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Brazilian State Launches Blockchain Platform For Government Bids

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One Brazilian state is in the latest cryptocurrency news for launching a unique blockchain application that will track the process of public bidding of government contracts. As a report showed on July 12, the state of Bahia launched the Online Bid Solution (SOL). Developed by Cayenne Technology and Design.

The bids will definitely be transparent and secure due with the application of blockchain technology. As the government of Bahia said, the Brazilian state beneficiaries of SOL appear to be clients in the Brazilian agriculture industry.

The solution, as described in the best cryptocurrency news sites, will connect agriculture organizations in Bahia with suppliers and workers throughout Brazil. They will also provide transparency on the contract bidding process.

“The application, already available in the Play Store and the Apple Store, will be used by about 1,100 agricultural associations and cooperatives in the states of Bahia and Rio Grande do Norte, under the Bahia Productive and Governo Cidadão, financed through a loan agreement between the state governments and the World Bank,” the Brazilian state and its government noted.

As we previously reported on our altcoin news site, the Brazilian coffee farming cooperative Minasul recently announced its plans to issue a blockchain token for coffee farmers. With it, farmers will reportedly be able to earn tokens as a reward for harvesting coffee beans. They will also use the proceeds to purchase a variety of goods.

“All bidding information becomes available and stored in a digital environment, making the process secure and transparent,” the statement by the Brazilian state said.

As the official announcement shows, the app also aims to “facilitate and expedite the access of associations and cooperatives of the family agriculture of Bahia to suppliers of goods, services and works, from all over the country, and enable transparency in their acquisitions.”

All of this leads us to believe that the Brazilian state of Bahia as well as the coffee farming cooperative Minasul are among the first pioneers of blockchain within the country. This will purportedly be a useful economic system for the farmers, since the method of financing does not require registration in a notary’s office.

 

 

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Crypto And Blockchain Firms Are Trying To Help Coronavirus Victims

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A couple of crypto and blockchain firms are now pitching in to help victims of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China. Today, the Binance news also showed that the exchange pledged to donate 10 million Chinese yuan ($1.44 million) to the effort.A tweet on January 25 by the head of the exchange Changpeng Zhao said that Binance made the pledge but did not make any announcements after a Twitter user tagged him in a news article where they talked about cryptocurrency donations accepted for the cause.
“For #Wuhan, not realistic to do crypto to end beneficiaries. Binance pledged 10m RMB ($1.5m USD) to help #coronavirus victims. We didn’t make any announcements. But [Binance Charity Foundation] BCF/Binance team has been busy for the last few days. Still need help to arrange logistics locally,” he said.
The initiative of many crypto and blockchain firms trying to help the victims has been praised by many in the crypto news world.According to a WeChat post by the blockchain marketing service firm Krypital , the firm also launched a charity donation effort to acquire medical supplies for the coronavirus victims. Krypital also said that it will create a blockchain based donation system which allows for greater transparency and efficiency. The firm also accepts Tether (USDT) on the Ethereum blockchain.Krypital also said that they are recruiting volunteers for group administration, as well as material purchases, sorting and transportation management. They are also hiring graphic designers and are in the media with a lot of announcements. According to analysts, many other crypto and blockchain firms will take this initiative as inspiration to commit to the coronavirus cases.As the media reported, Bitcoin (BTC) slumped 6% on the Chinese New Year and a lot of uncertainty surrounding the spread of the virus. On January 26, Fox News said that the current death toll of the virus is 56.Today, we can see a good influx of capital in the cryptocurrency market  as Bitcoin comes closer to $8,500. The altcoin news also show new increases as Ethereum (ETH) rises to $164 and XRP is stable at $0.2239 again. The biggest gainer is Bitcoin Cash (BCH) which surged by 9% and is now trading at $336.The total cryptocurrency market cap is at $233 billion and finally moving above the $230 billion mark.
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NedBank Won’t Shut Down Crypto Exchanges Accounts

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Contradicting reports that a closing down is considered for the accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges in the country, the well-known South African bank, Nedbank is not up to this as we are reading more about it the latest cryptocurrency news today.According to the SACrypto, a South African cryptocurrency news media, the reports that Nedbank has plans to close down bank accounts of cryptocurrency exchanges are not true. Speaking about the issue, the CEO of AltcoinTrader, the well known South African cryptocurrency exchange platform said:
“I commented in the IT Web article about Nedbank closing crypto accounts. But I believe it has turned into media hype. The reality is: Nedbank is no longer taking on new accounts for crypto-related companies, but they are not closing current accounts.”
As it was reported in a previous occasion by DC Forecasts FNB closed down accounts that were linked to cryptocurrency exchanges in November of 2019. But stakeholders at a major South African cryptocurrency exchange claim that the friendly Nedbank that is among the big five in South Africa does not have plans about adopting policies of that kind.On Friday, January 24, 2020, the South African tech publication ITWeb had reported that Nedbank will probably follow the actions of FNB in closing the accounts of the cryptocurrency exchanges. According to ITWeb, officials from Nedbank told the tech publication that the bank was in the process of internal discussions on how to act towards their clients from the cryptocurrency sector. With the reports about the searching ways to withdraw support for cryptocurrency exchange platforms by the banks in South Africa, the people involved in the industry are asking the government for the faster enacting of clear cryptocurrency regulation in the nation.In December of 2019, there were reports that the South African government had the intention to enact new laws to regulate the cryptocurrency market. This new regulation will mainly focus on regulating the use of cryptocurrencies in illegal money transfers. The government in South Africa has remained limited to be tax compliant and to track crypto transactions and bitcoin is still popular in the country as the data from Google trends shows. Bitcoin’s popularity in South Africa made the country the perfect climate for elaborate scams as well.
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US Military Gets Under Threat From Crypto Ransomware Malware

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The US military I snow under threat according to cyber-security researchers who are warning that a powerful email ransomware malware is targeting their systems. The Emotet malware is used as an attack vector which allows Trickbots and ransomware attacks as we are reading further in the crypto news today.Last year in December we saw that the Emotet malware was the biggest threat and it seems that it remains that way since its main attack vector is through spam email campaigns that have malicious links or Microsoft Word document in it. By clicking the link or simply opening the document will download the malware to the computer and at this point, the malware will propagate itself by harvesting the email contacts and continuing the spam cycle. It can also analyze the regular contracts and respond to ongoing email threads which make it harder to recognize as a threat.Over the past few months, Emotet managed to successfully compromise a few targets in the US government and this led to an increase in infected emails that target the addresses with .gov and .mil which are the top-level domains in 2019. After the brief break for the Orthodox Christmas, the trend continued throughout the month. The malware can also mimic the email language and as an example, an email was sent targeting a staff member to the US Senator Cory Booker. This email contained signatures indicating that it originated from someone else that uses booker.senate.gov tag.The US Military got this kind of malware since Emotet is financially motivated according to the researcher Cisco Talos, ick Biasini. There are a lot of examples of Emotet being an initial infection vector that can be seen but then you can see a Trickbot is dropped and that’s followed by the ransomware. If you have seen there is a lot of this huge malware that can do a lot of harm and Emotet plays a huge role as well. The ransomware aims to access the encrypted systems’ data with operators demanding payment in crypto or bitcoin for the decryption key.The other malware in Check Point Research that was noted in the report for 2019 is the XMRig. This was an open-source software for hijacking the CPU resources for mining Monero and in many ways is really impressive that this malware rates highly.
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Hack Attacks On Crypto Exchanges Are Increasing: Report

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The hack attacks on crypto exchanges are now becoming a norm according to a recent report by Chainalysis but this also means that the platforms are now much better prepared which explains why the total value of the stolen funds dropped in 2019 so let’s read more about it in the latest crypto news.According to the reports, the 2020 crypto crime report shows that 2019 saw 11 hacking attacks on crypto exchanges compared to the 6 ones in 2018 which was a record at that time. However, the hackers doubled their previous records in regard to how many platforms they reached and the amount of stolen funds is three times lower than it was in 2018. The charts show contributions of each hack to the total amounts stolen in a year and there was no major hack comparable to the Mt.Gox in 2014 or Coincheck in 2018. The total amount that was stolen from exchanges dropped to $283 million worth of crypto in 2019 and this figure is only half of the amount of the stolen funds from the Japanese Exchange, Coincheck.Chainalysis went through all kinds of hacks including those implementing the exploitation of technical vulnerabilities as well as those that only rely on social engineering or other forms of manipulation. Another important thing to know is that the report covered attacks that were related to exchanges only meaning that it ignored payment processors, wallet providers, and investment platforms. The largest crypto hack last year was the one against Coinbene where the Singapore-based exchange lost about $105 million worth of ERC-20 tokens. Binance, Upbit, and BitPoint were next, having lost more than $49 million, $40 million and $32 million worth of crypto.The hack attacks on crypto exchanges started after cryptocurrencies started gaining attention and becoming popular especially with the enabled anonymous transactions. Chainalysis monitored the movement of the stolen funds and figured out how the cryptocurrencies get liquidated and in most cases, the coins reached other platforms and were then converted to cash. The percentage of illicit services used as a liquidation tool in 2019 dropped to the lowest level in the past few years which suggests that the effects of the increased regulation are real.
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