Roger Ver, an ardent supporter of Bitcoin Cash, said that still holds a bit of Bitcoin in your wallet.
British intelligence warned that hidden mining can be a constant source of income for owners of web sites.
On Tuesday the national cybersecurity center (NCSC) — technology wing of the Center for government communications UK — has published a report «the Cyber threat to British businesses 2017-2018», which States that a hidden mining is causing «significant» concerns of the government. According to the document, last December from similar attacks suffered by 55% of businesses worldwide. As one example, the Agency cited a hidden mining, monero, which was carried out via a browser-based miner Coinhive. In 2018, the attacks continued, according to British intelligence, more than 4,000 sites mainile cryptocurrency using hidden from users of the plugin, which notice mining is possible only by reducing the performance of the device. «Way of implementing the miners via malware has been used for a few years, but probably in 2018 or 2019 one of the major threats will be a new way to mine cryptocurrency via website visitors,» — said in the report. The Agency reported that, according to his assumptions, the «most hidden of mining is carried out by cyber-criminals, but the owners of the sites is also seen in attracting visitors and using the power of their CPUs without their notification or consent for the purpose of extracting financial gain». In particular, to such sites, the Agency classifies the online edition of Salon, which in February announced to users that due to lack of revenues from traditional advertising, the website asks visitors to provide «a small percentage of available computing power» (in this edition promised to «automatically detect current consumption of computing power» on the user’s computer and to take only «unnecessary energy» without thus affecting performance). NCSC called for the use of ad blockers and antivirus software, which include protection from stealth mining.
Vice-President of the European Commission urged to invest in the blockchain.
On Tuesday, during his opening speech at the Bottom of digital technologies in Brussels, Andrus Ansip called the technology of distributed registry one of the «areas in which Europe can best be able to take a leadership position,» noting that «it is necessary to contribute to the digital future of Europe» and to invest more in techsector. Ansip noted the investments of the European Union in the blockchain, artificial intelligence and digital health, but stressed that the EU alone cannot provide sufficient funding. Blockchain «on the way from laboratories to the masses: we should make the most of this new opportunity,» he said, urging governments and the private sector to take an active part in funding startups. Among the recent initiatives of the European Union — launch of the blockchain Observatory in partnership with ConsenSys provider of financial services on the Ethereum blockchain. The new organization plans to invest in the blockchain projects of €340 million ($425 million). And on Monday, April 9, 22 EU countries signed the Declaration on the establishment of European partnerships in the field of blockchain technology.
In Australia there is another licensed crypto currency exchange.
The Australian reporting and analysis centre transactions (AUSTRAC) has approved the application Blockbid — third cryptocurrency exchange, which was registered in accordance with new regulations, approved on 3 April. The main feature of the platform was to provide users insurance against potential cyber attacks. Also in the next 6-12 months, the exchange plans to introduce support for at least seven Fiat money, four of which will be available in the next beta launch. «From the very beginning when you create a platform Blockbid always put first the safety and tranquility of its customers, allowing our customers to trade with confidence. How was Australia’s cryptocurrency exchange, we intend to open their doors to traders and investors around the world who want to use legitimate platform for insurance assets,» said chief operating officer David Blockbid Supper. 16 April there will be the launch of the beta version of the platform that will be available for a limited number of users and will be tested without operations with this currency. After the developers will make necessary changes in accordance with the received message about the bugs, the beta version will be presented in the public domain. By this time it should trade five cryptocurrency (bitcoin, bitcoin cash, bitcoin is gold, litecoin and ripple) and four Fiat currencies (US dollar, Australian dollar, Japanese yen and Euro). In the future, the exchange hopes to add a wider range of altcoins, including air, dash, NEM, Digibyte and Nano.
Bitfinex has denied allegations of involvement in the laundering of Colombian drug cartel.
On Tuesday, in a conversation with CoinDesk Bitfinex has announced that it has conducted «an internal investigation» in offices around the world and found connections between their operations and two fictitious companies accused of cheating the Belgian government and money laundering in Colombia. «Based on all available evidence and information, the exchange concluded that these assumptions are false and baseless,» — said Bitfinex, also stressing that «is not subject to any official investigation conducted in any jurisdiction in the world on the basis of the assumptions stated in the Polish media»: «This indicates that governments have not found reason to rely on the accusations made against Bitfinex,» said the company. The exchange noted that its users also did not address the problems associated with access to their accounts or funds. Rumors about the possible involvement Bitfinex to the fraud scheme occurred at the end of last week when the media reported that the Polish authorities seized the assets of two shell companies totaling 1.27 billion zlotys ($371 million) and suspect them of money laundering, linked to Colombia drug cartel, with the complicity of «major cryptocurrency exchanges». Polish TV channel tvp.info gave that fraud was carried out by companies registered in the city of Pruszkow, owned by «canadian with Panamanian and Colombian origin with Panamanian citizenship.» It is reported that in the course of fraud the crime was committed against the Belgian government, which is going to open a new Embassy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.