Hackers are Embedding Crypto Mining Malware in Music Files

Hackers are using advanced obfuscation techniques to embed malware in music files. According to Cylance, strains of malware have been found embedded in WAV audio files. They appear uncorrupted and play just fine, although some generate static noise.

Once the files are downloaded or opened, malicious code containing the XMRig Monero CPU miner is executed. The malware is reported to consist of two main components, a Least Significant Bit (LSB) stenography code, and decoders to execute the worm.

Facebook Libra Project Losing Its Grandeur?

MasterCard, Visa, eBay, Mercado Pago, and Stripe have pulled out of the Libra Association. The news comes barely a week after PayPal announced that it would forgo participation. The Libra panel was initially made up of 28 companies, each set to control a network node.

Increased regulatory scrutiny has dogged the Libra project since its inception and so the future of the project seems bleak at the moment. U.S. regulators, in particular, fear that Facebook will become too powerful if allowed to handle user funds across the world. There is also trepidation among major economies such as India which are looking to ban cryptocurrencies altogether. At the heart of Libra woes lie major data privacy concerns.

Operation Bernhart – Is Cryptocurrency an Evolved Version for Intelligence Services?

In 1939, Operation Bernhard was a Nazi Germany project to forge British banknotes, counterfeit currencies. Originally, the project was dubbed “Andreas”. A the time the British pound was the reserve currency and was used as a main international payment method.

Nazi Germany needed forged currency to purchase raw materials for their defense industries. Counterfeiting currency was designed to solve German financial issues during World War II and also destabilize the economies of the nations they dubbed as enemies. Additionally, financing of espionage requires the use of foreign currencies. The challenge for the Nazis was to reproduce an identical paper for the banknotes and the watermark matrix. At the time, the task was given to professional counterfeiters, who were serving prison sentences. The process took close to 7 months.

Paper and Plastic: Two Sides of the Cashless Debate

Recently, a number of states in the US brought in legislation to prevent the rise of so-called ‘cash-free stores’ which only accept digital payments. Some see that denying payments in cash is a form of discrimination against people with lower incomes. This is but one more episode in an ongoing debate over the possible future of our economy. Under consideration is the discontinuation of cash as a means of exchange. Should we double down on our race towards digital dependency?

2 of the Best Online Freelance Gig Markets for the Future 

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Is Blockchain Technology A Sign Of A Secure Future?

The Global Blockchain Market is estimated to perform well and is expected expand at a CAGR of around 70% over the forecast period i.e. (2017-2024). The blockchain works on the principle of decentralization and distribution and is popular owing to its ability to record all transactions without the requirement of a financial intermediary, which in some cases may be a bank. The global market is segmented on the lines of type, end user, applications and region

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Top Decentralized Exchanges to Watch in 2019

As most of them have tried with Centralized Exchanges like Coinbase, Binance, and looking to branch out further? If you’re one such person, this article is a must-read for you.

You can go with creating and launching Decentralized Exchanges (DEX) which are the new crypto future. Decentralized Exchanges are the crypto trading platforms that perform transactions anonymously or without a central authority. The major motto of launching DEX is to get rid of unwanted fraudulent activities from third-party services.

Is Bitcoin Back? Market Shows Tremendous Growth

Bitcoin has seen tremendous growth so far this year. Year to date, BTC is experiencing +169% with a current price of $10,123. We have recently seen a sell-off in Bitcoin which we will explain in the report below. Despite BTC showing strong growth this year, most of the growth occurred in the beginning of the year. We can see that by tracking the following metrics. We can see as the duration decreases, Bitcoin has slowed down in terms up upward momentum.

UK FCA Hints At XRP Potentially Being An Exchange Utility Token Hybrid, Non Security

As the cryptocurrency space continues to expand, regulators are also expanding their powers and beginning to crack down. Many regulators are starting to understand the widespread adoption that’s occurring in cryptocurrency and Blockchain. Along with companies such as Samsung expanding into the crypto space, we are also aware of Facebook’s plan to introduce cryptocurrency to 1+ billion users globally. When any sort of technology evolves to the masses, the regulatory industry will surely be involved.

Bitcoin Reverses Sentiment From 2018 – Outperforming Markets in 2019

Bitcoin has been in the news frequently in 2019 as its showed much promise. The emerging asset class came off a brutal year in 2018 and some called it the end to Bitcoins future. With the Bitcoin community being so large, this price action did not faze many people who still believed in the long-term value of Bitcoin. Industry followers and enthusiasts continued to label Bitcoin as “undervalued” and price deflating due to short-term news developments and uncertainties. In less than a year, Bitcoin fell from $19,783 in December 2017 to $5,500 in November 2018. After much scrutiny, Bitcoin was able to recover in what some are calling the “strongest recovery in market history.” The sell-off last year was hard to swallow, but many who were “dollar cost averaging” on the way down have done extremely well this year. Some of the developments that pushed down Bitcoin were:

The Beginner’s Guide to Investing in Bitcoin” (including $10 free Bitcoin as you get started)

Are you ready to dip your toe into the world of Crypto? If so, you’re not alone! Google searches for “Bitcoin” are on the rise, as is the Cryptocurrency itself. $100 invested at the start of the year would now be worth over $250!

So, how to get started? The good news is, there’s a wealth of great articles online that’ll teach you all the theory. But nothing replaces first-hand experience. This Beginner’s Guide cuts through all the jargon and complex trading techniques, to get you making your first confident Crypto trades as soon as possible. Along the way, you’ll have fun, hopefully make a small profit (including $10 free Bitcoin as you get started), and lay the foundation, should you wish, to become a serious cryptocurrency investor!

Libra Cryptocurrency Could Be the Ultimate Winner – Bitcoin and Ethereum Have Deffects

Blockchain backed by Facebook and other big companies wants to be more reliable and mainstream than established cryptocurrencies. From technical points to governance, here is what Libra cryptocurrency proposes:

Libra cryptocurrency marks a milestone in the history of cryptocurrency: never before has such a currency been designed and supported, not by one, but by 28 companies, many of which are world-renowned. In a world fraught with frauds, bugs, and cyber fraud, some could see Libra as the first final “frequentable” cryptocurrency. It is true that it is built around stability as a mantra, even if it means sacrificing this decentralization that made the eyes of blockchain activists shine.

The Bitcoin Rally Up 132% Year-to-date. Why?

With the launch of several new products, Bitcoin future contacts hit a new high in future volumes.  This is the same Bitcoin that in November of 2018 had us asking Where is the Bitcoin Bottom?

Even though on a technical basis it appeared ready for a bounce, the news for Bitcoin has just been getting better as more and more large American companies become involved.

Here are some reasons why Bitcoin is having a great 2019:

Litecoin and XRP Lists on Germany’s 2nd Biggest Stock Exchange

Börse Stuttgart, Germany’s second biggest stock exchange and the 9th largest in Europe, has sanctioned two new ETNs (Exchange-traded Notes)- Litecoin (LTC) and XRP. According to a company press release, this is the first kind of announcement in Germany.

Börse Stuttgart has declared that like ETFs, ETNs are also strictly regulated, a transparent and protected instrument that can be used by an investor to invest in different assets or they can buy or sell ETNs based on the cryptocurrencies Litecoin and Ripple.

Why Do You Need a Cryptocurrency Wallet?

Crypto wallets have become the need of the hour with a tremendous increase in the use of cryptocurrency on a global scale. These virtual wallets come to combat all the limitations of a conventional wallet by way of imparting more security to your money. Hire a professional crypto wallet developer now to help you build personalized crypto wallets to cater to specific trading needs.

Will Bitcoin Be Valued at Zero?

  • Jeff Schumacher predicted Bitcoin going to zero and said that Bitcoin as a currency was not based on anything, but added that he liked the technology behind it adding “if it became the standard currency and because of the Proof-of-Work model that it sits on; if it got to be the gold standard… if Bitcoin was pegged against gold standard which is about seven trillion-ish dollars it would be responsible for 20% of the world’s co2 production. So just by that alone tells you it’s not it’s not gonna be the go-forward thing, at least for my view.” Glenn Hutchins said that he agreed partly with Jeff Schumacher and said that Bitcoin will not be the major coin in the industry.

Blockchain App Factory Adds Margin Trade and Perpetual Swap Contracts to its Whitelabel Cryptocurrency Exchange

Blockchain App Factory, is a leading cryptocurrency exchange development company, added features to its trading platform; margin trading and perpetual swap contracts. There has been a massive push by institutional investors to introduce futures trading for bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

The Regulatory Bodies are sceptical about margin and futures trading with Bitcoin. However, with perpetual swap contracts, we might be able to bring the stability the authorities are looking for to declare Bitcoin as an asset for trade,” said the spokesperson for Blockchain App Factory.

Margin trading is a highly lucrative and risky trade practice due to the presence of lending companies. Lenders provide leverage for traders to invest in cryptocurrencies, and lenders are benefitting from the interest. Exchanges can integrate their lending partners, thereby, creating a win-win for the exchange and the investors.