Bitcoin 

Jamie Dimon Says Libra Does Not Pose a Threat in Short Term

Jamie Dimon, CEO of global financial services firm JPMorgan Chase, argued that Facebook’s cryptocurrency project Libra does not pose a threat in the foreseeable future. As reported by CNBC, Dimon delivered his comments during a conference call with analysts on Tuesday, July 16. Dimon said that he would not spend too much time on Libra, specifying that “to put it in perspective, we have been talking about blockchain for seven years and very little has happened. We are going to be talking about Libra three years from now.” Dimon continued…

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Ethereum 

Cryptos Are Not a Threat to Financial Stability

Central Bank of Germany representative Burkhard Balz said that cryptocurrencies do not pose a threat to financial stability during a talk at the European Parliament reported a post published on the institution’s website on July 9. Burkhard Balz, Member of the Executive Board of the Deutsche Bundesbank, stated that “crypto-tokens currently do not pose a risk to monetary or financial stability.” Furthermore, he also noted that “gaps may occur where they fall outside the scope of regulators’ authority or where there is an absence of international standards.” This idea is…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Projects Pose No Threat to Banking System

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon said that he does not think that cryptocurrency projects pose an existential threat to JPMorgan’s core business.  During an interview with Yahoo Finance on June 27, Dimon discussed crypto’s potential impact on the existing banking system: “We move $6 trillion a day around the world. It is very cheap, very secure, it works. And the banking system has already built Zelle, real time p2p, and TCH, the clearancing house, with the banking system built real time payments. We already have all that.” Dimon further stressed…

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Blockchain 

Researchers Uncover Threat of ‘Unusual’ Virtual Machine Crypto Mining

Cybersecurity firm ESET has detected what it describes as an unusual and persistent cryocurrency miner distributed for macOS and Windows since August 2018. The news was revealed in a report from ESET Research published on June 20. According to ESET, the new malware, dubbed “LoudMiner,” uses virtualization software — VirtualBox on Windows and QEMU on macOS — to mine crypto on a Tiny Core Linux virtual machine, thus having the potential to infect computers across multiple operating systems. The miner itself reportedly uses XMRig — an open-source software used for…

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Bitcoin 

Is Bitcoin’s Increasing Anonymity a Threat to Privacy Coins?

It’s no secret that Bitcoin isn’t actually anonymous, despite what various outside observers of crypto might claim. It is, in fact, pseudonymous, as its transactions are vulnerable to being traced to specific individuals by governments and intelligence agencies with enough determination and knowhow. However, in recent months, the privacy it offers users has been steadily increasing, given that a number of coin-mixing services and add-ons are successfully providing more and more users with the anonymity that Bitcoin itself doesn’t quite furnish on its own. But with Bitcoin’s improving privacy, the…

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Bitcoin 

Country Faces Growing Threat From Stealth Crypto Mining Attacks

Microsoft Korea has claimed the country is facing an increase in cryptojacking incidents, according to a report from local English-language daily The Korea Times, published on April 22. The findings were announced by Microsoft security program manager Kim Gwi-ryun during a press conference in Seoul today, which accompanied the release of the annual Microsoft Security Intelligence Report. As previously reported, cryptojacking is the practice of using a computer’s processing power to mine for cryptocurrencies without the owner’s consent or knowledge. According to The Korea Times, South Korea’s cryptocurrency mining incident…

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Bitcoin 

SIM Swappers Swindle Millions — Biggest Criminal Threat in Crypto in 2019?

Cryptocurrency crime trends have been in the spotlight in recent weeks, but SIM swapping has been strangely absent in a number of reports on 2018. Cryptocurrency analytics companies CipherTrace and Chainalysis released two different reports focusing on the major crime trends in the space in 2018. While their data and findings sum up the biggest threats of the last 12 months, they’ve omitted the prevalence of SIM swapping in recent times. How it works SIM swapping is a relatively simple concept to understand, but the potential damage that can be…

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Blockchain 

Ex-CIA Official Claims Blockchain Is ‘Biggest Threat’ to Future of US National Security

Andrew Bustamante, reportedly a former CIA intelligence officer, has claimed blockchain is “super powerful stuff” that represents a threat to America’s national security. Bustamante, who specializes in publishing life-hacks based on his knowledge of espionage, made his elliptical remarks in a subreddit thread on Dec. 22. Bustamante is also reportedly a United States Air Force veteran and Fortune 10 corporate advisor. He brought up blockchain in response to a question in a subreddit thread, on news aggregation site Reddit, dedicated to Bustamante’s “Everyday Espionage” — what he dubs an “integrated…

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Blockchain 

Network Fights Low Speeds and Threat of Lost Funds

Fraud, inefficient and expensive systems, a lack of transparency and slow transactions at busy times are a reality for many business networks around the world – inconveniencing merchants, their customers, and even the middlemen tasked with processing their transactions. Volume limitations have also frustrated retailers who may have considered turning to crypto, while a lack of security has deterred the public. Optherium, a global fintech company, believes that its ecosystem could be the silver bullet to eliminate the main issues facing the crypto world – as well as the old-fashioned…

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