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According to a report, the cryptocurrency market has struggled to sustain its momentum, yet failed to do so, and dropped to $463 billion. Similarly, other major cryptocurrencies including the top cryptocurrency, bitcoin, has struggled to record gains.

Ethereum and Bitcoin:

Only Bitcoin, Ripple, and Bitcoin Cash are the ones amongst the 5 most valuable cryptocurrencies in the global market that have managed to record daily gains. Native cryptocurrency of Ethereum, Ether, has shown a slight upsurge in its value and has increased by 4% after seeing a plunge below $820. Ether still remains in the cryptocurrencies that have shown some upward momentum.

Ether has tended to follow the bitcoin price trend throughout its recovery time. However, in some periods, Ether moved in a different path from other cryptocurrencies including bitcoin. When the price of bitcoin hit the value of $12,000 last week, ICO tokens/ ERC 20 tokens and Ether didn’t perform well. But, Ether has performed a lot better than other cryptocurrencies this week, by moving in a diverse direction to the most leading cryptocurrency in the market.

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Bitcoin is still priced above the $10,000 mark, and many experts have labelled it as the psychological threshold for both buyers and sellers. It is quite hard to assess the short-term trend of bitcoin at this time when bitcoin, the most leading cryptocurrency in the market, is experiencing massive ups and downs on a regular basis.

Bitcoin price doubled from its yearly low at $6,100 just one week ago and then breached the $12,000 mark later. Even in some regions like South Korea, bitcoin price surpassed the mark of $13,000. But today, the price of bitcoin is valued at $10,769, which shows signs that it would recover back to the $12,000 mark.

A cryptocurrency that is funded by the US dollar, Tether, is an imperative indicator of the short-term performance of the crypto-market. Many investors on most important cryptocurrency exchanges like; Bitfinex and Binance use Tether to hedge the cryptocurrencies worth during the time of volatility, especially when the market commences to drop.

The daily trading volume of Tether is $2.684 billion, on 27th February, which makes it the second most liquid cryptocurrency after Bitcoin. This large daily trading volume of Tether shows that a lot of traders are ambiguous about the short-term trend of most important cryptocurrencies, and are also evading the price of cryptocurrencies in the crypto-market to the US dollar.

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Bitcoin Hacked 2017, Who To Blame?

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Bitcoin trading was started since 2010 which is the source of Bitcoin’s universal myths or discussions. When a Bitcoin exchanged gets hacked, financial media considers this hack a result of the flaws of cryptocurrencies. Until now, Bitcoin protocol has never been hacked. Due to its next level encryption, hackers do not attack Bitcoin directly. Instead, they manipulate the weaknesses of Bitcoin exchanges.

Are Bitcoin Exchanges Vulnerable To Hacking?

According to the report of the U.S Department of Homeland Security, one-third of Bitcoin exchanges were hacked between 2010-2015.

A South Korean exchange ‘Bithumb’ was hacked last month with 30,000 customer’s data on it. The hackers were able to steal $1million worth of bitcoins. As a result, the price of Bitcoin dropped about 3.5% during the following two days of the event.

Bithumb revealed that employee’s computers which provide the access to customer’s data were targeted during the attack.

In August 2016, Hackers successfully took 120,000 Bitcoins, worth $65million from Bitfinex exchange. In that case “Hot wallet” feature was the weak link. These frequent Bitcoin exchange hacks are no doubt concerning, but this should not be a reason to dismiss Bitcoin usage.

For example, if a diamond jewelry shop is successfully robbed, it’s not the diamonds’ fault, rather the security management that was hired by the owner. Same is the case with the Bitcoin code users.

Why Has Bitcoin Itself Never Been Hacked?  

Bitcoin codes use a network security protocol known as SHA-256. SHA: Secure Hash Algorithm. This is the prime reason why Bitcoin is known as a cryptocurrency. SHA-256 is widely used by the government and financial sector of the Bitcoin and was designed by the National Security Agency.

Crypto experts and programmers believe that SHA-256 is unbreakable by the currently available technology. Chris Wilmer, founder of Blockchain-Focused said, “Bitcoin itself, and most of the other cryptocurrencies, have never been hacked or even really had any downtime.”

Due to the fact that Bitcoin uses SHA-256, and that its transactions are broadcasted to the network for confirmation, Bitcoin is the securest form of currency ever created.

Just think about it, if you have fiat money and it gets stolen or snatched by someone, it becomes incredibly difficult to trace it. In addition, a stolen bag exposes your data including bank’s check book, debit/credit card to untrusted parties and takes a whole lot of months to resolve the issue.

Besides, credit/debit is an old fashioned payment system. Considering the tools available these days, hackers could get an easy approach to this old form of digital money.

Today, the Credit card breaches have become a daily routine. The hits at Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and (NYSE: HD) occurred a couple years ago. Neiman Marcus and Wendy’s Co. (Nasdaq: WEN) breach is another example which just happened in 2016. The most recent ones are Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. (NYSE: CMG), Arby’s Restaurant Group, and Kmart Corp, which happened in 2017.

Whereas, bitcoins are safe at your Bitcoin exchanges and provide maximum security against breaches. Don’t let one or two incidents define the whole currency and start your Bitcoin venture right now!

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Bitcoin Nears Bear Market Territory

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Bitcoin value is currently at 2502.00 US dollars, means down about $500 from its peak of $3000 at 12th June. Accordingly, other cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin and Ethereum also face the similar decline in values. The thing is, overall cryptocurrencies trend has been gradually dipping from last few weeks.

It is really odd to put old security terms to unique digital currencies’ procedure, which makes it clear that digital market is approaching the conventional 20% failure. The bubble was the most repeated word used by the experts. In addition, two weeks before the peak of it, Robert Hackett also diagnose a bubble.

Some important features of a bubble in technology race are, it should be craziest, certain and unjustified in reality. Matt Prusak the famous strategist brings some example of “dump money”. Few of them are entertaining if you are not facing any losses right now. Prusak also points out the beginners in the bitcoin market.

Creator of #2 cryptocurrency Ethereum Dmitry Buterin has been watching for correction and tweeted,

For more details, Prusak also point out the BroBible’s post “What is The Etherum [sic] Cryptocurrency [sic] and How Will It Make You Rich AF?”  which was with the spelling mistake, as the digital market was heading down.

Prusak elaborates many other proportions of crypto-mania but we’ll mention here one more. Through the course of lead-in, Ethereum’s value has been tracked by Ethereum classic’s values. While ETC is a fork whereas ethereum is a cryptocurrency with worldwide adoption.

Prusak says,

“highly likely the price [of ETC] has been driven significantly higher by uninformed investors simply not understanding the difference between the two – similar to how adding “.com” to a company’s name in 1999 sent stock prices up on average 74%.”

Basically, this is the revolutionary stuff, long-term potential for buying opportunity.

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The Truth Behind Whether TOR Browser is Completely Anonymous or Not

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 People have entirely assumed that Tor is a fully secure and anonymous alternative to surf the world wide web. But, has anyone ever tried to find out if all this is actually true or how anonymous it really is?

Much to our surprise, TOR is not entirely concealed because it also has a collection of risks and limitations one should pay attention to before using it. In this post, we’ve outlined the most common ways to monitor Tor’s internet traffic and track their origin.


Applications such as JavaScript, Plug-ins, and others are bound to leak your IP address:

If the main reason of your TOR usage is anonymity then you should steer away from JavaScript as it can allow external malicious websites to phish your IP address, while you’re watching a video or even using add-ons like Adobe reader and Adobe Flash.

Although JavaScript is disabled by default in the security settings of Tor’s browser bundle. You are advised to avoid turning on these options if your main priority is to anonymously browse the internet. Along with JavaScript and Plug-ins, BitTorrent is also an application that can leak your real IP address, so it is preferred to not use any such applications with Tor’s browser.

 

Exit Node Sniffing:

Due to Tor’s programming, it’s almost impossible to track the location of internet traffic. To further enhance the privacy, web activity is directed through randomly chosen relay nodes across the network, right before leaving the network to the web page. A majority of Tor’s traffic exits the Tor network.

Example: When you are entering Google via Tor, even if the traffic is directed through many Tor relay nodes it still has to exit the Tor network and connect to Google servers.

The place where the traffic exits the Tor network, also known as the exit Tor node. This can be monitored.

When it comes to using encrypted HTTPS sites like Gmail, they’re okay even though the exit node will be aware that you are accessing your Gmail account. Remember, whenever you are browsing an unencrypted site using Tor all your messages, pages visited and searches are monitored by the exit node.

It is your choice to turn your Tor node into an exit node although, this has its legal liabilities.

 

The Risk of Running an Exit Node:

As mentioned before, running an exit Tor node can lead to risks later on.  If you happen to be using Tor for illegal activities and the traffic exits out through your exit node, it’ll be tracked back to your IP address and it won’t be long until the cops are banging on your door.

 

It is advised when using Tor’s browser, to stay away from unencrypted websites whenever sending or receiving sensitive information because your traffic can be monitored. It’s not just law enforcement officers you should be worried about but, malicious predators as well that are looking to get a hold of your personal data.

 

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Crypto Fraud Cases: CFTC Is Stepping Up Against Market Manipulation

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Commodity Futures Trading Commission is making a quick move to declare its jurisdiction to police scam in the cryptocurrency trading. Jack B. Weinstein, a Judge of the Eastern District of New York, favoured the CFTC and affirmed its definition of cryptocurrency as a commodity. A notice of supplemental-legal-authority was given to My Big Coin Pay Inc, which is a crypto-services company that got charged with deception and misuse of funds in January.

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This ruling was basically the outcome of a distinct crypto fraud case that CFTC is pursuing against a crypto-trading-scheme known as CabbageTech. Mentioning from that ruling, the notice directs My Big Coin Pay that;

Virtual currencies ‘fall well-within…the [Commodity Exchange Act’s] definition of commodities and the Commission has the standing to exercise its enforcement power over fraud related to virtual currencies sold in interstate commerce.”

The SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission), the IRS, and the CFTC, all have a different meaning of cryptocurrencies at this time and have selected them as securities, property, and commodities individually.

Now for My Big Coin Pay, the Commission asserts that the stable and related parties; Randall Crater and Mark Gillespie embezzled over $6 million from their clients, as well as by transferring funds of customers into their private accounts and later, spending their funds on purchasing their luxury goods and personal stuff.

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Many novel cases have been also filed by the CFTF in the past months, which includes three linked to virtual-currency fraud. These cases were the first ones that were brought to the commission since it allowed the launch of bitcoin commodities contracts, the past month. The notice also revealed how CFTC is working hard to establish legitimate precedent and potentially provides a vision of how it will endure regulating the industry.

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Will Kazakhstan Ban Cryptocurrencies?

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The National Bank of Kazakhstan has surprised all those who are interested in the crypto business by announcing its sudden plan to ban cryptocurrency in Kazakhstan. In fact Kazakhstan’s central bank has some serious plans to prohibit the use of all kinds of cryptocurrencies. All this information was disclosed in a report published by Sputnik News which is the official news outlet of the Russian government. According to that report all this information was personally revealed by Daniyar Akishev who is the chairman of National Bank of Kazakhstan.

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Reasons for ban on Cryptocurrencies?

Daniyar Akishev further added to his statement that the National Bank of Kazakhstan had to take this decision to ban the exchange of digital currencies for the national currency of  Kazakhstan at the moment. The cryptocurrency exchanges and miners operating within  Kazakhstan would also be banned completely and no such activity will be allowed within the borders of  Kazakhstan. When asked about the reason behind that action he stated that the main reason was the vast number of problems associated with the user’s rights. That’s why the country’s central bank wants to prevent its residents from converting the nation’s fiat currency from any sort of crypto exchange within Kazakhstan.

Further Risks Daniyar Akishev Sees

When asked further about the reasons behind that ban Akishev said that he probably sees a lot of problems associated with cryptocurrencies, main reason being the protection of user’s rights. He also stated that the possibility of using cryptocurrency to commit illegal activities is also one of the major reasons behind that ban. The statement of Daniyar Akishev cannot be overlooked as far as the illegal use of cryptocurrencies is concerned. Cryptocurrency has become an ideal way of money laundering and to escape taxation around the world.

It is not the first time that Daniyar Akishev has showed his concern about cryptocurrencies. He had also stated last year in October that the National Bank of Kazakhstan was planning to prohibit activities related to cryptocurrency to protect its residents from the vast risks associated with these transactions. At that time his suggestions were to prohibit the:

  • Exchange of the national currency for cryptocurrencies.
  • activities regarding the generation of cryptocurrencies.

However, it is also a fact that the local community of Kazakhstan is showing extra ordinary interest in cryptocurrencies. According to a survey by Yandex, this interest has become 15-fold as compared to the previous years. According to that survey the citizens of Kazakhstan were showing 10 times more interest in search results related to crypto mining and how to mine.

Do not forget to share your thoughts regarding this ban in the comments section below.

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