Disclosing a system glitch that affected thousands of its customers, US Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase revealed that the potential vulnerability affected passwords of users. The vulnerability was discovered on the signup page and it caused users registration details to be stored in clear text in the firm’s internal web server logs.
Notifying customers of the development, the exchange said in a blog post that it had began emailing the 3420 customers affected by the bug.
Assuring its customers, Coinbase revealed the problem has been fixed and that logged information was not improperly accessed, misused, or compromised. To boost confidence, it required customers to change their passwords as a “best-practice” precaution.
Giving description how it happened, the exchange explained that inn a very specific and rare error condition, the registration form would not load correctly and any attempt to create a new Coinbase account under this condition would fail. Despite the failure, the details of the user including proposed passwords, email addresses names etc would be sent to the firm’s internal logs.
However, if the user tries again on a reloaded page, the registration will proceed correctly and password will be securely hashed. But in the case of these 3420 customers, the users successfully registered using a password with a hash that matched the one previously logged.
Responding to the issue, the firm said it identified the bugs and fixed it. It also traced back all the places where the logs might have ended up. A password reset for the impacted account was triggered for customers to change their passwords.
According to Coinbase, “We maintain incredibly high standards for securing the Coinbase platform, and any time we fall even slightly short of those standards, we mobilize a team to figure out what went wrong, and how we prevent it from happening again. We also believe in being transparent with our customers, which is why we’re sharing the results of our investigation today“.
Coinbase had recently announced the acquisition of institutional business from Xapo as it continues its expansion mission across the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry.
Binance Announces Additional JEX Token Airdrop for Binance.com Users
Users are expected to use their Binance.com login credentials to claim the tokens. The claim is available from the 11th of September, 2019 at 6:00AM (UTC) to 18th of same month at 6:00AM (UTC).
Users are to login to the Binance JEX and upon the first time of login, they will be rewarded with a random airdrop of between 10-100 JEX tokens.
The rules for the airdrop were presented in a list by the exchange in a blog post published today 16th of September, 2019.
According to Binance, users are expected to login to Binance JEX with their Binance.com login information and the account must have trading records and a minimum balance of at least 0.01BTC before 3:59AM (UTC) on the 10th of September.
Users may only qualify for the airdrop the first time they use their Binance.com account to login to Binance JEX.
It also revealed that the quantity of JEX tokens awarded from the airdrop after logging in to Binance JEX for the first time will be seen immediately.
Binance assured users who have login to Binance JEX before the promotion was announced will still qualify for the JEX token airdrop the first time they access their Binance JEX account with their Binance.com credentials during the promo period.
Binance JEX formerly JEX is a spot and derivative crypto trading platform run by JEX Technology Co, Ltd. Binance announced the acquisition of the trading platform and added it to its growing platform businesses. JEX also offers other than derivatives, futures contracts.
OKEx Korea Ends Support for Privacy Coins in Compliance to the Travel Rule
The Korean platform of the OKEx cryptocurrency exchange has announced plan to end support for certain digital assets from its platform. Privacy coins such as XMR, DASH, ZCASH, ZEN SBTC has been marked to be removed from the Korean exchange.
The firm revealed that the reason for the termination of support for the currencies is possible violations of laws or regulations or policies of government agencies. It also stated the customer protection one of the reasons for termination of support for the assets.
Citing catalyst for the removal of the privacy coins, OKEx Korea said it is in compliance with the “travel rule” which recommends that exchanges be able to collect relevant information such as the name and address of the sender and recipient of the virtual assets.
Since privacy coins do not allow collection of “relevant information”, it has decided to delist the assets.
OKEx Korea in a blog post gave details culminating to the decision to delist the assets. It provided that “In October 2018, the first General Assembly, the International Anti-Money Laundering Organization ( “FATF”) agreed to apply the criteria for Virtual Asset Service Providers. In February 2019, when the 2nd General Assembly was held, the statement in the footnote, except for the transfer of virtual assets, was finalized and announced in a statement.”
Transacting in the privacy coins will be terminated by October, 10th 2019. While withdrawals will be in two months after transaction support has been ended. That will be in December, 10th 2019.
As the assets are delisted, the following trading pairs will also be removed:
Monero (XMR): XMR / KRW, XMR / BTC, XMR / ETH, XMR / USDT
DASH: DASH / KRW, DASH / BTC, DASH / ETH, DASH / USDT
ZCache (ZEC): ZEC / BTC, ZEC / ETH, ZEC / USDT
Horizon (ZEN): ZEN / BTC, ZEN / ETH, ZEN / USDT
Super Bitcoin (SBTC): SBTC / BTC
As OKEx korea has decided to tow this path, other global exchanges could decide to be compliant to this rule. A move which could either create new ingenious markets for privacy coins or drastically reduce the available platforms to trade the privacy focused digital assets.
Dash To Be Tradable on Coinbase Pro as Coinbase Adds Support for the Privacy Coin
U.S Headquartered Cryptocurrency Exchange Coinbase adds support for the privacy coin Dash in its Coinbase Pro platform. By September 16th, the platform will start accepting deposits before 12 hours before full trading commences on the exchange.
The exchange revealed trading will begin on or after 9AM Pacific Standard Time the next day only if liquidity conditions are met.
Trading will commence on two two trading pairs DASH/USD and DASH/BTC. The trading will be in phases beginning with post only mode and proceeding to full trading.
Launched in 2014 and formerly known as Darkcoin, the privacy focused cryptocurrency Dash is an open source cryptocurrency that is run by subset of users defined as masternodes. Its’ increased speed and privacy makes it acceptance by Merchants all over the world easy. It is currently valued at over $800 million based on Coinmarketcap data.
The launch on Dash on Coinbase Pro will follow four stages which the firm itemized as:
Transfer-Only stage, customers will only be able to transfer their Dash crypto assets into their Coinbase Pro accounts but will not be able to place orders. The second phase is the Post Only stage where customers will be allowed to post limit orders but the orders will not be matched. This is expected to grow the order books.
The third stage is the Limit-Only Stage, customer’s limit orders in the second stage will be matched but users of the exchange will not be able to make orders based on market prices.
The last stage is where full trading will commence which will also introduce Stop Orders, Market orders to the available Limit Order features.
Coinbase revealed that Dash will only be available for trading in selected jurisdictions and is not yet available on Coinbase.com or the mobile apps.
Binance US Prepares for Launch as it Opens User Registration on 18th September, 2019
Binance US will allow users to register on the exchange on Wednesday, the 18th of September, 2019 as it prepares for its’ launch.
The exchange also revealed that on same day, it will be accepting deposits of BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC and USDT. This will commence at about 8am ET.
Binance US revealed that, during the period of registration, users will be able to sign up for an account and select the tier of verification they desire for their withdrawal limits. Upon verification, users will then be able to deposit their digital assets unto the exchange platform.
In a blog post released by the US Exchange, Binance US said it will continually be adding selected digital assets available for verified users to deposit and eventually trade on the Exchange. This will be after trading commences for the first phase.
It also revealed the availability of the digital assets for trading will be based on the Binance Digital Asset Risk Assessment Framework.
In an earlier publication by Binance US, it was made known that on the initial launch, there will be desktop/mobile access granted to users, app versions will be available in the future. It also revealed there will be KYC requirement which will demand the use of valid government issued IDs such as drivers license or passport, social security number (SSN).
Binance US according to the firm is a fast and secure digital asset marketplace, delivering the world’s leading digital asset trading technology, speed, and experience to everyday users in America. Based in San Francisco, Binance.US is operated by BAM Trading Services and built on the cutting-edge matching engine and wallet services licensed from Binance.
Led by the innovative CZ, Binance has grown from a cryptocurrency exchange to a blockchain ecosystem offering various innovative products for users to utilize. It is currently one of the top exchanges in the world by volume.
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