Malware Crypto Ransoms Rose By Almost 90% in Q1: Report

The average cryptocurrency payout for ransomware attacks rose dramatically in the first quarter of 2019, according to a firm that helps victims pay ransoms.

In its quarterly report, Coveware said that, while in Q4 last year the average ransom was $6,733, it shot up by 89 percent to $12,762 in the first three months of 2019.

The rapid hike in crypto demanded comes thanks to the increasing prevalence of more expensive strains of ransomware – which encrypt victims’ files and demand a payment in cryptocurrency to unlock them – such as Ryuk, Bitpaymer, and Iencrypt, according to the firm.

“These types of ransomware are predominantly used in bespoke targeted attacks on larger enterprise targets,” Coveware said.

The Ryuk ransomware strain in particular has shot up in prevalence. In Q1, in first and second place, respectively, Dharma and Crysis held their leading positions on the market share table (below), while Ryuk is now in third place. That’s a notable climb, since it was not a top-three placer in the previous quarter. 

Ryuk is also targeting larger organizations than other variants, the report says. Not only that but it is demanding far higher ransoms. For example, Dharma requires an average ransom of $9,742, while Ryuk demands $286,556 on average.

Bitcoin is still, and is likely to continue to be, the most popular cryptocurrency demanded by bad actors deploying ransomware, Coveware adds, although privacy coins like dash make up around 2 percent of demands.

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Is the Whole Bitcoin SV Incident Hurting the Image of the Crypto Industry?

It isn’t a secret that the past few weeks in the crypto ecosystem have been tumultuous ones. As Bitcoin (BTC) rallied past $5,000, sparking claims that the bottom is in, Australian cryptographer Craig Wright and his crew, all fans of Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV), found themselves in a few tussles on Crypto Twitter. It wasn’t exactly pretty.

The online beef went so far that Wright looked to bring the discourse to the real world, purportedly sending letters of intent to sue/bring legal action against his countless critics. Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin and Hodlonaut, the creator of the Lightning Network Torch project and a catalyst for newfound adoption, were two entities reportedly served.

Although it wasn’t confirmed whether or not the said letters reached the desks of their targets, the crypto community quickly expressed their distaste for such an act. After Hodlonaut’s Twitter page was shuttered, users across the cryptosphere began to rally to the user’s side, shunning Craig Wright, Canadian entrepreneur Calvin Ayre, and their legal team for enlisting such a scare strategy.

After Peter McCormack, Matt Odell, and other prominent Bitcoiners bashed the BSV camp, Changpeng “CZ” Zhao joined in on the action. In a brief Twitter post, the Binance chief executive asserted that if there was any more of this “s*it,” writing in reference to the legal action, he would delist the crypto asset that Wright holds so dear. And it appears he wasn’t kidding.

Binance, Blockchain.Com, And ShapeShift Shun Bitcoin SV

As NewsBTC reported on Monday, days after Zhao’s promise, the Malta-registered exchange actually took action, making good on its semi-threat. Binance posted a blog post that morning, which outlined that BSV doesn’t meet its standards, and would thus be delisted by April 22nd, just over a week away. Hours after Binance’s announcement, other prominent crypto startups followed suit.

In a statement of approval, Erik Voorhees, an anti-establishment figure that heads the instant crypto trading platform ShapeShift, claimed that his firm stands by Binance. He claimed that within 48 hours of him publishing the tweet, ShapeShift would remove support for trading Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision. Hours later, wallet provider Blockchain.com followed suit.

Similarly to how Voorhees made his announcement, the San Francisco-based fintech firm’s chief executive, Peter Smith, revealed on Twitter that in the next thirty days, his firm will “close out support for BSV transactions,” adding that users of the Bitcoin derivative should “go somewhere else.”

Binance’s and Blockchain’s removal of BSV is arguably a huge blow, as the two firms are the biggest exchange and the most widely-used crypto asset wallet respectively. But this might be just the tip of the iceberg. In a poll published early Monday, the team at Kraken, the fourth largest BTC exchange as per Bitwise’s list of bonafide platforms, asked if they should follow Binance’s footsteps. The response to the poll was overwhelmingly positive, with more than 70% of 50,000 voters requesting for BSV’s removal from the popular site.

Considering that Binance, ShapeShift, and Blockchain have set a precedent for the sudden removal of a cryptocurrency, and a leading Bitcoin fork no less, Kraken may soon follow through.

Well Within Exchanges’ Rights

While the delistings from the aforementioned upstarts have been widely lauded, Calvin Ayre of the BSV camp recently took to Twitter to express that Binance’s sudden act, for instance, is “illegal and corrupt.” But is this true?

According to industry lawyer Jake Chervinsky, no, far from. The commentator explained that per his knowledge of crypto’s ins and outs, “crypto exchanges are private companies,” thus meaning that have no obligation to keep an asset on their platform, adding that if “broad social consensus” is pushing for a firm to take action, “there’s nothing bad [with that].”

Alistair Milne, a Bitcoin investor, echoed this sentiment, writing that no coin, even Bitcoin itself, has an inherent right to liquidity, fiat on-ramps/off-ramps, wallets, and infrastructure.

Could This Debacle Be Hurting Crypto?

Although the removal of BSV is well within exchanges’ rights and could be deemed logical from a business standpoint, respected analyst Alex Krüger argued that this imbroglio hasn’t done much to aid the reputation of crypto. In fact, he quips that from the perspective of institutional stakeholders, the “Satoshi squabble” and BSV delisting makes the industry look “like a children’s playground,” instead of a cohesive group of professionals.

Krüger continued, writing that a delisting’s equivalent in traditional markets could take the form of an investment bigwig dumping assets of a company “perceived to be ‘misbehaving’ environmentally.” This, of course, is a nonsensical and overblown reaction to a potential non-issue.

The analyst’s argument is somewhat sound in that yesterday’s debacle accentuate that the cryptocurrency industry can often be disjointed, controversial, and hard to comprehend, but some claim that BSV’s downfall will be a net benefit for this space. As Cardano co-founder & IOHK chief executive Charles Hoskinson explained, Binance’s delisting of BSV is a clear sign that cryptocurrency doesn’t stand for bullying and fraud, and the mark of an end of “this dark chapter in crypto’s history.”

While Calvin Ayre & Co. have begged to differ, claiming that Binance’s leadership are adolescent, the majority of stakeholders in this space have agreed with Hoskinson’s comment, and signal boosted the message with their personal spin.

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Bitcoin Hovers Over $5,250 as Top Oil Futures See Slight Uptrend

Friday, April 19 — The top 20 cryptocurrencies are reporting mixed movements on the day by press time, as bitcoin (BTC) hovers over the $5,250 mark.

Market visualization courtesy of Coin360

Bitcoin is down a fraction of a percent on the day, trading at $5,264 at press time, according to CoinMarketCap. Looking at its weekly chart, the coin is over 3.5%.

Bitcoin 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Ether (ETH) is holding onto its position as the largest altcoin by market cap, which is nearly $18.2 billion. The second-largest altcoin, Ripple (XRP), has a market cap of $13.9 billion at press time.

CoinMarketCap data shows that ETH is up over half of a percent over the last 24 hours. At press time, ETH is trading around $173. On the week, the coin has also seen its value increase by nearly 3.5%.

Ethereum 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

XRP is down nearly 2% over the last 24 hours and is currently trading at around $0.331. On the week, the coin is up a modest 0.6%.

Ripple 7-day price chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

Recently, Hbus, the operator of the United States-based version of major crypto exchange Huobi.com, launched three trading pairs for XRP.

Among the top 20 cryptocurrencies, the coin reporting the most notable price action is binance coin (BNB), which is up 8.8%.

As Cointelegraph reported yesterday, Binance has launched its mainnet, Binance Chain, and expects to execute the swap of its native BNB token on April 23.

At press time, the total market capitalization of all cryptocurrencies is $179 billion, over 3% higher than the value it reported a week ago.

Total market capitalization 24-hour chart. Source: CoinMarketCap

In traditional markets, the United States stock market is seeing little movement so far today, with the S&P 500 up 4.58% and the Nasdaq up 0.02% at press time. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), on the other hand, has lost a solid 4.05% on the day at press time.

Major oil futures and indexes are a slight uptrend today, with WTI Crude up 0.31%, Brent Crude up 0.49% and Mars US up 0.35% at press time. The OPEC Basket is also up 1% and the Canadian Crude Index has seen no price change by press time, according to OilPrices.

Crypto Developer Raises $4 Mln From Samsung, Others to Launch Wallet Without Private Keys

Israeli cryptocurrency developer KZen has raised $4 million from backers including South Korean electronics giant Samsung, industry news outlet The Block reported on April 17.

The company’s product, smartphone wallet app ZenGo — currently in beta phase testing — aims to simplify custodial wallet usage for entry-level cryptocurrency users.

Using a combination of split key storage and biometric security features, the company hopes users will be able to benefit from a simple wallet user interface while not relying on a third party or themselves to hold their private keys and other sensitive information.

A smartphone and cloud storage form the two sharers of information needed to sign a transaction, part of a setup called threshold signatures.

“ZenGo uses open source threshold cryptography to replace the private key and all the troubles related to securely managing non-custodial wallets,” CEO and cofounder, Ouriel Ohayon, wrote in a blog post on April 15. He added:

“Our solution eliminates the typical friction points of onboarding and backup and does so without the existence of a single point of failure.”

Other sponsors of the investment round included Elron and Benson Oak Ventures.

The product builds on a trend that fellow custody startup Casa began with its mobile app Keymaster. Casa, however, only supports bitcoin (BTC), whereas ZenGo does not limit users to specific tokens.

Regarding the security of the cloud server aspect needed for transactions to work, Ohayon told The Block that extra backup procedures would appear following launch.

The private beta is currently available on iOS, with an Android equivalent to follow.

Every Crypto That’s Migrating to Binance Chain is Pumping

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Every Crypto That’s Migrating to Binance Chain is Pumping


Cryptocurrencies who are making the move to the new Binance Chain DEX are seeing some impressive price gains, which could open the floogates for many more to follow. 


Chain Migrations Are So Hot Right Now

Shortly after announcing the launch of its mainnet yesterday, as well as the details for the BNB swap, Binance revealed that Mithril (MITH) will be the first project to see its token migrated on Binance Chain.

“MITH will be one of the first projects to migrate tokens onto Binance_DEX. Our community, thank you for your support!” said Changpeng Zhao, Binance CEO.

Additionally, the cryptocurrency exchange also announced that they will be adding support for MITH/USDT trading pairs today, April 19th.

As a result, MITH price 00 surged. At the time of this writing, MITH is up more than 69 percent against the USD over the last 24 hours.

As seen in the above chart, MITH is doing very well when trading against BTC as well. Over the past day, it has marked an increase of about 57 percent.

Binance Midas Touch

While Mithril was the first project to announce its migration to Binance Chain, others are now following in its footsteps.

Red Pulse, a market intelligence platform which covers China’s economy and capital markets, has also revealed that it will be migrating to Binance’s blockchain.

Just as MITH, the price of Red Pulse’s token, PHX 00 has also surged following the announcement.

Against BTC, the token surged more than 36 percent. However, its price has since pulled back a bit as PHX is up about 20 percent up at press time.

Another token ENJIN 00, belonging to Enjin wallet, is also seeing considerable gains after announcing it would support Binance chain alongside the ENJ/USDT ticker being listed on the Binance exchange.

Incentive to Pump Price

Sudden increases in the prices of different altcoins following their migration to Binance’s blockchain surely remind of Ethereum and the ICO craze that saw prices saw to record highs when the total cryptocurrency market cap surpasses $800 billion.

Back then, a lot of newly issued tokens on the Ethereum network used to skyrocket in value following their initial coin offering, netting those who invested in them notable returns.

Of course, we have yet to see if Binance will become the new ‘token factory.’ But it will be interesting to see if more coins follow suit to Binance chain, particularly if it comes at the expense of Ethereum.

Admittedly, the incentive to pump their value after a 15-month bear market is certainly palpable at the moment.

What do you think of Binance’s blockchain and DEX? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comments below!


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年度大戏开幕 纽约金融服务部和Bittrex开撕

金色财经 比特币 4 月 19 日讯 Bittrex是近两年以来第一个申请BitLicense执照被纽约金融服务部(DFS)拒绝的加密货币交易所,这件事在加密货币行业里引起了不小的震动。最近,纽约金融服务部银行业务执行副主管席琳·艾米(Shirin Emami)出面解释了为什么会拒绝Bittrex。

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Bittrex最近向媒体披露了申请BitLicense许可被纽约金融服务部拒绝的消息,但不知道是有意为之还是其他原因,他们似乎刻意遗漏了而一些关键背景,比如该交易所没有很好地理解和遵守纽约金融服务部BitLicense许可申请所必需的要求。此外,Bittrex似乎错误地陈述了一些事实,甚至提供了误导性的图片。

首先,Bittrex交易所声称纽约金融服务部没有为他们提供指导,而且申请书已经“躺在”监管机构桌子上好多年了。很显然,这种说法是不真实的。

在许可申请的背景下,Bittrex交易所其实误解并歪曲了监管机构的指导意义。纽约金融服务部的指导主要包括以下两方面:

1、告知申请人许可申请的监管要求;

2、指出在许可被授予之前需要解决的缺陷。

但是,解决缺陷问题的工作仍然是申请人自己的责任。

在整个申请过程中,纽约金融服务部多次告知Bittrex其寻求许可批准的监管要求,还给发送了很多信件解释他们存在哪些缺陷,以便该交易所能够解决问题。但事实却不尽如人意,Bittrex仅仅在纸面上和纽约金融服务部进行了多次互动,他们要么承诺会遵守监管要求,要么尝试说服纽约金融服务部他们与其他受监管的公司不同,希望不用遵守合规要求,要么就是无法提供合适的材料。

Bittrex交易所首次申请许可的时候其实存在很多问题,包括:

1、客户尽职调查不足;

2、缺乏交易监控;

3、缺乏经验丰富的合规人员。

纽约金融服务部多次向Bittrex通报这些问题,虽然该交易所一再承诺会改进和解决,但一直到最后都没有解决问题。

交易监控

Bittrex无法承诺对交易进行长期监控,《美国银行家》杂志曾报道过,该交易所首席合规兼道德官约翰·罗斯(John Rose)曾表示他们有一个可疑交易监控流程,但是“半自动化”的,有些交易仍然需要人为手工监测。

事实上,纽约金融服务部曾反复告知Bittrex必须构建一个健全的交易监控系统,该交易所也承诺会在2018年之前满足监管要求,但一直到2018年 12月,他们依然只有一个人工交易监控系统,而且能够监控的交易量非常低,根本无法全面、准确地评估风险。

一个无法全面评估风险、仅根据交易规模来选择审查目标的交易监控系统,怎么能够称为是合规的风险控制系统呢?一个手工监控系统可以处理数百万笔交易的加密货币交易所吗?

纽约金融服务部其实已经明确告诉Bittrex交易所这些问题,然而他们竟然置若罔闻,要么是他们有意误导监管机构和市场,要么就是他们真的是“很傻很天真”。

客户尽职调查问题

Bittrex交易所的监控系统还有另一个问题:客户身份数据要么不完整,要么遗失。

假如你无法获得准确的客户姓名,又怎么能够对他们进行尽职调查,并让客户遵守监管要求呢(比如遵守OFAC制裁)?

更有趣的是,当纽约金融服务部告诉Bittrex存在客户尽职调查问题的时候,他们的回答竟然是——“这些虚假账户并不活跃”。但实际情况呢?根据纽约金融服务部针对非实名账户的抽样调查中,70%以上在某些交易时段是非常活跃的,甚至有些账户在2019年仍然存有资金。

不仅如此,根据另一项客户尽职调查结果显示,39%的Bittrex交易所抽样账户持有人都没有提供真实姓名,而该交易所从来没有检查过这些账户持有人的身份,也不知道是否满足OFAC的合规要求。虽然Bittrex交易所在去年十二月推出了最新的交易监控系统,但根本没有解决尽职调查问题,更不要说应对如此庞大的交易监控缺陷了。

就在最近,纽约金融服务部还发现了其他更严重的合规问题,在Bittrex交易所的抽样调查账户里竟然发现了两个朝鲜账户(不排除还存在其他“问题账户”)。此外,纽约金融服务部检查人员在2019年再次检查该交易所时,发现至少有两个伊朗账户在Bittrex交易系统里保持了活跃状态,而且都可以正常使用。

Bittrex上币标准也存在问题 

Bittrex交易所还试图推卸交易所上币标准的责任,声称有些加密货币是去中心化的,因此上币并不那么重要。但他们完全忽略了一个事实:上市决策其实是由Bittrex做出的,因此该交易所有义务对所有类型的资产进行尽职调查,就像如果他们想要获得纽约金融服务部的许可,就必须满足纽约金融服务部对虚拟货币的监管要求一样。 

需要关注的是,Bittrex在执行上币决策的时候也没有一个官方流程和系统性文件证明,这些都说明他们在合规方面的表现非常懒散。

更令人费解的是,Bittrex居然反对纽约金融服务部的监管协议标准,要知道这个监管协议的条款使用与之前所有申请方,也是《虚拟货币监管规定》所要求的,其中不仅包含了对新产品和并购交易进行预先审查要求,还罗列了满足监管规定资金要求的资本化公式。

纽约金融服务部在2019年再次审核Bittrex申请的时候,还特别关注了他们是否遵守《银行保密法》(BSA)、《反洗钱法》(AML)和OFAC合规的要求,但结果很不乐观。

Bittrex承诺在纽约获得虚拟货币和货币转移牌照,纽约金融服务部给了他们很多机会来满足必要的监管要求,但他们并没有兑现承诺,因此申请才被驳回。

Bittrex的“反击”

Bittrex交易所认为纽约金融服务部超越了自己的监管权限,随意更改规则和指导方针,而且声称该监管机构此前一直仅表达了一些担忧,并没有给出实质性的决定,甚至还表达愿意和Bittrex达成监管协议,并在今年一月办法BitLicense。然而当Bittrex交易所尝试和纽约金融服务部进一步探讨协议条款和监管范围的时候,该监管机构突然反应激烈,最终驳回了他们的申请,具体行为有以下四点:

1、纽约金融服务部监管协议中要求的一些东西,与现有的BitLicense和Money Transmission License规定存在冲突。没有一个州像纽约一样想要实施限制业务的规定,Bittrex已经成功地与很多监管机构达成合作,而且还在其他许多州获得了许可。

2、纽约金融服务部之前的规定是允许进行“手动或自动”的交易监控,但他们为什么不按照自己的规定来要求Bittrex呢?而且,他们忽略了Bittrex将在2019年4月实现完全自动化交易监控的事实。

3、纽约金融服务部选择让Bittrex遵守以前根本不存在的标准,之前没有一家获得BitLicense许可的交易所曾列出过上币标准,Bittrex希望纽约金融服务部能够提供一个上币标准,但他们做不到。

4、纽约金融服务部的行为表明,他们想要报复Bittrex,而不是保护消费者。Bittrex在2019年没有任何朝鲜或伊朗公民账户。然而,如果纽约金融服务部真的发现了证据,为什么不直接与Bittrex沟通,让我们纠正错误呢?

 

文章翻译自 CoinDesk

第三届中国区块链开发大赛报名正式开启

中国区块链技术和产业发展论坛今日发布《关于举办第三届中国区块链开发大赛的通知》,通知如下:

论坛各成员单位、各有关单位:

2016年10月中国区块链技术和产业发展论坛(以下称:论坛)成立以来,在工业和信息化部信息化和软件服务业司、国家标准化管理委员会工业标准二部的指导下,于2017年5月成功举办了首届中国区块链开发大赛,2018年6月第二届中国区块链开发大赛也圆满落幕。为进一步培育区块链应用解决方案,推动我国区块链技术和产业发展生态环境,论坛联合相关单位举办主题为“标准引领,应用创新”的第三届中国区块链开发大赛,有关事项通知如下:

 

一、组织机构


 

1、主办单位

中国电子技术标准化研究院

浙江省杭州市萧山区人民政府

2、承办单位

钱江世纪城管委会

中国区块链技术和产业发展论坛

杭州日报报业集团(华媒控股)

区块链技术应用产业联盟(凤凰社)

3、协办单位

上海万向区块链股份公司

深圳前海微众银行股份有限公司

中国平安保险(集团)股份有限公司

北京蚂蚁云金融信息服务有限公司

众安信息技术服务有限公司

厦门安妮股份有限公司

易见供应链管理股份有限公司

上海金丘信息科技股份有限公司

上海复星高科技(集团)有限公司

北京京东尚科信息技术有限公司

普华永道中天会计师事务所(特殊普通合伙)

永辉超市股份有限公司

福建省海峡区块链研究院

江苏通付盾科技有限公司

百度在线网络技术(北京)有限公司

深圳市腾讯计算机系统有限公司

链极智能科技(上海)有限公司

深圳华大基因科技有限公司

浙江省区块链技术应用协会

火鸟财经

 

二、参赛对象


 

我国从事区块链研发企业、高校和个人团队,每个参赛团队的人员规模为3~5人。参赛对象应满足下列条件:

1、参赛队名不包含不文明字样,如是企业参赛团队不得使用企业名称

2、参赛作品是区块链应用项目,且不得违反国家相关法律法规,不得侵犯他人知识产权;

3、参赛作品必须为原创作品,所采用的技术架构至少能与《区块链 参考架构》规定的功能视图中核心层、服务层和应用层映射。

 

三、参赛形式


 

1、 以组队形式参赛,其中1人为领队;

2、 每家单位最多允许3支队伍参赛。

 

四、参赛作品


 

1、 源代码及可部署运行的目标应用系统;

2、 应用系统演示材料PPT或Word。

 

五、参赛要求


 

1、参赛对象报名需网上提交报名材料,经审核符合条件的参赛团队可获得现场参赛资格,提交材料要求在参赛通知中另行规定;

2、获得现场参赛资格的参赛团队需与论坛秘书处(中国电子技术标准化研究院)签署相关知识产权协议,协议内容由论坛秘书处另行发布;

3、获得现场参赛资格的参赛团队需按要求完成现场开发部署,并提交参赛作品的技术资料,相关要求在参赛通知中另行规定;

4、以分布式应用账本开源社区项目(Dappledger)为开发平台的参赛项目可获得加分;

5、违反央行等七部委于2017年9月4日发布《关于防范代币发行融资风险的公告》的团队将随时被取消比赛资格;

6、参赛通知中规定的其他事项。

 

六、赛事安排


 

1、参赛通知:2019年4月19日发布。

2、报名时间:2019年4月19日—6月19日,完成组队,并按照参赛通知的要求提交相关报名材料、参赛方案。

3、初选时间:2019年6月25日前,由论坛技术委员会对参赛团队进行初选,筛选出满足条件要求的参赛团队参加比赛。

4、公示:2019年6月 28日,论坛秘书处通过大赛网站和公众号公示参赛团队名单。

5、现场开发部署:参赛团队搭建开发环境(组委会提供网络资源),进行现场开发,开发成果可部署在大赛提供的部署环境,也可部署在自备的部署环境中,比赛后提交源代码及相关资料。

6、现场路演和评选:每个参赛团队路演时间为8分钟,答辩时间为10分钟,专家评分为2分钟。

7、结果发布:发布获奖作品。

8、成果宣传:邀请获奖参赛团队代表现场介绍参赛成果。

 

七、评审规则


 

1、论坛秘书处从论坛专家委员会、副理事长单位和支持本次大赛的投资方中邀请多名专家组成评审团队,设评审组长1名;

2、按照百分制进行打分,计分方法是去掉一个最高分和一个最低分后累加,平均分为最终的比赛成绩;

3、具体评分原则在参赛通知发布后,由论坛秘书处另行规定。

 

八、奖项设置


 

1、本次大赛综合类一等奖1名、二等奖1名、三等奖1名。另根据《中国区块链技术和应用发展白皮书(2016版)》中金融服务、供应链管理、公益文化、社会娱乐、教育就业、智能制造提出的六大领域设置应用类奖项。

2、在评审过程中若存在得分(按百分制小数点2位计算)相同的情况,则采用专家组投票的方式决定最终保留的名额。

 

九、奖励和支持方式


 

论坛按照下述方式给予奖励支持:

一等奖 1名 奖金5万元

二等奖 1名 奖金3万元

三等奖 1名 奖金1万元

应用奖 6名 奖金1万元

 

十、报名方式


 

网络报名(报名网址:www.cbdforum.cn)。

Twitter精选:美国总统候选人提议加密监管;币安链主网上线引发上币效应

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2019/04/19 期

本期作者:三月既望

01

币安链主网上线,上币效应显现

昨日,币安宣布币安公链主网正式发布,随后赵长鹏(以下简称CZ)发推证实MITH(中文名秘银币,一个去中心化社交网络项目)将会是首批迁移至币安主链的代币之一(译者注:预计4月23日在主网切换)。

消息一经发出,MITH代币在币安交易所暴涨50%,有网友评价到“币安链上币效应已经显现“。(译者注:据笔者观察,近期coinbase的上币效应有减弱的趋势,币安的上币效益一直很显著)。

CZ回复到:是的,猜猜有多少项目正在排队进行代币迁移?

02

美国总统候选人呼吁制定明确的加密货币法规

据Coindesk报道:

劲爆消息:美国总统候选人Andrew Yang(译者注:首个华裔参选人,中文名杨安泽)阐述了他竞选中有关加密货币的政策立场,他呼吁更加明确的税收以及规范“哪些机构对加密货币/数字资产拥有监管权“。

Andrew Yang在其推特上也发表评论:

数字资产/加密货币监管政策:对加密货币和数字资产的投资超出了我们的监管框架。投资者需要知道他们的待遇是什么,以便在美国进行适当的创新。

03

白俄罗斯总统提议建立比特币挖矿数据中心

据miniupdate报道,白俄罗斯总统Lukashenko想要建立一个由核电站供电的比特币挖矿数据中心,并计划开采和出售比特币。风险投资人Andrew Kang评论称“政府推动加密货币的多米诺骨牌启动“。

04

摩根溪联合创始人Pomp谈加密货币市场

1、华尔街现在又在谈论比特币,因为市场情绪在转好,并且他们意识到比特币不会归零。

2、在过去的12个月中,黑石集团,仅这一家资产管理公司就募集了1260亿美金的新资金。

这比比特币和以太坊加起来的市值还多。(译者注:根据CoinMarketCap数据统计,当前数字货币总市值约1780亿美金,其中比特币和以太坊市值之和约为1100亿美金。)

我们还处在早期,保持耐心。

本期作者:三月既望,一个以自己生日作为IP的区块链自媒体,多个区块链课程、书籍作者,区块链从业者及投资人。

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赚了11亿后,2345告别区块链?

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曾在区块链大踏步尝试过的A股上市公司上海二三四五网络控股集团股份有限公司(股票代码:002195.SZ,以下简称“二三四五”),可能正在止步区块链。

4 月 15 日,二三四五发布其 2018 年年度报告摘要,报告提及二三四五尚未对其旗下的二三四五(深圳)区块链技术有限公司(以下简称“深圳二三四五”)进行出资。

工商资料显示,深圳二三四五是A股上市公司二三四五的全资子公司,成立于 2018 年 1 月,注册资本 5000 万,旗下拥有两个“软件著作权”,分别是“章鱼星球app软件”和“星球联盟Android版软件”。

据 Odaily星球日报多方了解,章鱼星球是二三四五旗下的区块链产品。不过,眼下该产品正陷入“死胡同”。

2018 年 2 月,二三四五上线了区块链项目官网,并发布《2345 区块链方案白皮书 1.0》。白皮书中宣布推出“2345 星球联盟计划”,计划基于区块链技术,打造一个用户通过行为能获得激励的平台。

白皮书中提到一个数字代币,星星币(代币名称:STC),发行总量为 15 亿枚。

随后,二三四五发售了用以挖“星星币”的云盘,“章鱼星球”,其在非官方渠道一度被炒至 2500 元。

不过,星星币让二三四五陷入非法发币、炒币等负面舆论中。虽然二三四五后来紧急叫停兑币业务,但随后引发的币价大跌、章鱼星球贬值,又引来了用户维权风波。

如今,星星币在部分交易所实时价格跌到 2 分钱,有的则已经停止交易。章鱼星球矿工透露,该矿机现在每天最多挖出两个星星币,“连开机电费都赚不回来。”

币价跳水、硬件甩卖、维权声音四起…… 如此,二三四五的区块链之路似乎很难再走下去。

章鱼星球市价严重缩水

“没有希望了,出掉算了,欢迎打包。”近日,“cui1899”在二手闲置品交易平台闲鱼上以 65 元一台的价格,挂出了自己的手中 220 台的章鱼星球设备。

在闲鱼上,像“cui1899”一样清仓手中章鱼星球设备的人并不少,大家挂出的价格多在 55 至 200 元区间。大多章鱼星球设备卖家展示的商品图片中,数百台章鱼星球云盘硬件被整齐划一地摆放在货架上,统一开机、管理,颇有矿场的架势。

一名卖家告诉 Odaily星球日报:“市场上二手章鱼星球价格多在 60 元左右。”

然而,距此仅仅一年前,由 A 股上市公司二三四五推出的章鱼星球还处于疯狂抢购、供不应求的狂欢中。

2018 年 2 月 9 日,二三四五上线了区块链项目官网,并发起“2345星球联盟”计划,宣称“每个用户的网络行为(入浏览页面、游戏下载、线上支付、观看视频等)都将被视为是网络贡献行为,2345星球联盟根据用户的贡献程度给出相应的星星币激励,并根据用户持币比例分配用户的收益。

与该项目同时推出的,还有一个挖矿云盘“章鱼星球”,其被称为 2345星球联盟“通行证”,要想获得 2345星球联盟提供的“赚钱”机遇,用户必须购买章鱼星球设备。

其宣传的“赚钱”模式引发了大量用户关注。据公开报道,2018 年 3 月 28 日,首批章鱼星球设备在 2345星球联盟官网中发售,仅 12 秒钟,官网上架的章鱼星球被抢购一空。

有数据统计,章鱼星球的硬件发布后,首批产品收到了近 180 万用户的预约。首批发售根本无法满足用户的热情,随后 2345星球联盟在 4 月 11 日上线了第二批产品,这次更是在 4 秒内就售罄了全部库存。

在尝到了产品推出即被秒杀一空的甜头后,章鱼星球在同年 4 月 25 日上线京东众筹,3 秒即突破了百万元,56 分钟完成了 1000 万的众筹目标。

过程中,章鱼星球不断加推产品,屡次刷新京东众筹的速度记录和众筹金额。有媒体报道,一直到 5 月 8 日,2345章鱼星球的众筹金额突破了 4000 万元,创下京东众筹新高。

当时章鱼星球的官方定价为 1299 元,即便如此,章鱼星球还是在火爆的行情下一机难求,不少买家还在论坛中高价求购。

有媒体曾潜入章鱼星球的用户群,群里用户起初并不认为发币是个大问题,还坚信二三四五上市公司的实力背书。

但伴随着媒体指出二三四五发币,二三四五开始不断切割自己与章鱼星球的关系,星星币价格从 1.1 元跌至 2 分钱。

如今,“章鱼星球用户群”逐渐变成了“章鱼星球维权群”。除了偶有发布低价抛售章鱼星球信息外,更多还是在讨论退货渠道。一些维权者甚至找上了此前帮助章鱼星球销售的京东众筹,寻求退款。

有用户质疑:“章鱼盒子一千多买的,不到一年跌到几十块,算欺诈吗?”

还有人想要借鉴西安奔驰维权模式向二三四五讨要退款:“小女子哭一下奔驰都退款了,大老爷们去干嚎二三四五会退钱吗?”

币价缩水近百倍

除了二三四五原来的用户基础,章鱼星球的爆火更多还源于其激励——星星币。

当时,曾有大量的区块链用户入场,主要还是看准星星币从未对外公布过的虚拟货币身份。

不过,据中国之声《新闻纵横》报道,在 2018 年 6 月 21 日之后,陆续有境外的虚拟货币交易所上线了积分星(即“星星币”),开放了积分星兑法币业务,代币行情巅峰时价格为 1.1 元人民币。

出于二三四五的 A 股上市公司背景的背书,及虚拟货币当时的投资热潮,不少人大手笔入场。

财联社也曾报道,当时一个名为“章鱼星球”的公众号还推出了“交易攻略”,指导读者如何将积分星转移至 BTBTOP 交易所并进行交易套现。

报道称,除 BTBTOP交易所外,Wjwcoin(玩家网)、Coineal、Biclub等交易所也上线了积分星代币交易。

兑现业务被叫停之后,星星币没了兑换出口,当初高价批量购置章鱼星球挖矿的买家也成了被割的“韭菜”。

近日,Odaily星球日报登陆 BTBTOP 交易所发现,星星币(STC,即积分星)在 2018 年 6 月 21 日开始有交易记录,开盘价即为星星币最高价,1.1 元人民币。随后星星币遭遇跳水式下跌,币价一路走低,当前该币币价维持在每枚 2 分钱左右,24 小时成交量仅为 2.209 个 STC。

2345星球联盟的章鱼云盘 APP 中,也仅上线了星星商城的内测版,推出了星星币兑换商品板块,但目前仅有 5 款二三四五的周边产品可以交易,分别是万用表、章鱼玩偶、计算器、蓝牙音箱等。

章鱼云盘 APP 后来推出了星星币兑回计划,不过,回购计划的返现比例却不如人意。

“花了 2500 买设备,现在每天产出 2 个币,每个币 2345 准备 1 分钱回收。也就是一天收益 2 分钱,还要自己搭电费。”章鱼星球维权者说。

现在的 2345王牌技术员论坛中,更多也是维权和吐槽贴。有人吐槽,自己是第一批入场章鱼星球的人,到现在也没有赚回电费。有人也在论坛里做起了收二手设备的生意,称只收不超过 10 元的机器。还有人在回收贴子里评论:回收拿回去做废铁吗?

被深交所问询后紧急切割

伴随着媒体对 2345章鱼星球的频繁关注和揭露,二三四五多次否认了其与星星币的代币销售关系,这同时也导致了大量投资者认为章鱼星球涉嫌虚假宣传。在 2018 年下半年二三四五不断陷入非法发币、炒币、虚假宣传等负面舆论中。

在国家对 ICO 打击态势严峻的当下,二三四五收到了深交所的问询函,要求二三四五对其旗下的区块链业务相关情况进行说明。

2018 年 12 月 18 日,二三四五发布了回复公告:2345星球联盟其中部分业务环节运用了区块链技术,公司不涉及数字货币及交易,业务开展合法合规。

对于未以临时公告形式披露 2345星球联盟及章鱼星球一事,二三四五回应称,2018 年全年“2345星球联盟”业务产生的销售收入及净利润占公司 2017 年经审计的营业收入及净利润的比例不超过 10%,对公司 2018 年度经营业绩无重大影响,不属于上市公司法定应当披露的信息范畴。

对于媒体报道中提及的章鱼星球涉嫌宣传、个人用户与代理商维权等情况,二三四五先是否认虚假宣传,后称章鱼星球硬件的销售收入和净利润占公司收入及净利润比重小,不会对公司年度业绩产生重大影响,并提示投资者注意投资风险。同时还回应称星球联盟产品用户增长稳定,将不断更新产品,接入更多产品和服务,丰富场景生态。

二三四五对深交所的这份问询回复公告再度被媒体抨击系“避重就轻”。

与此同时,二三四五还火速与章鱼星球进行了切割。

财联社报道揭露章鱼星球服务号辅助投资者进行虚拟货币兑现后,该服务号立即更名为“生活常识之旅行”,同时更换了头像和菜单栏信息,将所有涉币信息删除。

2345星球联盟官网域名也从“www.2345.org”更名为“www.xingqiulm.com”。

即便二三四五忙着切割,并多次否认涉嫌发币事实,但仍难撇清关系。

中国之声《新闻纵横》报道中采访到的投资者曾表示,章鱼星球销售过程中,二三四五的工作人员将买家介绍给代理商,但在将星星币转化为人民币的关键环节上,二三四五并不出面。

4 月 15 日,二三四五发布的最新年报摘要中提及,二三四五尚未对其旗下的深圳二三四五区块链公司出资。

工商资料及其年报摘要显示,深圳二三四五区块链公司于 2018 年 1 月 17 日在深圳成立,注册资本为 5000 万元人民币。

2345星球联盟官网中依旧挂着“ A 股上市公司旗下产品”的标牌。

尚未出资旗下区块链技术公司,究竟意味着什么?对此,Odaily星球日报尝试通过致电、官方邮件渠道联系二三四五方面,但截至发稿前尚未得到其官方任何回应。

从现金贷到区块链

二三四五的成名作是 2345网站导航。随后,二三四五一直在网页游戏等互联网的垂直领域发力,试图将导航网站的流量变现。

但二三四五的互联网信息服务业务在 2015 年前后,也逐步遇到了营收和利润增长瓶颈,在 2015 年以后开始了从“互联网服务商”到“互联网+金融创新”的转型。

财报数据显示,2015 年至 2017 年期间,二三四五在金融业务上的营收从 912.73 万元增长到了 20.93 亿元,金融业务占年营收的比例也从 0.62% 跃升至 65.42%。亿欧网报道统计,其金融业务 3 年的营收规模增长了 230 倍。

这之中,二三四五的现金贷业务最为亮眼。

36kr 此前报道曾显示,随着现金贷在 2016 年开始兴起,2015 年时还处于 732 万亏损的“2345贷款王”,在 2016 年时放款总额同比增长 2164.98%。2017 年仅半年的时间,2345贷款王就向二三四五贡献了 2.39 亿元净利润,占母公司利润的 50%。

但互金之路也并不好走。2018 年初,二三四五公布一则业绩快报,公布了一则总额 9.64 亿元的资产减值,二三四五方面称,主要原因系公司报告期内与持牌金融机构合作开展的互联网消费金融业务快速发展,导致发放贷款及垫款金额大幅增长引起公司应承担的坏账损失相应增加所致。

出于监管和风控等压力,二三四五在 2017 年末正式砍掉了其现金贷业务。也是在这时,二三四五转向了区块链,并发布了其《2345区块链方案白皮书1.0》。

那么转向区块链,对二三四五来说,又获得了什么?

二三四五 2018 年半年报显示,2345星球联盟作为新增业务被归属于互联网信息服务业务板块,在半年报中被单独罗列说明。在 2018 年上半年,二三四五在互联网信息服务板块实现收入超过 11.8 亿元,相较前一年同期增长了 127.95% ,

这意味着,在 2018 上半年,二三四五通过 2345星球联盟项目攫取的巨额收入。

IMO 集体落败

二三四五旗下章鱼星球的云盘挖矿模式并非首创。

早在 2017 年下半年,迅雷推出了名为“玩客云”的共享云计算产品。用户通过玩客云贡献自己的闲置带宽与存储资源,并获得“链克”(原名“玩客币”)奖励。

不过,火过一阵后,迅雷的玩客云也与章鱼星球一样,正在面临着尴尬境遇。

此前迅雷公布 2018 年 Q3 财报后,年报中包含玩客云销售的云计算等业务 Q3 营收为 1980 万美元,同比增长 150 万美元。增幅数据在 2016年Q3-2017年Q3 时高达 110% ,但在 2017年Q3-2018年Q3 的增幅只有 8.3%。

媒体分析,2018 年 Q3 中,云计算及 IVAS 业务在迅雷整体业务中表现最弱,意味着迅雷玩客云正在面临着“卖不动”的瓶颈。

除此之外,法律因素是这类产业的最大的风险。

早在 2018 年 1 月 12 日,中国互联网金融协会发布了关于防范变相 ICO 活动的风险提示,其中以迅雷“链克”为代表,概括了“以矿机为核心发行虚拟数字资产”(IMO)的模式。

简单来说,IMO,指首次通过售卖硬件/矿机来发行代币。提示中也解析,IMO 本质上还是一种融资行为,也是变相 ICO。

但无论是项目方的 ICO,还是二三四五和迅雷的 IMO,最后都因为缺少实际价值支撑,沦为一地鸡毛。

Will McAfee Disclose Nakamoto’s Identity? Crypto Will Suffer If He Did

In a series of intriguing tweets, John McAfee dropped a bombshell yesterday by claiming knowledge of Satoshi Nakamoto’s identity. McAfee intends to end speculation on Nakamoto’s identity once and for all, which he feels is necessary for the crypto space to move forward. He goes on to say he will divulge information until Nakamoto comes forward. Failing that, McAfee himself will disclose Nakamoto’s identity.

Satoshi Nakamoto

John McAfee’s outing of Satoshi Nakamoto has reignited speculation on crypto’s greatest mystery. At present, the only widely known report pertains to him being an unknown person, or group, who developed Bitcoin. According to a profile on P2P Foundation, which is an organization studying peer-to-peer technology, Nakamoto claims to be a Japanese resident born on the 5th April 1975.

However, given his perfect English, with the use of colloquialisms, some speculate he is not Japanese. Or in the very least, a member of his team originates from the British Commonwealth.

Following the timeline of his last known actions, he continued to contribute to the coding of Bitcoin until mid-2010. It was then Gavin Andresen received control of the source code repository and network alert key. After that, Nakamoto’s involvement with Bitcoin ended.

The mysterious circumstances of his sudden disappearance have only added to Bitcoin’s allegorical notoriety. But, this hasn’t stopped speculation on several names including Nick Szabo, Craig Wright, Dorian Nakamoto, and Hal Finney. With some even claiming Bitcoin is a US Intelligence project.

John McAfee

According to McAfee, the secret of who Nakamoto is perpetuates a pointless exercise. To which, the entire crypto industry would benefit from knowing his identity. In one of his tweets, he said:

“I protected the identity of Satoshi. It’s time, though, that this be put to bed. Imposters claim to be him, we are spending time and energy in search of him – It’s a waste. Every day I will narrow down the identity of Satoshi until he reveals himself, or I reveal him.”

However, given McAfee’s past form for sensationalism, it’s fair to question whether he knows Nakamoto’s true identity. But, at the same time, McAfee’s cypherpunk credentials do stack up, giving plausibility to his claims. Especially so, considering his active involvement in the industry during Bitcoin’s formative years.

Nakamoto Wants Anonymity

Whether McAfee will out Nakamoto, or not, this much is clear, Nakamoto wishes to remain anonymous. According to Alex Lielacher, his motives for anonymity are based on safeguarding the Bitcoin project and allowing it to operate on its own merit. He wrote:

“it is arguable that he remained anonymous in order to avoid the possibility of him becoming the de facto leader of the system and, thereby, having people place their trust in him as the creator as opposed to the ledger. Moreover, any announcement by Satoshi would likely be regarded as investment advice by those who held the digital currency and may have resulted in price movements.”

Image courtesy of CoinSutra.