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Central Asia Is Using Blockchain In Many Industries: Report

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The latest blockchain news show that the technology is booming and continues to be a global phenomenon everywhere. The adoption and utilization cases emerge in almost every corner of the globe and digital technology is right now so popular that it is now a major talking point – not only in the financial sector but also in governance and politics. New reports show that the central Asia region is using blockchain in many industries, from healthcare to mining.

Yes – the seven “-stan” countries of Central Asia including Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan are all part of the sweeping digital phenomenon. Even though our cryptonews section rarely includes advances in blockchain coming from this country, they show that central Asia is using blockchain in numerous fields.

Some stakeholders in the nations argue that more still needs to be done if this region continues to enjoy a similar level of cryptocurrency and blockchain commerce – as seen in Eastern and Southeast Asia. Below, we are listing some of the most notable crypto and blockchain developments from central Asia.

We can start with Pakistan’s central bank which banned cryptocurrency in the country. However, this does not stop blockchain startups from running. The government of Pakistan is now looking to implement robust digitization policies.

Kazakhstan, on the other hand, is looking to exempt crypto miners from tax obligations. As a new draft law shows, the central Asia located country wants crypto mining to be recognized as a “purely technological process” only for tax purposes.

Afghanistan’s health sector is transformed with blockchain adoption. A new memorandum signed by the country’s Ministry of Public Health shows that the government “is committed for the institutionalization of electronic government in the health sector and the block-chain technology would help the ministry bring transparency, acceleration and effectiveness in the related affairs.”

The other region in central Asia is also benefiting from blockchain technology – and there are many countries which are practicing different cases of adoption. In Uzbekistan, for instance, the government increased the electricity tariffs for crypto miners by 300% – but also legalized cryptocurrency trading in the country with tax breaks for traders and miners.

All of this shows that central Asia is seriously gearing towards blockchain and crypto across various sectors – and it is definitely a key region which could influence Asia towards greater acceptance of the technologies as a whole.

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Cyber Criminal Activity Dominated By Crypto Mining Malware

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As the other industries are vulnerable to cyber criminal activity in 2020, just like that the cryptocurrency industry is vulnerable too, according to a Check Point Research’s cybersecurity report that we have in our crypto news today.In 2019, there was no organization, regardless of its size, that was exempted from cyberattacks. Cyber criminal activity is profitable because it is attractive to people without any morals. Researchers estimated that for 2018, cybercrime attacks made US$1.5 trillion. Bitcoin is strong because of the randomness of the data exchanges within the Bitcoin blockchain, and the utilization of sturdy encryption. In consequence, the blockchain and the data cannot be copied or infiltrated through malware or certain other malicious technology. However, transactions that are made around the blockchain are vulnerable to cyberattacks.For instance, the Cyber Security Report for 2020, underlines the threat to cloud infrastructures related to crypto-mining attacks.  While the value of cryptos, has fallen in value in 2019, cloud infrastructures are a huge target for crypto mining malevolent campaigns. The definition of crypto mining is software programs and malware components that are programmed to take over the resources of a given computer and utilize them for crypto mining without the permission of the host.Ransomware poses another threat that developed in a more sophisticated and becoming more targeted in the previous year. In the first part of 2019, in comparison to 2018, there was a 50% growth in attacks by mobile banking malware. According to the report: “27% of all organizations globally were impacted by cyberattacks that involved mobile devices.”The report gives the description of the malware that concretely exploits Bitcoin over any other crypto. For instance, Command and Control address update mechanism through public Bitcoin lists is included in Glupteba. So Glupteba is utilized to distribute a browser stealer or router exploiter. Also, Cryptoloot is utilized to do online mining of Monero coins when the intruder visits a web page lacking the authorization of the user. Furthermore, Danabo, a banking Trojan that has the target of Windows platform, that are also utilized to steal browser passwords and wallets. The report gives advice:
 “To prevent zero-day attacks, organizations first need incisive, real-time threat intelligence that provides up-to-minute information on the newest attack vectors and hacking techniques. Threat intelligence must cover all attack surfaces, including cloud, mobile, network, endpoint, and IoT, because these vectors are commonplace in an enterprise.”
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Rival Blockchain Attacks Are On The Verge On Increasing: Report

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It is no new news, that the rival blockchains, or to be more concrete, the teams that guide them, do not like each other. The community of Bitcoin mocks on Ethereum, while the community of EOS mocks on Tron, and so on, in a seemingly endless chain of barbs, enmity. Let’s find out more in the blockchain latest news today.However, does the verbal hostility between the cryptocurrency communities turns sometimes in something more hostile and destructive? Probably, if the attacks of the past like Verge and IOTA were the work of rival developers, instead of random hackers. According to some critics within the cryptocurrency community, we can be witnesses, to bigger attacks between the rival communities in one way or another, in the near future. In an already hostile atmosphere, this is probably to make the affairs between cryptocurrencies even worse and can lead to threatening the future of some cryptos.But developers related to rival blockchains are of the opinion that scenario like this is very unlikely. Yes, hackers who think they can profit from attacking a certain network could try to attack it, however, rivalry on itself has not incentivized enough developers to do the same. The first question, is, is there any evidence that one network has attacked another one or another way? In July of 2018, certain developers of Ethereum accused members of the EOS community of a Sybil attack, that in this case resulted in spam by airdrops of tokens that had no value to the Ethereum blockchain, which in consequence it inflated the price of the gas needed to process transactions.It is obvious, that no one associated with EOS took the responsibility, but the fact that around $2 million were spent to send the worthless tokens is an indication that the one behind the attack had quite bigger finance than the common user. Evidence of other rival attacks is scarce, while there are numerous breaches of a multitude of networks that happen over the past months and years. As for the future, there are some people within the cryptocurrency sector, think that rival cryptos will attack each other’s chains with intensifying intensity, in the next years.
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Sablier Payment Protocol Enables Streamed Salaries In Crypto

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Sablier, the payment protocol that allows users to send streamed salaries around the world in crypto, is leveraged by Ethereum and in our ETH news today, we find out more about this protocol.The users can now stream interest-bearing tokens such as CHAI and others can earn income in interest with the help of these tokens. This payment protocol announced the synthetic USD, wrapped BTC, wrapped ETH and CHAI as the cryptocurrencies that the users can choose to stream over the Dapp. Earning income in USD will allow for the seamless exchanges of the tokens for some other assets such as sXAU and also the users will get paid in a currency that can be easily invested into other digital assets.With the CHAI integration, the users are able to receive their income in an interest-earning asset. CHAI is basically a DAI that is wrapped in the Maker Protocol’s Dai Savings Rate and instead of locking the funds in DSR, one can choose to hold it in the CHAI and earn interest without having to lock up a huge portion of the funds. The token balance will stay constant to reflect the amount of the DAI deposited while the prices of the CHAI token increase reflecting the value that was accrued from the interest.  CHAI can be converted back to DAI with the help of the native interface or changed to ETH by using Uniswap. This possibility could gain even more traction if the token liquidity deepens on Decentralized exchanges such as Radar Relay and Kyber.Payment applications such as Sablier have already been here but very few can be used in a wide range of use cases. Most of these protocols focus on enabling one-time payments and a cost-effective problem-solving. Sablier is built by Paul Razvan Berg and will solve the problem that exists in the payment industry as a whole and not just the crypto payments. All of the companies that look to hire employees can now guarantee monetary security by streaming salaries via a crypto platform over a certain period of time. Instead of a one-time payment of about 1,000 DAI at the end of the month, employees can earn 1.38 DAI per hour. Freelancers that also work on a project-to-project basis will have bigger confidence that they will get paid in time.
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Blockchain Dispute Resolution Firm Listed On London’s Stock Exchange

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The Main Market of the London Stock Exchange now lists a new blockchain dispute resolution firm which uses smart contracts to manage arbitration and dispute resolutions around transactions. As officially announced on January 17, the firm intends to list on the LSE.Proof of Trust Ltd. is the name of the business and even though it did not give any financial details or timetable for the listing, the CEO Dean Armstrong said that the company was excited at the prospect of the listing and “look[s] forward to providing investors with the opportunity to share in this groundbreaking project."Additionally, the blockchain dispute resolution firm describes its proprietary technology in the crypto news as one that stands to be the first-ever "insurance protocol for blockchain transactions and smart contracts." As it stated:
"The Proof of Trust owns the worldwide patents to a protocol which facilitates clear dispute resolution based upon smart contract disputes which are highly efficient both in terms of speed and use of resources."
The system also delivers an anti-collusion algorithm which ensures the authenticity of the data used to execute smart contracts. Proof of Trust claims that the protocol has come to the attention of major governments and corporations globally and has been presented to a number of prime ministers.Now, the blockchain dispute resolution firm is probably going to gain more respect after it decided to seek a listing on the LSE and similar exchanges. The truth is, the crypto industry has long suffered from a poor reputation in the traditional financial circles and the lack of regulation during the ICO boom did nothing to alleviate this.The blockchain news now show that more and more crypto firms are choosing to go down the more traditional route and have an initial public offering (IPO) of shares on a major stock exchange. The first firm which did that on the LSE has been doing pretty well - Argo Mining has added 1,000 new mining machines and had seen its share price almost triple since May 2019, reaching £9.50 ($11.85) per share. Even though the price dropped back, it is still strong standing at £7.15 ($9.32) per share.The market news show that there might be a bullish run soon and that BTC could finally reach the $10,000 mark.
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