading China’s…

EOS Is Not a Blockchain, Claims Report

Killing the Ethereum Killer: EOS Is Not a Blockchain, Claims Report November 5, 2018 by Paul de Havilland In a controversial report, new research has found that EOS is not a blockchain, but rather a homogenous distributed database. Also read: ‘Money … Can Be Better’: A Chat With Dash Core Group CEO Ryan Taylor Join the Bitsonline Telegram channel to get the latest Bitcoin, cryptocurrency, and tech news updates: https://t.me/bitsonline Killing EOS Softly With His Words: EOS Is Not a Blockchain Whiteblock, a “blockchain testing platform that helps development teams validate performance and deploy…

“Currently, Bitcoin is gaining strength,” Report by OneAlpha says

A report published in October by OneAlpha revealed that Bitcoin’s market was gaining strength after the 2018 correction. The stability of the last weeks is a sign of maturity of the markets that seem to have passed the hype stages -both bullish and bearish- of the previous months. OneAlpha is an Israeli firm part of First Digital Assets Group; a fintech that defines itself as “the leading digital assets group in Europe.” OneAlpha Report: Bearish Trend Is A Good Thing For The Market According to the report, the current bearish…

Lack of Diversity in Ethereum Smart Contracts Pose Risks to Whole Ecosystem, Report Says

A lack of diversity of Ethereum (ETH) smart contracts poses a threat to Ethereum blockchain ecosystem, according to research by a group of analysts from Northeastern University and the University of Maryland released on Oct. 31. The paper, entitled “Analyzing Ethereum’s Contract Topology,” claims that most Ethereum smart contracts are “direct- or near-copies of other contracts,” which represents a potential risk if a copied smart contract contains a vulnerable or a buggy code. Partially supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, the study has analyzed Ethereum smart contracts’ bytecodes during…

SEC’s End-of-Fiscal-Year Report Reveals Heavy Action Against …

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has released a report detailing actions taken against fraudulent ICOs and financial ventures, and, indeed, the year has been wrought with cases. The report details actions for 2018’s fiscal year, which ended on September 30, and offers insight into the ICO-related fraud that has seemingly come to light over the past several months. Misconduct actions against ICOs and similar cryptocurrency ventures are led by the organization’s Cyber Unit, which became fully operational this year. The SEC explains in the report, “We believe our…

SEC Report Notes ‘Dozens’ of Investigations Into ICOs at End of Fiscal Year

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Enforcement Division has released its annual enforcement report for the 2018 fiscal year (FY), Friday, Nov. 2. The report notes actions by the Division against fraudulent Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs). According to the report, since the formation of the Division’s Cyber Unit at the end of FY 2017, the commission’s focus on cyber-related misconduct, including ICOs, has been growing steadily. The SEC attributes this to an “explosion” in crypto-asset offerings, which it says are often considered high-risk investments. According to the report: “In…

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.…