Ethereum Holders Lost $20 Million Due to a Hacker Attack

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A Chinese company Qihoo 360 which specializes in cyber security announced that unknown people managed to hack some of the apps based on Ethereum and illegally transfer $20 million worth of this cryptocurrency to their digital wallet.

According to the company, the attempts to conduct such kind of an attack have begun earlier this years. The criminals were surfing the Internet looking for vulnerable Ethereum-based apps and mining equipment. However, back in March, they only managed to stole around 4 ETH. This time the sum jumped up to almost 40k ETH, which is 20.5 million in US dollars.

The attackers took advantage of unsecured Remote Procedure Call interfaces of some apps. RPC can give access to some personal information, like wallet address, using an API, that is why most apps tend to turn it off to secure the users and their money. Apparently, there were still some apps which had it, and the hackers immediately found this vulnerability.

Later on, Qihoo 360 published addresses of the wallets used by the hackers to steal the money.

Hacker attacks are getting more frequent and well-planned almost on a daily basis. We would like to remind you that $152 thousand was stolen from the users of MyEtherWallet not so long ago. With the situation worsening, cryptocurrency holders should be extremely careful, while developers and companies should be definitely updating and strengthening their security systems.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 14: Cryptocurrency Did Not Catch The Romantic Atmosphere And Began To Fall In Price

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

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.35% over the past 24 hours after a period of growth. The price at the time of writing is $3607 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies have returned to the red zone:

Bitcoin Cash lost 0.6% over the past 24 hours and costs $121 per coin;

Ripple fell by 1% and costs $0.30;

EOS decreased by 4.1% and its price is $2.78;

Litecoin dropped by 3.2% and its value is $41;

Cardano lost 2.5% and its cost is $0.040;

Stellar fell by 1.1% and costs $0.076;

IOTA decreased by 1.6% and its value is $0.26;

Dash lost 1.9% and its price is $78;

Monero dropped by 2.5% and costs $47.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has lost 0.7%. The rate of the coin is $122.

The total market capitalization fell to $120 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.5% of the total. In monetary terms, it is $63 billion.

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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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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 13: Cryptocurrencies Are Showing an Upward Trend

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

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.4% over the past 24 hours after a period of growth. The price at the time of writing is $3620 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies once again moved to the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.57% over the past 24 hours and costs $121 per coin;

Ripple grew by 1.96% and costs $0.30;

EOS gained 5.78%, and its price is $2.92;

Litecoin lost 1.48%, and its value is $42;

Cardano increased by 1.31%, and its cost $0.041;

Stellar added 0.2% and costs $0.076;

IOTA grew by 3%, and its value is $0.27;

Dash remains stable, and its price is $82;

Monero gained 2.51% and costs $49.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum added 2.37%. The exchange rate of the coin is $123.

The total market capitalization is $121 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 52.6% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $63 billion.

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H&M Distributors Now Accepts Cryptocurrency Payments

More and more retailers are coming to the cryptospace, since the price of Bitcoin has stabilized for a period of time. American wholesaler H&M Distributors, a company dealing with lap holders, replacement ballasts, and accessories, will allow customers to pay with cryptocurrency. The payments will be conducted with the help of an e-commerce platform Champion.

Crypto became mainstream in 2018

The year of 2018 has brought cryptocurrency into mainstream especially when the market cap approached at $830 billion on January 7. Let us remind you some memorable moments of accepting crypto.

Cryptocurrency is the best alternative to traditional fiat currency, it is very viable to use as payment for cross border transactions as well. Cryptocurrencies truly allow for a universal and global system of finance that connects people across border payments.

Unfortunately, after massive downturn in market cap, people paused accepting crypto, yet, now it is high time to resume the tendency.

Details of possible payments

According to the press release, H&M distributors will accept payments in Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Dash (DASH) and Bitcoin Diamond (BCD).

From now on, retailers will be able to complete the transaction in seconds without paying commission. It will reduce or “eliminate currency conversion fees” that have to be paid when using traditional payment processors, as the result, the customers will save more money.

Furthermore, the US-based distributor wants “freedom from chargebacks” – which can occur when using more conventional banking services. The giant distributor thinks that cryptocurrency payment systems  “match the functionality of traditional fiat currency” and they go beyond traditional transaction processors in terms of “efficiency, accessibility, and security.”

The CEO and founder of H&M Distributors, Herb Needham, stated that:

“After more than 20 years in the business, we consider ourselves experts in specialty lighting. Accepting cryptocurrency payments allows us to share that expertise with even more clients by removing many of the barriers that made it difficult to sell internationally before. What sold us was the settlement system, which allows us to convert crypto payments to a USD equivalent right away.”

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, February 7: Are Cryptocurrencies Returning to the Green Zone?

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

According to the Coingecko online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) added 0.4% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3406 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies grow very slightly :

Bitcoin Cash added 2.91% over the past 24 hours and costs $117 per coin;

Ripple raised by 0.2% and its value is $0.29;

EOS increased by 2.63% and its price is $2.39;

Litecoin grew by 2% and its price is $33;

Cardano added 1.89% and its cost is $0.036;

Stellar plus 1.99% and costs $0.076;

IOTA raised by 1.99% and its cost is $0.24;

Dash grew up by 1.23% and its price is $67;

Monero became more expensive by 1.44% and costs $43.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has added 1.79%. The rate of the coin is $105.

The total market capitalization is $112 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 53.4% ​​of the total. In monetary terms, it is $59 billion.

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Ethereum Mining: Features, Pools and Prospects in 2019

Ethereum has became a real sensation in the cryptocurrency world, the launch of this platform has served as a catalyst in the development of the entire industry. In this article we will talk in detail about the mining of this cryptocurrency, as well as discuss its prospects in 2019.

1. General information about the Ethereum project

Ethereum is a platform where you can create other decentralized projects. ETH is a coin of the same name which is needed for working with the platform.

The well-known programmer, Vitalik Buterin, has been at the origins of the Ethereum, he still takes an active part in the life of the project, but most of the tasks are performed by a large staff. The total capitalization of the project, as of beginning of 2019, is just over $11 billion. Ethereum firmly consolidated on the third place in the global Coinmarketcap rating.

2. ETH mining algorithm

The growing popularity of the coin have forced many miners to transfer their computing power into Ethereum blockchain. The unlimited emission is one of the features of Ether. This is a both plus and minus of the project: on the one hand, miners, potentially, can endlessly mine new coins, but on the other hand, such an approach can lead to inflation and devaluation of coins.

Now, the confirmation in the network is made by using PoW algorithm (Proof of Work), which allows you to mine coins in the usual way, by providing the network with your computing power. But the development team has worked quite a while on transferring the network to the PoS (Proof of Stake). According to Buterin, this innovation will reduce the inflation of the coin by several times. But all the people who are now engaged in the ETH mining will be forced to reconfigure their equipment for mining other coins.

3. What do you need for ETH mining?

  • Computing equipment, you can use the power of the CPU on a PC, but it is better to have several video cards (ideally, DDR 5 memory).
  • Uninterrupted access to the Internet, whereby high speed is not needed, a good ping is more important.
  • A good and reliable pool for mining, as the mining of ETH cryptocurrency in solo mode is absolutely unpromising for the vast majority of people. Only real giants who are engaged in mining on an industrial scale can afford their own mining, but even they often prefer to work in a pool.
  • A wallet that supports ETH, fortunately, there are so many of them.
  • Proper equipment maintenance and overheating protection. For that, you need to carefully consider the system of ventilation and space cooling.

4. Pools for mining

Choosing the right pool is very important. Below you find a list of the most popular and relevant pools of the second half of 2018:

  • Minergate works not only with Ethereum. It is one of the most popular pools in the world. Best of all it works with nvidia graphics cards. The resource has a simple and intuitive interface, which is clear for any average person.
  • NiceHash is also a multi-currency pool. Mining software is very easy to set up. The software automatically selects the best algorithm, based on the features of the video card or CPU.
  • Ethereumpool. From the name it is already clear that this pool is focused exclusively on Ethereum. It works relatively recently, but its computing power already reaches almost 2% of the total power.
  • WeiPool. Another young pool that can impress with small commissions (1.5%) and a user-friendly interface.
  • ETH Supernova. This pool is quite famous for many users, but recently it has begun to operate with Ethereum. The issue of reliability and safety comes first. The pool has been operating for more than one year and during this time has managed to gain the confidence of the miners.

5. Conclusion

Now, Ether is not having its finest hour, the coin rate has fallen to the psychological mark of $108. The profitability of Ethereum mining significantly decreased in 2018, but by and large, it can be said about almost any cryptocurrency.

It is important to remember that fundamentally nothing has changed and Ethereum is still the most technologically advanced platform. ETH mining should not be considered as a short-term opportunity to earn money, this should be treated as an investment in the future. Now the development team is actively working on elimination of the system shortcomings. Taking into account this information, we can make a conclusion that the project’s chances of a bright future are quite high.

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