In the latest crypto news, we are reporting a case which proved vulnerability in one exchange, and in which were stolen more than $220,000 worth of cryptocurrencies – specifically tokens of the Ethereum Classic (ETC) altcoin.
About 40,000 ETC was stolen from the exchange Gate.io during the ongoing manipulation of the project’s blockchain network. As the exchange confirmed on Tuesday, the Ethereum Classic blockchain was under 51% attack in which a single entity takes control of more than half of the network’s hash power, allowing it to rewrite its transaction history and double-spend coins.
There were three accounts about the attacker(s) which were instantly identified. As Gate.io revealed in an official blog post:
“It happened between 0:40 Jan.7, 2019 and Jan 4:20 Jan.7, 2019 UTC for about 4 hours. All the transactions were confirmed normally on the ETC blockchain and became invalid after the blockchain rollback.”
The ETC/USD rate at the time was fluctuating between $4.90 and $5.25 according to data. As Gate.io further explained:
“Gate.io’s censor successfully blocked attacker’s transactions at the beginning and submitted them to the manual exam. Unfortunately, during the 51% attack, all the transactions looked valid and confirmed well on the blockchain. The examiner passed the transactions. It caused about 40k ETC loss due to this attack. Gate.io will take all the loss for the users.”
Following this attack, almost all of the exchanges discontinued their ETC deposits and withdrawals and none of them – except Gate.io – have reported any losses. The situation now leads to a scenario where the attacker(s) is or are holding the stolen ETC with no options to liquidate them for fiat.
A developer named Donald McIntyre from the Ethereum Classic team also responded, saying that they were looking at a textbook 51% and double spend attack. According to the group at ETC:
“To be clear we are making no attempt to hide or downplay recent events. Facts are facts and as the situation develops we’ll soon get a full picture of what actually took place. Linzhi is testing ASICS. Coinbase reported double spends; both may be true.”
The team also raised its prevention tactics by asking other exchanges to increase their block confirmation times.
Third Audit Attestation Of USDC Stablecoin Reserves Released By Circle
“As of the Report Date and Time, the issued and outstanding USDC tokens do not exceed the balance of the US Dollars held in custody accounts.”USDC is a stablecoin that is based on the Ethereum (ETH) ERC20 token which was first announced in May 2018 after Circle successfully raised $110 million from investors. The CEO of Circe Jeremy Allaire explained more about USDC by saying:
“It’s a version of fiat that can move at the speed of the Internet with global reach, with much less cost, with high levels of security. It’s a huge improvement for how fiat money transmission can work around the world for consumers and for businesses who might want to collect digital payment with tokens.”Circle’s third audit attestation on the stablecoin, shows that the company has a surplus of US dollar reserves that are able to back the circulating coins. The first one was published in November 2018. Also, back in December, the USDC stablecoin was added to one of the largest crypto exchanges in the world-Binance after getting listed on Huobi and OKEx both in October.
Market Sees Red, Losing $1 Billion Overnight While Bitcoin Remains At $3,600
Crypto Analysts: 2019 May Be A Year Of Bitcoin Accumulation
“Similar to 2015, 2019 may be the year of accumulation.’’Another crypto researcher Willy Woo said that while a crash of bitcoin to $3,122 could lead to an increase in volume, it won’t show signs of starting of the accumulation period. He pointed out:
‘’Despite the technical setup that suggests bullishness is possible, there’s not a lot on-chain volume to fuel a prolonged up move. What we saw in the last 7 weeks was a spike of on-chain volume driven by volatility, coins moving to exchanges to trade. The initial volume spike false signalled a faster detox and an earlier end to the bear market, but in fact it was a volatility side effect. That move from $6k to $3k created immense trade volume, but it was in no way a signal that accumulation volume had begun.’’Until evidence for the accumulation of crypto assets shows up, there are still expectations of high volatility levels.
Dmitry Medvedev: ‘’We Should Watch Closely What Happens To Cryptocurrency’’
‘’But this, of course, is not a reason to bury cryptocurrencies. There are both light sides and dark sides, as in any social phenomenon, in any economic institute. And we should just watch closely what happens to them.’’He continued to discuss social inequalities and how the global digital transformation is speeding up saying the cryptocurrency is a part of that fast-going phenomena. The news comes right after major media outlets published the story of Russia’s plan to purchase $10 billion worth of BTC. Turns out that the news was fake. The Russian economist from the Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration Vladislav Ginko pointed out that he strongly believes that Russia might use Bitcoin to fight economic sanctions and this story swamped the media and got massively exaggerated. Russia is, however, preparing a crypto bill that will provide stable cryptocurrency regulation in the next two months. The Duma State will be drafting a regulatory framework in February to regulate ICOs and crypto crowdfunding.
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