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CipherTrace Expands Monitoring Platform to 700 Tokens

United States-based blockchain security firm CipherTrace has expanded its crypto intelligence platform to 700 tokens. Tracing hundreds of ERC-20 tokens With the expanded platform launched on Oct. 15, CipherTrace now allows clients to trace more than 87% of the transactional volume of the top 100 cryptos such as Ether (ETH), Tether (USDT), Bitcoin Cash (BCH) and Litecoin (LTC), the firm said in a press release. CipherTrace’s increased monitoring support also includes the capability of tracing …

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A Budding Financial Romance at the Perfect Time

If you’ve been following Peter Schiff for his prediction of the 2008 financial collapse or strictly because of his affinity for gold, then you’re probably aware that he is not a fan of Bitcoin (BTC), but would he be interested in gold-backed smart contracts? The United States Federal Reserve cut interest rates by another quarter-point on Sept. 18 following the European Central Bank’s Sept. 12 announcement on its negative interest rates and decision to re-introduce …

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Singapore Shipping Association to Deploy Blockchain for Ship Registration

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) and blockchain firm Perlin are jointly working on an e-registry for the ship registration and renewal process. Running on self-executing smart contracts The International E-Registry of Ships (IERS) system is based on Perlin’s Wavelet, an open ledger for writing decentralized WebAssembly applications, financial daily Business Times reported on Oct. 14. The blockchain e-register will run on self-executing smart contracts, purportedly reducing time, costs and …

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Crypto-Ransomware Remains Most Prominent Cyber Attack

The European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) released its 2019 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) report. Crypto exchanges continue to be a magnet for hackers On Oct. 9, Europol presented its IOCTA report of the cybercrime threat landscape. According to the EU-focused law-enforcement organization, cybercrime must be approached in a holistic sense, saying: “Countering cybercrime is as much about its present forms as it is about future projections. New threats do not …

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Dubai, Emirates NBD Sign MoU on Blockchain Trade Finance Solutions

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Emirates NBD. Middle Eastern news daily Saudi Gazette reported on Oct. 14 that the DCCI, which acts as an international business hub in Dubai, has signed an MoU with Dubai government-owned bank, Emirates NBD.  The bank, which is one of the largest banking groups in the Middle East in terms of assets, will provide trade finance solutions for the …

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LiquidApps Releases Horizontal Blockchain Scaling Solution

Blockchain development firm LiquidApps has introduced a new blockchain scalability solution for decentralized application (DApps) developers. The new service called vCPU aims to scale blockchain processing power horizontally, which provides more computing power per action than native blockchains, according to a press release shared with Cointelegraph on Oct. 14.  LiquidApps states that vertical blockchain scaling creates a barrier to entry for potential miners and block producers, as it requires the validation of nodes to add …

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Ripple, Coinbase Invest in Mexico’s Biggest Crypto Exchange Bitso

Ripple, the firm behind the third biggest cryptocurrency XRP, has led an investment round in Bitso, one of the biggest crypto exchanges in the Spanish-speaking world. The first Mexican crypto exchange An early partner of Bitso, Ripple has led the new investment round to support the first cryptocurrency exchange in Mexico, the company officially announced on Oct. 14. As reported by crypto publication The Block, the new investment round also involves major investors including United …

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BMW, General Motors, Ford to Start Testing Blockchain Payments in Cars

Five major automakers — BMW, General Motors, Ford, Renault and Honda — will start testing a blockchain car identification and payment system next month in the United States. Automakers envision self-paying cars, digital IDs Nikkei Asian Review reported on Oct. 14 that the partnership aims to test the vehicle ID system developed under the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative. As part of the project, cars are assigned digital IDs linked to ownership, service history and a …

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Unwrapping the Ocean Plastic Conundrum Via Blockchain

In September, Cointelegraph reported on a Dutch company said to have created the world’s first collection of recycled fabrics made from ocean plastics and whose provenance can be traced via blockchain.The premise is that socially minded consumers want assurance that they are really wearing recycled materials fished out from oceans and coastal areas.  The firm, Waste2Wear, deserves applause, but it is unlikely to make a dent in the world’s plastic problem.  The problem is volume. …

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TON’s Value to Surpass $20B Over 5 Years, Says New Research

Telegram Open Network’s (TON) value is expected to surpass $20 billion over five years, according to new research by New York-based blockchain venture and digital assets fund Decentral Park Capital. “A sleeping giant awakens” The 59-page document — entitled The Current State of Telegram Open Network: A Sleeping Giant Awakens — claims TON’s native cryptocurrency Gram (GRM) has the potential to become one of the top 10 protocol assets in five years. The research points out TON’s high potential, …

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