The major hardware wallets manufacturer Ledger has recently unveiled vulnerabilities in its direct competitor Trezor – more specifically, its devices. This is a viral topic in the latest cryptocurrency news, emerging from a report that was published on Monday, March 11.
Currently, Trezor is not available to comment on Ledger’s findings. However, the study states that these vulnerabilities were found by Attack Lab. The Lab is the company’s department that hacks into its own and the competitors’ devices to improve security.
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Ledger right now claims that it has repeatedly addressed Trezor about the weakness in the Trezor One and Trezor T wallets – and decided to make them public after the responsible disclosure period has ended.
There are a number of issues, including:
- The genuineness of the devices. As the Ledger team stated, the Trezor device can be imitated by backdooring the device with malware and re-sealing it in its box by faking a tamper-proof sticker which is easy to remove.
- Ledger hackers guessed the value of the PIN on a Trezor wallet using a side-channel attack, later reporting it to Trezor (November 2018). The company solved the issue in the 1.8.0 update.
- The possibility of stealing confidential data from the device. An attacker with physical access to the Trezor One and Trezor T can easily extract all the data from the flash memory and therefore gain control over the assets that are stored on the device.
- The crypto library found in Trezor One does not contain proper countermeasures against hardware attacks. This makes it easy to hack into and extract the secret key via a side-channel attack.
Users Can’t Be Sure When Purchasing Trezor Hardware?
In the recent report, Ledger claims that users cannot be sure when they purchase hardware from the official Trezor website. In that way, the attacker could possibly buy multiple devices, backdoor them and send them back to the manufacturer asking for a refund.
As they concluded, “in case the compromised device is sold again, the user’s crypto funds can be stolen.”
Venezuelan President Mandates New Petro-Financed Housing Scheme
“We tell President Nicolás Maduro that we continue to follow his instructions, moving forward and giving concrete samples when delivering homes, and the next milestones will be with Petro and the homes will be more protected by this mechanism.”Another member of the Venezuelan government was in the altcoin news. Joselit Ramirez, who is the superintendent of virtual currency in the country, praised the department and its confirmaiton that it will adhere to the Petro Incentive plan. He described the department as “a bastion of transformation of the entire national economy" and stated that this program will allow private investors to finance the construction of public housing through the stock market with 4,000 houses set to be constructed. This announcement was featured on many best cryptocurrency news sites and local news sites portraying the Venezuelan president as an authority leading the scheme. The announcement also comes 15 months after the government in the country and its desired to finance public housing using Petro cryptocurrency was first reported. As the coming altcoin news show, the financing initiative approved by the Venezuelan president Maduro is the latest attempt of the government in the country to cultivate Petro adoption via executive mandate. Earlier this month, the Bank of Venezuela launched an online portal which aim is to facilitate Petro wallet registrations. The announcement followed an official order from the Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro in July - which demanded that the country's central bank must provide support for Petro. At the end of August 2018, Maduro ordered banks throughout Venezuela to accept the oil-backed virtual currency as a unit of account.
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BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes: ‘Traditional Traders Are Under Pressure’
“Some of the practices in our market are going to be mimicked in traditional trading [...] All these things about being somewhere and trading something and physically reconciling records is all going to go out the window. Once you get away from that and understand that everything will be digital in the next 10 years, you realize that Bitcoin isn’t such a strange idea.”It remains to be seen how labor organizations which were crucial in the adoption of weekends, the 40-hour workweek and mandatory break - will respond to the claims of the BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes and especially if his prediction passes. On September 18 and before this, the CEO of BitMEX was in the news for predicting that Bitcoin (BTC) could soon shoot to $20,000 as a result of emergency measures from the United States Federal Reserve. The comments by Hayes came right after the Federal Reserve swooped in and decided to decrease interest rates on some loans which reached more than 10% or four times its target. More than $53 billion was pumped in the economy through the quantitative easing (QE) measures.
“QE4eva is coming. Once the Fed gets religion again, get ready for #bitcoin $20,000,” the BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes tweeted back then.The latest Bitcoin and altcoin news show a new correction on the market. The total market cap is now at $267 billion and Bitcoin is again below $10,100.
Upbit Exchange Delists Privacy Coins Including Monero, Dash and Others
“There are also crypto-assets that can selectively utilize anonymity features among projects that are subject to end of transaction support. For these crypto-asset, Upbit has only supported transparent withdrawal/deposit support. Nevertheless, the decision to end trading support for the crypto-asset was also made to block the possibility of money laundering and inflow from external networks. Upbit will continue to consider crypto-asset that represent anonymity functions as candidates for designation of investment warning crypto-asset.”Now that Upbit exchange decided to delist the privacy coins, the coming altcoin news show that coin prices are starting to drop. According to Messari analytics, the Zcash price dropped over 50% since July 1 joined by Monero, which has been down near 20% over the same period. Still, the exchange delistings and price drops have not necessarily slowed privacy coin tech development. Over the past month, the Electric Coin Company by Zcash released Halo which is the long-awaited zk-SNARK which can verify a single blockchain in one proof.
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