US and UK Government Websites Were Attacked By the Virus for Mining Cryptocurrency

Each person who visited the virus-infected resources, launched the software, which was mining cryptocurrency for hackers.

The criminals infected more than 4,200 sites, including those belonging to state organizations, with a virus which was used to secretly mine cryprocurrency.

A cyber security specialist discovered thousands of sites that did not cause fear before, which were now using scripts for hidden cryptocurrency mining through the browsers of their visitors.

https://twitter.com/Scott_Helme/status/962684239975272450

Scott Helm, an expert who discovered the code, determined that malicious software used 40% of the processing power of the victims’ processors and sent the received cryptocurrency to the address 1GdQGpY1pivrGlVHSp5P2IIr9cyTzzXq. In total, 4,275 sites were infected in this way.

This virus is a malicious version of the plug-in for people with eyesight problems Browsealoud. In the course of several hours anyone who visited virus-infected resources launched the software, which was mining Monero cryptocurrency for hackers. The company Texthelp, which developed Browsealoud, claimed that it suspended the plug-in until the investigation. American and British law enforcement agencies have not yet commented on the information.

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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:

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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.

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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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Is Bitmain Really Dying, or How Much Money Was Lost in 2018?

The year 2018, especially its second part, has not been particularly simple for the crypto giant Bitmain. After the unsuccessful IPO, there came Bitcoin Cash hash wars which also negatively influenced the earnings of Bitmain.

According to the data provided by a crypto enthusiast on Twitter, the company might have suffered around $740 million losses in Q3 of 2018, making it the worst quarter in the history of Bitmain.

Other specialists are quite sure that the numbers could be even higher. The epic with Bitcoin Cash, low amount of customers, the crypto market price collapse exhausted Bitmain. Will it be able to recover? We’ll have to wait and see.

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BTC, BCH and BSV: Which Coin Is the Most Profitable for Miners?

Here comes the biggest irony of the last couple of months. As we all know by now, Bitcoin Cash hardforked, forming two new coins: Bitcoin Cash ABC (BCH) and Bitcoin Cash SV (BSV). The developers of BSV claimed very loudly that their coin would be so miner-friendly, that its competitors would not be able to survive. What happened in reality?


Source: Coin Dance

As we can see from the research made by Coin Dance, if BTC is taken as a cryptocurrency to compare the profitability of mining, BSV falls behind drastically. Meanwhile, among the three Bitcoin variations, the world’s first cryptocurrency remains the most beneficial for miners.

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Bitcoin Cash Hash Wars: Who Really Won?

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