$16 million worth of Ethereum & ERC20 tokens stolen during Cryptopia hack

The year started with a bang as one of the leading exchanges reported a case of cryptocurrency heist that occurred on their platform. The exchange in the spotlight here is Cryptopia, a New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange. The platform released an official statement on January 15, 2019, stating that they faced a security breach, which resulted in a significant loss.
The platform, however, has still not disclosed details pertaining to tokens that were stolen from the platform and the worth of the tokens. To add on, the announcement stated that the exchange will be under maintenance until the case of the stolen tokens has come to a conclusion. It is currently being taken care of by the New Zealand police officers and the required regulatory authorities have been informed about the incident.
Now, a research by Elementus, a next-generation blockchain analysis company, outlines the timeframe of the heist and total tokens that were lost. The report stated that the funds were moved from the platform’s two hot wallets, one had Ethereum [ETH] and the other had ERC20 tokens, on January 13, 2019, 1:28 PM GMT.

This was followed by the disclosure of the cryptocurrencies that were stolen. The report stated that Ethereum and ERC20 tokens were worth about a whopping $16 million. It further states that this number was taking into consideration only information found on the Ethereum blockchain.
“The funds were taken from more than 76k different wallets, none of which were smart contracts. The thieves must have gained access to not one private key, but thousands of them […] It seems Cryptopia not only lost their funds, they also lost access to all, or nearly all, of their 76k+ Ethereum wallets.”
The largest amount of cryptocurrencies that were stolen was Ethereum, Dentacoin, Oyster Pearl, Lisk ML, Centrality, Mothership, Ormeus, DAPS, Zap, and Pillar.

Additionally, according to the report, the cryptocurrencies were spread across fourteen exchange platforms. The largest amount of cryptocurrencies were sent to Bibox, an AI-enhanced, encrypted cryptocurrency exchange platform. The second in line was Binance, the largest cryptocurrency exchange in terms of trade volume, and the third on the line is noted to be Houbi. The report suggests that the hackers have transferred over $882,632 out of the $16 million and that the majority of the tokens are still held in two different wallets.

The two wallets that have the stolen funds are identified to be 0x9007A0421145B06a0345d55a8C0f0327f62A2224 and 0xaA923Cd02364Bb8A4c3d6F894178d2e12231655C. These wallets have an approx. of $13 million worth of cryptocurrencies. Moreover, the report concludes that there are still over 1948 Ethereum wallets and about $46k in Ethereum remain at risk.
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Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrency exchanges are not money transmitters under MTA, says State of Pennsylvania

The State of Pennsylvania has released a statement on Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on their official portal. This guidance is in relation to the Money Transmitter Act [MTA] aka Money Transmission Business Licensing Law applicable to virtual currency exchanges.
The official statement also reveals that the Department of Banking and Securities [DoBS] of Pennsylvania has received multiple inquiries from businesses engaged in providing services related to buying, selling and trading cryptocurrencies. This was followed by the DoBS stating that the guidance is being published as they will not be addressing all the requests on a case-by-case basis.
According to MTA, money is defined as currency or legal tender that is recognized as a medium of exchange. To add on, the law of Pennsylvania stated that currency issued by the US government is only recognized as money in Pennsylvania. Due to this, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies are not classified as money according to the act. The statement also points that in the US, there has been not a single jurisdiction that has declared digital currency as a legal tender.
“…Thus, in order to “transmit” money under the MTA, fiat currency must be transferred with or on behalf of an individual to a 3rd party, and the money transmitter must charge a fee for the transmission”
They stated that a majority of the requests related to guidance on the applicability of the MTA were from cryptocurrency exchanges that were web-based. This was further followed by the DoBS deeming that these platforms are “not money transmitters” under the Money Transmitter Act.
“The Platforms, while never directly handling fiat currency, transact virtual currency settlements for the users and facilitate the change in ownership of virtual currencies for the users. There is no transferring money from a user to another user or 3rd party, and the Platform is not engaged in the business of providing payment services or money transfer services.”
The DoBS also gave an official statement on Kiosks and ATMs. They said:
“In both the one-way and two-way Kiosk systems, there is no transfer of money to any third party. The user of the Kiosk merely exchanges fiat currency for virtual currency and vice versa, and there is no money transmission. Thus, the entities operating the Kiosks would not be money transmitters under the MTA.”
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BitTorrent creator: “never been affiliated with Tron or Justin Sun”

Tron [TRX], the ninth largest cryptocurrency in the space, has been making a lot of buzz in the space. This has led to the coin gaining a lot of attention from other communities in the space as well. The main reason it is currently a hot topic of the space is its BitTorrent acquisition.
BitTorrent is considered to be one of the biggest acquisitions in the space as it has always been greeted with high-regard by several influencers in the space as it is the largest file-sharing peer-to-peer platform around the globe and because of its use-cases.
The speculation of Tron acquiring the platform was doing its rounds in the space much before the actual announcement. Additionally, some reports claim that Justin Sun, the Founder and CEO of Tron Foundation, had filed for a temporary restraining order on the platform as the software company had started look for more prospectus bidders. In the end, the Foundation acquired the biggest Torrent platform for over $140 million.
This was soon followed with news that employees had started to take the exit route after the acquisition, wherein five employees were confirmed to have left the firm. This turned out to a major blow for the Foundation as they released a statement clarifying the entire situation, citing that despite some taking the exit gate there were many who joined the bandwagon.
Now, Bram Cohem, creator of BitTorrent, has spoken about the Tron and the Founder on his official social media handle. He said on Twitter:
“I’m no longer in any way affiliated with BitTorrent and have never been affiliated with Tron or Justin Sun”
Along with this, the creator also spoke about the speculation of Sun investing in his current project, Chai Network. Cohem has clarified that neither Sun nor the Foundation have any shares in the project.
Chris Burniske, Partner at Placeholder said on Twitter:
“@Tronfoundation’s$TRX is pumping because it will allow people to claim #BitTorrent-coin ($BTT). Though, per tweets like Bram’s & other whispers, Tron is just shilling BitTorrent’s brand, while talent bleeds & workability of $BTT is an afterthought.”
Recently, the Former Chief Strategy Officer of BitTorrent, Simon Morris was also in the limelight for his statement against the Foundation’s current project and Justin Sun. In an interview with Breaker Magazine, he stated that Tron network will not be able to process BitTorrents’ transactions.
Nonetheless, this was soon brushed off by Sun, wherein he claimed that the team will be opting for on-chain/off-chain transactions and ensure that Tron network will be able to handle the token’s transactions.
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Ethereum [ETH/USD] Technical Analysis: Coin has found a new resting place

Ethereum [ETH], the third-largest cryptocurrency by market cap, continues to stay beside the bear. It is not the only cryptocurrency that is preferring the bear over the bull. Other coins such as Litecoin [LTC], Monero [XMR] and Bitcoin [BTC] are also pictured hanging out with the winter animal.
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Ethereum was trading at $117.30 with a market cap of $12.25 billion. The currency has a trading volume of $2.29 billion and has plunged by over 8% in the past seven days.
1-hour
Ethereum one-hour chart | Source: Trading View
In the one-hour chart, the coin demonstrates a downtrend from $129.38 to $124.65 and $122.85 to $116.30. The uptrend is outlined from $114.35 to $115.03. The resistance levels are set at $117.81 and $124.93 for the coin. Whereas, the support levels can be spotted at $114.95 and $114.30
Chaikin Money Flow, irrespective of the coin’s choice, is forecasting a green day as the line is able the zero-mark, showing that the money is flowing into the market.
Bollinger Bands is forecasting a less volatile market as the bands are seen close to each other.
Parabolic SAR is abiding by the coin’s decision and is seen forecasting a bearish market as the dots have aligned above the candlesticks.
1-day
Ethereum one-day chart | Source: Trading View
The one-day chart shows a downtrend from $499.01 to $155.91 and from $149.9 to $123.20. The uptrend for the coin is pictured from $117.43 to $83.74. The immediate resistance is laid out at $128.51 and the strong resistance is at $156. The support grounds for the currency is at $114.43 and $82.82.
RSI is showing that the buying pressure is currently evened out with the selling pressure.
MACD is forecasting a bearish side for the coin as the moving average line is below the signal line after the two met for a short duration.
Klinger Oscillator, is on the same page, as the reading line has placed itself below the signal line after a crossover.
Conclusion
The coin likes its refugee in the bear’s market as it is indicating a longer stay. The indicators that are in complete agreement with the coin’s decision are Parabolic SAR from the one-hour chart, MACD and Klinger Oscillator from the one-day chart.
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BitGrail exchange declares bankruptcy after almost a year of announcing $195 million loss

The year of 2018 has been a very volatile year for the cryptocurrency market. The year witnessed a majority of the coins hitting its highest value in terms of price and, at the same time, slump to its lowest value. Along with this, the year also saw several altcoins rise to fame in the space. The most notable event apart from the volatility of the market is considered to be the hacks that took place throughout the year. Well-known exchanges such as Coincheck fell prey to hackers, losing millions of customers’ funds.
BitGrail, an Italian cryptocurrency exchange, was one such platform that was compromised in early 2018. The exchange lost almost $195 million worth of customers’ cryptocurrencies. The exchange rose to fame as it became one of the major platforms to trade Nano aka RailBlocks. It was the very same cryptocurrency the exchange ended up losing to the hackers, as the Founder, Francesco Firano, revealed that 17 million Nano tokens were stolen by hackers.
The announcement of the hack was soon followed with speculation that this was a premeditated act and that the exchange had been planning an exit scam for quite some time. Even the Nano team expressed their doubts on the whole situation. In an official statement, the team had stated:
“We now have sufficient reason to believe that Firano has been misleading the Nano Core Team and the community regarding the solvency of the BitGrail exchange for a significant period of time.”
On January 21, 2018, after almost a year of announcing that the exchange was compromised to an attack, the firm has now declared bankruptcy in their official telegram channel. Additionally, when asked about the bankruptcy on Twitter, the CEO, Francesco said that it is “confirmed”.
Bitgrail declaring bankruptcy | Source: Discord
PaddyThePriest, a Redditor said:
“This is good news for Nano as far as I can see. Lays the blame for the hack at Bomber’s feet. Also shuts his lying mouth once and for all.”
Darkrender7, another Redditor said:
“If nano rockets upward like bitcoin did… it very well could turn out that he’ll be able to pay everyone back in fiat and make off will millions from selling the rest of the nano at the new high market price. Thats what’s going on mark and Mt. Gox”
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Coinbase supports inbound and outbound international [SWIFT] wire transfers; ventures deeper into Asia

Coinbase, a leading cryptocurrency exchange platform in the US, has taken another massive step to support their institutional clients and high-volume business across Asia. The platform announced today that they have opened their doors to professional trading and custody platforms for institutional clients and high-volume customers in Asia.
On their official blog post, the exchange stated that their clients across Asia can now access the platform’s trading services for institutions, cold storage service, and Coinbase custody.  In order to achieve this, the platform will “now support inbound and outbound international [SWIFT] wire transfers, allowing Coinbase clients in Asia to fund their accounts from non-US bank holdings”.  They added that this feature will help their non-US customers to access the platform’s deep pool of cryptocurrency liquidity.
The exchange further stated that they will also be providing these high-volume customers in Asia the access to trade, deposit and withdraw Circle’s stable coin, USDC via Coinbase Prime, allowing customers to access several trading pairs available on the platform. Additionally, approved high-volume customers in Asia have access to the platform’s Coinbase Custody, an institutional-grade service optimized for storing large amounts of cryptocurrency in a highly secure manner.
They said:
“We see a bright future ahead for crypto in Asia. Building on our announcement last June that Nao Kitazawa would lead our efforts in Japan, we have also recently appointed Kayvon Pirestani to head institutional sales in Asia, operating from our Tokyo office.”
To add on to customer’s delight, the platform will be rolling out their recent OTC trading desks to all the approved Coinbase Prime clients around the world, allowing a few select customers to perform large amounts of trade.
Andrew Robinson, head of institutional sales and trading for Coinbase in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, said in an interview with Forbes:
“The OTC, which went live in the U.S in November and the in the U.K. just before Christmas, has been well received so far. This latest upgrade means Coinbase customers outside the U.S. are now able to trade without a domestic U.S. bank account – something we think is going to make a big difference for out trading volumes.”
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MimbleWimble’s Grin and Beam have the potential to be more scalable than Bitcoin, says Litecoin creator

Grin and Beam are currently the hot topics in the privacy space, top coins built on MimbleWimble protocol, the tech designed to solve the privacy and scalability of Bitcoin. Earlier this week, Grin made it to the headlines as the coin, which is considered to be the closest version of Bitcoin, plunged by over 97% within a few days of its launch.
The MimbleWimble protocol was first introduced in the year of 2016, by Tom Elvis Jedusor, an anonymous developer, with both the names inspired by Harry Potter. With privacy as the core of this protocol, no one will be able to see the amount of cryptocurrency that is being sent and the addresses involved in the transaction, with only the information required to verify a transaction revealed.
This protocol will be added to Monero, the leading privacy coin in the space, as a sidechain. Riccardo Spagni, the lead developer of Monero said on Twitter earlier this week, “Monero already *is* implementing a MimbleWimble sidechain, Tari”.
During the latest episode of Magical Crypto Friends. Samson Mow, CSO of Blockstream, Charlie Lee, creator of Litecoin, Riccardo Spagni aka fluffypony, and Whale Panda, discussed Grin and Beam.
Riccardo Spagni, when asked about whether he was felt threatened by the new privacy coin, stated that he is a “big advocate of anything that provides improved privacy.” He said:
“I mean our criticisms of Zcash are not the privacy enhancing tech. I think that privacy enhancing technology if it’s done correctly is overall net positive and I will absolutely over time have criticisms of Grin and Beam as as things flesh out more and I think criticisms are good, you know, criticisms of Monero make Monero better so like those criticisms should be should be viewed in a positive light.”
He went on to say that the reason he doesn’t feel threatened by the currency is that, according to him, it does not stop Monero from existing.
“I think Monero is an interesting project whether it has one user or 100 users or a million users and whether the price is you know two cents of 20 cents of $2 doesn’t really matter so much to those in the technical community you work on it because they find it interesting because they find a different code base to get coins interested and so on”
This was followed by Charlie Lee speaking about the coins, stating that the currencies are able to “do privacy and scalability without sacrificing anything.” Furthermore, Lee finds it interesting how the MimbleWimble technology makes a system private when data is removed, adding that it makes the coins even more scalable than Bitcoin.  Succeeding this, Lee was asked whether this protocol will be implemented on Bitcoin as a side chain or on the main chain. To this, he stated that the hassle here is the security of the side chain.
“the issue I have with side changes has always been like how do you secure it […] so having a separate coin seeker by mining, I mean, that security still the best right before work security so yeah it could be done as a side chain for a Bitcoin and for like coin. I’m not sure how useful it is as a side chain or how secure it is as a side chain.”
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Ethereum [ETH/USD] Technical Analysis: Coin will be held captive by the bear for a longer duration

Since the past few days, the cryptocurrency market has neither seen a dramatic fall nor a rise. The price of all the coins seems to be stable even though they are controlled by the bear.
According to CoinMarketCap, at press time, Ethereum was trading at $121.51 with a market cap of $12.69 billion. The trading volume of the cryptocurrency is pictured to be $2.25 billion and the coin has plunged by over 4% in the past seven days.
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Ethereum one-hour price chart | Source: Trading View
In the one-hour chart, the coin shows a downtrend from $150.73 to $120.51. The uptrend for the coin is registered from $114.35 to $118.87. The coin has to first breach the immediate resistance level, which is set at $122.56 to proceed onto the strong resistance level, which is set at $129.47. The immediate support of the cryptocurrency is at $117.91 and the strong support is at $114.30.
Klinger Oscillator is currently forecasting the bull’s presence in the market for the cryptocurrency as the reading line is pictured above the signal line after a crossover.
RSI is showing that the buying pressure for the cryptocurrency is evened out by the selling pressure for the coin.
Bollinger Bands is picturing a less volatile market as the bands are seen closing in on each other.
1-day
Ethereum one-day price chart | Source: Trading View
The one-day chart demonstrates a downtrend from $618.63 to $115.91 and from $149.49 to $122.53. The cryptocurrency has recorded an uptrend from $83.74 to $115.61 and takes more steps forward to rest at $119.53. The immediate resistance for the coin is set at $156.06 and the strong resistance is at $218.94. The coin has set its immediate support ground at $114.17 and its strong support ground at $82.71.
MACD is forecasting a bearish market as the moving average line is currently seen below the signal line, after the two had a crossover.
Chaikin Money Flow is also predicting a bearish market as the money is flowing out of the market for the coin.
Parabolic SAR is on the same page as the dots have aligned above the candlesticks.
Conclusion:
The coin will continue to be held captive by the bear as the long-term players are in its support. This includes MACD, Chaikin Money Flow, and Parabolic SAR from the one-day chart.
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Litecoin Foundation UFC sponsorship was about building the brand, says Charlie Lee

Litecoin [LTC], the eight largest cryptocurrency by market cap, was in the limelight because of the Litecoin Foundation’s massive sponsorship. The coin marked its first major step towards adoption as the Foundation sponsored a UFC fight, which took place in December 2018, and Litecoin turned out to be one of the highlights of the match.
In the latest episode of Magical Crypto Friends, Charlie Lee, the creator of Litecoin spoke about the UFC sponsorship and the reason for the decision. The managing director also spoke about the hate the foundation received by Bitcoin maximalist for taking this step.
Charlie started by stating that the Foundation, in the past, has sponsored several individual athletes but they don’t often sponsor an event. He stated that the Foundation took this step because “it just seems like the reach is better.” He went on to say that this sponsorship, for him, was just about building the Litecoin brand because “everyone’s heard of Bitcoin, not many people have heard of Litecoin.” Lee also stated that the idea of sponsoring the event was by the community manager, who works for the parent company.
“So it kind of wanted like build that brand and make it more more well-known and it’s really kind of helped a lot. I mean we’ve reached a lot of people, [they’ve] have reached out to us, talked about like coin just because if they heard about the UFC sponsorship yeah. I think it’s pretty cool, plus that the fight was pretty amazing”
This was followed by Lee stating that they got “a lot of hate“ from Bitcoin maximalist, adding that the reason could be that the coin is a scam because the Foundation sponsored for an advertisement, or maybe because the coin has become a threat to Bitcoin. Succeeding this, Riccardo Spagni, the lead developer of Monero, aka fluffy pony also elucidated on the reason. He said:
“There’s his this idea that gets bounced around and has been has been said to me that anyone that doesn’t support bitcoin and bitcoin only is inherently evil because you’re distracting people away from Bitcoin. My context of that is there are people who have heard of Bitcoin and you know they for whatever reason they have not been to certain dipping their toe in the water or playing around with it”
He went on to say:
“maybe they hear about litecoin through the UFC sponsorship and they play with Litecoin because it’s maybe just a timing thing and through that experience of using Litecoin, they encounter Bitcoin and all their counterfeit coin when they’re more ready to do so and I think it’s very unusual for people to start with an old coin and completely disregard Bitcoin.”
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Tron is expected to launch BitTorrent livestreaming feature in 2019, says Foundation

Tron [TRX], the ninth largest cryptocurrency by market cap, continues to strive forward in the market. The Foundation has made another announcement pertaining to their next big plan for BitTorrent, one of the biggest Torrent platform around the globe with over 100 million monthly users.
The announcement regarding their next steps was made during the niTron summit 2019, the very first conference hosted by Tron. Justin Sun, the CEO and Founder of Tron Foundation, stated that BitTorrent could launch a livestreaming feature. This could be one of the biggest agenda of the team as this launch would mean going against the biggest tech firms in the world like Facebook, Youtube and Twitch.
Tron Foundation said:
“If everything goes as planned with #BTT, #TRON is expected to launch BT’s livestreaming feature in 2019.”
Moreover, during the summit, Justin Knoll, project lead of Project Atlas, spoke about the BitTorrent protocol. He stated that the BitTorrent token [BTT] complements the BitTorrent incentive mechanism and that BitTorrent’s speed would enhance the BitTorrent protocol by changing the operational principles of the clients.
He further revealed that Tron will be playing a key role, connecting BitTorrent protocol and its users, who will be able to download much faster. Knoll also stated that the incentive mechanism would encourage users to seed more on the network. Justin Sun also unveiled BitTorrent speed, a blockchain based application, during the summit.
J Walker, a Twitterati said:
“Only live streaming app that you can reach large groups with are social media apps. If you can make this with business class moderator features this would be huge. WebEx/ BlueJeans can only do 15,000 live views thats why you have to use periscope. leveraging the P2P network with compute also helps with POPS. The media server would be closer to connect for the most part on such a large network.”
Zander Perk, a Redditor said:
“This will be an interesting way for artists to get paid. Wonder if it will catch on. If it’s a solid UI that loads quickly and operates as effortlessly as YT, they could have a solid amount of users.”
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Tron Airdrop and BitTorrent Protocol Airdrop statistics revealed by Binance Research

BitTorrent, a leading software firm around the globe with over 100 million monthly users, continues to be the center of attention in the Tron community. The firm is noted to be the biggest acquisitions of Tron Foundation, as the use case of it was recognized even by Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.
The project is currently in the spotlight of the entire cryptocurrency community because of the BitTorrent token [BTT], a TRC10 token, introduced as an incentive mechanism for the BitTorrent community. The main agenda of the incentive mechanism is to increase the speed of the network and lengthen the lifespan of the swarms. The token will also be rewarded to users for seeding files and adding more resources to the ecosystem.
Justin Sun, the CEO and Founder of Tron Foundation said:
“With BitTorrent Speed, we aim to strengthen the BitTorrent protocol and then deliver more features that inspire innovation across industries. More than 100 million users soon will have the opportunity to be part of a boundary-free internet that supports personal privacy and connection around the world.”
Binance, a leading cryptocurrency exchange platform around the world, announced that their new platform, Binance Launchpad will be taking care of the crowdfunding round of the token. Earlier today, the platform released a research report on the project, with the latest information pertaining to the token allocation, collected for the research dated to be January 15, 2019.
According to the report, there will be a total of 990 billion tokens and over 2% of the total BitTorrent tokens were sold in a Private sale on the first day of November 2018. Tron Airdrop is allocated 10.1% of the total supply, wherein the token will be distributed in a course of six years. The BitTorrent Protocol Airdrop, on the hand, is set to be 10% of the total token supply.
BitTorrent Token Allocation | Source: Binance Research
The research also specifies that the Tron Foundation has received 20% of the issued tokens, whereas, the BitTorrent team is allocated with over 19% of the total BitTorrent supply.
Token Distribution | Source: Binance Research
Yoni Assia, CEO of eToro said:
“This is BIG, an ICO for @BitTorrent with 100M users and nice concept for token economics – lead by @Tronfoundation who bought @BitTorrent and partnering with @binance . I promised myself I wont invest in any ICOs for a while, but its interesting… smart move from $TRX.”
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Ethereum [ETH] Constantinople hard fork could take place in the next 2 to 6 weeks

Earlier this week, the Ethereum Foundation announced that the key stakeholders of the community have decided to postpone the Constantinople hard fork because of the discovery of a security attack of the smart contracts after the hard fork. This announcement was made hours before the network upgrade, resulting in the Parity and Geth team releasing an emergency upgrade to avoid revert the upgrade.
The foundation stated that all node operators, miners, and exchanges were required to upgrade to the new version or downgrade to the previous version. This announcement was rather an unexpected one by the community as the Rinkeby Testnet, which took place on January 9, 2019, was stated to be successful, unlike the Ropsten Testnet, which resulted in a three-way fork.
This time, the vulnerability was detected by ChainSecurity, wherein the team revealed that the smart contracts are vulnerable only after the Constantinople hard fork and not before. The upgrade of the network would enable Reentrancy attack, which is currently not possible because of the high gas limit. However, it would be possible after the upgrade because EIP 1283 proposes the reduction of gas required for SStore operations.
The delay in the fork has also resulted in some of the members of the community appreciating the quick measure taken by the Foundation members to avoid the fork within a short-span, whereas others were either unhappy about the fact that the team took notice of the vulnerability hours before the upgrade or concluded that the community was centralized.
To add on, if it weren’t for the Reentrancy attack, the upgrade would have taken place earlier today on block #7080000. At present, the details pertaining to the next schedule of the hard fork and the block it would occur on would be decided during the next Ethereum dev core meeting, which would be taking place towards the end of the week.
There is speculation related to the hard fork doing its rounds in the market. Some in the community believe that the hard fork would be taking place on January 21, 2019, on Monday. However, one of the core developers of Ethereum, Afro Schoedon has stated that the next hard fork would take much longer time.
He said on Twitter:
“It’s not happening on Monday. I don’t know who was seeding this. It’s more like 2-6 weeks.”
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Cryptopia hack: Case involving Ethereum-based tokens takes a new turn in the market

Earlier this week, Cryptopia, a cryptocurrency exchange based in New Zealand, announced that they have lost funds due to a security breach. This is one of the notable exchanges that was compromised by a hack at the beginning of 2019. To add on, the exchange platform continues to be under maintenance and the amount that was compromised by the hack has still not been disclosed by the team.
This case is currently being investigated by the New Zealand police and the required regulatory authorities have been notified about the hack. In their recent statement, the police revealed that the inquiry into the hack is still in its early stages and that they were still figuring out what happened and how the hack happened.
They further stated that they were still not authorized to reveal the amount involved in the hack and the details pertaining to the cryptocurrencies.
The police claimed that a large team is currently working on the case, including the Canterbury CIB. They added that the investigation includes both forensic digital investigation of the company and a physical scene examination at the exchange’s office building. Additionally, the police have also stated that it is difficult to put a timeframe on how long the investigation may go on for as they are currently in a “complex situation”.
Recently, a Twitterati, ShaftedTangu announced that the stolen funds were being transferred to Binance, one of the biggest cryptocurrency exchanges in terms of trade volume, in various currencies. He further urged the Binance team to take action quickly and freeze the account. Following this, the team was able to successfully freeze the funds on their platform.
Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance:
“Just checked, we were able to freeze some of the funds. I don’t understand why the hackers keep sending to Binance. Social media will be pretty fast to report it, and we will freeze it. It’s a high risk maneuver for them.”
Meme_Pope, a Redditor, said:
“Binance notified of suspicious activity. Frozen immediately. Cryptopia notified of suspicious activity. Call the cops 36 hours later.”
its_Lucider, another Redditor, said:
“Tbh if criminals are that stupid, he should not be highlighting the fact that he froze the funds and mentioning that they shouldn’t send to binance… Keep it on the low… let dumb people make dumb mistakes and provide justice from the shadows. Don’t allow future criminals to learn from other criminal’s mistakes. On another note, much props to Binance for being so proactive.”
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Ethereum [ETH] Constantinople: 10335 users upgraded their Parity Ethereum nodes, says core developer

The whole cryptocurrency community has been waiting for the Constantinople hard fork since 2017. Recently, the team announced that the update has been postponed for the second time. This is because of a potential attack that can take place after the hard fork occurs.
The vulnerability was pointed out by ChainSecurity, an audit platform for smart contracts, as a part of the Ethereum bug bounty program. The team found that the update enables new Reentrancy Attack. The key factor is that the smart contracts are not vulnerable to the attack before the hard fork but only after the attack. This was because of one of the Ethereum Improvement Protocols‘, which proposes Net gas metering for SStore without dirty maps.
Soon after the news broke, the Parity team and the Geth team released a new emergency version and asked all the node operators to updated to the new version immediately. The emergency version released by the Parity team is Parity Ethereum 2.2.7 – stable and Parity Ethereum 2.3.0 – beta. The emergency version released by Geth team is Byzantium Revert v1.8.21.
This update, according to the initial announcement by Ethereum Foundation, is required to be done by miner, exchanges and node operator. They also stated that people only interacting with the Ethereum need not do anything including Ledger, Trezor, MyEtherWallet, MyCrypto, and Parity Signer.
Afri Schoedon said on Twitter:
“There are 3783 Ethereum nodes visible to the devp2p scraper, 70.53% already cancelled Constantinople. – Geth 1680/2553 (65.80%) – Parity 988/1230 (80.33%)”

He further added:
“In the last 12 hours, 10335 users upgraded their Parity Ethereum nodes to 2.2.7 stable (76%) or 2.3.0 beta (24%). Most of them use GNU/Linux (95%), some Windows (4%), and a few MacOS (1%).
Andreas M Anthonopolous, a Bitcoin proponent and author of Mastering Bitcoin, also commented on the interesting turn of events. He said:
“Ethereum Constantinople hard fork postponed because of security issue – all node operators need to upgrade node software TODAY to prevent being forked out of consensus”
Peter Szilagyi, another core developer of Ethereum said earlier today:
“I’m actually quite pleasantly surprised how smoothly this emergency action went down. Was really nice to see so many stepping up to help with whatever they could! Congrats #Ethereum community!”
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Bitcoin [BTC] brothers: We think regulation is a big win for New York State

Bitcoin [BTC] and other cryptocurrencies continue to be a peculiar case to regulators around the world. With some of the places noted to have very friendly crypto-environment and others noted to be hostile, but rarely any in between. Importantly, the coin has taken the center-stage in the US, as decisions on regulating the space, wherein it protects the investors without hindering innovation, is still one of the main concerns of the regulatory bodies around the country.
So far, Wyoming state is considered to have a cryptocurrency and blockchain technology-friendly environment and New York is considered to be the worst places for the industry. Additionally, several influencers in the space such as Jesse Powell, CEO of Kraken, and Erik Voorhees, CEO of Shapeshift, have openly spoken about the hostile cryptocurrency environment of New York.
However, the Winklevoss brothers have a different perspective on the cryptocurrency regulation in New York. Tyler Winklevoss stated that with the regulation, there is the reason they “have a business”, taking into consideration the issuance of the BitLicense. BitLicense is a business license provided to companies operating in the cryptocurrency space by the New York State Department of Financial Services [NYSDFS]. He said:
“[…] without a license, you can’t get a banking relationship and you can’t accept deposits of fiat. So, you can’t start your company. So, we think that regulation has been a big boom to New York. It’s brought in a lot of companies […] We would have gone to Alaska, if that was possible but it wasn’t. So we chose New York. So we think regulation has been a big win for New York State.
This was followed by Cameron Winklevoss speaking about whether Gemini is looking for more guidance and regulation from other regulatory bodies including the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission. He said:
“Well, I think the idea is thoughtful regulation. So we’ve been working on the virtual commodity association, which is an SRO to help self-police virtual commodity marketplace. And bring best practices from the equity’s world and the derivative’s world into the crypto world.”
He further stated that Gemini is not trying to “reinvent” the wheel, but is just taking these safeguard and protection measures and bringing it into the cryptocurrency space.
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