What Is Happening Between Swift and Ripple and Why Does Ethereum Suffer From It?

Ethereum is known in the crypto world as a #2 cryptocurrency that have always been preceded only by the Almighty Bitcoin. However, this has not been the case in the recent couple of months due to a steady decline of Ethereum’s exchange rate.

Earlier, Ethereum was outrun by the coin created at the Ripple Labs – XRP, but was able to regain its position. We remind you:

Ethereum Managed to Reclaim Its Second Place From XRP

It happened again. An XRP enthusiast published a tweet about the new victory of Ripple.

The price of the XRP coin has also skyrocketed which can be seen from its CoinMarketCap graph.

What could possibly boost the coin so much?

According to the materials published by Finance Magnates, the most probable reason for such a jump was a popular rumor about the cooperation of the two major crypto payment platforms – Swift and Ripple.

This rumor appeared a while ago, and was actively endorsed by the fans of Ripple on Twitter.

However, the official representative of Swift refuted this rumor and claimed that the upcoming upgrade of the platform has nothing to do with Ripple.

Moreover, no decent evidence, except for the rumors and insinuations, has been found regarding the possible cooperation.

Meanwhile, this whole situation positively influenced the positions of Ripple in the global rating, so it doesn’t even matter now if they will cooperate with Swift or not.

We remind you:

Ripple Announced the Launch of xRapid Technology

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Is Bank of America Going to Cooperate with Ripple?

As we all know, the crypto market is still in a deep recession. The collapse of cryptocurrencies at the end of last year negatively influenced all coins, however, some of them suffer less than others.

One of such coins was Ripple. Not only did it manage to outrun Ethereum in the rating, its blockchain platform keeps being implemented widely by the world’s largest companies in various spheres.

We remind you:

Ripple: 13 Financial Institutions Have Joined RippleNet, Surpassing 200 Customers All Over The World

Recently, there appeared rumors on the Internet, saying that the second largest financial institution, Bank of America, might be considering forming a partnership with Ripple Labs and incorporating the blockchain technology into its system, according to Fintech News.

Currently, the bank is using SWIFT technology for international transactions, which proved to be quite inconvenient, slow and insecure.

It is still unclear whether Bank of America wants to fully apply Ripple technology or create a similar app, but its main intention is to let the customers make transaction between various banks in a safer and easier way.

Neither of the sides have officially commented on the matter so far.

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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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“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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Ripple: 13 Financial Institutions Have Joined RippleNet, Surpassing 200 Customers All Over The World

Headlines with RippleNet pop up on the first pages very often meaning that the interest towards the Ripple’s DLT technology does not go away, and it is better to say, even increases. And the company decided to cheer its users by the news that other 13 financial institutions had joined RippleNet, putting the total at over 200.

Among these new 13 customers, only five of them will use the Ripple’s coin for liquidity, they are:

  • JNFX,
  • SendFriend,
  • Transpaygo,
  • FTCS,
  • Euro Exim Bank.

Others, like CIMB or Olympia Trust Company, are interested in immediate settlement, they are able to draw faster and more transparent payments using RippleNet. BBVA, in its turn, arranged loans to Porsche, as well as made international transfers using Ripple’s technology stack.

The director of Euro Exim Bank has commented on the partnership:

“As a leader in trade finance solutions for global corporates and fintechs, we are uniquely placed to offer new payment channels and ways to source liquidity. Our customers—whether big corporates or individual remitters—have historically been restricted from obtaining suitable funds or settling transactions in a cost efficient and timely manner. Working collaboratively with Ripple and selected counterparts, we have designed, tested and are implementing both xCurrent and xRapid in record time, and we look forward to the benefits these will bring our customers.”

We remind you

South Korea Launches Remittance App Using Ripple’s Blockchain Technology For The First Time

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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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