Kaspersky Lab’s Report: Cryptojacking Crimes Have Increased By 400% in 2018

Kaspersky Lab has published report that about 13 million cryptojacking crimes have been committed in 2018. This number is quite impressive, however, if we look at it from the annual statistics point of view, we can see that the amount of cases are up by 400% this year alone.

Cryptojacking is a term to describe malicious activity when a culprit generates cryptocurrency (transfer funds) without the owner’s knowledge using a compromised device. This kind of crypto crime is highly popular in the financial world.

The most common jacked cryptocurrency by cryptojackers is Monero (XMR). The virus or malware enters a user’s PC, usually it happens when the later watches online ads or solves captcha. Then the script creates chaos on a PC’s CPU power making the system run slowly.

Our editorship urges you to be careful in order not to fall into the hands of criminals. We want to remind you:

Kaspersky Detected a Crypto Exchange Hacker Attack Coming from North Korea

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, March 22: Cryptocurrencies Slightly Moved to the Red Zone

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

According to the online platform Coin360, Bitcoin (BTC) lost 0.64% in the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $4004 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are showing a slight decrease:

Bitcoin Cash lost 3%, Bitcoin SV dropped by 0.8%, the value of the coins is $153 and $65, respectively;

Ripple fell by 1.7% and costs $0.31;

EOS lost 2.7%, and its price is $3.61;

Litecoin decreased by 1.9%, and its value is $58;

Cardano added 4.2%, and its cost is $0.056;

Stellar dropped by 3.4% and costs $0.10;

IOTA grew by 3.4%, and its cost $0.30;

Dash became cheaper by 2%, and its price is $90;

Monero fell by 3% and costs $53.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 1.8%. The exchange rate of the coin is $136.

The total market capitalization is $139 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 50.9% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $71 billion.

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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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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, March 20: Cryptocurrencies Are Slightly Moving To The Red Zone

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

According to the Coin360 online platform, Bitcoin (BTC) has remained stable over the past 24 hours and added 0.11%. The price at the time of writing is $3980 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are mostly decreased:

Bitcoin Cash dropped by 1.42%, Bitcoin SV has lost 0.33%, the value of coins is $155 and $65, respectively;

Ripple fell down by 0.9% and costs $0.31;

EOS minus 1.66% and its price is $3.66;

Litecoin decreased by 0.4% and its price is $59;

Cardano added 3.28% and its value is $0.051;

Stellar dropped by 2.9% and costs $0.11;

IOTA minus 0.5% and its cost is $0.29;

Dash increased by 0.75% and its price is $91;

Monero added 2.6% and costs $53;

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum has lost 0.5%. The rate of the coin is $136.

The total market capitalization is $140 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 50.9% of the total. In monetary terms, this is $71 billion.

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Visa Plans to Open a Blockchain Department

Visa’s immediate plans are to open a new department which will be directly connected with cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology. It became known immediately after the company published a vacancy of a new manager.

Main requirements for an applicant:

  • in-depth knowledge about private blockchain;
  • familiarity with advanced cryptography is preferred;
  • an understanding of existing retail payment solutions;
  • 4 to 7 years of relevant experience.

Manager of a new department will have to carefully follow the latest solutions and technologies in this area. He will also have to implement them promptly in the company’s own products.

Recall, yesterday we wrote that the US government can completely ban Visa and Mastercard payment systems in Venezuela. It is connected with the extension of sanctions against the current President Maduro. This can significantly affect the already weak economy of the country.

USA Can Extend Sanctions Against Maduro Government and Ban VISA and Mastercard in Venezuela

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Donald Trump Might Have Increased His Wealth Due to Some Shady Business with Deutsche Bank

Donald Trump has undoubtedly won the title of the most eccentric president of the United States. Given the amount of accusations, convictions and general displeasure, it is a wonder how he has not been impeached yet. However, this new endeavour might put the last bits of his reputation at stake.

The New York Attorney General started an investigation regarding the financial relationship between the Trump Organization and Deutsche Bank. Reportedly, the major German bank has provided over 2 billion dollars in loans to the American president over the years.

The misconduct of Trump

The story begins in 2004, when Trump first encountered Deutsche Bank. The businessmen went to the real estate department and filed for a loan for his 92-story Trump International Hotel and a Trump Tower in Chicago.

At first sight everything seems fine, but it surely isn’t. When asked about the financial situation, Trump claimed to own a much larger sum of money than he actually had back then. Simply speaking, he lied to the bank about his net worth.

Mr. Trump told Deutsche Bank his net worth was about $3 billion, but when bank employees reviewed his finances, they concluded he was worth about $788 million, according to documents produced during a lawsuit Mr. Trump brought against the former New York Times journalist Timothy O’Brien,” is mentioned in the investigation files.

The weird thing is that although the bank officials surely suspected something, they didn’t take time to check and verify the information provided by Trump. Instead of that, they kept loaning him massive amounts of money.

In 2010 Trump received a 100-million-dollar loan from the Deutsche Bank to built a resort in Florida. Experts claim that he deliberately increased his net worth by almost 70% in the application in order to get the money.

In 2014 the current US president tried to purchase the popular football team Buffalo Bills. When the NFL demanded the proof that he would have enough finances to conduct the deal, Trump claimed that he owned almost 9 billion dollars, and this all happened through Deutsche Bank once again.

Right now, the authorities are finally starting to see the whole picture and its scale. The investigation has already started. Faking net worth to get such huge loans might result in big problems for both Trump and Deutsche Bank.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, March 19: Bitcoin Remains in Place

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

According to the online platform Coin360, Bitcoin (BTC) remained stable over the past 24 hours and lost 0.08%. The price at the time of writing is $3982 per coin.

Cryptocurrencies are mostly in the green zone:

Bitcoin Cash added 0.75%, Bitcoin SV lost 1.84%, the value of coins is $157 and $65, respectively;

Ripple minus 1.78% and costs $0.31;

EOS plus 0.13%, and its price is $3.7;

Litecoin added 0.3%, and its value is $59;

Cardano dropped by 0.65%, and its cost is $0.049;

Stellar added 6.7% and costs $0.11;

IOTA gained  1.7%, and its cost $0.29;

Dash fell by  1.36%, and its price is $91;

Monero added 1.25% and costs $52

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum lost 0.5%. The rate of the coin is $136.

The total market capitalization is $140 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 50.8% of the total volume. In monetary terms, this is $71 billion.