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17 July 2017, Phishkingz details the method of the stealing Bitcoin in his recent interview. He has generated $1 million during the time period of 14 months.

By stealing bitcoins Phishkingz generates $1 million during a year. Phishkingz claims that he has traded almost 500 bitcoins on Localbitcoin in last 14 months. Accordingly, most of them were generated through the process of phishing.

Phishkingz is the vendor of the dark market and his decision to start phishing was made the discovery of an error on Alphabay’s forum. In addition, that error is “that allowed [Phishkingz] to see new members the second they joined.” The hacker has the ability to make direct contact with new members of the platform, “send [ing[ them to my link with a verification process.” Then, “able to obtain the login details syncing, and the mnemonic phrases, as well as any PGP private key and password and pin code.”

Accordingly, “save a bookmark using blockchain.info… [and] highlight 50 [addresses] at a time every 20 minutes checking for deposits.” A huge number of extractions would be treated manually, despite initial experimentation with bots.

Are admins really caring about their customers?

In his interview, Phishkingz describes that Alphabay’s moderators are providing little support to his victims. “The admins didn’t really care about their customers, and it only took opening a support ticket with a problem to learn this. BM (Big Muscles – an Alphabay moderator) especially is a stupid one. He would let me into accounts for 50% if I provided mnemonic phrase knowing I had phished the account in the first place.”

He also claims to, “have moved to Dream Market and already made 4 BTC since yesterday launching the new site.”

The phisher’s number of hacking Bitcoin is increasing rapidly. Tezos ICO attracts the phisher’s attention. While other hackers are creating websites with fake ICOs, victim’s computers through downloading nasty software masked as project white paper. In addition, Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies seeing unprecedented media exposure. While increasing numbers of the hackers and scammers indicate an unfortunate and predictable consequence of digital currencies’ acceptance.

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Not Spending Them Coins Just Yet!

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Enjoy this picture of an adorable little girl holding onto these bitcoins like her life depends on them.

 

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Bitcoin vs. USD – Why Bitcoin wins this battle

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As Bitcoin goes through another day reaching a new mark and huge publicity, it is important to inform the public what makes it so different from our paper money.

This post will outline the pros and cons of both the currencies and explain why Bitcoin is achieving all the fame and fortune.

USD and other Fiat Currency Systems

Fiat means “simple” which is pretty self-explanatory. Paper money was introduced into the system in 1861 to help fund the Civil War. The printing of paper money is regulated by a country’s central bank in order to keep the flow of money in line with monetary policy. Moreover, the value of fiat currency is not determined by what it’s made of, rather it is the economic laws of supply and demand that dictate its value. They are occasionally updated to new versions containing security features difficult to counterfeit to create illegal copies.

Advantages of USD

  • Can be easily transferred, stored and claimed. You can easily get your cash in physical form with just a single trip to the bank.
  • It has the ability to inflate and deflate accordingly to adjust the impact economic problems.
  • Metals such as gold, are free to be used for commercial purposes, by not being tied to a currency.
  • It is very divisible, flexible and digitally usable. (with the help of credit cards)

Bitcoin & the future of money

Bitcoin was created as a cryptocurrency, by an entity known as Satoshi Nakamoto. People from all over the world can exchange products, credits, and services instantly- without the need for a bank.

The Bitcoin network relies on the blockchain, which is a shared public ledger. It is sort of a database design, where all the nodes hold a copy of the entire blockchain history. These nodes are distributed around the world and attempt to solve complex mathematical equations to confirm a transaction and record it in the blockchain.  The nodes are run by mining pools, bitcoin enthusiasts etc. with high computing power. Therefore, the more the computing power on separate nodes, the more secure the network is.

Advantages of Bitcoin

  • Bitcoin transactions can be carried out instantly. Money can be sent with ease from one end of the world to the other easily.
  • No or very less transaction fees. Bitcoin transactions are extremely cheap with very little or no transaction fees to be charged.
  • It is infinitely divisible. At the moment, 1 bitcoin can only be broken down into million smaller units, which are known as satoshis.
  • There is nothing hidden with Bitcoin, it is completely transparent. We are aware of the supply of bitcoins and with that, we can even predict its future.

 

Should Bitcoin be preferred over digital currencies?

Whenever something new is introduced, there is always a certain amount of fear and resistance present in traders. However, with the rapid growth Bitcoin has shown in the past few years, it is becoming every investor’s need. Even a small investment can show twice the doubling of your deposit in a relatively short time period which is not possible with traditional currencies. Bitcoin has stabilized a lot in the past year and with its short supply and increasing demand, it is definitely not slowing down anytime soon.

To be honest, this is up to your personal preferences. Also, people invest in bitcoin because it shows a good profit in a short amount of time, some do it to learn more about the cryptocurrency world while others just enjoy it. Due to its popularity and drastic growth, I’d recommend everyone to get acquainted with it.

Here’s a graphical representation of the differences of Bitcoin vs Paper money outlined:

 

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Bitcoin Mining – An Italian Bank’s Server Was Hijacked

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That was the time when you had the option to snip your company’s server power and mine bitcoin for yourself.

British cyber security

During last week presentation, British cyber security professionals had some discussion to tell about the sneaky and illegal mining of the bitcoins. In January 2015, Darktrace considers a possible interference in Italian bank’s system.

The firm exposes that the data is diffuse from one of the bank’s server to the European crime association. Director of the Darktrace Dave Palmer declares in Al summit, “It was a fairly well known European criminal botnet.” He says “The data was not customer data; it turned out to be a fairly buggy implementation of bitcoin mining software.”

The hijacked Italian bank was revealed speedily. It was inactivated within half an hour of it beginning to mine bitcoin. Palmer says, “I don’t think they made very much money out of it.”

2014 was the prime time for the criminal bitcoin mining activities. Palmer says, “It was super fashionable to have coin mining going on alongside sending spam from botnets.” According to the Palmer, bank server case was rare in the history, because these activities’ victims are laptops or desktops mostly.

Darktrace didn’t have the complete data of the mining malware. But Palmer says, “felt like it was a daily occurrence.” In that case, the company perceived 24 such cases in last six months across 24,000 monitoring sites. He says, “It has really dropped off.”

 

Palmer’s Experience

Although, mature cyber criminals steal computing power for mining in that days. It was common among the employees calmly mining from corporate laptops. Palmer says, “We’ve seen normal employees running these services on their workstations overnight.” Accordingly, “No surprise; people do all sorts of things like peer-to-peer file sharing and hosting Tor nodes [infrastructure for the anonymized network that’s part of the dark web], so I bet there is a load of coin mining stories all over the place.”

In addition, Few employees took their digital currency passion a step too far. Darktrace has found the same server covered by company’s staff in data center mining bitcoin non-stop. The severs advantage from superior cooling systems and consistent power supply at data center. Palmer says, “We found employees had procured some servers, [and] had hidden them under the data center false flooring.” And, “They were ‘off-the-record’ servers that no one recognized, mining coins 24/7.”

Those days of secret Bitcoin mining is now over. In addition, too much computing power is needed to mine bitcoin. Now, thousands of the servers are stored in huge warehouses. In addition, processing power increased by 770-fold since 2014, leaving the little chance for cyber criminals. Palmer says, “I think we have seen the last of successful coin mining.”

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Pakistan Bans Crypto and ICO Transactions

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The central bank of Pakistan has told financial service providers and banks that it won’t be supporting virtual currency transactions. In a statement on its website, the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) suggested the general public that it controls both international and domestic payment as well as money transfer services.

cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes

Prosecution Against Transferring Funds

According to this cryptocurrency ban news, the State Bank of Pakistan will take action against those who use virtual currencies for transferring funds outside Pakistan. If they found anyone using virtual currencies, tokens or coins for transferring money outside Pakistan, he/she will be subject to prosecution according to applicable laws. The State Bank of Pakistan also asked microfinance and commercial banks, as well as payment service providers/operators to restrict those account holders, who are looking forward to carry out transactions in the form cryptocurrencies and ICO tokens.

The State Bank of Pakistan also noted that it doesn’t recognize cryptocurrencies as legitimate tender and hasn’t sanctioned or licensed anyone for the sale-purchase, exchange-investment or even issuance of any tokens or currencies.

Risks

The State Bank of Pakistan took the action of the following risks:

  • The closure and fiasco of virtual currency exchanges as well as businesses for any purpose, like action by law enforcement agencies.
  • The number of security negotiations of virtual currency exchanges and wallets all-inclusive, in which huge amount of funds was lost.
  • Virtual currencies are extremely erratic, volatile and the prices are mostly based on assumptions.

Furthermore, fraudsters have started to offer “pyramid style investment schemes” as well and have promised high returns to the general public of Pakistan. The State Bank of Pakistan has also warned that such schemes similar to cryptocurrency Ponzi schemes, can cause some hefty losses to the general public.

RBI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) stated that all controlled entities that already offer virtual currency services are required to cut off all ties within three-months. These services include:

  • Maintaining accounts
  • Registering
  • Trading
  • Settling/Clearing
  • Giving loans against virtual tokens
  • Accepting the loans as collateral
  • Opening accounts of exchanges that manage them and transfer funds in accounts including the sale and purchase of virtual currencies.

The Reserve Bank Of India (RBI) believed that blockchain technology has a lot of positive applications however, it contends that cryptocurrencies increase several concerns related to the:

  • Protection of customers
  • Market integrity

Preventing financial crimes

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