The Chinese Police Have Shut Down an Illegal World Cup Gambling Platform

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According to the Chinese main news portal Xinhua, the law enforcement bodies have confiscated around $1.5 million in digital currencies and arrested 6 people due to the illegal gambling activities.

The abovementioned platform first caught attention of the police back in May. It was loudly advertising its services, claiming that its list of payment options included BTC, ETH and LTC besides regular fiat currencies.

Although it was done to attract users. but it actually attracted the police, and they began investigating the case. A month later, the results of the investigation were made public.

The platform turned out to be a regular gambling outlet, which specialized in bets on football matches. However, its developers somehow managed to incorporate cryptocurrency payments into it.

According to the police, the platform was used by a little less than 500 thousand people with a total flow of money exceeding $1.5 million. Such an increased number of users was most likely due to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Nevertheless, the people running the platform could not get away with it. They were arrested and are now waiting for the trial. Given the fact that cryptocurrency operations are officially banned in China, their punishment might be quite strict.

We would like to remind you that a couple of establishments in Moscow started accepting BTC as a means of payment during the World Cup.

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“There Is No Need”: Japan Refuted Rumours About Approval of Bitcoin ETF

Some services including Bloomberg reported several days ago that Japan considered a possibility of the approval of a Bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF). It allegedly would be used as an alternative to Bitcoin futures.

However, the representative of the FSA claimed that Japan was not considering of giving green light to the Bitcoin ETFs, saying:

“There is no such fact that we are considering approving ETFs which track crypto-assets at present. We are not currently considering approving them.”

The necessity of approving them may lie in decreasing the risk of price manipulation on the Japan market. Nevertheless, the FSA spokesman stated that there was no need of any cryptocurrency-related derivatives for now in Japan expressing its negative attitude towards both crypto ETFs and futures products.

He said: “Taken it into consideration that it is difficult for us to find constructive and social significance of trading crypto-assets derivatives at present, we think that there is no need for trading crypto-assets derivatives at financial instruments exchanges where many market participants are able to trade.”

We remind you:

SEC Will Release the Decision on Bitcoin ETF in February

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The CEO of Circle Believes That a Clearer Policy of the SEC Will Cure the Crypto Industry

The CEO of the project Circle, backed up by the major bank Goldman Sachs, Jeremy Allaire started a thread on Reddit together with his co-workers, where they debated the accomplishments of the company in the recent time, talked about prospects for the future and discussed the overall situation on the crypto market.

According to the representatives of Circle, one of the main issues with crypto in the US is the lack of regulatory framework and, most importantly, the inability of the Securities and Exchange Commission to clearly define cryptocurrencies as belonging to a particular type of assets.

We remind you:

The SEC: Unlike ICO Tokens, Bitcoin and Ethereum Can Not Be Securities

There absolutely needs to be more regulatory clarity to really make this fly — in particular around who can issue these, how they can be stored and transmitted, and what markets can allow their trading. There’s a lot of attention on this and we absolutely expect to see these issues resolved and for far more real world experiments to hit the markets this year,” said Jeremy Allaire.

Also, the CEO of Circle claimed that the US should follow the example of France and have a separate kind of taxation for crypto-to-crypto transactions.

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Two European Finance Regulators Urge the EU To Adopt Crypto and ICO Rules

Cryptocurrency and ICO regulations have been an open topic in Europe for quite a long period of time. Some finance regulators claim that it is high time the European Commission determined the place of crypto and ICO in European economy.

The European Banking Authority (EBA) stated that the current crypto asset-related activities did not comply with the EU financial laws, so that The EBA urged the EU to look into the crypto rules and identify what actions may be required at the EU level.

The representative of the EBA said:

“The EBA’s warnings to consumers and institutions on virtual currencies remain valid. The EBA calls on the European Commission to assess whether regulatory action is needed to achieve a common EU approach to crypto-assets. The EBA continues to monitor market developments from a prudential and consumer perspective.”

Moreover, the EBA advised to use the FATF’s recommendations. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is to issue a set of recommendations for crypto-related action in June 2019.

Another finance regulator, which supports the EBA, is the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA). It released a report which helps the authorities of the EU to make decisions on rules applied to crypto and ICO.

The spokesman of the ESMA said:

“Our survey of NCAs highlighted that some crypto-assets may qualify as MiFID financial instruments, in which case the full set of EU financial rules would apply. However, because the existing rules were not designed with these instruments in mind, NCAs face challenges in interpreting the existing requirements and certain requirements are not adapted to the specific characteristics of crypto-assets.”

We remind you

Seven EU Member States United To Adopt Blockchain In Their Countries

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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.”

We remind you:

The Dark Overlord Threatens To Reveal The Truth of 9/11 Attacks Unless Ransom in Bitcoin is Paid

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GMO Will Keep On Mining Bitcoins at a Different Location

One of the world’s largest IT companies, Japan-based GMO has published its monthly report regarding its mining activities and the profits coming from them.

We remind you:

Japanese GMO Releases a Monthly Update: What Has Changed As For Mining?

Based on the December’s document, the revenue from mining cryptocurrency has dropped down  significantly which implies that immediate measures must be taken.

One of the biggest pitfalls of mining is the amount of electricity consumed and its high price. Thus, GMO made a decision to relocate its main mining center into a different area, where electricity will cost way less.

We will relocate the mining center to a region that will allow us to secure less expensive power supply,” reads the report.

Moreover, the company refuted all the rumors regarding its alleged plans of giving up mining completely. Since 2017, when GMO first engaged into mining, it has earned massive profits and still sees potential in crypto.

As we may see in the statistical data, the mining reward for Bitcoin increased a lot in the last month of December, whereas Bitcoin Cash suffered a hard fall. But the crash of the crypto market and Bitcoin in particular could not be controlled by GMO and affected its business quite badly, making it “move houses”.

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

An operator of Ethereum Classic mining pool has confirmed that a 51% attack has hit ETC network on January 7. This attack refers to a malicious attack on blockchain when hackers obtained more than 50% of mining hashrate of network.

The hackers got the ability to reorganize blocks and even replace them on blockchain, moreover, the culprits are able to “double spend” coins, i.e. the same coins can be transferred several times.

The rumours that ETC has been experiencing a hacker attack originally appeared on CoinNess, Chinese journal on the 6th of January. The report says that SlowMist, Chinese blockchain security firm, was the first to notice the attack.

The article reads:

“The ETC community followed up on the development of the incident immediately and learned that there is a private mining pool…that achieves more than 50% of the total network hashrate at certain times.”

The spokesman of Ethereum Classic has responded in Twitter, saying the network “operated normally”.

However, in just a few hours, the representative asked all mining pools to “allow a significantly higher confirmation time on withdrawals and deposits (+400).”

Later, without any confirmation or comment, the official account of Ethereum Classic retweeted the report made by Chinese journal.

On January 7, the cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has posted a report saying that they detected this attack on the 5th of January. Mark Nesbitt, Coinbase Security Engineer, who wrote that report, stated that since the disclosure of malicious attack, there had been 8 chain reorganizations worth approximately $460,000.

Ethereum Classic refuted to the report of Coinbase, claiming that the later did not “connect  with ETC personnel regarding the attack.”

While it is still unknown who was the first to detect the malicious attack and what are the consequences of it, we want to remind you

The Dark Overlord Threatens To Reveal The Truth of 9/11 Attacks Unless Ransom in Bitcoin is Paid

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