Amateur Cryptojackers and Apple Macs Emerge as Two Mining Malware Trends for 2018

2017 was a big year for cryptojacking. It increased by 8,500 percent, according to figures published by Symantec in March. And it would seem that 2018 has so far been an even bigger year for mining malware, as the Cyber Threat Alliance September report revealed that, beginning on Jan. 1, cryptojacking still had room to increase by a further 500 percent. However, beneath this simple outline of growth, there is a bigger, more complicated picture. Despite reports from some quarters showing that mining malware detections increased in the first two…

Crypto Markets See Mix of Red and Green, With Half of Top 100 Coins Slightly Up

Sunday, September 30: crypto markets are seeing a mix of red and green today. A little more than half of the top 100 cryptocurrencies have grown in the 24 hours to press time. The daily trade volume has declined, seeing a relatively sharp drop from around $15 billion yesterday to $13.8 billion at press time. Market visualization from Coin360 Bitcoin (BTC) has been hovering around $6,600 for most of the day, with an intraday low of $6,561 and a high of $6,640. At press time, Bitcoin is trading at $6,632,…

Walmart Embraces Blockchain, Google Does 180 On Crypto-Ad Ban

Coming every Sunday, the Hodler’s Digest will help you to track every single important news story that happened this week. The best (and worst) quotes, adoption and regulation highlights, leading coins, predictions, and much more — a week on Cointelegraph in one link. Top Stories This Week Google Reverses Crypto Ad Ban, Allows Crypto Exchanges In Japan, US To Advertise The U.S. tech giant Google is set to update its ad policy in October, re-allowing registered cryptocurrency exchanges located in the U.S. and Japan to advertise. According to the official…

Bitcoin Price Makes Second Straight Monthly Loss in September

Bitcoin (BTC) is reporting losses for a second straight month, but there are hints of a bullish breakout ahead in the fourth quarter. At press time, the leading cryptocurrency is trading at $6,570 – down 6.30 percent from September’s opening price of $7,014. BTC also registered a 10-percent decline in August, according to CoinDesk’s Bitcoin Price Index (BPI). However, despite the back-to-back monthly losses, the cryptocurrency is flashing a 2 percent gain for the third quarter. Further, the quarterly gain could have been much bigger had the US Securities and…

Self-Regulatory Group of Crypto Exchanges Set to Tighten Rules on Online Digital Asset Storage

The self-regulatory Japan Virtual Currency Exchange Association (JVCEA) plans to stricten its customer asset management measures. The Japan Times outlet reported this news Sunday, September 30, citing “informed sources.” JVCEA is a self-regulatory group of some of the largest licensed exchange operators in Japan, established in April of this year. Now, the organization is reportedly planning to tighten its rules by establishing a limit on the amount of digital currencies that can be managed online by any exchange. According to The Japan Times’ sources, the limit will likely be set…

Ripple Overtakes Ethereum Again With 7% Surge, Market Recovering

Over the past 24 hours, Ripple (XRP) has overtaken Ethereum once again with a 7 percent surge in price, achieving a market valuation of $24.28 billion. The market cap of Ethereum remains slightly below that of Ripple at $24.15 billion and based on the weak volume of XRP, it is likely that Ethereum will regain its position as the second most valuable cryptocurrency in the short-term. Ripple has taken over Ethereum on three occassions in 2018, all of which occured in the second half of September. Subsequent to recording a…

Sierra Leone, United Nations to Develop Blockchain Digital ID System

Two of the United Nation’s wings are joining hands with Sierra Leone government to build a blockchain-based ID system for their seven million people. The UN Capital Development Fund (UNDCF) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) have entered into a partnership with  Kiva, a technology nonprofit. Kiva will lend its institutional protocol of the same name to implement the “Credit Bureau Of The Future.” It would allow Sierra Leone citizens to have complete and secure ownership of their identities, similar to blockchain assets in a decentralized network like that of…

This Meme Marketplace Uses Dummy Tokens to Draw Users in a Bear Market

Memes are a pretty important part of the crypto ecosystem – how else would crypto visionaries display their wit and sometimes passive aggressivity? It’s no wonder then that District0x’s Meme Factory is seeing quite the buzz. Not only did District0x raise $9 million in an initial coin offering last year, backed by Boost VC and CoinFund, to name a few, but holders of the ERC-20-based native token, DNT, are already making decisions about the project’s future. And that’s perhaps surprising since the application isn’t exactly live yet. Instead, holders of DNT…

Bitcoin Price Weekly Analysis: BTC/USD Remains in Uptrend Above $6,400

Key Points Bitcoin price failed to break the $6,800 resistance recently and declined against the US Dollar. There is a major bullish trend line in place with support at $6,400 on the 4-hours chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken). The pair must stay above the $6,400 and $6,380 support levels to remain in a positive zone. Bitcoin price is holding key supports against the US Dollar. BTC/USD could move higher once again as long as it is above the $6,400 support. Bitcoin Price Analysis This past week,…

Ethereum Price Weekly Analysis: ETH/USD Consolidating Above $225

Key Highlights ETH price made a nice upside move and traded above the $225 level against the US Dollar. There was a break above a major contracting triangle with resistance at $228 on the 4-hours chart of ETH/USD (data feed via Kraken). The pair is currently consolidating in a range above the $225 and $228 support levels. Ethereum price is holding gains versus the US Dollar and Bitcoin. ETH/USD could trade further higher as long as it is above the $225 support. Ethereum Price Analysis This past week, there was…