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Chainalysis Reports more than a billion Dollars in Crypto stealing by two groups of hackers



Chainalysis Reports more than a billion Dollars in Crypto stealing by two groups of hackers

Analysis firm Blockchain Chainalysis has revealed in its most recent report that only two groups benefited from the majority of cryptocurrency attacks that have occurred to date.

According to the new report shared with The Wall Street Journal, the two piracy groups could have obtained $ 1 billion in cryptocurrencies. The firm also indicates that it is estimated that since the creation of Bitcoin, more than $ 17 billion in cryptocurrencies have been stolen.

Chainalysis calls the two piracy entities Alpha and Beta, as the groups responsible after the attacks. In addition, the WSJ quotes Philip Gradwell, chief economist at Chainalysis, saying that the two organizations are probably still active.

At the same time, it revealed that tracking the funds that were stolen in publicly reported hacks took three months to complete. Chainalysis pointed out that his analysis could be incorrect. The Blockchain analysis platform could not identify the two hacking groups either.

According to the report called Crypto Crime Report, “piracy dwarfs all other forms of cryptocurrencies, and is dominated by two prominent groups of professional piracy.”

“Together, these two groups are responsible for stealing around $ 1 billion to date, at least 60% of all publicly reported attacks.”

The report notes that both Alpha and Beta did their best to shuffle the coins they stole, apparently in an attempt to obfuscate the source of the funds. For the most part, this involved a large number of transactions that moved stolen funds from one address to another, the report said.

“Hackers often move stolen funds through a complex variety of wallets and exchanges in an attempt to hide the criminal origins of the funds. On average, hackers move funds at least 5,000 times. ”

The two groups have different ways of handling stolen cryptocurrencies. While Alpha begins to shuffle the funds immediately, Beta is more patient and can sometimes wait up to a year and a half. In one case, it is said that Beta has cashed more than $ 32 million at one time.

The report states that, supposedly, Alpha is a “giant organization, tightly controlled, at least partly driven by non-monetary objectives,” while Beta is a “smaller and less organized organization” strongly sanctioned and very money-focused.

Both groups have succeeded in channeling much of their profits to change it to fiat money, Chainalysis writes, since more than half of all pirated funds were converted in less than four months, and approximately three quarters of the pirated funds were They retired in six months. This was done in large part through the use of regular exchanges, according to the report, which Chainalysis believes was possible because exchanges and enforcement have had a limited ability to track pirated funds.

The report notes that Alpha converts approximately 75 percent of funds within a month on average, while Beta charges 50 percent just a few days after its self-imposed waiting period.

Last year more than 7 billion were lost in cryptocurrencies through exchange hacks. This was an increase of almost triple the previous year, which lost approximately $ 266 million due to security breaches.

Recently in a forum of the popular P2P exchange Localbitcoins, a link for phishing was posted, but the attack was stopped at that moment with only five affected wallets.

In addition, recently it was learned that $ 16 million was stolen in Ethereum (ETH) and ERC20 tokens were stolen in mid-January from the Cryptopia exchange in New Zealand, as the most recent attacks occurred in the crypto space.

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Tron (TRX) Finds its Way Back to the Top Ten List



Tron CEO Justin Sun, known for his flair for publicity and announcement of any achievement on his network announced in a tweet that Tron has made its way back to the list of top ten performing cryptos. TRX’s performance has been outstanding since the second quarter of 2019 both in its level of development and features.

According to the index at the time of writing, the trend curve shows Tron is moving higher than most other coins including Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH). It currently trades at $0.039 increasing at 6.18% in 24 hours at a market cap of $2.6 billion.

A few days ago, Tron (TRX) had a new surge in price which saw it to the $0.04 trading price. This new rate has been retained seeing the digital asset performing higher than most other cryptos.

Looking at the recent happenings that have created a boost in Tron (TRX) performance; it can be easily seen that though the network has recorded few partnerships with other companies, more of what pushes up its performance is the volume of activities on the platform.

A report from states that Tron is the most ambitious project in the Dapp field. In the second quarter of the year, it has been able to launch $2 million projects more than other blockchain protocols in upgrading its Dapp ecosystem.

A review of TRX performance reveals that in a space of four months, the transaction volume increased from less than 130,000 transactions to  2 million transactions.

Investors may still not be so willing to stake much on this digital asset even with every sign of high returns, because the trend in activity can change any time.

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World’s Largest Interdealer Broker to Offer Crypto Derivatives



Why Bitcoin Is Better Than Other Cryptocurrencies

TP ICAP has entered the crypto market where it is to offer crypto derivatives, hoping to boost its dwindling core business which is in commodity, financial and energy markets. Last year, TP ICAP lost 36% of its market value in the wake of the financial crisis.

It has since salvaged about 10%. TP ICAP is set to be the intermediary between customers wanting to buy and sell Bitcoin futures, Bloomberg reports.

The firm’s new venture will be based in London and will be led by Simon Foster and Duncan Trenholme. This move is however not sudden as it might seem. Roughly a year ago, TP launched a working group tasked with examining the firm’s best approach to cryptocurrency.

Notably, a year later, they announce their approach to crypto to be trading of Bitcoin futures and they envision adding non-deliverable forwards (NDFs) tied to Bitcoin.

This is a sweet spot for the firm as it joins other big players such as Fidelity Investments, JP Morgan, and Intercontinental Exchange to engage in crypto derivatives trade. These firms’ decision to engage in Bitcoin, derivatives trade is unlike their clients’ who prefer to not trade in cryptocurrencies that are still recovering from the infamous yearlong slump.

Bakkt, a much-anticipated crypto trading platform known for its multiple delayed times is set to launch its own physically settled Bitcoin futures trading testing on July 22. Additionally, Nasdaq is set to launch its own crypto futures platform during the course of this year.

“Every institution is on an educational journey,” said Trenholme, who is co-leading TP ICAP’s new venture. “Many are exploring how tokens can legitimately be traded or stored and I’d expect more projects to hit the market over the next year or two.”

TP ICAP is also exploring other digital asset offerings. The firm is thinking about participating in the actual cryptocurrency market. “We want to be close to what’s happening within this nascent asset class because we believe it’s important to invest in the early stages of a growing market,” said Simon Foster.

“TP ICAP also understands that this technology could disrupt or impact other asset classes where we currently operate, so we feel it’s important to be informed.”

This venture will entail cash-settled futures contracts trading on a regulated market which will be managed by CME Group to avoid potential risks of fraud and market manipulation. Their clients will also have to undergo rigorous anti-money laundering and identity checks.

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