A Swiss Merchant Suggests to Switch from PayPal to Crypto

A Reddit user from Switzerland under the nickname Julices_Grant created a subreddit, where he complained of having to pay high transaction fees using PayPal and suggested using cryptocurrencies instead.

Let’s take a look at some figures. If we take Switzerland as an example, here regular PayPal users pay from 2.9 to 5% in commissions, as per usual. When it comes to merchants, here the fees can go up to 8-10%, which can significantly affect the earnings.

This is absolutely unacceptable and this why we NEED cryptos,” said the merchant.

Julices_Grant does have some point. Cryptocurrency and its elimination of transaction fees might soon replace major electronic payment systems.

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Bitfury Launches Open-Source Music Platform Based on Blockchain

A UK-based mining firm, The Bitfury Group, has announced that it will launch a music platform which operates on the blockchain technology. This idea is not new, as  many other tech companies also tried to do such a platform.

The platform, named SurroundTM, will become a helpful tool for every musician, as it plans to create a new environment where it is much easier to manage the musicians’ affairs. In particular, the platform will simplify the process of transfer of copyright assets, the user will be able to see his/her output. Bitfury believes that SurroundTM will implement blockchain into music industry much further than anything ever before.

The CEO of the Bitfury, Stefan Schulz, commented:

“There is a very strong momentum for an open entertainment-related blockchain where market participants themselves would be participating in the market venue, not only from a transactional point of view.”

The company has offices in Europe, yet, it plans to expand the service and  establish offices in Tokyo, LA, Moscow, and Seoul. It also seeks the possibilities of providing a digital system for both monetizing and sharing intellectual property.

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The First Ever Joint Arabic Cryptocurrency: Details of the Collaboration Between UAE and Saudi Arabia

As we mentioned before, two major islamic states, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, agreed to cooperate on a joint project, namely a digital currency that will fuel cross-border transactions between the two countries.

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Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates Will Release a Joint Cryptocurrency

The project is actively being developed. According to Emirates News Agency, the Executive Committee of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council had a meeting in Abu Dhabi to discuss the course of future work.

16 representatives from both countries took part in the meeting of the Committee.

The main point of discussion was the Strategy of Resolve which contains “seven strategic initiatives that reflect the bilateral integration in the fields of services and financial markets, tourism, aviation, entrepreneurship, customs and security, among others.”

Also, the pilot version of the joint Arabic cryptocurrency was launched during the meeting. The new token “will be strictly targeted for banks at an experimental phase with the aim of better understanding the implications of Blockchain technology and facilitating cross-border payments.”

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If Euro Is Doomed, How Will It Influence the Financial Situation in the World?

It comes as no surprise that the cryptocurrency market has been in an unstable state in the recent couple of month. However, it seems like the conventional monetary system is starting to crack as well.

The experts and financial specialists are especially worried about the fate of one of the major world currencies – Euro.

In the article for Financial Times, the market and investment researcher Russell Napier claimed that euro might face some difficult times due to the downfall of the economy in the eurozone.  

The key consequence of this collapse will be the destruction of the euro. The expected success of the far-right and far-left in the European parliamentary election in May this year augurs the beginning of the end for the currency union. Both extremes share a commitment to the return of sovereignty to their parliaments that is incompatible with a single currency,” he said.

A lot of leading European countries, like Italy and Germany, are experiencing a major decrease in the economy growth rate and a lower performance rate of the major financial establishments.

Napier is sure that the policy of the European Union, namely restricting control over capital flow will have a detrimental effect on euro, the fall of euro will, in its turn, cause a collapse at the market.

But still the financial system is a very unpredictable thing, and anything could happen, despite the boldest forecasts of experts. Anyway, we hope that 2019 will be a more stable and favorable year both for crypto and fiat currencies.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, January 21: Cryptocurrencies Fell into the Red Zone

Bitcoin, Ethereum, Ripple, Bitcoin Cash, EOS, Litecoin, Cardano, Stellar, IOTA, Dash, Monero: Cryptocurrency prices

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 4.2% in the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3527 per coin.

The other cryptocurrencies are also declining:

Bitcoin Cash lost 5.28% over the past 24 hours and costs $121 per coin;

Ripple dropped by 3.32% and is $0.31 in price;

EOS decreased by 4.66%, and its price is $2.36;

Litecoin fell by 7.04%, and its price is $30;

Cardano lost 5.63%, and its cost is $0.042;

Stellar decreased by 5.02% and costs $0.10;

IOTA lost 4.68%, and its cost is $0.30;

Dash dropped by 5.21%, and its price is $69;

Monero became cheaper by 4.22% and costs $44.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 5.42%. The exchange rate of the coin is $117.

The total market capitalization rose to $118 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.5% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $62 billion.

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SWIFT Payment System: What It is and How It Works

A transfer of funds between countries used to seem something out of real, but today it is a convenient and fast process, which is perceived as a regular thing. The development of technology has greatly simplified SWIFT transfers, which every modern person should know about.

Therefore, in this article The Coin Shark will answer in detail the frequently asked question regarding SWIFT transfers.

What is SWIFT and what does is stand for?

This is an interbank system with a minimum commission for transfers in any currency, which was established in 1973. The abbreviation SWIFT itself stands for “Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications. ”

Working with SWIFT

The system can be used by organizations, private individuals or entrepreneurs. For international financial transactions, it is necessary to specify the details of the beneficiary’s account and the SWIFT code of the bank to which funds will be delivered. To transfer money, it is not obligatory to start an account, since transactions can be carried out through transaction accounts of users of the system.

One more peculiarity is that the processing of payments in the system takes a little longer, but it is compensated by a low commission, for example, in comparison with Western Union or Contact systems. Transaction processing takes from one day to one week. The speed of the operation depends on availability of a settlement account.

Requirements for the SWIFT user

To work with the system, you must follow the following rules:

  • to fill in the details of payment and transfer in English;
  • to pay a transfer fee without using the account. It is recommended to open one if transfers are performed regularly.

To use the system, the accurate SWIFT system details are required, which include:

  • the name of the bank and its SWIFT code;
  • the name of the correspondent bank and its SWIFT code;
  • beneficiary’s account;
  • basic information about the beneficiary that identifies him.

SWIFT tariffs

There is no single table of rates on services in the system due to the differences in banking structures. Since each international financial organization has an individual cost of services.

The most common is a two-sided payment for transaction. But even in this case the commission is lower compared to other systems, this is especially appreciable when speaking about large transfers. However, for transfers of smaller amounts of money, the system is of no less demand.

Money transaction

To transfer money through the international system, you need to do the following:

  • to indicate in the bank, that is a member of the SWIFT community, from which account the transfer will be carried out or clarify that from none;
  • to give the passport and the details of the SWIFT transfer to a representative of the bank;
  • to apply for a transfer;
  • to pay the required amount of money through the bank cash office, taking into account the commission.

Receipt of funds

Before receiving funds, it is necessary to make sure that they have arrived to the account. For this you need:

  • contact by phone with the bank to which the funds should arrive;
  • check your account in your member area remotely via the bank website.

To receive funds, you must perform the following steps:

  • to visit the bank to which funds should arrive;
  • to present the identification documents to a bank representative and withdraw money from the account;
  • if necessary, to convert the received funds into desired currency at the rate effective at the bank.

Advantages and disadvantages of the SWIFT system

Advantages:

  • a high level of security of money transfers worldwide;
  • the ability to transfer and receive any sum range;
  • calculation of funds in any currency;
  • minimum commission;
  • the ability to receive or send funds at almost any bank of the world;
  • if the system fails, it will compensate for losses.

Disadvantages:

  • transfer can take 7 days;
  • due to the involvement of several banks in the process, the system may fail.

As you can see, the number of advantages is much greater than disadvantages, this is why today the international transfers in SWIFT are the most in demand.

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Malware From The Pirate Bay May Hijack Website To Steal Crypto

The movies downloaded from The Pirate Bay bring a malware to the user’s computer. That was the conclusion reached by a security researcher, with the nickname  0xffff0800 in Twitter. He told that when he downloaded a movie ‘The Girl In The Spider’s Web’ from TPB, a .LNK shortcut with CozyBear malware got to his computer.

However, the Cozy Bear malware is just a decoy, the real thing that brings damages is Powershell commands. Once the malware reaches the computer, it carries out malicious actions, like disabling Windows Defender and installing viral extensions in Firefox and Chrome browsers. Moreover, it edits the appearance of the website on the user’s computer.

The movie is an application itself which links the computer to the external malicious servers.

Source: Bleeping Computer

Moreover, the newly installed viral extensions can modify the JavaScript code and add some advertisements to the main page, like it is shown below.

Source: Bleeping Computer

What is the most dangerous is that the malware can edit the appearance of the web page and add or change the information without the user’s awareness, this ability allows the malware to steal the crypto. For example, if the user open Wikipedia page on a compromised system, he/she is likely to see the message saying “Wikipedia now accepts donations in form of bitcoin” and a ‘DONATE’ sign. All the donations will go to the hacker.

Source: Bleeping Computer

In addition, the malware is able to change crypto wallet addresses provided on the pages. Unfortunately, you will not even notice how the hacker stole your money.

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