The Port of San Diego was hit by a ransomware attack following another cybersecurity breach in today’s crypto news.
The IT department of the Port of San Diego established that their computers were attacked and that the attackers demanded to be fully paid in Bitcoin. The breach actually happened earlier in September according to the chief executive officer of the port and was used as a loophole to disrupt the entire IT system of the agency. It is still unknown how much bitcoins the attackers demanded.
The chief executive officer stated:
‘’As previously stated, the investigation has detected that ransomware was used in this attack. The Port can also now confirm that the ransom note requested payment in Bitcoin, although the amount that was requested is not being disclosed.’’
The agency has asked the U.S Department of Homeland Security and the FBI to help resolve the case. They are also cooperating with the U.S Coast Guard. The seriousness of the problem comes from the fact that the IT systems of the port handled more than 3 million tons of cargo every year.
The bigger issue is that ransomware attacks are still very popular and the rate of the attacks has only gone down by 2 percent. For example, a town in Canada already paid a ransom in bitcoin so they can get back the software from the hackers who infiltrated the system. The town argued that this was the only possible option.
Another example is the attack of the Professional Golfers Association servers where the attackers obtained decrypted files mostly consisted of digital marketing communications materials.
This is one of the reasons why regulators are very keen on implement stricter rules in order to protect individuals and companies of such attacks.
Line Messenger And Its Plans To Launch An Exchange For 80 Million Users
"LINE has built its reputation on providing a great social experience for our users, and now we intend to bring that know-how to the world of digital tokens with our BITBOX exchange. With BITBOX, we intend to have an exchange that is easier to use, while also ensuring we provide extremely strong levels of security."As he also mentioned, BitMax will use the exact same technology that is used in BITBOX. His statement made the latest cryptocurrency news now that Line is expected to obtain a license and operate BitMax in Japan in the near term. The launch of a crypto exchange by Line Messenger, which is a major tech giant in Japan, definitely restores a lot of confidence - especially by local investors and users following the high profile security breaches and the names associated with them (Coincheck and Zaif). Native exchanges may definitely be the future of a new crypto revolution - and Line Messenger could definitely be pioneering it.
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“The launch of Facebook’s cryptocurrency will go down in history as the catalyst that propelled digital assets (including bitcoin) to mass global consumer adoption. Will be remembered as just as important — and transformative — as the launch of the Netscape browser. Buckle up.”Another crypto trader and real estate developer known as Satoshi Flipper noted that Libra will not replace Bitcoin nor compete against it in the same market.
"Once Libra goes live, nobody outside of the Facebook platform will care much for it. It’s another stable coin and it’s not replacing BTC. It will work in a centralized ecosystem. But it will bring awareness to BTC and altcoins. And I’m excited about the network effect it will have," he said.One of the Winklevoss twins, Tyler Winklevoss, has also predicted a Bitcoin YTD gains, stating the possibility for Bitcoin to break through even more in the near future. https://twitter.com/tylerwinklevoss/status/1141387824379441152 His statement went viral on many best cryptocurrency news sites.
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“Significant volumes of Cryptocurrency were transferred off Platform outside Quadriga to competitor exchanges into personal accounts controlled by Mr. Cotten. It appears that User Cryptocurrency was traded on these exchanges and in some circumstances used as security for a margin trading account established by Mr. Cotten.”In addition to this, the coming altcoin news show that QuadrigaCX co-founder Cotton apparently created fake "identified" accounts on the exchange under multiple aliases “into which unsupported Deposits were deposited and used to trade within the platform.” This, as EY noted, led to “inflated revenue figures, artificial trades with Users and ultimately the withdrawal of Cryptocurrency deposited by Users.” In his trading on the competitor exchanges, EY noted that the QuadrigaCX co-founder incurred trading losses and incremental fees that affected Quadriga's cryptocurrency reserves. The report also cites EY saying that it has been unable to confirm the identity of wallet holders to which substantial sums of crypto were transferred. As of the filing date, around 76,000 users are owed a combination of fiat and crypto by Quadriga, at an aggregate value of around $214.6 Canadian dollars (equivalent to $162.2 million in USD).
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