Bitfi Is Threatening Those Who Were Supposed to Get Paid for Hacking the Wallet

bitfi is threatening people

We are all getting sick of the story of John McAfee’s “unhackable” Bitfi, but the situation keeps gaining momentum. Let’s quickly sum up what has happened so far.

– John McAfee launched a bounty campaign for his wallet, promising first $100k, then $250k to a person or people who would break into Bitfi.
– A cyber security company claimed to have done so and was completely ignored by both McAfee and other Bitfi employees.
– After that a new group of researchers tried to hack Bitfi and succeeded as well. This time McAfee reacted by saying that a wallet can be considered hacked only if the hackers obtain coins, and no coins were stolen from Bitfi.

What happened next shocked the crypto community. Bitfi published a tweet which contained direct threats aimed at the researchers participating in their “bounty”. The tweet was deleted shortly afterwards, but most people managed to see it.

The campaign which was supposed to bring recognition and popularity to Bitfi is now only bringing it “black” PR. Or was it a planned action?

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Unit 42 Found Malware Which Threatens Israeli Fintech And Crypto Companies

Famous cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks with its subsidiary Unit 42 found a malware which attacks two Israeli-based fintech companies, according to the recent blog post made by the company.

The report says that Unit 42 first bumped into the malware called Cardinal RAT in 2017, since then malicious software has been attacking two Israeli firms that engaged in crypto trading and developing forex. This malware is a Remote Access Trojan (RAT), by using it the culprit can remotely take control of the system.

The first version of Cardinal RAT has been recently updated, the newest version is using various obfuscation techniques to hinder analysis of the underlying code. The code of the most recent malware is:

SHA256 b742162197744a8caeb09f954213a3172ed699f8375f69c40b57b8c219c5e37c

The software itself gathers different information about victims, later remotely changes or updates its settings, gives commands and even uninstalls itself. The malware is so powerful that it can recover passwords and execute or download files without permission, it also cleans cookies from browsers.

The research team stated in the report that malicious malware Cardinal RAT has similar features with a JavaScript-based malware – EVILNUM. It is also used to attack against fintech organizations. Such malware families are very rare, thus developers and workers of fintech companies should be careful.

We remind you

The Hackers of the “51% Attack” on Ethereum Classic Returned Half of the Stolen Funds

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TOP 5 Most Convenient Applications To Use And Work With Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrency is one of the most promising and growing industries in our modern world. It is becoming more and more valuable to our society, as well as to the nations’ economies and banking systems, since people prefer more convenient ways of trading and transferring money. We therefore offer you to look at top 5 apps that the most convenient in using and working with crypto.

1. Keymano

Keymano is a top wallet that provides a customer with a myriad of opportunities. It’s very convenient, fast and secure. Managing crypto or fiat money through Keymano wallet is easy. Using Keymano wallet anyone can sell, buy or send crypto on the go. It is user-friendly and straightforward.

Connect Keymano Card and Wallet to get even more functions. This Card allows you to make payments online and in-store. Moreover, the user can withdraw cash at any ATM terminal.

Keymano is a fully-featured product which not only simplifies managing crypto but also creates more ways to use it. With Keymano any transaction (from buying coffee to money exchange) is simple and always available in any part of the whole world. Having Keymano you can:

  • pay with crypto in any part of the world;
  • pay with BTC, ETH, etc;
  • manage multiple currencies in one App;
  • pay online or in-store using Keymano Card.

2. 365Сash

365Cash is a platform that provides services to users in different countries by organizing P2P transfers of digital assets. By the time of publication, the platform overcomes 850,000 cryptocurrency swaps. Such a big number extols this platform over others on the market. The service also possesses the following features:

  • Its own large ecosystem which uses nodes for cryptocurrencies and works automatically.
  • The most favorable rates for customers. The service earns on the difference in sales rates due to a large flow of customers and hedging the risks of cryptocurrency fluctuations.
  • Fully automatic system of receiving and paying funds to customers using the most popular payment system in Russia – Qiwi.
  • In future, it is planned to expand the pool of available cryptocurrencies.

3. Quppy 

Quppy is multicurrency payment system with unique cross-platform applications.The wallet provides users the ability to share crypto assets via different accounts inside one single wallet as far as within a decentralized storage system. By the end of the month, users will be able to withdraw money in euro. The platform also have some interesting features:

  • Sharing all your crypto assets through various accounts on one single platform.
  • Superior security for users based on blockchain technology.
  • Fast cryptocurrency exchange and instant transactions;
  • Multicurrency support including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin, etc.
  • Integration of Nexo – a service of the world’s fastest instant credit.

4. Chatex

Chatex is a platform that makes transfers, exchanging or paying for goods much more easier for every customer. Cryptobanking facilitates access to the use of cryptocurrency for those who have never had a cryptocurrency wallet and who do not want to understand difficult passwords, 12 words, etc. The service eliminates the possibility of loss of big passwords or phones, since it allows you to regain access during a personal appearance to the certification center. Unique feature are:

  • The wallet is protected by an additional PIN-code and in exchange transactions between people.
  • Instant internal transfers without commissions. Instant purchase with any VISA/MC.
  • Respond quickly to digital assets management requests from your smartphone.

5. Waves

Waves is revolutionary mobile app which enables users to connect to the network and make transactions. It is a comprehensive, all-in-one app for mobile devices with an absolutely unique feature set that includes a crypto wallet, the Waves DEX, and fiat gateway. The biggest advantages of the platform are:

  • All traffic is encrypted, hence privacy and security are fully provided. Private keys never leave users’ smartphone and are never exposed to the web.
  • Supporting Face ID, Touch ID and Fingerprint scanning.
  • Trading on DEX, with the great tools and charts, it provides access to fiat and crypto gateways, so the customer can deposit, store, trade and withdraw other assets.
  • The customer can send tokens to one’s address book contacts, lease one’s WAVES, receive warnings about suspicious tokens and burn any spam assets he/she doesn’t want.

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Samsung Pay Will Or Won’t Add Cryptocurrency: Report

Samsung Electronics Inc. has not even filed an official statement yet, while the South Korean news outlets are already speculating Samsung Pay will integrate crypto in Galaxy S10.

Samsung Pay in Korea

Samsung Pay is a mobile payment service launched by Samsung Electronics in the middle of 2015. In the same year, Samsung Pay bought LoopPay for $250 million which allowed users to process payments on point of sale (PoS) terminals. Moreover, that acquisition helped to invent MST (Magnetic Strip Technology). Later, Samsung Pay announced about launching LoopPay Valet – a low cost contactless payment IoT device.

From 2017 the use of Samsung Pay among the South Korean people has been growing instantly, exceeding 6.6 million users, that is 12% of the whole nation population.

Source: Wiseapp.co.kr

As we can see from the picture above, the most popular app in the South Korea is Youtube. The second place is occupied by Samsung Pay which proves that the power of such application is big in the country.

Many analysts think that if Samsung Pay integrates cryptocurrency inside, that will be a hit.

Samsung Pay’s Crypto Integration

The rumours about Samsung Pay implements crypto wallet in its app started in late January, when The Korea Herald published an article. One month before an official statement, industry sources claimed that Samsung Pay is behind the Galaxy S10’s cryptocurrency wallet, and that it can begin the cryptocurrency adoption in the country.

On March 8, one of the largest mainstream media outlets in South Korea, Donga, published a report  “Crypto, Flying Away With Samsung Pay on its Back?” saying that Samsung Pay allegedly integrate cryptocurrency to expand its user base internationally. It also says that it will strengthen Samsung Pay as a fintech platform. However, there is no official statement of Samsung Electronics regarding this issue.

The report says:

“Samsung Pay has recently extended the transaction period for overseas users and integrated an international payment processing service, aggressively targeting the global financial services market. At this phase of development, if a cryptocurrency wallet is added to Samsung Pay, the application will be strengthened as a complete fintech platform. Currently, the Samsung Blockchain Wallet is said to be supporting Ethereum but more cryptocurrencies are expected to be integrated in the near-term.”

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The Most Dangerous Crypto Crimes: What About SIM Swappers?

Cyber attack and crypto crimes in every shape and form are quite abundant on the market of digital assets right now. They all have different goals and different levels of harm. The careful and thorough analysis of such attacks will make it possible to predict them and protect sites, platforms and companies from breaches and money losses.

However, there is a weird tendency going on among the analytical reports, which we will try to explain down below.

Two major cyber security companies Chainalysis and CipherTrace released their analytical statements at the end of last year. Both reports contained statistics on hacker attacks and crypto crimes and an outline of current trends.

The main focus of CipherTrace was different money laundering techniques, cryptocurrencies that are the easiest targets for crypto criminals that choose this path, AML regulations and other related info.

Whereas Chainalysis told its readers on the scale and profitability of such Ethereum scams as phishing and various Ponzi schemes.

Surprisingly, there seems to be nothing about the infamous SIM-swapping.

Just to remind you, SIM-swapping is a kind of a cyber attack aimed at money theft. Simply speaking, a hacker convinces the phone provider to “swap” the number of a victim to a new device. In such way, criminals get full access to the personal information of their victims, still their identity, and later money.

SIM-swapping scams have been involved in multiple scandals with the biggest cell-phone providers of America, the crimes involving this technique resulted in huge money thefts and loud arrests of witty hackers, yet very few reports actually mention it.

However, this still does not diminish the dominance of SIM-swapping over many other types of crypto crimes. In order to fight it, we not only need more coverage from the mass media and analytical firms, but also the cooperation from the cell phone companies to protect the users, their info and their money.

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The Banks in Canada Employ Hackers to Test Out Their Security Systems

One of the banks in Canada, Toronto-Dominion, chose an interesting technique of testing the proficiency of their security structure. The bank management hired real hackers and asked them to break into their system.

The initiative started out last year by the cyber threat management department. A whole team of cybersecurity experts was hired by the bank and is occasionally trying to hack accounts or networks on behalf of their employers.

We’re doing it exactly how our adversaries would do it … So if we find a weakness or something like that, we can close it or address it before a real attacker,” said a bank representative.

The creative idea was soon adopted by multiple large financial organizations all over the country.

Canadian banks hope that such measures will help in preventing hacker attacks on banks and exchanges that are getting more numerous, intricate and harder to battle by the day.

We remind you:

Two Groups of Professional Hackers Carry Out 60% of All Crypto Attacks

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The Exchange Cryptopia Suffers from Another Hacker Attack

As we reported earlier, the cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia, based in New Zealand, went through a major hacker attack, which resulted in significant money losses. We remind you:

Cryptopia Got Hacked, Crypto Exchange Is Suffering “Significant Losses”

However, it seems that the hard times are not over for Cryptopia. The hackers that robbed it earlier went quiet for two weeks just to lull everybody’s vigilance and prepare for a new attack.

According to the statistical data from the company Elementus, the cyber criminals got hold of 1675 ETH from 17 thousand different wallets. In monetary terms, this sum of money amounts to around 181 thousand dollars.

At first, it looked like Cryptopia was moving the assets of its users to protect them, but later on it turned out that those were the hackers moving the money to their cryptocurrency wallets.

Shockingly, some users are still unaware of the hacker attack and keep depositing money onto their wallets, in other words, into the pockets of the hackers.

The hacker has the private keys and can withdraw funds from any Cryptopia wallet at will,” claimed the Elementus team.

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