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Thanks to Bitcoin and all the related cryptocurrencies, blockchain startups no more a mystery. All those who are somehow related to the crypto market know that the blockchain technology is infact a decentralized technology that keeps the record of digital transaction and has so far its use been specific for the crypto transactions. To be more precise and accurate we can state that a global network of computers uses blockchain technology to jointly manage the database that records Bitcoin transactions. Blockchain is considered to be invincible because it can continuously replicate itself on multiple computers and databases.

So far Blockchain had been used in case of cryptocurrency transactions only but with the passage of time its use expanded for example in determining identity of digital assets, smart contracts, digital voting and distributed storage etc. Porsche can be considered a pioneer who for the first time decided to utilize Blockchain technology in car manufacturing. Let us see how they did it.

First Use of Blockchain in Automobile industry

With the help of  Berlin-based XAIN, Porsche has become the very first automobile manufacturer to successfully test blockchain in its cars. Blockchain technology based digital processes are both secure and super fast than anything that has come before. Test which was carried by the manufacturer of Porsche included locking and unlocking of the vehicle via an app, access authorisations and encrypted data logging. It is a part of further planning to improve autonomous driving functions of Porsche with the help of Blockchain technology.

What is the Plan of Audi?

For the time being Audi is planning to use Blockchain technology for its physical and financial distribution processing. In short Audi is just making an innovative effort to make its global supply chain more transparent and foolproof. For this purpose the car manufacturer also released a Proof-of-Concept (PoC) of its Blockchain system last year. As a result of positive feedback the manufacturer has now decided to advance the project beyond the PoC stage.

Moreover, the management of Audi is further researching on Blockchain in order to improve the process of data transfer and make it more safe and effective.

Interest Shown by other Car Manufacturers

Like Porsche other German car manufacturers such as BMW and Mercedes have also hit the news with announcements of their interest and expected experiments with Blockchain technology. According to authentic reports, BMW is planning to expand its portfolio by partnering with a Blockchain startup. Mercedes Benz has even took a step forward and has announced that it may issue its own cryptocurrency by the name of MobiCoin. According to the initial announcements Mobican will be used to reward drivers for their environmentally cautious driving.

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Cryptocurrency Crackdown: India Restricts Cryptocurrency

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2018 doesn’t seem to give a sign of relief to the cryptocurrency community as a latest press release by the RBI (Reserve Bank of India) has stirred up an unrestrained response, which is leading the cryptocurrency enthusiasts in a panic. RBI has been releasing warnings to the crypto-community related to the cryptocurrency in India and its risks, including:

  • Potential financial risks
  • Operational risks
  • Legal risks
  • Customer protection
  • Security related risks

cryptocurrency in indiaComing off the haze about the stance of government in distinguishing the ability of Blockchain technology and discovering its usage for abetting digital economy, the Finance Minister of Hon’ble in his ‘budget’ speech specified that cryptocurrencies are not identified as a legitimate tender, leaving an inexplicable uncertainty. Many in the crypto-community hailed the indication of “crypto” in the speech and took it to be an indirect sign for sanctioning the cryptocurrency trading, while others were nervous on the investment’s fate.

Risks Involved with Cryptocurrencies

Subsequently, the fury of RBI has stumbled now, and the crypto community has caught in another swirl of legal haphazard. The RBI’s press release accredited the potential of Blockchain in developing the efficacy of the financial system, though, at the same time it highlighted the perils that are involved with cryptocurrencies, such as:

  • Consumer protection
  • Market integrity
  • Money laundering

Furthermore, the RBI notified that the entities controlled by it will be prohibited from offering facilities to business entities or individuals, dealing with cryptocurrencies. Therefore, cryptocurrency investors won’t have the ability to transfer currency from their bank accounts to cryptocurrency trading wallets such as:

  • Zebpay
  • Coinsecure
  • Unocoin

Restriction on Banks

If it is supposed that the RBI pursues to save the over-all public from such perils, then it must specify the related reasons which turned out to be ground for issuing such a draconian direction. Quite the reverse, the RBI has put a total restriction on the banks to deal with business entities as a whole. The direction of the RBI pursues to paint all the entities in the cryptocurrency trade with the same brush, which can’t withstand the test of legitimate authenticity.

It is usually believed that the such encounters give escalation to the chances of development. At this current stage, the cryptocurrency community is required to keep patience and wait for the regulation to take its particular course as per other regions where the cryptocurrency is struggling to survive. The relating events will surely bring out the innovative avenues for the crypto-world in India.

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British Crypto-Exchange Looking Forward to Launch Bitcoin Futures Contracts

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CoinfloorEX is basically a London-based exchange, which was founded back in 2013.  On Wednesday, it announced that from next month, it will be launching bitcoin futures contracts by merging with numerous other companies to propose such product to their consumers. This British cryptocurrency exchange’s main focus is to enter the bitcoin futures market.

Unlike its competitors, Coinfloor will be offering substantially firm futures contracts, and according to a wire service report, when the contract will come to an end, the actual asset that is being traded will be delivered and, in this case, it’s bitcoin. Cboe and CME are offering these bitcoin futures contracts and these contracts are cash settled, however, they don’t deliver bitcoin to the owner of the contract.

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According to the co-founder of Coinfloor, Mark Lamb, the product was originated because of an extensive demand from some of the exchange’s customers.

Mark Lamb told Reuters (news agency company);

“When you talk to the liquidity providers, they all say the same thing, which is they want a physically delivered futures contract so they can hedge their exposure across exchanges.”

Coinfloor is probably the fifth one in the companies that offer bitcoin futures contracts by joining with following trading platforms;

  • Bitmex
  • CBOE
  • CryptoFacilities
  • CME Group

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Cash-settled contracts are being offered by the U.S.-based Cboe and CME, so does the CryptoFacilities, which is based in the UK. The main perception of bitcoin futures is still contentious, as the U.S. CFTC (Commodity Futures Trading Commission) is also announcing that after getting a pushback on the current products, for the futures contracts, it needs to work on a heightened-review-process.

Likewise, more information about the CFTC’s oversight of such products has been also requested by few representatives, as they also noted that the taxpayers have to be protected from manipulation, vicious activities and scams, for the better future of the market.

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Bill Miller and Josh Brown – The Modern Wall Street Professionals to Test the Bitcoin Waters

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Some famous names in the financial or economic industry are buying Bitcoin which is a good sign for Bitcoin.

Bill Miller:

Bill Miller is one of the renowned names in Bitcoin community. According to Forbes report on Tuesday, Bill put 1% of his net wealth into Bitcoin in the year 2014. The report reveals that the cryptocurrency is one of the top properties in Miller’s $120 million hedge fund.

Showing its image of volatility, Bitcoin fell in January 2014 from a peak of $1023. According to CoinDesk, on October 2014, it was just around $287. That’s the reason which puts the return of Miller’s Bitcoin anywhere from 126% to 707% – based on the price of Bitcoin which was $2315 on Wednesday.

Josh Brown:

The other name is Josh Brown – Chief Executive of Ritholtz Wealth Management and a CNBC contributor. In a blog post on Tuesday, Josh stated that he used Coinbase to purchase Bitcoin by a “Small Amount of Money”.

He said I think I have been through proper seasoning at this point. In case it does not drop this year after the fork, the developers argue that this could split Bitcoin. He revealed that it is going to drive mainstream among financial pros. Brown said: My main thing is, this would not go away”.

If a greater number of developers don’t favor an upgrade system for the Bitcoin, the cryptocurrency may split on 1st of August. However, a majority of Bitcoin miners have started to show their support.

Lastly, the announcements of this week follow the Standpoint Research’s Ronnie Moas. Ronnie Moas purchased a small amount of Bitcoin and thinks that it could hit $5,000 within a year.

 

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Coin hive crypto jacking campaign- Monero

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Ranked as the 13th best digital currency, Monero recently became part of the crypto jacking stir. In a recent uproar of these growing cases in the cyber world, Coin hive was being implemented for the unauthorized mining of the Monero cryptocurrency.

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In a recent report by the cybersecurity researcher, Troy Mursch explains in detail how this malware hacked nearly 400 web pages in no more than 3 months. These web pages included a lot of government and educational sites as well.

Crypto Jacking

The term, crypto jacking has been in circulation for quite some time now. The hacker or the group of hackers uses the victims or the visitors’ processing and the computing power to mine the cryptocurrencies without their consent. The hackers scramble and steal the data and information from the users’ web-based applications. They would then manipulate victims to pay them any digital coins for the decryption of the data.

Crypto jacking is seriously affecting many websites and object them to mine cryptocurrencies according to the hackers need.

Coinhive- The Crypto Jacker?

According to the research report by Troy Mursch, an outdated version of Drupal has been the root cause of this interjection. Drupal is an open source and free content framework management software. The outdated version of this software in the CMS system, provided with the favorable environment for this malware, Coinhive to penetrate the system. As most of these sites were governmental institutions and educational sites, the integration of this malware into their JavaScript and usage of the computing power was not readily detected. But to the surprise, most of these sites domains were hosted on web pages like Amazon.

On its own, Coinhive is not malicious, but when encrypted and compromised with a ‘crypto jacking’ code, it forces the system to mine Monero without the knowledge of the target. UNICEF runs the same malware to raise funds for their work. But they use it with the consent and knowledge of their users. Which is definitely the right way to use the malware for which it was created.

There are a number of web pages using the same method and process to offer users to donate their system power to mine cryptocurrencies. The process is only performed with the consent and permission of the users. Projects like Bail Bloc and Salon are offering to mine these coins but just with the consent of the operators.

Affected by Coinhive

In an official statement, Troy Mursch has extensively mentioned a list of all the web pages that were affected by the malware so that all the users and visitors can be fully aware of the subject. Among these nearly 400 above websites included,

  • San Diego Zoo
  • The Government of Chihuahua, Mexico
  • The National Labor Relations Board
  • A U.S Federal Agency
  • Lenovo
  • The City of Marion, Ohio
  • The University of Aleppo
  • The Ringling College of Art and Design
  • UCLA’s webpage for Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences Program, and many more in the list of this 400.

With this detection of extensive, without the consent mining of these Monero (XMR) cryptocurrencies, it is hoped in the future that these practices could be detained. Coinhive is just an application like many others. It is just misused and wrongfully being implemented and practiced by the hackers.

Subsiding this dilemma, there has been an extensive negative dropping of Monero in its already established and flourished market. The reasons and causes still remain undetectable.

The Market Affect

With the slight rise in the market, all the majority of the digital world is floating in the red zones. Still not being able to maintain the pace with the Dollar. Monero XRM has been no different than the trend. Keeping the flow awaken, XRM shows a trivial downfall recently.

Despite its top 20 peers, XRM has been seen floating little weak during the month. For a period of a month, it just managed to collect a rise of 32%.

On a collective period of two months, there has been a collective drop down of -15% of the currency. Despite the reckoning, its top 20 peers still managed to rise gradually with the Dollar.

Keeping eyes on the occurring trends, Monero is facing the same dip for the current week too, continuing the same flow up to -7%.

With its fall of -3% against the dollar collectively, the currency has fallen seemingly for -1.37% against the Bitcoin.

After hitting its record price of $490 per unit against the dollar in January 2018, Monero is being traded at $222.68 currently.

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