Price Stable, XMR is Bullish above $100

36 hours after hard forking and Monero buyers are yet to confirm Oct 15 gains. If anything, there seems to be resistance for upsides and this is negative for bulls. Anyhow, we suggest aggressive buyers to load at spot prices with stops at $190 while risk-averse traders should be on the side lines until there are gains above $150. Such gains will most likely trigger a torrent of buyers aiming at $300 and higher. Latest Monero News Talk of privacy coins won’t leave Monero out and for good reasons. While…

Coins Ready to Rally as ADA, Stellar, Litecoin Reject Bears

While Litecoin might be a “relic” according to Tushar Jain, their developers are ready to slash transaction costs by a factor of 10 once Litecoin core 0.17 goes live. The release date is tentative but what we know for sure is that EOS trade volume are roughly five percent that of Ethereum. Besides, it’s prone to congestion all thanks to the introduction of Block Producers who often collude locking out “outsiders”. Let’s have a look at these charts: EOS Price Analysis According to reports, there is a CPU problem in…

86% of ICO Tokens Worth Less than at First Crypto Exchange Listing

Global professional services firm Ernst & Young (EY) has released a report on the performance of ICOs over the last year, and in keeping with the bear market for cryptocurrency assets, the trend was predictably downward. Just 10 Tokens Count for 99% of All ICO Gains EY released a report on ICOs back in December 2017, which included a total of 372 projects. Within those projects were 110 standout ICOs that accounted for 87 percent of all funds raised among all projects analyzed. They dubbed this collection of more successful projects…

Gibraltar Gov’t Launches Advisory Group to Develop Blockchain-Related Educational Courses

The Government of Gibraltar in collaboration with the University of Gibraltar have created an advisory group focused on the development of blockchain-related educational courses, national news outlet the Gibraltar Chronicle reported Oct. 19. The New Technologies in Education (NTiE) group is reportedly a joint initiative between the government, the University of Gibraltar, and a number of the leading technology firms based in the country. Following the expansion of new technologies in Gibraltar, the NTiE will address the demand for related skills both in the private sector and at the governmental…

Russian Draft Bill Lacks Core Crypto Terms After Recent Edits

Russian deputies have removed the definition of crypto mining from a draft bill on digital currency regulation ahead of its next reading in the State Duma, major local news agency Interfax reports Oct. 19. Consequently, the new law will not clarify tax issues for miners. The chairman of the Duma Committee on Financial Markets Anatoly Aksakov briefly explained the reason behind the deputies’ decision to eliminate a core crypto term from the bill: “Earlier we had some thoughts on Bitcoins, on their integration into our economic system. But as we…

If Your Bitcoin is Stolen, There’s Only a 20% Chance You’ll Get it Back

If you’re ever so unfortunate as to become the victim of a bitcoin theft, there’s very little chance that you will ever see your cryptocurrency assets again. For this reason, security experts have suggested that only a fraction of these cases ever get reported, as victims believe they are not likely to retrieve stolen cryptocurrency. Reuters reports that the unique nature of cryptocurrencies has created a double-edged sword where investors do not expect criminals to be caught after successful crypto heists, and cybercriminals are turning to crypto in larger numbers, driven…

Financial Action Task Force Adopts Changes to Standards Covering Virtual Currencies

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has adopted changes to its standards regarding digital currencies and firms involved into cryptocurrency-related activities, according to an announcement published Oct. 19. Paris-based FATF, also known as Groupe d’action financière (GAFI), is an intergovernmental organization established in 1989 on the initiative of the G7 to set standards and promote effective implementation of legal, regulatory and operational measures to fight money laundering. The FATF has since developed a series of Recommendations recognized as the international standard for combating money laundering (ML) and the financing of…

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…

Nicolas Maduro Urges Venezuelan Residents to Invest in Petro Coin

Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela’s president, called on workers in his country to save money in gold and his cryptocurrency ‘The Petro’ during a salary shake-up Thursday. According to the local news source Noticiero Digital, in the next few weeks workers will be receiving their bonuses in the Petro coin, instead of fiat. Nicolas Maduro and The Petro Maduro said: “In the coming weeks the payment schedule of the bonuses will be fulfilled with the new salary tables set in the petro, which is from the economic recovery program that started 58…

North Korea-Sponsored Hacks Comprise 65 Percent of Total Crypto Stolen

Hacker group “Lazarus,” reportedly funded by North Korea, has stolen a staggering $571 million in cryptocurrencies since early 2017, a study conducted by cybercrime company Group-IB reveals. Key takeaways from the study were published Tuesday, Oct. 16, alongside the full annual report, entitled “Hi-Tech Crime Trends.” The report, dedicated to hacks in 2017 and 2018, identifies the allegedly state-sponsored hacker group Lazarus as responsible for $571 million of the $882 million total in crypto that was stolen from online exchanges during the studied time period; almost 65 percent of the…