A Tech Personality Became the Author of Mona Lisa Using Blockchain

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A blockchain startup Verisart has recently received some “black” PR. The project specializes in verifying the authenticity of pieces of art, creating digital certificates for them and also tracking down the history of particular works.

However, Verisart, as well as other art-related blockchain products, is heavily critisized by some of the developers. Some people prefer to just leave a negative comment in a forum or on the website, but there are people that go to the extreme to prove their point.

In this case, a technological expert, Terence Eden, decided to try and register on the above-mentioned platform as a creator of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa”. He also provided evidence of successfully completing his endeavour.

According to him, the site only required his name, email address and the picture itself which was downloaded by him from Wikipedia.

Nevertheless, there were people that did not take this experiment seriously. For example, a blockchain specialist, Peter Todd, called it a fraud.

He protected Verisart by saying that Terence Eden does not truly understand the essence of its blockchain. According to Todd, Verisart is not an authoritative project, its main purpose is to timestamp evidence, so that it could not be backdated.

With both sides providing strong arguments, it is hard to understand who is actually right in this situation. Thus, we recommend you to be very careful when getting involved in any project or startup, especially if it is little-known.

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Chinese Miners are Disconnected From the Grid

According to the CNN, due to tax inspection, Chinese establishment have suspended their work.

The Ministry of Public Safety (China) demand that the mining farms,  which are located in the Chinese provinces of Xinjiang and Guizhou, accept the agreement that they will work in accordance with the new, tough rules. The requirements include the denial of services of unregistered  clients.
During the audit,  mining farms were disconnected from the grid, as a result they lost 1 million yuan daily, about 143 700 dollars.

The Tax Inspectorate has already completed the investigation, but the power supply to mining farms still has not been connected.

It should be reminded, we reported earlier that Chinese Middle School Managers were mining Ethereum.

Administartion of Chinese Secondary School Was Mining Ethereum: Details of Crime

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Bank of America Has Officially Patented A System for Saving Crypto Actives for Significant Corporations

One of the major USA banks has been approved the patent for a system of saving crypto assets. The application for the patent describes a method for safekeeping cryptocurrency assets of users of the system. It also stated that the bank will cooperate only with major corporations.

The popularity of using cryptocurrency has turned into a trend that many companies are aiming at. The biggest part of major corporations serves their clients with the help of cryptocurrency. Because of this, there is a need to convert the cryptocurrency into any currency deposit, which has to be placed in a storage.

It is possible to improve the security and safety of deposit funds with the help of single corporate accounts that maintain the cryptocurrency storage.

At the same time, the clients will receive credit funds, the amount of which is equal to the crypto deposit. This concept was introduced by Bank of America.

The patent spelled out a storage system specially designed for the banking system, which processes and stores the secret key. The system is demanding to high throughput of a channel and the amount of calculation capacities.

When required to complete a transaction, the system will provide customers with access to Member’s personal account.

It should be reminded, that previously Bank of America approved the patent for close system private keys, that supports remote management.  

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Linux System Is Affected By A Malicious Crypto Mining Malware: How To Detect It?

Trend Micro, Japanese company specializing in crypto security, published a report on its website stating that they found a malware affecting Linux system.

The company found a cryptocurrency miner KORKERDS’s hidden activity from Linux users extremely suspicious and started investigation, where they found malware, later called as Coinminer.Linux.KORKERDS.AB, and its rootkit component Rootkit.Linux.KORKERDS.AA. The way of infection will be investigated very soon, there is already some information that the malware may get installed onto computer through a plugin or downloaded software. More technical aspects are described in the report.

The company explains:

“This makes it difficult to detect, as infected systems will only indicate performance issues. The malware is also capable of updating and upgrading itself and its configuration file.”

What is worth to mention is that such operating systems as Mac OS and Linux are considered to be immensely secured, thus, it is hard to integrate any file without users’ consent. The malicious mining software seems to be a built-in plugin, where a user gives an administrator consent to install anything.

Trend Micro provided some Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) to prevent users to be affected: (Editor’s Note: Indicator of compromise (IOC) — is an artifact observed on a network or in an operating system that with high confidence indicates a computer intrusion. Typical IOCs are virus signatures and IP addresses, MD5 hashes of malware files or URLs or domain names of botnet command and control servers. Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/ )

Related hashes (SHA-256):

  • cdd921a5de5d5fffc51f8c9140afa9d23f3736e591fce3f2a1b959d02ab4275e (Trojan.Linux.DLOADER.THAOOAAK)
  • baf93d22c9d1ae6954942704928aeeacbf55f22c800501abcdbacfbb3b2ddedf (Coinminer.Linux.KORKERDS.AB)
  • 0179fd8449095ac2968d50c23d37f11498cc7b5b66b94c03b7671109f78e5772 (Coinminer.Linux.KORKERDS.AA)
  • 023c1094fb0e46d13e4b1f81f1b80354daa0762640cb73b5fdf5d35fcc697960 (Rootkit.Linux.KORKERDS.AA)

Related malicious URL:

  • hxxps://monero[.]minerxmr[.]ru/1/1535595427x-1404817712[.]jpg

We want to remind you, no matter how secure your computer is, in your opinion, it still may be affected by professional cryptohackers. Thereby, if you find any suspicious file or plugin, please, read the following article or consult service centre.

What Is Hidden Mining, Why Is It Dangerous and How to Delete the Virus?

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A Major Twitter Scam Made Target Promote a Bitcoin Giveaway

Twitter scammers are getting more and more intricate to make their fraud look like it’s not fraud. This time another scam involves a couple of popular brands (and, surprisingly, not Elon Musk).

A couple of unknown crypto criminals started spreading a tweet, encouraging the community to participate in a BTC giveaway. The scammers promised to give out $30 million worth of crypto. The tweet were quickly deleted, but some members of the crypto community managed to capture it.

The most interesting part of this whole scam is that its organizers allegedly hacked account of such popular companies as Target, The Body Shop, AHDB etc. and used them to endorse their endeavour.

There seem to be no other details on the victims of the scam or whether the hackers were caught or not.

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The Real Estate Market Switches to Blockchain

The power of countries depends on the economy, which real estate market is a significant segment of. More than 50% of global finance belongs to it. An impressive share, isn’t it? This market segment is most adapted to reforms and crises.

However, this does not mean that it cannot be slightly improved by innovations, such as the blockchain. Technological upgrade will allow the real estate market, as well as the economy in particular, to move to a new stage of development.

While the real estate market is “collecting its belongings” and is preparing for a full-fledged move to the blockchain, a Japanese company has launched the sale of real estate for cryptocurrency. A couple of Bitcoins can buy you a paradise on an island somewhere in the Caribbean. The world of real estate is gradually becoming digital.

Definitely, the “relocation” of the housing market onto the blockchain will have a positive impact on its development. This promising combo will improve and facilitate the purchase of real estate as follows. It will allow to:

  • exclude intermediaries who charge a commission in the course of transactions;
  • reduce the time for the preparation of transactions and references;
  • reduce the risk of fraud;
  • simplify the process of checking property before selling:
  • customers can buy property at any time of the day;
  • opportunity to track the entire history of the transaction.

All this makes the purchase of real estate easier and safer, but not publicly available. The latter and the above mentioned benefits can be offered by Elements Estates.

The project provides an opportunity to buy housing not only to reserved players. Owing to blockchain technology the national boundaries are disappearing as assets can freely move from one country to another.

It is time to improve the global economy by reinforcing the real estate market with blockchain and cryptocurrency.

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Trading Bytecoin On Poloniex Requires 2000 Confirmations and 3 Days of Waiting

One of the biggest news outlet media CCN decided to conduct an investigation how much time a person needs to trade Bytecoin on Poloniex, and was abashed by the received results.

The reporter entered the exchange and was willing to use his Bytecoin holdings, thus, he made the deposit complying with all requirements of Poloniex exchange, like using payment ID and paying the transaction fees. After some hours, his assets were converted into pre-fork BCHABC and BCHSV tokens, yet there were still no Bytecoins.

Usually, Bytecoin requires 10 confirmations. The number is high due to unreliable mining network. After 6-10 hours, the reporter began worrying and decided to contact Poloniex support.

He received the following response:


Source:
https://www.ccn.com/

When CCN published this investigation Bytecoin had about 24 blocks in one hour. If 24/hour is a standard rate, then it means a deposit time requires nearly 84 hours – 3 ½ days – to complete all 2000 confirmations.


Source:
https://www.ccn.com/

We remind you

Bytecoin Cryptocurrency: What Rate Should We Expect in 2018?

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