Blockchain 

Would Blockchain Better Protect User Data Than FaceApp? Experts Answer

FaceApp — the mobile application that has blown up your Instagram feed with pictures of your followers as old people, the opposite gender or babies — has raised a lot of concerns about potential privacy violations for users that upload their photos to be edited. Rumors have circulated that the application might even be taking users’ photos from their phones and uploading them to the FaceApp cloud server without explicit permission.  We reached out to experts in security and data privacy from academia, government agencies, startups and more to comment…

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Ethereum 

Swedish Crypto Exchange QuickBit Announces User Data Breach

Database issues at the Swedish digital currency exchange QuickBit resulted in a breach of sensitive user data, according to an official announcement published on July 22. In the announcement, QuickBit revealed that personal data such as names, addresses, email addresses and card information of 2% of its customers was exposed. QuickBit said that no passwords or social security numbers, complete account or credit card information, cryptocurrency or private keys, or financial transactions were exposed or affected. QuickBit initially published its suspicions about the data incident on July 19, stating that…

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Blockchain 

IRS Allegedly Hopes to Make Tech Giants Release User Crypto Activity

The United States’ Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is allegedly considering requiring tech giants to report on crypto activity by users, according to a presentation reportedly from an IRS presentation and provided by a Twitter user on July 9. According to the documents shared, the IRS hopes to use Grand Jury subpoenas on firms such as Apple, Google and Microsoft to check taxpayers’ download history for crypto-related applications. Known as Crypto Tax Girl, Laura Walter, certified public accountant and crypto tax specialist, tweeted the presentation, which was allegedly for agents in…

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Blockchain 

Brazil Requires Crypto Exchanges to Report on User Transactions to Authorities

The Department of Federal Revenue of Brazil (RFB) has released new rules requiring that cryptocurrency exchanges inform the regulator about users’ transactions in order to identify tax fraud, Cointelegraph Brazil reported on June 19. The guidelines clarify how cryptocurrency trading platforms in Brazil should adopt new rules to report about the movements of users’ crypto funds to the agency, and comply with the requirements of Normative Instruction 1.888/2019 published in May of this year. Specifically, the agency requires that cryptocurrency exchanges operators based in Brazil provide information about all transactions…

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Blockchain 

Bittrex User Alleges Funds Were Withheld in Recent Lawsuit

A New York resident has filed a lawsuit against crypto exchange Bittrex for allegedly withholding funds, industry news outlet The Block reports on June 30. Per the report, the plaintiff claims to have deposited $120,000 onto her Bittrex account in August 2018 and that the company suspended it and refused to release the funds until November of this year. She also alleges that the exchange “attempted to extort her by withholding the funds she had in her account” unless she signed an agreement giving up her rights to sue the…

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Ethereum 

Major Korean Crypto Exchange Bithumb Prosecuted for Failure to Protect User Data

South Korean crypto exchange Bithumb has been prosecuted for its alleged failure to take adequate measures to protect personal information, which was later presumably exploited by hackers to steal funds from the platform. The news was reported by Cointelegraph Japan on June 19. Prosecutors allege the data breach led directly to the second hack affecting the platform, in which almost $7 million in user funds was stolen. As Cointelegraph has previously reported, Bithumb first notified authorities of a major data breach in late June 2017, thought to have affected around…

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Bitcoin 

QuadrigaCX Co-Founder Used User Deposits for His Own Trading, Created Fake Accounts

The deceased owner of the now-defunct Canadian crypto exchange QuadrigaCX was allegedly transferring user funds off the exchange and using them as a security for his own margin trading on other platforms. The news was revealed in the fifth report from court monitor Ernst & Young (EY), filed on June 19 with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. EY has outlined its principal concerns in relation to the exchange, noting that its operations were “significantly flawed from a financial reporting and operational control perspective.” In addition to most of the…

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Bitcoin 

Twitter User Claims TradingView Has Ignored a Fibonacci Retracement Bug for 5 Years

Popular chart analysis service TradingView reportedly contains a bug in the Fibonacci retracement technical analysis tool, according to a tweet by self-proclaimed certified Elliott wave analyst Cryptoteddybear published on June 13. The Elliott wave principle is a type of technical analysis for predicting prices in financial markets by looking at recurring patterns. In a video that he uploaded to YouTube, the analyst explains that the tool does linear calculations when in logarithmic charts, which he notes is a significant issue for Elliot wave traders. The official Twitter account of the…

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Bitcoin 

5 South Korean Crypto Exchanges Take On New Responsibility for User Losses

Five cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea have increased their liability to users in line with demands from regulators. Local English-language news outlet The Korea Herald reported the news on June 17, citing Yonhap News Agency. A year after the Fair Trade Commission requested Bithumb and four other platforms to adapt their policy, the companies will now hold themselves accountable in the event of user funds being stolen. The onus for paying out will lie with the exchanges even if no willful or gross negligence occurred on their part, The Korea…

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Bitcoin 

Cryptopia Liquidator Files for User Data Protection at US Court as Process Continues

Liquidators of defunct New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange Cryptopia have applied to secure user data stored in the United States as part of refund proceedings, a statement confirmed on May 27. Cryptopia, which suffered a hack in January, has spent months cooperating with law enforcement worldwide in an effort to control stolen funds worth around $16 million. The exchange appointed Grant Thornton to lead the liquidation, which confirmed it had applied for urgent interim relief at the Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of New York on May 24. The filing…

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