Russia’s main opposition Alexei Navalny is once again on the spotlight having received up to 591 bitcoins valued at about $3 million at current market prices through his official donation address for his organization.
Alexei Navalny who faces so many backlashes from the Putin government in Russia and also political victimization and arrests even up to being banned from participating as a candidate in the last presidential elections in Russia against Vladimir Putin was recently reported by a pro-Putin television network to have most corruption investigative activities tied to huge donations pouring in alleging it to be involved in paid political hits.
Navalny runs an investigative center, the Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), a whistleblower organization that regularly publishes alleged corrupt activities of government officials, not sparing high ranking officials such as the prime minister Dimitri Medvedev and even the attorney general, Yuri Chaika
An anonymous Telegram channel on Monday known as “FBK Staffer’s Confession,” alleged the correlation between several huge donations to the Navalny organization’s wallet a few days before FBK published one of such investigation, alleging FBK is involved in paid political hits. This accusation was aired in major mainstream Russian media most of which are pro-Putin.
FBK through its chief of staff vehemently denied this allegation when contacted by Znak, a Russian news publication agency. Leonid Volkov FBK’s chief of staff denied any connection between the transactions and its investigations, in his rebuttal he said the anonymous blogger “dragged the non-existent facts together in by the head and shoulders.”
“You can say that each time Encke’s Comet approaches the Earth it coincides with a big war: 1914 (First World War), 1941 (World War II) and 2014 (War on Eastern Ukraine). But its rotation period is three years, and it approached the Earth many times when there were no big wars.”
Navalny’s bitcoin wallet address conspicuously appearing on its official website have seen as much as 2000 transactions including donations and withdrawals since 2016 after receiving its very first donation. This is noticed as every transaction on the bitcoin address is open and transparent for everyone to see due to its decentralized ledger technology.
Navalny is not only the dissenting voice or movement in the Russian political space that has been involved in bitcoin donations, there are many others including Zona.Media and The Insider, as well as internet freedom movement Roskomsvoboda accept donations in bitcoin or ether but FBK appears to be the most prominent.
Missing Bitcoin Mystery Solved, Mistook Wallet Pin for Password – Peter Schiff
Peter Schiff has revealed the mystery behind his corrupt wallet causing him to lose his bitcoin has been solved. The crypto critic took to his Twitter account to tweet the mistake was his, as he mistook the wallet pin for his wallet password.
On the 19th of January, 2020, Peter Schiff made a tweet abusing the leading cryptocurrency by market capitalization saying it intrinsically worthless, it has no market value. This was because he at the time couldn’t access his wallet.
According to Peter, “I just lost all the #Bitcoin I have ever owned. My wallet got corrupted somehow and my password is no longer valid. So now not only is my Bitcoin intrinsically worthless; it has no market value either. I knew owning Bitcoin was a bad idea, I just never realized it was this bad!.”
While others offered to help, both well known names in the space and less known, others were less bothered, this however was due to his position on crypto .
A costly Mistake
According to Schiff, when Blockchain updated their app, he got logged out. Thereafter, he tried attempted logging in using his pin, the only “password” he had ever known or used. He said he never had a copy of the wallet seed phrase. And it was a costly mistake.
My #Bitcoin mystery is solved. I mistook my pin for my password. When Blockchain updated their app I got logged out. I tired logging back in using my pin, which was the only "password" I had ever known or used. I also never had a copy of my seed phrase. Honest but costly mistake!
— Peter Schiff (@PeterSchiff) January 23, 2020
Responding to a post bashing him of his ignorance on the basic of things about crypto, Peter Schiff said the most basic thing about Bitcoin is that it’s not money. It also will not succeed as either a medium of exchange or store of value.
He further expressed his displeasure on the complexity of crypto. He said “the episode does show is how easy it is to lose your Bitcoin if you are confused about how wallets work.”
Wrong. The most basic thing about Bitcoin is that it's not money. It will not succeed as either a medium of exchange or a store of value. What the episode does show is how easy it is to lose your Bitcoin if you are confused about how wallets work.
— Peter Schiff (@PeterSchiff) January 23, 2020
The complexity of crypto was a subject which creator of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin talked about a few days ago as reported by CryptoTVPlus. Vitalik said “We can and should create better wallet tech to make security easier.”
Bitcoin Lost Forever
Despite efforts made to help him recover the Bitcoin in his wallet, Peter Schiff reveals that the bitcoin is lost forever.
In his words he said, “I did not get it back. I don’t know the password or the seed phrase. I never did. So unless I can just guess the password I can never access the Bitcoin in that wallet.”
Vitalik Buterin Challenges the Crypto Industry to Build Better Products as Peter Schiff Loses His Bitcoins
Co-founder of Ethereum Vitalik Buterin has suggested a Social Recovery technology for lost crypto. This is coming after Peter Schiff tweeted hours ago, he had lost access to his bitcoins due to corrupted wallet.
I just lost all the #Bitcoin I have ever owned. My wallet got corrupted somehow and my password is no longer valid. So now not only is my Bitcoin intrinsically worthless; it has no market value either. I knew owning Bitcoin was a bad idea, I just never realized it was this bad! https://t.co/6SJvDJOZU6
Buterin in response to this expressed his disappointment at people who hold the idea or opinion that “crypto is what it is, and it’s the duty of the holder to be super-careful and write down backup seeds in three places”.
According to the first smart contract enabled blockchain creator, the industry can and should create better wallet technology to make security easier.
He further submitted a link to a suggested social recovery ERC WIP
Disappointed at people replying to this with "crypto is what it is, it's your job to be super-careful and write down backup seeds in three places". We can and should create better wallet tech to make security easier.
— vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) January 20, 2020
The Crypto Social Recovery works by having contacts approve a recovery process. Though still a work in progress, the WIP provides a simple to understand example of how it works “An account can be recovered if 3 of 5 of (Alice, Bob, Charlie, David, Evan) approve the recovery, but only after a secret S is revealed and the holder of secret S approves the request (S could be stored by the account holder or in a drawer).”
While others such as CEO of Binance, CZ who Said Peter Schiff should “stay in fiat” have been against Peter Schiff, bashing him, this certainly has to do with his sentiments towards Crypto, Vitalik stands with him and instead addresses one of the core reasons halting mass adoption of cryptocurrency. Complexity of products.
Only Bitcoin & Ethereum Are Sufficiently Decentralized to be a Base Trust Layer for Applications – Joseph Lubin
Co-founder of Ethereum and founder of ConsenSys, Joseph Lubin has said that bitcoin and ethereum are the only sufficiently decentralized blockchains to be a base trust layer for applications.
Joe Lubin made this statement in an interview in Hong Kong FinTech Week. There are good competitors and there are good marketing projects, Lubin said. He went further saying, Tron is an excellent marketing project and others like it and some of these are not necessarily intellectually honest and not technologically strong or rigorous.
However, he did noted some projects to be high quality technology projects, such as Polkadot, Avalanche etc.
He said both bitcoin and ethereum are the only sufficiently decentralized blockchains to be a base trust layer for applications for the planet.
According to Lubin, to be a base trust layer, a project will need to issue a token broadly and equitably. The project will also have to raise or gather enough revenue so that it can build its project and continue to build it out and maintain it. This will also require a vibrant, large and growing community to be successful.
Regulatory compliance is a serious challenge which crypto projects will have to deal with. According to Lubin, this was something both bitcoin and ethereum didn’t have to deal with at its early times. He said if any project is hoping to aspire to be a massively decentralized base trust layer it will ill have to overcome the challenges but it will be very very difficult for even a technically very strong project to challenge the early head start and the massive network effect that Ethereum has.
The community behind the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization is gigantic compared to other networks. Just recently, some group of people founded a decentralized autonomous organisation DAO to market the ethereum blockchain. Though the activities of the DAO hasn’t been made completely public, it’s worth mentioning that Ethereum co-founder and now founder of Cardano Blockchain Project, Charles Hoskinson, because there was no consensus to commercialize the Ethereum blockchain despite the desire for Ethereum to be global settlement layer.
CICryptoSolutions Launches Crypto Payment Gateway to Help Businesses Accept Crypto Payments.
CICryptoSolutions, owner of the Naijacrypto.com cryptocurrency exchange has launched crypto payment gateway solution that will enable businesses accept cryptocurrency payments.
The payment gateway – CICryptoPay according to the firm is the first Nigerian owned cryptocurrency payment gateway that helps businesses accept cryptocurrency without having the exposure to market fluctuations characterized by the cryptocurrency market.
The CiCryptoPay solution consists of merchant APIs that are open for integration into e-commerce businesses. Currently supporting Bitcoin as the only cryptocurrency which businesses can accept, the firm reveals more cryptocurrencies will be supported in future.
Security has always been an ongoing topic in cyberspace and the cryptocurrency industry is no different. The CICryptoPay according to firm, offers several features which includes Two-factor Authentication. CICryptosolutions affirmed that security is always its top priority in every decision and it will strive to make the product highly secure by providing other security features.
Also featuring on the product is a fiat and crypto settlement system that allows merchants to choose to receive settlements either to their cryptocurrency wallet or bank account at the end of a business day.
CICryptoPay also features what it called Hedging Service. It is a service that allows merhcants to have the option of requesting for their fiat or crypto settlements to be made at the exact values paid to the merchant. This allows merchants not to worry over market volatility.
CICryptoPay boast of an efficient support which it says is always willing to answer questions and guide businesses to better maximize the platform.
CICryptoPay works by having users creating an account and undergoing KYC procedures where the customer will able have to enable Two-Factor Authentication to boost the security of its account and to utilize all the features the product offers.
As a user creates an account, wallets are automatically created and ready to be used and merchants can quickly and easily access the merchant tools to use on their businesses. This includes simple Payment buttons, API and IPN features.
According to CICryptoPay, anyone who desires to accept Bitcoin a payment method should be rest assured that CICryptopay is right here for them. It also said it will give businesses the opportunity to access the cryptocurrency market quickly and efficiently by facilitating crypto payments to everyone wherever they are located.
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