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Australian Woman Arrested and Charged to Court for Stealing Ripples (XRP) Worth $450,000

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A 23-year-old Australian woman has been arrested by the Sydney police for stealing $450,000 worth of cryptocurrencies from a 56-year-old man. The hack is considered as Australia’s biggest cryptocurrency crime.
Police arrested the woman on the 25th of October at about 8am in her parent’s home in Epping, Sydney’s NorthWest. NSW police seized the woman’s computers, hard drives, documents, and mobile phones during the search. The woman was arrested and taken to Ryde Police Station where she was charged with “knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime”. The woman is currently under strict bail conditions.
According to reports, the woman hacked the victim’s email account in January 2018. Using the two-step verification feature, she changed his password and verified it using her mobile number.  She then sent 100,000 XRP to her Chinese cryptocurrency account and converted the XRP into Bitcoins. The bitcoins were then transferred into several e-wallets.
The victim was locked out of his account for about two days. By the time he was able to access the account, the woman had drained all his funds. The 56-year-old victim told NSW Police that someone might have stolen his personal information when his email was hacked. Investigation has been ongoing for over nine months as regards the stolen Ripple (XRP), ever since its theft in January, 2018.
 
The woman will appear in Burwood Local Court on the 29th of November 2018. Police, however, mentioned that investigations are continuing. Unfortunately, the token has lost almost 90 percent of its value when compared to its peak in January at $3.39. The 100,000 XRP tokens lost are currently valued at $65,000 as opposed to their $450,000 worth back in January.
 

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Explaining DASH Coins to Investors Big On Privacy

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Dashcoin (DASH) is a grand derivative of Bitcoin. Essentially it is a derivative of the derivative of Litecoin. Jokes apart,  DASH is a hardfork of Litecoin which in turn is a derivative of Bitcoin. 

Formerly dubbed Darkcoin, it was curated in January 2014 by Evan Duffield when he became frustrated with the transaction speed of Bitcoin.  DASH uses both masternodes and miners to validate onchain actions. One key feature of the altcoin is that it gives users the option of privacy when transacting.

With InstantSend, onchain actions using DASH are transacted speedily as intended by the founder of the crypto.

Investors are always quick to evaluate how the prices of their investments will do in coming years, but believe you me, there is a whole lot that goes into scaling the monetary worth of any investment  talkless of a volatile cryptocurrency. Nevertheless its functionality as a virtual currency is what triggers its market movement and causes its value to go up or plunge.

One key thing that distinguishes DASH from many cryptocurrencies is its privacy feature dubbed “PrivateSend”. Users have the option of opting for an anonymously transacted onchain action.

It appears that this altcoin is more of a functioning crypto than a store of wealth. Taking Venezuela as a case study, with the crypto scaling to be a worthy altè to traditional online payments, its perks are key factors to take note of when determining if its price will rise or fall in the nearest future. 

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As the Crypto Community Continues to Await the Belated ETH 2.0 Release, Vitalik Buterin Stakes $1.4M worth of Ether to Support the Blockchain  

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The Serenity ETH 2.0 is already seeing stakes from investors. Vitalik Buterin, founder of the Ethereum blockchain has transferred his first ETH for staking on the incoming iteration of the Ethereum blockchain.

The Ethereum Founder’s address transferred 32 ETH each on about a hundred on-chain actions. 

TrustedNodes reported that the gross sum of the crypto sent is about 3200 cryptos. The aggregate of all crypto sums sent is about $1.4 million as at the time of writing this piece.

These sums were sent via on-chain transactions to Ethereum  Serenity Phase 2.0’s just released deposit contract. This newest innovation became available in real time starting from Wednesday, the 4th of November 2020. It is a deposit contract that enables users transfer crypto from the extant proof-of-work blockchain to the about-to-drop proof-of-stake (PoS) blockchain.

The minimum requirement of staking 32 Ethers so as to scale the ETH 2.0 has since been met by the users depositing the above mentioned sums. 

About a seventeen million dollars ($17 million) or  38,693 ether has been amassed by the deposit contract as at press time. 

It will interest you to know that Point of Stake Networks (PoS) are not powered by mining unlike the current Bitcoin and Ethereum blockchains. A PoS network is enabled by stashing funds (staking) for a specified term so as to earn profits on same.

The Ethereum community continues to await the belated release of the Ethereum 2.0 Proof of Stake network projected to launch probably early December 2020.

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Ethereum Hard Fork, Berlin to be Released in January 2021 

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The Ethereum Network is about to storm the crypto community once more with its “Berlin” Hard Fork. According to the All Core Developers’ Bi-Weekly call held last Friday, it was revealed that the project will be released in the coming months. A projection for a  January 2021 launch seems to be in the works, immediately after the  release of the Ethereum 2.0 beacon chain in December.

Project Berlin introduces a Hard Fork of the Current ETH (PoW) 

Project Berlin introduces a hard fork of the current Eth 1- proof-of-work (PoW) network. This improvement on the current network was meant to have already been launched last July and it consists of low-level modifications for enhancing the extant mainchain while Eth 2.0 Serenity phase is still in the works. The Hard Fork was delayed because of the exhaustion of client employees and an observed necessity for a wider client range. Consequently, the procedure for incorporating Ethereum Improvement Proposals (EIPs) and the one that will culminate in the hard fork has been altered. 

The EIP Schedule

The following is the plan for incorporating three EIPs into the Berlin Hard Fork

  1. EIP-2315: Simple Subroutines for the EVM
  2. EIP-2929: Gas cost increases for state access opcodes
  3. EIP-2537: BLS12–381 curve operations

As at press time, it appears that EIP-2537 will no more be incorporated into the Berlin Hard Fork. This upgrade will facilitate the easy communication of Eth 2.0 blockchain and Eth 1.x blockchain by utilizing an analogous cryptographic arrangement. 

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