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Saturday, 29 December 2018 21:56

BELGIAN AUTHORITIES UPDATE BLOCKCHAIN BLACKLIST

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The Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA) has updated their ongoing list of businesses reported to operate cryptocurrency scams. With this most recent addition of 14 websites the “blockchain blacklist” has now expanded to 113 websites to avoid.

The FSMA has been updating their blacklist throughout 2018. In March, the Brussels Times reported that Belgian tax authorities had started hunting for cryptocurrency investors. “Anyone speculating on the cryptocurrency market must pay tax of 33% on gains made, and declare these within the section ‘miscellaneous income’ on their tax return,” the Times reported.

Despite warnings from the FSMA consumers continue to log complaints regarding fraudulent activity on cryptocurrency exchanges. The FMSA has warned consumers to look out for various red flags. FSMA warns...

Source: Bitcoin, Ethereum and Blockchain News | CryptoGlobe.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018 21:56

ARTICLES ON SECURITYLAB.RU

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The leading information security portal SecurityLab.ru has published a note: CipherTrace - audit trail encryption (2018/12/16).

For the first 9 months of 2018, theft in the cryptocurrency industry reached about $ 1 billion...

The October report by CipherTrace shows that the criminals used bitcoin to launder $ 2.5 billion of dirty money. Thus, 380 000 BTC was laundered on cryptocurrency exchanges.

A new study showed that 97% of criminal bitcoins flow into unregulated cryptocurrency exchanges.

Bitcoin's anonymity is a stumbling block for many, almost from the day it appeared. Despite the fact that a number of politicians and experts consider the first digital money to be completely anonymous, yet this is not true. To make a bitcoin transaction, you do not need personal data and the user's address, but information about all operations remains in the public distributed registry. This may allow you to track cash flow.

There are measures that can increase the anonymity of translations. For these purposes, services have been developed - cryptocurrency mixers. For example, you can convert Bitcoin to other cryptocurrencies, and then back. However, even such methods do not make the first cryptocurrency completely confidential. Both the sender and receiver can still be calculated.

It is noteworthy that at the moment, many state and commercial companies have attended to the identification of users. They make a lot of effort to master the methods of computing the identities of those who make suspicious transfers. Therefore, it’s impossible to talk about complete anonymity on the Bitcoin network...

Source: SecurityLab.ru

Source: K4Y0T Project.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:05

BLOCKCHAIN THREAT REPORT: MCAFEE

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Blockchain, a revolutionary basis for decentralized online transactions, carries security risks. Learn about current security problems and specific incidents within blockchain implementations, and the techniques, targets, and malware used for attacks.

What spiked the movement, starting in fall 2017, toward cryptojacking? The first reason is the value of cryptocurrency. If attacker can steal Bitcoins, for example, from a victim’s system, that’s enough. If direct theft is not possible, why not mine coins using a large number of hijacked systems. There’s no need to pay for hardware, electricity, or CPU cycles; it’s an easy way for criminals to earn money. We once thought that CPUs in routers and video-recording devices were useless for mining, but default or missing passwords wipe away this view. If an attacker can hijack enough systems, mining in high volume can be profitable. Not only individuals struggle with protecting against these attacks; companies suffer from them as well...

Source: Securing Tomorrow. Today. | McAfee Blogs.

Monday, 17 December 2018 20:40

FUNCTIONAL TESTING SICP COMMUNITY

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Launched a pilot project of the service of evaluating the reliability of cryptowallets and conducting investigations of crimes committed using cryptocurrency.

We invite an active expert community to take part in testing the functional, discussing the sources of events, as well as questions of the legal significance of the evidence collected.

Suggestions (complaints, statements) are accepted in the comments below, to the official mailbox (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or you can use the official contact form on the website...

The most active participants will be presented for the award of internal tokens of the SICP platform.

More details: sicp.ueba.su

CipherTrace Third Quarter Report proves cryptocurrency anti-money laundering laws are effective, and cites $927 million of cryptocurrency stolen during 2018 that needs to be laundered.

Ninety-Seven Percent (97%) of Criminal Bitcoin Flows into Unregulated Cryptocurrency Exchanges According to New Research...

October 10, 2018 – Efforts to enact and enforce strong cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations are drastically reducing criminal activity on digital currency exchanges, according to new research released today in the CipherTrace 2018 Q3 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report. The study revealed that 97 percent of direct bitcoin payments from criminals went to exchanges in countries with weak anti-money laundering laws.

Nearly five percent of all bitcoin sent to poorly regulated exchanges comes from criminal activity before the money is moved, undetected, into the global financial payments system. In fact, these exchanges have laundered a significant amount of bitcoin, totaling 380,000 BTC or $2.5 billion at today’s prices.

The report covers the latest legislative changes, as governments around the world are ramping up cryptocurrency AML regulation and enforcement, many by the end of this year. For example, US FinCEN recently clarified its stance on regulation, subjecting crypto-to-crypto exchanges to the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) rules, focusing on mixing services and enlisting the help of the IRS. The European Commission’s 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD 5) was also entered into force in July and will require G20 nations to comply with strict AML regulations. “Different geographies are competing on regulations and trying to become ‘trusted’ digital currency hubs in order to grow their economies,” added Jevans.

During the first three quarters of this year, the report shows $927 million of cryptocurrency reported as stolen from exchanges. The $166 million in reported thefts since the second quarter report was driven by an emerging trend toward more frequent and smaller cyberattacks by sophisticated thieves. CipherTrace estimates that total stolen cryptocurrency reported is expected to hit well over $1 billion by the end of the year – currency that needs to be laundered.

The CipherTrace 2018 Q3 Cryptocurrency Anti-Money Laundering Report provides an in-depth state-of-the-market look at criminal activity and the status of AML regulations by jurisdiction. The report presents an unprecedented quantitative analysis of 45 million transactions at 20 top cryptocurrency exchanges globally between January 2009 until September 20, 2018, and identifies criminal funds from dark markets, extortion, malware, mixer/tumbler/money laundering sites, ransomware, and terrorist financing.

Source: CipherTrace.

Summary of the Consultation report on the Blockchain Law in Liechtenstein.

“Blockchain technology” was initially developed for Bitcoin, a private digital monetary system. Blockchain technology functions as a ledger that can securely record financial transactions. The technology can be used for much more than Bitcoin. Blockchain technology has been developed by a number of people and organisations around the world and expanded to other application areas.

Blockchain technology is important because of its ability to record “assets” such as money digitally, preventing these assets from being copied or manipulated and ensuring that they can be transferred securely between different people. The security of such transactions is ensured not by a complex organisation but rather through purely mathematical procedures (e.g. encryption technology, cryptography) and defined rules. Blockchain infrastructure is typically provided online and is available to a broad range of private individuals and companies.

The possibilities presented by blockchain technology are not merely limited to simple transfers of money between private individuals. The technology offers the opportunity for a broad range of financial services. This is noteworthy because it means the creation of digital recording of money or assets and the possibility of conducting transactions with no direct intermediary responsible. Thus, companies offering financial services on blockchain systems use generally available digital infrastructure for assets to provide their services. There are already a number of companies that offer services on the various blockchain systems available today, such as digital wallets, custodial services for crypto-currencies, exchanges for crypto-currencies, and issuing and trading crypto-securities. Blockchain technology is also used for so-called “initial coin offerings” (ICOs), which represents a new way of funding companies or projects. However, it is likely that it will be possible in future to record a much broader range of assets and other rights on blockchain systems and that a number of services related to these rights will be offered. In particular, the low costs for digital transactions will, according to experts, open up new opportunities in fields such as financial services, mobility, energy, industry, media, and many more. These applications are grouped together under what is called the “token economy”.

Because of the rapid pace of development of blockchain technology and its areas of application, it is very important to draft a law abstractly enough to ensure that it remains applicable for subsequent technology generations. That is why the term “transaction systems based on trustworthy technologies (TT systems)” is used for blockchain systems in this Law.

The increasing propagation of blockchain applications has already shown problematic areas, such as open questions related to customer and asset protection as well as the misuse of this technology for money laundering or other criminal purposes. Such issues should be addressed by means of clear regulations. Because blockchain technology is also actively used in Liechtenstein, the government aims to use this Law to clarify the applicable requirements for important activities on blockchain systems in order to improve customer protection and reduce potential reputation risks for Liechtenstein.

In addition, there is currently legal uncertainty regarding business models based on TT systems, which are not subject to financial market legislation, but which involve activities that are very similar to those in the financial sector. With the TTAct, the government aims to define the minimum requirements for these activities on TT systems and have them registered by the FMA.

The legal classification of elements on TT systems is another focus of this draft. With the “token”, the TT-Act introduces a new construct so as to enable the transition of the “real” world to TT systems in a legally secure manner and thus tap the full potential of the token economy. The introduction of the legal construct of the token in Liechtenstein Law makes it necessary to also define other legal aspects, such as ownership, possession and transfer.

To be able to shift the representation of securities from physical certificates to tokens on a TT system, the legal concept of uncertificated rights will be introduced in Liechtenstein Law and, simultaneously, an interface created between securities law and the TT-Act. Uncertificated rights are dematerialised securities which are recorded in a book-entry register rather than being issued as a certificate.

In addition, the TT-Act defines minimum requirements for a TT system in order to increase the efficiency of the token economy by building trust among users.

Because of the enormous potential of the “token economy” for large parts of the economy, the government wants with this Law to increase legal certainty for users and service providers to support the positive development of the token economy in Liechtenstein. By doing so, the government is also responding to the needs of market participants for greater legal certainty in connection with TT systems.

Source: CryptoPlace.li

Private financial technologies as a tool for sustainable business development in Russia and Kazakhstan.

In 2018, Deloitte, the CIS conducted a comprehensive independent study on the trends in the financial technology market in Russia and Kazakhstan. The development of the Fintech market is primarily stimulated by three fundamental factors:

a) growing demand - the growing demand for financial services received by both the public and business through the Internet or mobile communications;

b) regulator's activity is the activity of the authorities, as a result of which a single national fintech space and infrastructure is formed;

c) dynamic supply - high sensitivity of FINTECH companies to growing demand (regular entry to the market of new products and services).

Currently, the concentration of demand from consumers of FINTECH services falls on the online lending segment. It is one of the most growing in the financial technology market: so, according to experts, in 2017, online companies issued 67% of loans more than a year ago. It should be noted that the absolute majority of representatives of the Fintech market expect the positive dynamics to remain in the online lending segment (two years to come) and consider online lending to be one of the main drivers of the development of the financial technology market...

Source: Deloitte CIS.

Monday, 03 December 2018 16:01

ARTICLES ON SECURITYLAB.RU

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The leading information security portal SecurityLab.ru has published a note - Cryptocurrency on guard - Sentinel Protocol (2018/11/29).

While the basic technology of Blockchain has already earned an excellent reputation for its high level of security, cryptocurrency assets continue to be stolen daily. Cryptoexchange and wallets today have limited capabilities to prevent users from receiving or sending cryptocurrency funds to malicious addresses or to detect malicious URLs associated with phishing and malware.

The rapid development of computer technology in the 21st century has led to the manifestation of complex and intellectual threats that hinder the further introduction of innovations. Although the essence of cryptocurrency is decentralization, it has also become their biggest weakness. Since in a decentralized cryptocurrency system there is no protection against threats, the burden of security still falls on the shoulders of individuals and corporations. The Sentinel Protocol eliminates the disadvantage of decentralization, turning it into a security advantage. Using the collective intelligence, created by using the decentralization capabilities, Sentinel Protocol combines cryptographic functions and intelligent threat analysis algorithms to create a safe innovation ecosystem.

Let's take a closer look at the Sentinel Protocol platform. So, there are three main security issues that the average cryptocurrency user faces: the first problem is that ordinary users are too easily compromised. The second problem is that, although attackers can often identify victims, users cannot easily identify them. Finally, the damage caused by the attacking users is their personal responsibility...

Source: SecurityLab.ru

Source: K4Y0T Project.

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