Ethereum 2.0 Will Soon Be Working on the Proof-of-Stake Protocol

Vitalik Buterin, the founder of the coin and platform Ethereum, has recently spoken at the crypto conference in Czech Republic where he shared a couple of important details regarding the major upgrade of the system Ethereum 2.0.

First and foremost, the name “Ethereum 2.0” has been replaced by a much more melodic one – Serenity. Secondly, one of the important features of Serenity is going to be the implementation of Casper. The Casper update will allegedly solve the problem with scalability by switching Ethereum from the PoW protocol to PoS.

Buterin was very excited and confident about the launch of Serenity.

Launch is basically the milestone that we’ve all been waiting for,” he said.

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“51% Attack” Hit Ethereum Classic: A Full Analysis Of The Process

As we have reported earlier, Ethereum Classic was hit by 51% attack, it means that hackers obtained more than 50% of network’s mining hashrate.

A Malicious “51% Attack” Hit Ethereum Classic, The Loss Allegedly Accounts For $460 000

Slowmist, Chinese-based blockchain journal, has released a full report on the attack. The earliest hit occured on January 5, the culprit hacked some exchanges, like Bitrue, Coinbase, Gate.io, however, this was noticed only two days later.

The first action was a transfer of more than 5000 ETC from Binance to the criminal’s address 0x24fdd25367e4a7ae25eef779652d5f1b336e31da. This amount of coins moved to a mining node, that created block 7254355. After that, the hacker deposited 4000 ETC to Bitrue exchange in block 7254430, yet, this transaction vanished from the Ethereum Classic chain. Another 9000 ETC was stolen in the same way. The Bitrue address 0x2c9a81a120d11a4c2db041d4ec377a4c6c401e69 no longer exists, and the official history is clear. Though, Bitrue managed to save some records:

The scheme of the hacker attack is simple:

  • make a deposit;
  • withdraw to a safe address;
  • to double coins – just move the coins to other addresses.

One of the biggests victims is Coinbase exchange. It was estimated that the loss from the attack accounts for $1 million. The above-mentioned report also provides the information about two attacker addresses which were blackmailed by Coinbase later. They are:

– 0x090a4a238db45d9348cb89a356ca5aba89c75256
0x07ebd5b21636f089311b1ae720e3c7df026dfd72

In Twitter, one of users (nickname: @OGBTC) claimed that he knew the culprit personally.

https://twitter.com/OGBTC/status/1082559086070136832

Another user (nickname: @sebseb7) indicated that it was he who knew the hacker.

The “51% Attack” is over for now. All we can do is to estimate the losses and to take measures so that it will not happen again.

The report also stated:

“[W]e recommend that all digital asset services platform block transfers from the above malicious wallet addresses. And strengthen the risk control, maintain a high degree of attention, and be alert to double spend attacks that may erupt at any time.”

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Cryptocurrency Rate Dynamics 2018

The cryptocurrency market is so volatile, that the changes of a rate of separate currencies may reach tens or even thousands percents during a year. The investors and especially the traders should look closely at the rate dynamics of separate coins, as well as the market itself. In this article we will run through such term as cryptocurrency rate dynamics and will take a closer look at the yearly graph of the market and at TOP-3 coins:

  • Bitcoin
  • Ethereum
  • Ripple

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  1. General market dynamics of the year
  2. Bitcoin dynamics
  3. Ethereum dynamics
  4. Ripple dynamics
  5. The main reasons of the cryptocurrency market volatility
  6. Expert’s opinion for 2019
  7. Conclusion

1. General market dynamics of the year

If we go back in time and take a closer look at the general capitalization of the cryptocurrency market we may notice a the great difference between cryptocurrency rates in January and December in 2018.

The beginning of 2018 shocked everybody with its maximum volume of the crypto market capitalization which almost reached 828 billion dollars. After which decreased to  330 billion dollars, which is almost 3 times lower than the historical record. Apparently, that was only the beginning, but first things first.

The first week of 2018 showed the most rapid growth for the entire history. The capitalization grew up by 200 billion dollars for a week, on the 7th January there was a historical maximum of 828,6 billion dollars.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Such high growth was caused by the altcoins’ rapid growth, after what Bitcoin showed its maximum on the 17th of December and then began to fall. For the next three days (till the 10th of December ) the market awfully decreased and reached the mark of 672,6 million dollars . During the period from 10th till 13th January the capitalization grew up to 744 billion dollars.

But after that, a prolonged correction started, which unfortunately continues up to date.

The 31st of January 2018 the capitalization decreased to 515 billion dollars.

In the first week of February the mark showed a rapid decrease and on the 6th of February the capitalization decreased to 283,6 billion dollars.

This event was followed by a two week period, which made many investors believe that the correction was over and on the 20th of February the capitalization was almost 510 billion dollars. The spring was followed by bad news:

– ban of cryptocurrency advertisement in Google and Facebook

– ban of ICO in China

That was the beginning of the second loop of correction which lasted till the 11th of April 2018 at that day the capitalization was 266 billion dollars.

On the 12th of April the market started to go up. As many experts thinks that the main reason was the filing tax returns in USA. This tendency remains marked till the 5th of May 2018 at that day the capitalization was 464,7 billion dollars.   

The summer was a relatively calm period for cryptocurrency. In the first two months the capitalization was between 200-300 billion dollars, but on the 14th of August it fell to 194 billion dollars.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

However, the fall of 2018 became the point of return for the whole market. The capitalization fell from 228 billion dollars to 138 billion dollars for three months. If in September the rate was more or less stable, then the November has been marked by a loud fall. From the 14th of November the market began to crash and on the 16th of November the capitalization was 102 billion dollars.

2. Bitcoin dynamics

The first cryptocurrency started 2018 with the rate of 14 thousand dollars and the total capitalization of 235 billion dollars

After that the winter rate raised twice:

  • on the 3rd of January $15 331 (the capitalization is 260 billion dollars)
  • on the 6th of January $17 010 (the capitalization is 285 billion dollars)
Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

This year it was the highest rate which was followed by a prolonged correction, which is still going on.

Till the end of January the coin decreased to $10 255 with the total capitalization of 172,6 billion dollars. Till that moment the vast majority of investors fixed the income at least partially (those who bought at the end of November or December, fixed the loss). Many experts expected the nearly 50% correction to be the maximum and waited for reborn of positive trend in the near future, but the first week of February was marked by a rapid fall of the rate till $6 226.

After that the growth started which made many participants of the market believed in a trend reversal. Looking at the chart until the 5th of  March 2018 we might think that the correction was over since the rate of the coin raised by almost 2 times and amounted $11 452 with the capitalization of $193,5 billion. On the 18th of March the rate was $7 633 (the capitalization $129 billion.).

After that the rate remained in stagnation and from time to time it went up to the $8 500 and falls till $5 900. The minimum rate of the summer 2018 was fixed on the 29th of June and was $5 914.

The period from mid September till mid November was stable and was marked by neither ups nor downs. However, since the 14th of November the total collapse of the market started which affected the capitalization of the first cryptocurrency. On the 17th of December the well-known Bitcoin set a negative record of 2018. The amount of its capitalization was $57 billion. In the outcome, the rate difference of the beginning of 2018 was bigger by 4 times than the end rate of the year and the difference between the max. and the min. rate value equaled 5.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

3. Ethereum dynamics

After the New Year, the price of Ethereum reached dramatic heights. The historical maximum was fixed on the 13th of January with the rate of $1 371.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

Until the 6th of February the rate fell to $719. After that there was a period of growth and the coin reached the $1000 mark. On the 17th of February the rate of ETH was close to $973.

It was followed  by a two month period of contraction, which stopped on the 6th of April on the mark of $367. The ethereum chart for the whole month was positive, on the 5th of May 2018 the coin rate was $820.

But after that the chart went down and on the 15th of August 2018 the ETH rate was $284.

Many people have decided that Ethereum couldn’t go lower. However they were mistaken. Since the 7th of December fixed not only a yearly negative record but a historical one. The capitalization of digital currency was equal to $9 billion and a coin was traded for $87,53 or 0,025 BTC.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

The end of the year was not that successful for Ethereum. The difference between the rate of the beginning of 2018 is almost 6 times more than the final rate of the year and the difference between the max. and min. rate is 11.

4. Ripple dynamics

On the 4th January 2018 the historical maximum was fixed on the $3,81 mark.

Source: https://coinmarketcap.com/

After that the rapid rate correction followed, since many investors wanted to fix their huge profits.

On the 6th of February the coin rate was $0,67. After that the rate of Ripple in 2018 crossed the mark of $1 for a few days. Thus on 17th of February the rate grew to $1,22. Furthermore the downward trend followed, which lasted till the 10th of April when the rate fell to the mark of 48 cents.

Then the rate of the coin (as well as with the rest of the market) was growing for the whole month and on the 5th of May it reached the $0,91 mark.

The rate of Ripple for the whole summer was slowly decreasing and only on the 20th of September began to grow rapidly and on the 22nd of September the price per one coin was $0,59.

The collapse of the cryptocurrency market didn’t hurt much the rate of Ripple unlike the other cryptocurrencies. In contrast, Ripple during not the best period for the market won the second place by total capitalization. And apparently will finish this year taking the second position without giving way to Ethereum.

5. The main reasons of the cryptocurrency market volatility

As you may see, the rate dynamics of 2018 is negative. There are many reasons for volatility of the crypto market, but the major are few:

  • the lack of government regulation;
  • the instability and small capitalization (in compare to traditional financial markets);
  • the lack of binding to the physical goods, which has material value;
  • the lack of the real market value;
  • the human factor (a large number of non-professional investors who by their actions discredit the situation on the market).

6. Expert’s opinion for the 2019

It is actually difficult to predict in the industry of cryptocurrency. We will tell the experts opinion on the rate dynamics in 2019-2020.John – – McAfee believes that Bitcoin will become a new financial standard and everyone should accept that. His forecast about the rate of Bitcoin is the most bravest above all, McAfee believes that 1 BTC till the December of 2020 will cost more than $1 million.

– The Fundstrat analytics team believes that the rate of Bitcoin in 2019 will be equal to $25 thousand.

– Mike Novogratz, CEO of Galaxy Digital, believes that the start of Bakkt and Fidelity Digital Assets platforms will affect the entry of new investors into the cryptocurrency market. According to Mike`s opinion, now the most important point of resistance is the mark of $ 3,880. If we overcome it, then the rate may reach $ 9,000 till the New Year.

7. Conclusion

The rate cryptocurrency dynamics is so changing, the industry is still young and volatile. The last 12 months were filled with a lot of events: the historical maximum was recorded, almost 80% throwback, the ban of advertisement,the regulators, for the first time cryptocurrencies become an agenda at G20. A number of respected experts predicts the great future for the industry and an early resumption of bull trend on the market. So we’ll see and we will provide you only with verified news and with useful information from the crypto world.

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The UN Will Use Blockchain to Develop Healthcare in Africa

The United Nations division, the Office on Drugs and Crime is going to cooperate with the blockchain company doc.com in order to provide free and accessible healthcare and medical services in the Eastern regions of Africa.

Doc.com is a company that specializes In telemedicine and telepsychology. It uses blockchain to let the customers exchange their personal data for tokens, which will open access to various healthcare services.

The company is functioning in over 20 countries with around 130 thousand customers. The United Nations has been researching the ways to use blockchain for humanitarian causes, thus, this collaboration might become the salvation for poor African countries.

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Bithumb Won the Trial in the Case of a Major Crypto Attack

As reported by the Korean subdivision of CoinDesk, a customer of the South Korea-based cryptocurrency exchange Bithumb suffered a tremendous money loss at the end of 2017 due to a hacker attack.

Back in November of 2017, the hacked victim placed 478 million Korean won (426,600 dollars) to his account at Bithumb. Only a couple hours later, an unknown hacker broke into his account, exchanged the money to Ethereum and stole it. As a result, the poor Bithumb user was left only with 11 cents at his account.

In the attempt to bring his funds back, the victim tried to sue Bithumb. However, the exchange management used the Electronic Financial Transactions Act, according to which the exchange is not a financial company, thus, it is not responsible for the hacker attack and money loss. The court found Bithumb innocent.

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Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Is Growing: 500 BTC Has Been Passed

The Lightning Network of BTC, which is an emergency measure aimed at solving the problem of scalability is growing by leaps and bounds, passing more and more milestones on its way.

We have already reported about the previous successes of the Network:

Lightning Network of Bitcoin Blew Up: A 1600% Increase Since Last February

Today we have more exciting news. According to the data from 1ML, the Lightning Network has passed the point of 500 BTC in capacity, which is worth more than 2 million dollars. The number of available nodes has also skyrocketed. It is now 25%, which almost twice as much as it used to be before.

The Lightning Network is developing technically and gaining more popularity. In the recent couple of months, it has truly skyrocketed, judging by all the statistics.

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USD Might Soon Be Replaced by JPY as the Most Popular Currency Traded with BTC

When we talk about crypto to fiat trading or vice versa, in most cases we will refer to US dollar and Bitcoin, since these two are clearly the most popular options. However, USD might soon lose its leadership as the prime choice of BTC traders.

Japanese yen has always followed closely, being the second most popular fiat currency of crypto/fiat transactions. However, recently it has started to gain popularity at a high pace. According to the platform CoinHills, USD currently accounts for about 48% of transactions with BTC, where as the share of JPY is a bit more than 47%, which make it pretty much a tie.

Many experts now state that the Asian crypto market has really stepped up its game and now has a bigger influence on the industry than America and Europe. More and more traders are turning to JPY as a means to purchase crypto.

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