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Stellar (XLM) the Latest Cryptocurrency Added to Grayscale

Grayscale, a cryptocurrency investment group, has just announced that it has launched its latest fund. This new fund is dedicated specifically to Stellar (XLM).

Grayscale Adds Stellar (XLM)

Grayscale is a digital asset management firm that operates under the Digital Currency Group umbrella. Before the addition of Stellar, Grayscale held eight other digital currency trusts.

The trusts now include:

  • Bitcoin (BTC)
  • Bitcoin Cash (BCH)
  • Ethereum (ETH)
  • Ethereum Classic (ETC)
  • Horizen (ZEN)
  • Litecoin (LTC)
  • Stellar (XLM)
  • XRP
  • Zcash (ZEC)

“We are pleased to bring Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust to market and will continue to provide investors access to established blockchain projects with substantial traction and resources,” said Michael Sonnenshein, Managing Director of Grayscale. “Grayscale has established a leadership role in this emerging industry and the launch of this product will expand our coverage of the digital asset universe.”

The Grayscale Stellar Lumens Trust is now the first single-asset investment product that provides investors with exposure to Stellar (XLM). Stellar Lumens, or XLM, is the native digital asset of the Stellar Network.

>> Binance Freezes Tokens from Hacked Cryptopia Exchange

Sonnenshein spoke to Fortune about his views on the Stellar Network. The Director of Grayscale believes that Stellar is in a good position to be used in the world and believes the theory behind the project is sound. Specifically, Sonnenshein believes that the working capital aspect of the Stellar Lumens network is what will make it more appealing to banks.

The current banking system requires each major bank to hold large reserves of currencies in foreign banks, but being able to bring those balances of foreign currencies into working capital is what the Grayscale Director finds to be extremely valuable.

Currently, Grayscale also holds XRP, which is Stellar’s competitor. However, Ripple’s network is geared more towards banks, while Stellar (XLM) hopes its project will be used for just about anyone. Specifically, smaller businesses.

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Rocke Malware | Sneaky Monero Miner Can Disable Cloud Security

There is a new malware out there to watch out for. Dubbed the Rocke Malware, this form of cryptojacking has the ability to disable cloud security software so as to illicitly mine for Monero (XMR) undetected.

Rocke Malware Discovered

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks is the team behind the worrying discovery. It published a report yesterday saying that the hacking goes by the disguise the Rocke Group and is targeting public cloud systems.

If downloaded, the malware takes administrative control, uninstalls cloud security products and then inputs a code that mines for Monero cryptocurrency.

It’s exceedingly clever; the system follows procedures detailed on the service provider’s user manual on how to uninstall the Could Host Security product. By doing this, it doesn’t arouse suspicion and goes undetected.

What is Rocke Malware?

The software has the ability to uninstall five different cloud security products on Linux servers. These cloud security systems are the product of major Chinese cloud developers Alibaba and Tencent, and the malware looks to be selectively targeting them.

To mine for Monero without detection, the Rocke Malware attacks vulnerabilities in Apache Struts 2, Oracle WebLogic, and Adobe ColdFusion applications, and then downloads a shell script named a7.

Rocke can also kill any potential rival hackers trying to infiltrate the system. When it first arrives on the system, it avoids detection because it acts without malice.

>> Stellar (XLM) the Latest Cryptocurrency Added to Grayscale

Monero (XMR)

Monero continues to be the chosen favorite of hackers. This is because its network has a high focus on privacy and user identities are concealed. It is incredibly difficult to trace transactions to the users on the Monero network. For this reason, the crypto is said to be chosen by criminals to send and receive illegal money.

According to a recent study, hackers have mined 4.32% of the total XMR in circulation. Further, a McAfee study published in December showed that incidents involving crypto mining malware grew over 4,000% in 2018.

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Binance Freezes Tokens from Hacked Cryptopia Exchange

New Zealand-based crypto exchange Cryptopia was hacked two days ago. The thief (or thieves) made off with approximately $3.6 million in cryptocurrency. Now, the biggest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, has frozen tokens sent to its wallet by the alleged hackers.

Binance Freezes Tokens

According to Binance CEO Changpeng ‘CZ’ Zhao, the exchange reportedly received an unspecified amount of cryptocurrency that social media users noted looked suspicious. The transactions were coming from addresses known to be related to the Cryptopia hack.

Cryptopia currently remains shut down while police investigate the hacking.

The Frozen Tokens

CZ spoke on the matter and said Binance staff are holding the tokens while the investigation is underway. The tokens arrived on the exchange in several batches of MTL coins valued at $7,830 and KNC tokens valued at $6,867 at the time of writing.

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Speaking on Twitter CZ showed his surprise at the hacker’s decision:

“[Binance was] able to freeze some of the funds. I don’t understand why the hackers keep sending to Binance. Social media will be pretty fast to report it, and we will freeze it. It’s a high risk maneuver for them.”

Cryptopia Hack

Cryptopia itself has been unable to comment on events surrounding the hacking because of the police investigation. As a result, we don’t know an awful lot about the events leading up to the hack. One suspicion has arisen over large sums of tokens being moved on the exchange in the days preceding the attack. A positive move was that Cryptopia revealed it to investors immediately and didn’t try to hide it as has been an issue in similar past incidences.

Hacking on crypto exchanges is nothing new. Unfortunately, the regularity of hacking is a big reason why cryptocurrency has faced difficulty with mainstream adoption. The risks associated with trading the coins is considered far too volatile for major industry and financial bodies.

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Crypto News | UPS Invests in Blockchain & Circle Stablecoin Fully Backed

All major cryptocurrencies are seeing red again today. This week has brought higher-than-normal volatility for most of the top digital currencies on the market, making investors scratch their heads. Today, we’ll take a look at the latest trending crypto news.

Crypto News: UPS Invests in Blockchain

Today, the top crypto news is surrounding the logistic giant, the United Parcel Service (NYSE:UPS). It was announced that the investment arm of the shipping company made an undisclosed equity investment in the US enterprise blockchain company, Inxeption. This UPS investment will be used to create innovative new e-commerce solutions for B2B sellers and buyers.

“Inxeption’s technology is attractive to UPS because it helps unlock new efficiencies for customers using B2B e-commerce platforms,” said Kevin Warren, UPS Chief Marketing Officer. “UPS creates alliances and partnerships to gain market knowledge and position the company as the shipper of choice in ecommerce.”

Inxeption began operations back in 2017 and aims to use blockchain technology to improve various processes for businesses. A primary focus for the company is supply chain, something UPS could highly benefit from. This is positive crypto news, considering the number of recent hacks that are driving down investor confidence.

Crypto News: Circle Stablecoin Audit Report Released

Along with the UPS news, the other big crypto news released today was in regards to Circle’s stablecoin (USDC). The auditing firm Grant Thornton released an attestation report yesterday confirming its USDC coin being fully USD-backed.

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This is also great crypto news, as there has been vast skepticism on stablecoins across the board. The report confirms:

“In our opinion, the Reserve Account Information in the accompanying Reserve Account Report as of December 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM UTC is correctly stated, based on the criteria set forth in the Reserve Account Report, in all material respects.”

While this doesn’t speak for all stablecoins, it’s good for investors to know they can trust the Circle stablecoin.

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Ripple Update | XRP Private Keys at Risk but CEO Optimistic

Ripple has been in the crypto news quite a lot these past few weeks. The company behind the world’s second-largest digital currency, XRP, has released statements on growth, a hack, and a number of other developments with its platform. Today, we provide our readers with a Ripple update and the latest developments of the xRapid platform.

Ripple Update: Potential Private Key Vulnerability

This morning, Ripple provided investors with an update regarding a recent research paper released by DFINITY Foundation and the University of California. In this paper, both parties revealed that a portion of Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), and XRP addresses were vulnerable to attacks.

Ripple wanted to clear this up on their end before things spun out of control. The Ripple update informs investors that the private XRP keys used before August 2015 are vulnerable. The researchers in the report claim to have successfully hacked hundreds of private keys thanks to “biased nonces.”

Ripple concludes that deterministic nonce generation has been a part of its software since August 2015, making it safe from this vulnerability. While this hack is alarming, the research also states that centralized and single-computing systems are hacked with much more success and frequency than private keys.

Ripple’s Positive Movement

On the more positive side of the Ripple update, last week Ripple announced RippleNet has passed the 200 customer mark. RippleNet is currently operational in over 40 countries and on six different continents.

>> Crypto Hack Takes Crypto Exchange Cryptopia Offline

“In 2018, nearly 100 financial institutions joined RippleNet, and we’re now signing two—sometimes three—new customers per week. We also saw a 350 percent increase last year in customers sending live payments, and we’re beginning to see more customers flip the switch and leverage XRP for on-demand liquidity,” said Brad Garlinghouse, CEO of Ripple. “At the end of the day, our goal is to make sure our customers can provide excellent, efficient cross-border payments experiences for their customers, wherever they are in the world.”

XRP Movement

According to CoinMarketCap, XRP is currently trading at $0.328 a coin, up +0.18%. The digital currency remains the world’s second-largest cryptocurrency by total market cap.

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