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/ Celsius email system breach leads to phishing attack on customers

Cryptocurrency rewards platform Celsius Network has disclosed a security breach exposing customer information that led to a phishing attack. Today, Celsius CEO Alex Mashinsky stated that Celsius' third-party marketing server was compromised, and threat actors gained access to a partial Celsius customer list. "An unauthorized party managed to gain access to a back-up third-party email distribution system which had connections to a partial customer email list. Once inside the system, this unauthorized party sent a fraudulent email announcement, of which we know some of the recipients to be Celsius customers."

More on Bleeping Computer2021-04-16

/ Chainlink 2.0 brings off-chain compute to blockchain oracles, promotes adoption of hybrid smart contracts

The ability to write programs with money is as big a breakthrough as the ability to write programs with documents. It gives Wall Street's capabilities to anyone, without expensive lawyers or financiers. This quote on the transformational potential of smart contracts belongs to Balaji S. Srinivasan, a well-known advocate of the transformational potential of crypto at large. Depending on where you stand on crypto, you may find it succinct or hyperbolic. Chainlink and its co-founder Sergey Nazarov are clearly in the camp of crypto advocates. Chainlink provides an oracle service, enabling smart contracts to interoperate with the world. Today, Chainlink released a whitepaper outlining what they dub Chainlink 2.0.

More on ZDNet2021-04-15

/ Signal Adds a Payments Feature—With a Privacy-Focused Cryptocurrency

When the encrypted communications app Signal launched nearly seven years ago, it brought the promise of the strongest available encryption to a dead-simple interface for calling and texting. Now, Signal is incorporating what it describes as a way to bring that same ease of use and security to a third, fundamentally distinct feature: payments. Signal today plans to announce that it's rolling out the ability for some of its users to send money to one another within its fast-growing encrypted communications network. To do so, it has integrated support for the cryptocurrency MobileCoin, a form of digital cash designed to work efficiently on mobile devices while protecting users' privacy and even their anonymity.

More on WIRED2021-04-06

/ I Now Own the Coinhive Domain. Here's How I'm Fighting Cryptojacking and Doing Good Things with Content Security Policies

If you've landed on this page because you saw a strange message on a completely different website then followed a link to here, drop a note to the site owner and let them know what happened. If, on the other hand, you're on this page because you're interested in reading about the illicit use of cryptomining on compromised websites and how through fortuitous circumstances, I now own coinhive.com and am doing something useful with it, read on.

More on Troy Hunt Blog2021-04-02

/ I Now Own the Coinhive Domain. Here's How I'm Fighting Cryptojacking and Doing Good Things with Content Security Policies

If you've landed on this page because you saw a strange message on a completely different website then followed a link to here, drop a note to the site owner and let them know what happened. If, on the other hand, you're on this page because you're interested in reading about the illicit use of cryptomining on compromised websites and how through fortuitous circumstances, I now own coinhive.com and am doing something useful with it, read on.

More on Troy Hunt Blog2021-04-02

/ Coinbase To Go Public on April 14, Announce Q1 Earnings Beforehand

Cryptocurrency giant Coinbase announced on Thursday that its highly anticipated direct listing will happen on April 14. The company also disclosed it will share its Q1 financial results eight days beforehand, on April 6. The plan is unusual, and significant because the results will arrive just days before the company offers its shares to the public, and will thus add new guidance for investors looking to determine how much Coinbase shares should be worth.

More on Decrypt2021-04-02

/ DeepDotWeb Admin Admits Laundering $8.4 Million in Bitcoin

Tal Prihar, the administrator of the darkweb news site DeepDotWeb, pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit money laundering. He admitted laundering $8.4 million in cryptocurrency earned through the use of referral links on DeepDotWeb.com. Prihar created and ran DeepDotWeb, a darkweb news and link portal, from 2013 until his arrest in May 2019. DeepDotWeb was one of the first sites to cover news with an explicit focus on the darkweb. The site quickly became the sole authoritative source of marketplace and forum links for many years. Through the use of marketplace referral links, Prihar and the alleged designer of DeepDotWeb, Michael Phan, together earned more than $15 million in Bitcoin. The co-conspirators laundered their earnings through shell companies across the world, including companies inconspicuously referenced on DeepDotWeb.com. The indictment lists some of the companies used in the conspiracy:

More on Darknetlive2021-03-31

/ Visa now settles payments in USDC stablecoin on Ethereum blockchain

Visa announced Monday that it now settles payments in the USDC stablecoin on the Ethereum blockchain. The development means Visa has become the first major payments network to use stablecoin as a settlement currency. Until now, Visa settled payments in fiat currencies only. For its new USDC settlement capability, Visa is initially working with Crypto.com as part of a pilot program, letting the crypto firm manage its card business now entirely in digital assets. Previously, Visa's standard settlement process required Crypto.com to settle in a fiat currency, which added cost and complexity for the firm. Now Crypto.com won't have to go through conversations and settle with Visa directly in USDC.

More on The Block2021-03-29

/ Crypto Exchange FTX Secures Naming Rights for Miami Heat Arena for $135M

Cryptocurrency exchange FTX has secured the naming rights to the home arena of NBA team Miami Heat for a reported $135 million. The Miami Herald reported Tuesday that the 19,000-capacity American Airlines Arena will become the FTX Arena. This is the first occurrence of a crypto business winning the naming rights to a major U.S. professional sports venue. FTX came to an agreement in principle with Miami-Dade County for a 19-year partnership, meaning the arena will bear the exchange's name until 2040.

More on CoinDesk2021-03-25

/ 4000x more capital efficient: Uniswap team reveals details for v3

The third iteration of the market-leading decentralized exchange Uniswap is coming this spring, according to new details of the so-called v3 launch published Tuesday. Last week, Hayden Adams, Uniswap’s founder, captured what was perhaps the spirit of anticipation around the long-sought details of v3 in a tweet: "If I have to go another week without publicly announcing details of Uniswap v3 I might go insane." Adams was far from alone. Across the industry, market pundits have been pondering over the improvement features of v3 over v2, the current iteration. The new details published Tuesday are set to be implemented in May.

More on The Block2021-03-23

/ Reddit investors adopt 3,500 gorillas in six days

Around 3,500 gorillas have been adopted by Reddit's WallStreetBets (WSB) community in six days. The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International, a charity for the protection of endangered mountain gorillas, has also received more than $350,000 (£252,000) in donations. Its president Dr Tara Stoinski has thanked the Reddit community for the adoptions. She said: "They've truly made a difference for our world." The subreddit WallStreetBets gained prominence earlier this year after its users invested in the computer game retailer GameStop and boosted the share price.

More on BBC News2021-03-19

/ Anchor Launch Puts UST in the Stablecoin Race Against DAI

Terraform Labs just launched Anchor, a long-awaited protocol for lending and saving that the Seoul-based firm expects to drive enough demand for its stablecoin, TerraUSD (UST), to top DAI’s circulation. Like DAI, UST maintains its peg to the U.S. dollar in a decentralized manner, but at $1 billion, its market capitalization is only about a third of its rival’s. To enhance the stablcoin’s allure, Anchor aims to offer returns that outperform other decentralized finance (DeFi) offerings with a combination of sheer yield and predictability. It’s all driven by validation rewards (the equivalent of freshly minted bitcoin (BTC, +0.47%) awarded to that currency’s miners) from Terra’s own blockchain, and will eventually pool such rewards from other chains.

More on CoinDesk2021-03-17