Blockchain 

Austrian Steel Alukönigstahl Develops Blockchain-Based Steel Trading Database

Austrian steel trading company Alukönigstahl is working on a blockchain-based steel trading data system, local media outlet industriemagazin.at reported on June 13. Alukönigstahl CEO Stefan Grüll is working on the business model of a blockchain-based steel trading database dubbed “STEEL but SMART,” which targets traditional use cases. Within the framework of the project, Grüll reportedly founded a separate company called S1Seven GmbH that undertakes all blockchain-related activities. Specifically, the system is set to provide stakeholders with clear data on steel products’ origin, account and industry standards, as well as information about…

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Blockchain 

McAfee Trading Platform Suffers DOS Attack Upon Launch

Cryptocurrency enthusiast John McAfee’s crypto trading platform was immediately targeted by hackers with a denial of service (DOS) attack following its launch, according to an official Twitter post from McAfee on June 12. According to the post, the web servers for the “McAfeeMagic” trading platform, were hit with a cloaked High Orbit Ion Cannon (HOIC) DOS attack. Cybersecurity website Imperva describes an HOIC DOS attack as stressing a network by “flooding target systems with junk HTTP GET and POST requests.” However, McAffee tweeted the same day that the website was…

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Bitcoin 

Beaxy Launches Crypto Trading Platform Despite Hack Last Month

Beaxy has announced the launch of its cryptocurrency trading platform on June 11 in a press release shared with Cointelegraph. In the release, the company said it was now live in 43 United States states and 185 countries. According to Beaxy, an exclusive partnership with OneMarketData delivers trading capabilities across nine order types, with transaction speeds of 225,000 per second per trading pair. The launch follows two years of development, and the platform says it has more than 60,000 pre-registered users. Separately, in May, Beaxy CEO Artak Hamazaspyan had uploaded a statement…

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Blockchain 

Crypto Company Offers Decentralized Trading and Analytical Engine That Ranks Crypto

A new digital assets ecosystem is offering decentralized crypto trading to businesses and individuals, delivering wallet-to-wallet transactions and “cutting-edge analytical tools” that enable users to make informed decisions about the cryptocurrencies they hold, buy and sell. Volentix’s “four pillars” will underpin the beginnings of its digital assets ecosystem — one of which is VDEX, or Volentix Decentralized Exchange, its flagship product. The project describes VDEX as a “next generation, extensible and customizable decentralized crypto exchange,” with an emphasis on ensuring that the assets and data of every user remain individual…

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Bitcoin 

Navigating Country-Specific Cryptocurrency Trading Restrictions

At the start of June 2019, reports emerged that Binance DEX’s website was blocking users with IP addresses from 29 countries. This news immediately caused confusion with some commentators, using it as an opportunity to reaffirm their stance that Binance DEX is not truly a decentralized exchange (DEX). However, as it turned out, the initial reports were somewhat inaccurate, as the geoblocking only applied to Binance.org — the website for the DEX platform. Traders could still access the DEX via some supported wallet apps, bypassing the need to go through…

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Bitcoin 

Bitcoin Trading Volume on Coinbase Hits Year High

Bitcoin (BTC) trading volume on major cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase recently hit a high of 263,000 on May 12, a volume which has not been seen since February 4, 2018. Bitcoin most recently approached this number in November, with a peak of 259,000 on the 18th. Bitcoin 2-year volume chart. Source: Bitcoinity The Bitcoin price was similar between the two peaks at or above 263,000 volume, near $7,710 and $7,950 for May 12 and February 4, 2018 respectively, but these are larger than the similar peak on November 18 when BTC…

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Bitcoin 

LocalBitcoin Loses Traders After Cash Trading Ban: ‘Not Very Local’

On June 1, Finnish peer-to-peer (p2p) bitcoin (BTC) trading platform LocalBitcoins quietly removed in-person cash trading from its service. Three days later, the company publicly confirmed the ban on Twitter. As per the accompanying statement, LocalBitcoins had to renounce local cash trading to “adapt to the current regulatory environment.” The removal of the option has angered users, who seemingly began looking for decentralized platforms with more room for anonymity. However, as the Wild West-like unregulated days of crypto might be coming to an end, the more p2p services might have…

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Ethereum 

New Malware Campaign Spreads Trojans Through Clone Crypto Trading Website

Twitter user and malware researcher Fumik0_ has discovered a new website that spreads cryptocurrency malware, according to a report by Bleeping Computer on June 5. According to the report, the host for transmitting these viruses is a website that imitates the website for Cryptohopper, a website where users can program tools to perform automatic cryptocurrency trading. When the scam site is visited, it reportedly automatically downloads a setup.exe installer, which will infect the computer once it runs. The setup panel will also display the logo of Cryptohopper in another attempt…

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Blockchain 

China Leads World in Tether Trading Volumes in 2019

Chinese cryptocurrency exchanges facilitate 60% of all stablecoin tether (USDT) trading globally, according to an analysis by Diar on June 3. According to the report, Chinese exchanges in 2019 thus far account for over $10 billion in USDT trading. The United States, in contrast, is said to account for only $450 million of USDT traded. Global exchange giants Binance and Bitfinex reportedly account for close to the remaining amount of Tether traded, accounting for 31% of USDT activity. Additionally, the analysis concludes that the trading numbers are not misleading. According…

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Bitcoin 

Crypto Trading Platform OKCoin Expands Its Services and Opens Office in Malta

Digital asset trading platform OKCoin has expanded its trading services and opened an office in Malta, according to a blog post published on June 4. OKCoin has launched its services to non-United States customers, who can now deposit and withdraw euros, as well as participate in euro spot trading for cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin (BTC), ether (ETH), and bitcoin cash (BCH). Per the post, the exchange is planning to add more euro digital asset pairs in the future. Apart from expanding its trading, OKCoin has opened an office in Malta…

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