Unknown People Have Stolen Mining Equipment Worth Two Billion Dollars

Unknown people committed the theft of about 600 farms for cryptocurrency mining for the amount of about 2 billion US dollars, as described in the article of the publication Associated Press. Incident, or, we should rather say, incidents occurred in Iceland on the Reykjanes peninsula and have already been called “Big Bitcoin robbery” by the press.

In total, four cases of theft of equipment for mining farms were recorded. Most of them happened in December of 2017, and one happened in January of 2018. Data on the robberies were made public only now, because the authorities needed to maintain the anonymity of the situation for the more effective process of capturing criminals.

At the moment 11 suspects were arrested, two of them remained in the detention center, the rest were released by the court decision. One of those who remained in custody is a guard who was supposed to watch over the robbed data center.

“This is a grand theft on a scale unseen before,” said Olafur Helgi Kjartansson, the police commissioner on the southwestern Reykjanes peninsula, where two of the burglaries took place. “Everything points to this being a highly organized crime.”

One source, anonymous because of the ban on talking to the media, said that the police are closely monitoring the consumption of electricity throughout the country, in the hope that the criminals will reveal themselves in this way.

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New Trend: Why Companies Replacing the Term “Blockchain” to “DLT”

Due to harmful hype to innovative chain of transaction blocks, some companies use “DLT” instead of “Blockchain”, which stands for Distributed Ledger Technology.

The term replacing begins with that some organisations, in their advertising and informational campaigns, decided to change the word “Blockchain” to “DLT”. Such a move connected with the hype about the blockchain technology. Therefore the companies, in order to take some of the negative from them,went on that kind of cunning. In this regard, an independent analytical company Forrester Research has made their own investigation.

Company analytics point out, that “Blockchain” is a trend-word of crypto industry, which many crypto projects abused. The word is used even when the technology isn’t used in the product. The usage of “Blockchain” for the hype invalidate the technology itself.  Since, the blockchain in general is associated with cryptocurrency, when the company which are not related to the world of cryptocurrency, decided to go away from the naming technology and started to use the word “DLT” , in order not to associate their activity with the digital money.

Meanwhile, the word “Blockchain” overtakes the word “Cryptocurrency” by frequency of requests in the world search, according to the Google Trends.

Source:Google Trends

We want to remind you:

The Number of Searches for “Bitcoin” in Google Has Skyrocketed

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800% Increase In Money Laundering Cases Connected To The Cryptocurrency

According to the report published by the news media outlet “The Japan Times”, the National Police Agency in Japan registered about 6000 cases of money laundering connected to the cryptocurrency industry. The figures were taken from the research in the period from January to October 2018.

The amount of cases has raised showing an 800% increase in compare to the period from April to December 2017.

An NPA official commented on this situation:

“We have seen some large-scale cryptocurrency thefts, and operators are believed to be scrutinizing transactions more rigorously.”

In the report, NPA also emphasized on the vulnerabilities of the cryptocurrency transactions. Anonymous transactions can be transferred to overseas, due to different cryptocurrency regulations in various countries, it is hard to track the culprit.

We remind you

How to Determine Whether a Cryptocurrency Is Reliable and Invest Your Money Properly?

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

The BTC Lightning Network which was created to fight with the issue of Bitcoin scalability is developing at a huge pace. The story began last February. Back then, the network only had 1 thousand channels, worth 4 BTC per channel.

The network started growing. In August it already had 11 thousand channels with a price of 97 BTC per channel. We remind you:

The Number of Channels in the Bitcoin Lightning Network Exceeded 11 Thousand

And then Bitcoin Cash hardforked, and things went wild. The Lightning Network literally blew up. At the time of writing, the number of its channels equals to 16677. This means an increase by 1600% since the February of 2018.

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Cryptocurrency Prices Today, December 7: BTC Dropped by 12% in a Day, Cryptocurrency Collapsed

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

According to the online platform Coingecko, Bitcoin (BTC) lost a record 12.4% over the past 24 hours. The price at the time of writing is $3377 per coin.

Following BTC, cryptocurrencies fell in price:

Bitcoin Cash lost 19.11% over the past 24 hours and costs $110 per coin;

Ripple fell by 12.3% and has a rate of $0.30;

EOS minus 25.04%, and its price is $1.70;

Litecoin decreased by 14.9%, and its cost is $25;

Cardano lost 17.72%, and its value is $0.028;

Stellar became cheaper by 17.42% and costs $0.10;

IOTA dropped by 17.53%, and its value is now $0.24;

Dash fell by 21.65%, and its price is $61;

Monero lost 2.18% and costs $45.

Over the past 24 hours, Ethereum dropped by 17.63% and continues to decline. The coin rate crashed down to $84, according to Coin 360.

The total market capitalization fell to $107 billion. Bitcoin accounts for 55.2% of the total volume. In monetary terms, it is $59 billion.

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Vinny Lingham is Clear About Bitcoin: “I don’t think we see $20k for a while”

Significant part of crypto community, still cannot recover from the fall of the cryptocurrency, the rate of which is still in a red zone. According to the CoinMarketCap, Bitcoin, at the moment of writing the article, is set on at $3 747 per coin and still falling.

But some representatives of crypto community have their own view about the situation on the market and predict their own price of Bitcoin.

Vinny Lingham, an Internet entrepreneur, Co-founder and CEO of Civic, has answered to a few question of The Coin Shark, to clarify the situation on the market:

Hello, Vinny. What do you think, will Bitcoin be able to overcome the $20 thousand mark next year?

I took a $20k bet with Ronnie Moas in Vegas, last month. He predicted $28k by EOY 2019. I disagreed. I don’t think we see $20k for a while, at the very least 2020, but possibly even 2021.

In your opinion, what is the problem with cryptocurrency at the moment?

There is too much hype, and not enough substance, as well as too much focus on the technology and not enough focus on the business or consumer value add.

Can Ethereum become the leader in 2019?

It is possible, but unlikely unless they can fix the scaling issues and deal with the lack of consensus within their community.

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Seven EU Member States United To Adopt Blockchain In Their Countries

Several European countries, namely France, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Cyprus, Greece and Malta, signed an agreement to promote and boost blockchain adoption in their regions. They argue the blockchain technology is able to strengthen their economics, as well as increase well-being of the population.

The declaration, signed on December 4, also anticipates collaboration on development of the technology, so that countries listed above become leading regions in this sector.

“We believe that Distributed Ledger Technologies could be one of the instruments that can help our countries [the Southern European Union countries] transform their economies and society into truly digital ones and become a leading region in this sector.”

From their point of view, blockchain may be used in different spheres, such as certifying product origin, education, transport, mobility, shipping, land registry, customs, company registry, and healthcare.

Malta’s parliamentary secretary for digital economy, Silvio Schembri, was extremely excited by this news, tweeting that he is “proud” to see Malta being a “leading role” on blockchain cooperation.

We remind you:

A New Blockchain Association To Be Launched By The European Commission

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