Looks like CZ Would Have to Take Solace via the Liverpool Invite Afterall
Binance has been hacked after several unsuccessful attempts by hackers for a period of one year now as issued in its press release. With this hack, perpetrators successfully carted away with 7000 BTC in a single transaction. The damage could be more in the coming days CZ opines, as the team is taking time to investigate how deep this damage could be.
Binance announced itself to the world and without any doubt becoming the exchange trading platform of choice for most traders in the space. And swiftly, displacing veterans in the space such as Bittrex, Poloniex etc, for top positions, little doubt was left in the minds of many as to the height Binance could attain within the space as the cryptocurrency adoption continues to gain traction globally.
While Binance was making a good name for itself with the mantra “Exchange the world”, hackers were also making plans to ink their activities in the books of history as one of the successful clandestine groups who have successfully carried out a heist on the most popular exchange. February 2018, saw hackers attempt to breach the exchange security systems which was botched as they unsuccessfully got hacked themselves. It was in the news how the hackers themselves got hacked. After successfully targeting and breaching several user accounts via API (Application Programming Interface), the hackers pumped a VIA/BTC pair by over 10,000% and then immediately sought to cash out by withdrawal. This attempt was botched as the risk management mechanism built in triggered an alarm that automatically froze withdrawal leaving the hackers funds trapped in the exchange.
With controversial entities like McAfee tweeting that Binance exchange has been hacked, Binance quickly attacked him on Twitter that he’s trying to create FUD (Fear, Uncertainty and Doubts).
— Binance (@binance) February 8, 2018
Responding after some months, McAfee apologized to CZ and the entire Binance Team that he obviously was wrong and CZ offering a cup of coffee when they meet someday, could there be no love lost between the duo?
One thing was clear, CZ shared with his fans how this event obviously was a blessing in disguise and had made his fanbase grow very quickly. This marked a new era for both the Binance Team and their maverick CEO. CZ was always in the news whether for bagging new partnerships, fostering industry growth or even for recent CZ vs BSV Craig Wright Binance delisting.
From yesterday’s hack, and as described by Binance in their press release, it sure looks like the hackers decided to stage a “hackathon” on Binance. The recent hack operation was well coordinated. Took time and patience to execute. Even Binance agreed the modus operandi of these hackers followed the “once beaten, twice shy” route. They were not going to be hasty allowing their funds get trapped again. Alas! They got through with the similar pattern in the past but this time more intelligently.
Apparently CZ had tweeted that #SAFU (Secured Asset Funds for Users) funds will be used to ensure everything is kept under control while the team investigate and try to do implement damage control. Industry Leader and TRON CEO, Justin Sun has offered open support for Binance offering to transferring 7000 BTC to the Binance wallet and buying BNB and USDT to help stabilize the situation.
— Justin Sun (@justinsuntron) May 8, 2019
One particularly interesting part of the AMA session held few hours after the unfortunate hack incident is that CZ and his teams are putting all options on the table in ensuring this issue is salvaged. One of such is a reorganization of the bitcoin blockchain network. This is already sparking heavy debate across social media. This option even though earlier considered has been dropped as outlined in his tweet.
Received an invitation from Liverpool, very cool! pic.twitter.com/znBzg7b9Mn
— CZ Binance (@cz_binance) April 27, 2019
Let’s not be quick to forget at that nicely designed parcel CZ unveiled on Twitter sent to him by Liverpool FC, looks like this is actually a great time for CZ to honour that Liverpool invite he brandished via his Twitter account considering how exciting the club is right now after the 4 – 0 thumping of Barcelona at Anfield last night in the UEFA Champions League Semi Finals clash.
Trump Expresses his opinion on Crypto, Libra; Binance to burn $2.4 billion worth of BNB
Trump via a tweet has posted hours ago expressed his opinion on cryptocurrency clearly defferentiating Bitcoin and other Cryptocurrency as well as on Libra the Facebook Global Cryptocurrency which it unveiled in June 2019 and to commence operations in January 2020.
According to Trump, he is not a Fan of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies which he describe as not money and highly volatile and basede on thin air. He went further to say unregulated Crypto Assets can facilitate unlawful behavior, including, drug trade and other illegal activities.
….Similarly, Facebook Libra’s “virtual currency” will have little standing or dependability. If Facebook and other companies want to become a bank, they must seek a new Banking Charter and become subject to all Banking Regulations, just like other Banks, both National…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 12, 2019
On Libra, the 45th President of the free world openly said Libra will have little standing and Facebook and other firms want to be come a bank they should and must seek a banking charter and be subject to all banking regulations both nationally and internationally.
As a true President and the first man in the country, he declared the US Dollars as the only currency in the USA and that it is stronger than ever, dependable and by far the most dominant currency worldwide.
As usual, the crypto enthusiast on Twitter had their own opinion to comment on the post by POTUS.
Bitcoin is a threat to Trump and his massively failing enterprises. How would he be able to launder money as he's done to keep his flailing businesses afloat ? His golf clubs are in need of immediate cash etc. This man was the only person to bankrupt a casino
— failingtrump (@failingtrump1) July 12, 2019
In another news, top exchange Binance has announced after burning their quarterly alloted BNB tokens that they will burn their Team allocated Binance Coin BNB which is a total of 80BNB currently worth $2.4 billion.
During one of the first IEOs on the Exchange, investors were unable to participate thus a public outcry with Binance coming to the rescue by instituting a Lottery system which saw users holding a certain number of BNB before being able to participate in IEOs on the exchange. This cause a rise in the value of the BNB.
This move by Binance amongst others will see Binance Coin hitting astronomical height in the next few months to years. We can’t wait to see what the chats will say in few five years time.
Poloniex now allows Users from Over 60+ Countries to Buy Cryptocurrency with Debit/Credit Cards and Withdraw to Bank Accounts
In a tweet, the US based cryptocurrency exchange Poloniex announced that Users of the cryptocurrency exchange can now purchase bitcoin using their debit and credit cards. The exchange also supports deposits withdrawals of cryptocurrency into local bank accounts in over 80 countries.
New ways to buy crypto assets on Poloniex! Customers in 80+ countries can deposit or withdraw $USDC directly from their bank account. Customers in 60+ countries can now buy $BTC using their debit or credit card: https://t.co/WIhdScej5W
— Poloniex Exchange (@Poloniex) July 9, 2019
Purchasing cryptocurrency has been a daunting task for a long time for many who desire to purchase cryptocurrency easily and withdrawal of same to their local currency for easy spending have been seeing difficulties however, other exchanges have tried making this easier by offering their users the ability to buy crypto with their cards. Poloniex enters this category of exchanges with this move.
According to Poloniex, customers of the exchange can withdraw the USDC stable coin into their bank accounts as well as send fiat into their Poloniex and have it automatically converted into tokenized USDC for trading.
In making the purchase of Bitcoin with their credit and debit cards, Poloniex has partnered with Payment Processor Simplex to allow the users of the exchange to quickly and easily get in on cryptocurrency at a moment’s notice. The disadvantage however is the charges which stands at a greater of 3.5% or $10 transaction fee which Simplex charges. This will affect those in developing countries whose currency is very much low in value compared to the dollar or users with lower financial capabilities. Buying more bitcoin would be better.
The exchange pegs deposits at a weekly limit of $50,000 and withdrawals at $25,000 however, it signified this can be increased for specific customer’s need as typical with exchanges in this Fiat-to-Crypto category.
Poloniex launched in January 2014 is based in the US and it offers cryptocurrency exchange services, margin trading, lending according to its’ website. It allows users to exchange cryptocurrency against five trading pairs such as BTC, USDC, ETH, XMR and USDT. The exchange was acquired by Circle for $400 million in February 2018. Currently at an average of $55 million daily trading volume and ranked 59 in coinmarketcap.
The move to allow easy purchase of crypto and withdrawal of same to local bank accounts will definitely cause a boost in its trading activities.
Binance Updates Deposit and Withdrawal Policy for BTC and ETH Block Confirmation Time
Binance in a blog post on its blog announced the reduction of block confirmation time for the deposit and withdrawal of the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization Bitcoin and Ethereum. This reduction enables users of the exchange to deposit and withdraw Bitcoin and Ethereum twice as fast as it was prior to this new policy update.
According to the blog post, deposits for Bitcoin BTC is now reduced from 2 block confirmation to 1 block confirmation while withdrawals stands at 2 block confirmations. For Ethereum the second largest blockchain network by market capitalization and the first smart contract platform with its native coin the ETHER denoted by ETH, deposits and withdrawals can now be processed on 12 block confirmations. This is a 60% reduction. As all ERC-20 tokens are based on the Ethereum blockchain, this changes also affects them.
Binance is one of the largest cryptocurrency exchange led by its marverick CEO popularly known as CZ. The exchange few months ago was victim of a cyber attack where it lost about $40 million dollars in Bitcoin however, the CEO was quick to point out that the user’s funds were covered in the #SAFU provision made by the exchange in case of such situations. A first of its kind product from an exchange. As a leader in the cryptocurrency exchange business, Binance has continues to offer innovative products recently being the innovation of Initial Exchange Offering which is a modification of the Initial Coin Offering.
A move which saw other exchanges copying and replicating albeit with some not having as great a result as Binance. The exchange is still into Charity, helping lives and transforming homes. Though it has been hit by cyber attack, reaction to its policy of using Tickets in its IEO (a measure to ensure everyone gets involved after a call out over a previous IEO few people could only participate), a move which saw people saying the exchange supports only those with big pockets, the exchange has continued to grow with its native token the BNB seeing incredible growth over the bear season till now as it now stands at $33.
Providing clarification on the block confirmation update, Binance said it was “to provide a better service for our users, Binance has made the following adjustments to the number of blocks confirmation required for user deposits & withdrawals”.
In conclusion of the blog post, the exchange informed they will continue to listen to the community’s feedback and improve their service offerings.
We can only assume better quality and innovative products are on the way as the exchange celebrating its 2nd annniversary has been binding the word of blockchain and finance since inception.
Bitfinex’s LEO Smart Contract Unusual Code: An Intentional Move to Defraud?
A software “Bug” was discovered recently in the Bitfinex Smart Contract for its LEO token. The bug grants any holder of the LEO token unusual levels of administrative privilegdes. Such priviledges are entirely unusual, though errors in smart contracts has been seen before, this is the first time these types of concerns has been raised concerning smart contracts codes.
Softwares are always with bugs. No matter how much care is put into writing the codes and rechecking, codes are written by humans who unintentionally make mistake. Mistakes which could cause untold damages financially and in other areas of life. In financial applications or softwares, one tiny vulnerability could allow bad actors to take undue advantages of systems and do what they are good for. Damage.
The Bitfinex ERC-20 smart contract code contains permission to enable owners of the Token to mint unlimited new tokens, they also have to ability to delete tokens of other people both in their personal wallets irrespective of the type of wallet. LEO owners are empowered via the vulnerability in the Bitfinex smart contract code to delete anyone’s coins both in centralized and decentralized exchanges.
Bitfinex, one of the world top cryptocurrency exchange was in the news some months ago and for a long time now owing to its shady behaviours as an exchange and also by its relationship to the stable coin Tether (USDT). Owing to financial challenges it was having since its funds were frozen, the embattled cryptocurrency exchange decided to host an Initial Exchange Offering were it aimed at raising xx billion dollars. A move which saw some reactions, however, the exchange later announced it has raised sufficient funds via other means and thus there will be no public sales of the LEO tokens.
In a tweet by the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether Paolo Ardoino, which was a reply to the call out made on the Bitfinex exchange, it appears this “bug” wasn’t in fact one rather it was coded into the contract with Paolo saying “For security and future reasons we left the ability to upgrade the Token Contract. That’s really a key feature for a contract that might live lot of years. Minting more tokens would not just make sense for Finex…like shooting our foot.”
In reaction to this, some twitter users were expressing their opinion on the issue.
6/7 Blockchain and smart contracts need to be trustless. Bitfinex breaks trust here by putting “evil” and “scammy” code here which allows them to cheat and have an unfair advantage over people like you and me.
— Bi od (@heybiod) July 1, 2019
Why does this matter? If you hold leo you trust bitfinex anyway. In fact it protects leo holders because if there was a bug in the smart contract bfx would quickly be able to fix it.
— Matt (@thinkingGBP) July 2, 2019
"Minting more tokens" why have that option in the first place then?
— Gwened (@BroGwened) July 2, 2019
With its reputation in times past, the Bitfinex exchange has a whole lot to contend with at this time however, this revelation presents an important reminder to everyone in cryptospace to not just Trust but Verify.
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