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MIT Cybersecurity Experts Warn Against Use of Blockchain Voting Systems
MIT Cybersecurity experts have said that blockchain-based mobile voting systems are vulnerable to serious failures.

3 Ways Blockchain is Transforming Cybersecurity
Blockchain technology ensures that data is stored in immutable distributed ledgers and it can be instrumental in enhancing cybersecurity by averting DDoS attacks, authenticating downloads, and offering consensus mechanisms.

PwC Cybersecurity: CatchMe if you Kan
Felix Kan is a Partner in PwC’s Risk Assurance Cybersecurity Privacy practice with 10 years of extensive experience. Kan began his career as an ethical hacker and has committed his career to helping Hong Kong companies enhance their protections against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

United States Department of Defense Tests Out Blockchain Technology to Enhance Cybersecurity
The United States Department of Defense (DoD) is considering implementing blockchain technology to enhance its cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Firm Kaspersky Warns of New Ransomware Devised by Notorious North Korean Ransomware Group
Multinational cybersecurity provider Kaspersky has announced that the notorious North Korean crypto criminal group, Lazarus, is planning on releasing a new ransomware.

US DHS Cybersecurity Official Expects to be Fired in Trump’s Post-Election Purge for Debunking Fake News
A United States Homeland cybersecurity official, Christopher Krebs expects to be cut in President Trump’s post-election purge for proactively debunking disinformation.

US Treasury Sanctions Two Men Accused of Laundering Crypto for North Korean Cyber Crime Syndicate
The US Treasury Department Office of Foreign Asset Control has sanctioned two men believed to involved in laundering stolen cryptocurrency from a 2018 cyberattack against a cryptocurrency exchange.

US Court Indicts Alleged Lazarus Group Members in $250 Million Crypto Exchange Theft
Two Chinese nationals, Tian YinYin and Li Jiadong were sanctioned yesterday by the US Government yesterday for their alleged involvement in laundering stolen cryptocurrency from a 2018 cyberattack. The pair have been charged with stealing nearly $250 million in virtual assets and laundering the money through converting BTC to USD and Chinese Yuan as well as through iTunes gift cards.

DeFi Execs Argue KYC as Solution to Combat Money Laundering in the Industry
DeFi executives at the WOW Summit in Hong Kong endorse KYC as a solution to tackle AML issues and combat hackers laundering stolen funds into clean money. However, there are concerns that KYC alone will not solve all AML problems and that different mechanisms should be used for different solutions.

ZenGo's NFT Hack Detector
The display compares OpenSea NFT trading amounts to floor pricing.

Zcash Bug Could Leak Full Nodes with Shielded IP Addresses
Duke Leto, a core developer at Komodo (KMD), recently published a blog on his personal website revealing that, “A bug has existed for all shielded address since the inception of Zcash and Zcash Protocol.” Leto explained, “That is, Alice giving Bob a zaddr to be paid, could actually allow Bob to discover Alice’s IP address. This is drastically against the design of Zcash Protocol.”

Japan supports OpenAI amid concerns
Japan expressed interest in incorporating OpenAI’s technology into government systems, provided privacy and cybersecurity concerns are addressed. OpenAI CEO, Sam Altman, visited Japan and met with government officials to discuss the potential of the technology and how to maximize its benefits while minimizing risks. Meanwhile, OpenAI is being investigated by Canada’s privacy commissioner for allegedly collecting and utilizing personal information without consent.

Hong Kong Suffers Surge in Crypto Scams in 2022
Hong Kong police reported a surge in crypto-related scams in 2022, with losses amounting to HK$1.7 billion ($216.6 million), up 106% from the previous year. The number of crypto-related scam cases reported in Hong Kong also surged by 67% from 2021. Such scams accounted for over 50% of the HK$3.2 billion ($407 million) stolen from city residents in technology crimes. The Hong Kong police CyberDefender website reported almost 23,000 cases of technology-related crimes in 2022. The use of cryptocurrency has made it more complicated for enforcement to track criminal funds, as fraudsters can hide their identities, transactions, and final destination.

Unidentified Exploit Steals Over $10.5 Million in NFTs and Coins
An unidentified exploit has drained over $10.5 million in NFTs and coins from experienced crypto community members since December 2022. The exploit targets keys created from 2014 to 2022 and those who are "crypto native," with multiple addresses and work within the space. Crypto veterans are advised to use a hardware wallet or migrate their funds to safeguard their digital assets.

Suspicious Transactions Linked to Mixin Network Hack Involve Huobi and Binance
Cyvers Alerts has discovered suspicious transactions linked to the recent Mixin Network hack. Two hacker addresses received 51 ETH from an account that had interactions with Huobi Global and Binance. The watchdog has called on these exchanges to help identify the suspicious account as part of ongoing investigations.

Cybersecurity Firm Halborn Warns of Zero-Day Vulnerabilities in Over 280 Blockchain Networks
Cybersecurity firm Halborn has warned of a vulnerability called "Rab13s" that could put over 280 blockchain networks at risk of zero-day exploits, potentially exposing at least $25 billion worth of crypto. The most critical vulnerability could allow an attacker to send malicious consensus messages to individual nodes, causing each to shut down and potentially enabling a 51% attack on the network. While Dogecoin, Zcash, and Litecoin have already implemented patches for the discovered vulnerabilities, hundreds of other networks remain at risk.

OneKey Addresses Vulnerability That Allowed Hardware Wallet to be Hacked
White hat hackers identified weaknesses in crypto wallet OneKey's software earlier this year that allowed them to hack a hardware wallet in one second, however OneKey corrected the problem and no one was affected.

Cryptocurrency Phishing Attacks Surge in 2022
Kaspersky reports a 40% YoY increase in cryptocurrency phishing attacks in 2022. These attacks involve fake websites and communication channels that mimic official companies to trick users into sharing private information such as private keys. Kaspersky warns that scammers continue to evolve their techniques and stories to lure in unsuspecting crypto investors.

MetaMask Users Email Addresses Exposed in Cybersecurity Incident
MetaMask, the popular Ethereum wallet, experienced a cybersecurity incident that exposed the email addresses of some of its users who submitted a customer support ticket between August 1, 2021 and February 10, 2023. The breach may have affected up to 7,000 users and some of the customer support tickets included a free text field where users may have submitted personally identifying information. The company has taken steps to eliminate unauthorized access in the future and is working with a cybersecurity and forensics team to investigate the incident.

OpenAI Launches Bug Bounty Program
OpenAI has launched a bug bounty program to address privacy and cybersecurity issues, inviting security researchers and ethical hackers to identify and address vulnerabilities in its systems. The program offers cash rewards ranging from $200 to $20,000 for qualifying vulnerability information.

Dozens of AI-Powered Chatbot Tokens Found to Be Part of honeypot schemes
Blockchain security company PeckShield has warned about "dozens" of BingChatGPT pump-and-dump tokens.

Exclusive: What are Top 5 FinTech Career Advice for Graduates?
Prof. Aris Stouraitis presents how Master of Science in Finance (FinTech and Financial Analytics) offered by Hong Kong Baptist University strives to nurture interdisciplinary talents and he offers the top 5 career advice for graduates who wish to work in FinTech and blockchain industry!

Kaspersky’s Expert Take on KYC and AML: Stock vs Crypto Exchanges
In Part 2 of our interview, Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia, Kaspersky shared how Kaspersky provides cybersecurity solutions for stock and crypto exchanges to address KYC and AML concerns. He also walked us through the Kaspersky Application Security Assessment and explained its significance in safeguarding assets in crypto exchanges.

How Kaspersky Protects Investors During Token Sales in 7 Ways
In the exclusinve interview with Blockchain.News, Yeo Siang Tiong, General Manager for Southeast Asia at Kaspersky shares the latest trend on cybersecurity threats in crypto fundraising and how Kaspersky's solutions can protect investors in 7 ways.

Exclusive: Deloitte Blockchain Lab on the Three Areas of Collaborations with HKMA
We were delighted to interview Dr. Paul Sin, leader of the Deloitte Asia Pacific Blockchain Lab, who shared with us its development goals and the collaborations with HKMA across the Greater Bay Area and Europe.

PwC Felix Kan: The Ethical Hacker for Modern Cyberattacks
Felix Kan is a Partner in PwC’s Risk Assurance Cybersecurity Privacy practice with 10 years of extensive experience. Kan began his career as an ethical hacker and has committed his career to helping Hong Kong companies enhance their protections against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

Browser Extensions Used by Scammers to Steal Bitcoin
The CEO of Casa takes his time to demonstrate how browser extensions can be used to launch a cyberattack to steal Bitcoin. He emphasized on cyber consciousness and cybersecurity.

Binance, CoinMarketCap, BitPay, Coinbase, Paxful Among Android Apps Earmarked by Latest EventBot Malware
Cybereason, a US-based cybersecurity company, has detected an Android malware dubbed EventBot that has been targeting money transfer and banking apps. Coinbase, Bitpay, CoinMarketCap, Binance, Mycelium Wallet,, Paxful, and CoinGecko are among a list of Android cryptocurrency wallets and applications whose security might be compromised as they are in the vicinity of this malware.

EU’s Move to Bypass Encryption on Platforms like WhatsApp Sparks Indignation
European Union lawmakers have created a draft proposal that aims to circumvent end-to-end encryption, in a move to increase cybersecurity.

Exclusive: Blockchain Beats AI and Big Data for the Highest Average Annual Salary in the UK
The report titled “The Disruption of Disruptive Tech” by Capital on Tap highlighted the state of disruptive tech adoption in early 2020. The U.S. had the most businesses in various disruptive technologies, with 71% dominance in cloud consulting and 53% in cybersecurity.

Naoris Protocol Secures $11.5 m Funding, Enhancing Web3 Networks Security
Cybersecurity protocol Naoris raised the funding with $11.5 million, which it mentions will enable it to revamp network security for the Web3 world.

The Rise of the Anon: Protecting Innovation
Anonymity is increasingly offering protection to innovators as well as their ideas.

Exploitation in the NFT World is Real But Are They Preventable?
Blockchain.News recently spoke to three industry leaders to explore NFT-linked security weaknesses and solutions. Experts suggest investors should always do their own due diligence before injecting funds into any project, no matter the hype.

Coinbase, Gemini, Binance & Kraken Address Twitter Hack: "Repercussions for Bitcoin Could’ve Been Worse"
Twitter has never in its history experienced as big of a security breach and crypto hack scam as the one that happened earlier this week.

Bitcoin Ransoms Doubled in 2019, New Report Warns Investors
Crypsis Group, a crypto forensics firm, noted in a recently released security report that crypto-ransoms, such as those involving Bitcoin, rose almost 200 percent for last year, compared to 2018.

McAfee Comes Clean on His Statement of Bitcoin, in Wake of His 'Dickening'
In recent news, John McAfee appeared to have retracted his previous statement regarding Bitcoin, now claiming he never believed that Bitcoin would hit $1 million dollar in pricing.

DOJ Extradites Bitcoin Thief From Cyprus Along With Hezbollah Terrorist
The US Department of Justice has extradited two criminals from Cyprus—one with known connections to terrorism and the other on suspicion of stealing thousands in Bitcoin.

Bitfinex CTO: Keeping Crypto Safe with State-of-the-Art Cyber Security
Paolo Ardoino, the CTO of Bitfinex and Tether tells us why safety and security should always be a top priority for crypto exchanges.

Ransomware Gang Evil Corp Group Strikes Again with New Ransomware WastedLocker
A ransomware gang called Evil Corp Group is back in action again, after having been in retirement for an undetermined period of time. The malware hacker group strikes again by developing a ransom software dubbed WastedLocker.

Bitfinex Launches $400 Million Bounty Hunt for 2016 Hackers Who Stole $1.3 Billion in BTC
Bitfinex has launched a 400 million dollar bounty hunt in search of the hackers responsible for the theft of nearly 120,000 Bitcoins from the global exchange in 2016.

Binance Contributes to Recovery and Return of $10,000 of Stolen Crypto To a Targeted Investor
Binance affiliate crypto security expert Harry Denley helped a victim recover $10, 000 worth of lost cryptocurrency recently.

Ransomware Group Demands $4M in Bitcoin from Argentina, Border Activity Halted for 4 Hours
A Bitcoin ransomware attack was directed towards Argentina’s immigration agency, halting border crossing temporarily.

Is China Hacking Australia? Cryptojacking Cyberattacks Hit Hard Down Under
The Australian Cyber Security Center has published a report highlighting vulnerabilities that are being exploited by hackers using cryptojacking malware.

US Files Lawsuit to Recover Cryptocurrency Accounts Linked to North Korean Hacking Operation
The US Department of Justice has filed a suit against North Korean state-sponsored cyber hackers for allegedly perpetrating two major cryptocurrency heists.

400 Accounts Hacked, CEO Confirms Reimbursement for all Victims
According to a Bloomberg interview, Kris Marszalek, CEO of Crypto wallet provider and trading platform, said he would be more than willing to share information about Tuesday's hack if the regulator has any relevant inquiries.

Europol Empowers Victims with Tools to Fend Off Ransomware Attacks
Europol, European Union’s law enforcement agency, has put together an anti-ransomware initiative that has managed to intercept $630 million dollars and more in ransomware demands, since 2016.

Origin DeFi Protocol Loses $7 Million to Hacker in Security Breach
Origin Protocol is the latest DeFi platform to lose $7 million due to hacking. The company has said that it is working to restore the stolen funds.

Twitter Hires Former Hacker Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko as Head of Security
Following the high-profile security breach witnessed in July this year, Twitter has hired former hacker Peiter 'Mudge' Zatko as its new head of security.

Centralization Caused Most DeFi Hacks of 2021, $1.3B Loss to Users in 2021
Certik says the centralization of operational models cited is one of the major faults amongst protocols that suffered mishaps, causing at least $1.3 billion loss to users last year.

Stay Alert to Crypto Wallets Protection from Quantum Computer Attack
Nowadays, the application of digital signature to access financial accounts could be risky to be attacked by quantum computer hacking, especially for the crypto wallets, experts remind the public to stay alert.

BAYC says Discord Server was "Compromised"
Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC) announced through Twitter that its Discord server was hacked.

Ethereum Gathers Cybersecurity Team Dedicated to ETH 2.0 Final Testnet Launch
With the launch of Ethereum 2.0 testnet set to be released today on August 4 at 1 pm UTC, the Ethereum Foundation has been looking to build a security team that will be responsible for maintaining ETH 2.0.

Verizon Cybersecurity CPO, Alex Schlager on Why 5G Networks Require a Whole New Approach to Enterprise Online Data Security
Alex Schlager, CPO of Security Services for Verizon Business believes 5G networks require a completely new way of thinking about security.

Emsisoft Releases Solution for BTC Demanding Ransomware WannaCryFake
Emsisoft, the cybersecurity firm, has released a new free fix for WannaCryFake—the malicious bitcoin (BTC) demanding ransomware.

TOR Network Vulnerability May Have Facilitated Dark Web Bitcoin Theft
According to a cybersecurity researcher, Bitcoin thieves and hackers have controlled more exit relays on the Tor network this year than in the past five, raising serious cybersecurity concerns that experts are looking to fix.

LocalBitcoins warns Tor Browser Users of Potential Bitcoin Theft
LocalBitcoins, a Finnish crypto exchange, recently warned its users about the potential cybersecurity risks connected to the anonymous browser—Tor Browser.

Ledger and Tezor Dismiss Rumor That Hackers Have Stolen Data from Popular Crypto Wallet Providers
Cybersecurity company “Under The Breach” has reported that a hacker is allegedly attempting to sell customer data that stems from firms like Ledger, Trezor, Keepkey, and even Bnktothefuture.