Bitcoin 

Cubans Are Turning to Bitcoin to Access Global Economy: Report

Bitcoin (BTC) trading is opening new avenues for citizens in Communist-run Cuba, which has been financially isolated for years under a United States trade embargo. A Sept. 12 report from U.S. News claims that with the recent advent of mobile internet in the country, Cubans are increasingly buying cryptocurrencies to make online purchases, as well as to invest and trade. “Opening new doors” in retail Without access to debit or credit cards for international use, cryptocurrency-enabled purchases are a welcome opportunity for locals. In an interview with U.S. News, local…

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Bitcoin 

Major Coins Report Mixed Signals, ETC Sees Modest Gains Following Har Fork

Thursday, Sept. 12 — Cryptocurrency markets are reporting mixed signals today after Bitcoin (BTC) stuck above $10,000 as it was earlier today, according to data from Coin360. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 BTC is up 2.19% over the past 24 hours and is trading at around $10,302 at press time. The leading coin has seen slight volatility during the day, having dropped to as low as $10,056, while the intraday high was $10,393. Bitcoin seven-day price chart. Source: Coin360 As Christopher Inks of TexasWest Capital said in an interview with Cointelegraph…

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Blockchain 

Report: BitMEX Crypto Exchange COO Steps Down

The chief operating officer (COO) at digital currency exchange BitMEX, Angelina Kwan, has reportedly stepped down. A spokesperson familiar with the matter told industry-focused media outlet The Block on Sept. 9: “We can confirm that Angelina Kwan is leaving the company and is on gardening leave now. That’s all we can say on the matter at the moment, but we wish Angelina all the best.” A veteran Hong Kong regulator Kwan — who previously covered enforcement and market supervision as part of her role as director of Hong Kong’s Securities and…

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Blockchain 

Blockchain.com Wallet Seeking New $50M Funding Round: Report

Cryptocurrency wallet and statistics resource Blockchain (formerly Blockchain.info) is reportedly raising $50 million in a new funding round. According to Yahoo! Finance citing two anonymous sources on Sept. 4, Blockchain is already negotiating the cash, which it will use to invest in equity and purchase unnamed cryptocurrency tokens.  Blockchain eyes fresh expansion The sources added that Sam Harrison, who joined the company in 2018 to co-found its Blockchain Ventures spin-off, is in charge of proceedings.  Blockchain has yet to confirm the reports, which come on the back of previous round…

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Cryptocurrency 

Crypto-Jacking on the Rise According to McAfee Report

Crypto-jacking campaigns increased substantially in the first quarter of 2019 according to a McAfee Labs Threats Report published yesterday. The prevalence of ransomware attacks climbed a massive 118% during Q1, while malware attacks increased by 29% in the same period. The report also states that the attacks were indiscriminate, meaning that both Windows and Apple users were targeted. The majority of attacks on Windows users were carried out using PowerShell, which is a scripting language that allows system administrators to rapidly automate tasks and manage operating systems. One of the…

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Bitcoin 

Only 8% of Mixed Crypto Coins Tied to Illicit Activity: Report

Stolen funds represent only 8.1% of all funds sent to cryptocurrency mixers, according to New York-based blockchain analytics firm Chainalysis. Primary use for privacy reasons According to a recent Chainalysis webinar, the majority of funds sent to cryptocurrency mixing services or tumblers comes from exchanges, which indicates that such funds are primarily used for privacy purposes rather than for illicit activities. Conducted on Aug. 14, the webinar called “Cryptocurrency Typologies: What You Should Know About Who’s Who on the Blockchains” covers a large number of risk typologies in crypto industry,…

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Bitcoin 

Major Coins Report Mild Losses, Bitcoin Price Hovers Around $10,700

Tuesday, Aug. 20 — following a brief period of recovery, almost all of the top-20 coins by market capitalization have entered the red again, with Bitcoin (BTC) hovering around $10,700. Market visualization. Source: Coin360 The leading digital currency BTC is struggling to stay in positive territory, being up by a modest 0.26% on the day to trade at around $10,735 as of press time. BTC started the day near $10,697, subsequently dipping to a daily low of $10,564, while the coin’s high today was $10,965. BTC hash rate broke yet…

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Bitcoin 

Santander Joins Bank Blockade Against Coinbase in the UK: Report

Major Spanish bank Santander is reportedly ceasing to enable United Kingdom customers to deposit their fiat funds to major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase.  An unverified source posting to Reddit on Aug. 14 claims to have been informed of the development over the phone by a  Santander representative. “Isolated to Coinbase,” not crypto in general The source alleges that having been informed over the phone, they put in a complaint with the bank’s complaints unit, which then reportedly confirmed that the client should move to an alternative bank if I wish to…

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Bitcoin 

Kraken Users’ Report Difficulties With Connecting to Site and API

San Francisco-based cryptocurrency exchange Kraken’s users are experiencing difficulties with connecting to the site and application programming interface (API). In a tweet published on Aug. 13, Kraken warned the public that it is receiving reports of clients having issues connecting to the site and API. The exchange further states that it is investigating the issue and will post related update. Back in January, the Exchange Security Report from independent analysts at ICORating gave 16 percent of the world’s biggest crypto trading platforms an A rating, and none of them an…

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Blockchain 

Industry Investors Shift Focus From Crypto to Convergence Apps: Report

The year of 2019 has witnessed a shift in investments from focusing purely on digital currency to convergence applications, according to a new report from Outlier Ventures published on Aug. 13. Early stage investors shift focus The “Investment in Blockchains 2019” report, which provides insight into blockchain investment and market trends in 2019, states that blockchain-focused companies have secured $23.7 billion since 2013. Increased interest among early stage investors ostensibly results from massive returns from early investments in Bitcoin (BTC) and Ether (ETH). Per the study, there has been a…

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