Binance is the largest crypto-exchange by trading volume, however, on 7th March, its users got affected by a hack of third-party software, and as a result, unauthorized transactions were made from their user’s accounts.
Since then, Binance’s CEO, Changpeng Zhao has claimed that the exchange is working normally and the funds of users are safe as well. Many users have shown their concern and complained by using social media platforms; Twitter and Reddit, that without their permission, their altcoins had been converted into Bitcoin and most of them didn’t even logged into their accounts.
There were many posts on Reddit, claiming that hackers have used their bitcoins for buying VIA coins for 0.025 BTC each. Without attracting any attention, hackers managed to withdrew the bitcoins in small amounts. It’s claimed by a Reddit user, Profetu, that Binance’s administration took actions to the complaints of their users by freezing their accounts in one hour. Furthermore, the user suggested;
“The hacker accumulated VIA in advance (from Binance or other exchange and sent to Binance) then he set a huge sell order at 0.025BTC. Then using API made some account sell alts and buy VIA with that BTC, [and then withdrew] BTC.”
Another user wrote;
“Same happened to me. I had 100% USDT worth $1548. Today I logged in so I can buy some xrp, but my account balance is $200 out of $1548, and apparently I bought 5 VIA coins and exchanged my USDT to BTC while I was in the gym?”
Few traders have presented a theory that the attack was linked with compromised API keys which had been requested by Binance’s users to further use inside the range of other applications such as; chart in monitoring services and trading bots. This theory also explains how the attackers have managed to pass over the two-factor authentication. But at the same time, it fails to explain why this attack affected the users who never requested API keys.
A user asked;
“Do you use any trading bots like profittrailer or gunbot? Do you have any API opened for any kind of services?” – Bonnie_channel
Another Reddit user wrote;
“That is what I am wondering! I never gave permission for this API key to be created. That is why I think it’s an issue on [Binance’s] end”.
Later, a tweet was posted by Binance, saying that deposits and withdrawals are now in a working condition and all illegitimate trades have been rebounded. Changpeng Zhao also said that a phishing website has been used by hackers to get the login information and to divert users from the authentic Binance website.
According to the latest blockchain news 2018, the vice president of a European Commission has officially asked the EU nations to commit to blockchain-technology; which, according to him, is going mainstream. The vice president of the European Commission said this in a speech on “digitization,” and highlighted the blockchain technology as an area that EU nations must be committing to. European Commission vice-president, Andrus Ansip highlighted blockchain technology amid the parts where Europe is top-positioned and is playing a leading role along with AI (Artificial Intelligence).
EU’s Opening Remarks
The official offered the “opening remarks” of the annual ‘Digital Day’ of European Union, which was initially held in Brussels this year, where Ansip stated:
“I would like to see EU countries make a similar commitment (as with AI) to blockchain technologies – now moving out of the lab and going mainstream. As with AI: we should make the most of this new opportunity to innovate.”
In order to achieve their aim, the European Commission’s official called on national governments as well as private sectors to subsidize the cause and stated the EU’s own “public purse only goes so far”, demonstrating almost 1% of the yearly-wealth produced by economies of EU and added, that they need a hard crash.
The remarks were quite noteworthy as they came up just within weeks, earlier in the month of February, when EU launched its own “Blockchain Observatory.” The EU blockchain establishment was first announced by the EC last year and was a response to an European Parliament mandate to reinforce the technical proficiency of EU in innovative technologies.
European Blockchain Partnership
According to the European Commission, it will be investing €300 million in projects that are linked to the use of blockchain technology directly. The EU also unveiled that it is placing the groundwork which is required to create a “European Blockchain Partnership” for promoting interoperable-infrastructures, amid EU nations, to boost and stand-in trusted digital services. In the meantime, the officials of EC previously hinted that they’d be presenting a regulatory framework for cryptocurrencies.
Bitcoin is a peer to peer currency which does not have any physical form. In other words, it’s a virtual currency. The currency is stored in Bitcoin wallets.
There are several forms of Bitcoin wallets – most common ones being desktop wallets, mobile wallets, online wallets and hardware wallets.
The goal of this article is to provide you with the necessary information about all these forms of wallets. So let’s get started with knowing what is a Bitcoin wallet are and what are the different types of it.
Desktop wallets are compatible with different desktop applications and each of them offers different features. For example, Hive is an OS X-based wallet which includes app store that connects directly to Bitcoin services.
Another example of desktop wallets is Bitcoin Core which relays transactions on the network and enables you to create a Bitcoin address for sending/receiving virtual currency.
Some desktop wallets are particularly designed to gain enhanced security. Armory is a prime example of such wallets.
Desktop wallets are handy, but only when you are at home. If you are out on the street, they are of no use. And this is the reason as to why these wallets are falling out of favor.
On the other hand, mobile wallets are more useful as everything regarding your bitcoins is just one tap away.
It doesn’t matter where you are, whether it’s a physical store, park or just a random street, if you have access to the internet, you can access your Bitcoin wallet and make transactions on the go. Some of the common bitcoin mobile wallets are Xapo, Mycelium, and Blockchain.
These wallets keep your bitcoin keys encrypted on the phone and also back it up on a web-based server.
Online wallets store user’s private key online and link it to mobile/desktop wallets. One of the biggest advantages of online wallets is that they can be accessed from anywhere regardless of which device you are using.
However, there is one major drawback: If a user fails to implement them correctly, it will put the organization running the website in charge of his private key which eventually takes his bitcoins out of his control. That could be a risky move, especially if you collect a lot of bitcoins.
Some examples of the best Bitcoin wallets online are:
Coinbase operates worldwide. Users in the United States and Europe can also buy bitcoins through Coinbase exchanges.
learn more about how to buy Bitcoin with Coinsbase.
Circle offers the feature to send, receive, store and buy bitcoins.
This service offers hybrid wallet which lets the users encrypt their private keys before sending them to its servers.
And Hardware Wallets:
Hardware wallets are dedicated devices that are used to facilitate payment and store private keys. Some examples of these wallets are Trezor Hardware Wallet and Ledger USB Wallets. These wallets are easy to carry in your pocket and can be physically moved from one place to another.
On Friday, Yahoo Japan confirmed that it has acquired a minority stake in a cryptocurrency exchange of Japan. According to Reuters, a subsidiary of Yahoo Japan, Z Corporation, has purchased a 40% stake in the Japanese crypto Exchange, “BitArg Exchange Tokyo,” which has the worth of almost $18.6 -$27 million. The exchange will be set to launch in the month of September, 2018.
Rumours of Acquisition
The rumours of the acquisition first came out in March; however, at that time they showed that the investment will be made by Yahoo Japan through YJFX, which is its forex transaction platform, and not through Z Corporation.
In a statement, Yahoo Japan said:
“By utilizing the service operation and security expertise of the Yahoo group, we support the operation of exchanges operated by BitArgo Exchange Tokyo.” Yahoo Japan also added that the exchange intends to offer services for customers that are secure and easy to use.
Japan is considered as an industry hub as it has above three million domestic crypto-traders. The news of Yahoo Japan’s investment showed up just after days when the financial regulator of the country ordered crypto exchanges; FSHO and Eternal Link, to stop operations due to inadequate KYC procedures. Similarly, another prominent acquisition happened this month – Monex Group announced that it struck a deal to acquire Coincheck exchange, as it went through a major hack at the beginning of this year.
After the Yahoo crypto news, Monex, which is known as a major Japanese online brokerage has confirmed its acquisition of Coincheck and was undeterred even with Coincheck getting lots of criticism for negligent-security procedures the whole year that led it to the mugging of $530 million of NEM tokens from its wallet.
Even with interruptions, SB, which is a Japanese banking giant is set to launch its own cryptocurrency exchange after firming up the security measures when the FSA is considering to ramp up its scrutiny of exchanges after the theft of Coincheck. Also, Messaging giant Line, that has a market cap of more than $9 billion and has almost 600 million registered users as well as 200 million monthly active users, has also filed an application with FSA in order to launch its own cryptocurrency exchange in Japan.