Australian Authorities Received More Than 1,200 Complaints Against SCAM

According to the ABC, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), received 1,129 complaints about SCAM in the framework of the program for the supervision of cryptocurrency activities in 2017. Financial losses amounted to $ 1,218,206.

During the conversation with journalists, the head of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), John Price, warned that “it was well documented that these products are SCAM, so please do not invest in them, unless you are ready to lose all your money”

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) has been observing the activities of cryptocurrency exchanges for two months. Now all cryptocurrency exchanges in Australia must be registered, after that they will be placed into a special register. Also, the exchanges must resist money laundering and terrorist financing, verify the identity of clients, and keep certain records for seven years.

Regulators and other authorities around the world have recently begun to take more active measures to fight with cryptocurrency fraud.

For example, in January the office of the district attorney of New York blocked 70 sites, allegedly associated with fraudulent investments into cryptocurrencies.

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Kaspersky Lab’s Report: Cryptojacking Crimes Have Increased By 400% in 2018

Kaspersky Lab has published report that about 13 million cryptojacking crimes have been committed in 2018. This number is quite impressive, however, if we look at it from the annual statistics point of view, we can see that the amount of cases are up by 400% this year alone.

Cryptojacking is a term to describe malicious activity when a culprit generates cryptocurrency (transfer funds) without the owner’s knowledge using a compromised device. This kind of crypto crime is highly popular in the financial world.

The most common jacked cryptocurrency by cryptojackers is Monero (XMR). The virus or malware enters a user’s PC, usually it happens when the later watches online ads or solves captcha. Then the script creates chaos on a PC’s CPU power making the system run slowly.

Our editorship urges you to be careful in order not to fall into the hands of criminals. We want to remind you:

Kaspersky Detected a Crypto Exchange Hacker Attack Coming from North Korea

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Blockchain Specialists: Who Are They and How Much Do They Earn?

Relatively new blockchain technology is developing quite actively in recent years, which inevitably leads to increase of jobs number in this industry. Considering that, the infrastructure is still not very developed well in this area, it can be assumed that the trend of increased demand for qualified personnel will still remain for many years. In this article we will talk about blockchain specialists, find out who employers are looking for, what average salaries are offered, and in the end we will talk about where to learn this craft.

1. Briefly about blockchain technology

Let us briefly remind what blockchain is, and why many people predict a great future for it? So, in simple words, blockchain is an open (that is, public) registry of data, which is stored in separate blocks and has a chain structure. Each subsequent block stores the information about the previous one. For example, let`s take a usual book, which is divided into separate pages, so after 45, there 46, 47 should go, etc. Attempts to change or delete a block, which has already been entered into blockchain, will immediately be noticed by the network.

The increased security of Blockchain is backed up by data storage. The fact is, that the entire data registry has hundreds of thousands copies (depends on number of miners in network), which are located throughout the world.

2. What experts are now in demand in the industry and how much do they earn?

When it comes to blockchain specialists, most people imagine a highly qualified programmer who knows all the programming languages, Morse code, and the depths of cryptography. But in reality, to be a fairly successful developer, you need to know:

  • basics of programming;
  • C ++ language ideally, but this is optional, Python, Java, Golang, etc. will also work.

Having these knowledge and at least minimal experience in programming, one can become a blockchain developer without any particular problems. The wage, in this case, will directly depend on experience, depth of knowledge and a particular company. In Europe and the United States experienced developers can get to $175 thousand per year. But it’s not necessary to be a programmer to work in the blockchain industry. This is not a complete list of vacancies, this young market needs:

  • Investment Director. It is a key position in any crypto startup, because its main task is to search and work with potential investors. This is a quite difficult job, because now many people are still wary of cryptocurrencies and blockchain as a whole, and they are not in a hurry to invest their savings. The salary depends on the amount of raised funds, from which a certain percentage is given to an investment director.
  • Marketer, PR manager. As Thomas Macaulay said: “Nothing Except The Mint Can Make Money Without Advertising”. This profession is very relevant absolutely in any field and the blockchain industry is no exception. To succeed in this position, the specialist is obliged to speak several foreign languages, to have experience in international sales. Salaries of the specialists depend on the scope of a project, as well as a marketing record of a marketer.
  • Bounty manager. The rapid development of the ICO market has led to emergence of brand new professions. This position involves conduction of all processes, interaction and verification of performers for tasks implementation. Salary of these specialists can hardly be called high, it rarely exceeds $1,000.
  • Crypto analyst. This profession implies the deep knowledges of the cryptocurrency market. An analyst should be able to carry out a fundamental analysis of any coin, and on the basis of this data make his or her own predictions of investments growth. This is one of the most promising areas in the blockchain industry, since the analyst’s wages have no limit. Large investors will be happy to pay a certain percentage of commission to a such specialist for a good tip.
  • Lawyer. There is literally “a long row to hoe” in the blockchain field for these professionals. The fact is that legislative base here is still at a very early stage of its development and there is still a lot of work to be done in this direction.

We want to remind you:

Facebook Is Once Again Looking for Blockchain Specialists

3. Where to study for a blockchain specialist?

Higher-education institutions are already training specialists in this direction. A number of leading universities offer introductory courses into blockchain, cryptocurrency, etc.

To master any of the above mentioned professions of the future, you can take online courses on the Internet, the number of which is sufficient now. But when choosing a training program you should be extremely careful and before entrusting your money and time to some “blockchain guru”, read the information about him carefully.

4. Conclusion

The crypto industry differs with a rather rapid pace of development. To work in this area, you must always keep “your eyes open” and be able to adapt quickly to a new circumstances. Every year new professions appear, which offer new opportunities and high wages.

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Chinese Bomb Bitcoin: Hong Kong Business Person Was Blackmailed Demanding $20 000 in Bitcoin

According to the report of South China Morning Post, Hong Kong businessman was threatened with blowing off the building where his company is unless he sends $20 000 in Bitcoin. The scheme was the same as we reported earlier:

Bomb Bitcoin: A New Scammers’ Scheme of Getting Cryptocurrency

The victim who received a blackmail is the CEO of Network Box, Michael Gazeley. He commented on the situation, stating:

“This looks like the third wave of blackmail emails plaguing the world in the past few years… I have never seen something like this, which sounds like cyberterrorism, in my 20-year career in cybersecurity.”

In addition, he claimed at first he was shocked, then he noticed that there were some grammar mistakes which helped him to understand that the email was not worth believing. It was quite clear that the main target was individual rather than bombing an office. He did not report to the police of Hong Kong as considers that email not credible.

Charles Mok, the spokesman of the IT sector in the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, was abashed by the quality of threats.

He said: “Scammers need to be smarter, they can’t just say in a spam email, ‘You need to pay me or I blow up your office’.”

We remind you

The Most High-Profile Scam Projects of 2018

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Google’s AI Stated Bitcoin Is “A Collapsed Economic Bubble”

If you still do not understand what is happening with the cryptocurrency market, in particular with the prices of all digital coins, Google’s AI gave a kind of interesting answer. By entering the search request “Bitcoin”, you may see the following card which defined Bitcoin as “a collapsed economic bubble”.


Source: Finance Magnates

In a couple of hours the definition was edited, claiming: “Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency, a form of electronic cash. It is a decentralized digital currency without a central bank or single administrator that can be sent from user-to-user on the peer-to-peer bitcoin network without the need for intermediaries.”

The algorithm which aggregates the information displays the useful cards in the sidebar automatically. However, such a sentence clearly shows that the company’s AI system considers the bitcoin market as an economic bubble.

The CEO of Google Sundar Pichai explained that Google’s AI looks at every keyword based on “things like relevance, freshness, popularity and how other people are using it”.

Looking from this point of view, it means that the real reason why such a card displayed is that people downgraded Bitcoin and lost any hope in it.

We remind you

The Main Myths Connected with Bitcoin: A Pyramid, A Bubble or A Valuable Asset?

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Bomb Bitcoin: A New Scammers’ Scheme of Getting Cryptocurrency

Scammers are becoming more and more resourceful in making up new ways of obtaining cryptocurrency, in particular Bitcoin. This scheme is quite simple: the criminal sends an email where it is pointed out that if a victim does not send $20,000 in Bitcoin within a specified time period, then the former denotes a bomb inside the building where the victim’s company is. The culprit also sends the Bitcoin addresses, in the following email, such an address does not exist.

It is just impossible not to respond to such threats due to some moments in history, so the whole offices are now being evacuated as this scam spreads.

Here you can see the full text of the email:

“My man carried a bomb (Hexogen) into the building where your company is located. It is constructed under my direction. It can be hidden anywhere because of its small size, it is not able to damage the supporting building structure, but in the case of its detonation you will get many victims.

My mercenary keeps the building under the control. If he notices any unusual behavior or emergency he will blow up the bomb.

I can withdraw my mercenary if you pay. You pay me 20.000 $ in Bitcoin and the bomb will not explode, but don’t try to cheat -I warrant you that I will withdraw my mercenary only after 3 confirmations in blockchain network.

Here is my Bitcoin address : 1GHKDgQX7hqTM7mMmiiUvgihGMHtvNJqTv

You have to solve problems with the transfer by the end of the workday. If you are late with the money explosive will explode.

This is just a business, if you don’t send me the money and the explosive device detonates, other commercial enterprises will transfer me more money, because this isnt a one-time action.

I wont visit this email. I check my Bitcoin wallet every 35 min and after seeing the money I will order my recruited person to get away.

If the explosive device explodes and the authorities notice this letter:

We are not terrorists and dont assume any responsibility for explosions in other buildings.”

The New York Police Department (NYPD) reacted to such emails and made an official statement on Twitter, stating that such threats are considered to be “not credible”:

The FBI has also tweeted calling for public’s vigilance:

Our editorial board strongly urges not to believe such threats in order not to become a victim of the heinous scams. If you are hesitating if this email is real or not, please, call the police. We remind you

The Most High-Profile Scam Projects of 2018

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The Most High-Profile Scam Projects of 2018

The unfortunate fact, that the ICO market is dying. According to the Satis Group data, more than 81% of the market is a dead projects. The ingenuity of crypto fraudsters was the cause of investors lack of confidence.

It is worth talking about the most prominent scams, that might have destroyed ICO in 2018 as a transparent manner of investment.

Ifan and PinCoin – $660 million

This two crypto startups took the first place, just because they are running money scams of Vietnam Modern Tech company.

The founders promised 570% annual investment. Which sounded well for investors. Because everybody want a high income.

It was impossible to resist from Modern Tech offers, because the marketing was brilliant. The project gave a bonus per each engaged investor.

Now we can tell that initially it was an obvious scam. But no, the crypto fraudsters planned everything to a small detail. But in the end, word always gets out. The mass action in front of the Modern Tech office was triggered by the fact that cryptocurrency media began to publish information about the dark deeds of the company. During the mass action, investors demanded a refund.

In the end, 32 thousand of investors were cheated and the founders escaped with $660 million. Ironically, Ifan and PinCoin were guilty, but have not been punished for the crime.

PlexCoin – $15 million

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) undertook the scam situation. That’s why it deserves attention.

Scam projects on the ICO market is like an infection which should be treated at the beginning. The PlexCoin was cured before it caused a significant damage.

The creators of PlexCoin promised a great profit for the investors. This project promised 1300% profit per month. “PlexCoin will be the first cryptocurrency by capitalization, which will eliminate Bitcoin”, said creators. This assumption was a trigger for the SEC.

Dominic Lacroix, the creator of this scam, was charged and entailed to legal responsibility  with “willful distortion provided to investors” by French Financial Markets Regulator (AMF). Following the example set by AMF, the SEC filed a complaint and demanded to suspend the ICO.

During the investigation of the project it was suspended by a lawsuit. Without accepting the restrictions and continuing the sale of fake project tokens, Lacroix was fined $10 000 and deprived of his liberty for a two months.

PlexCoin has earned about $15 million. Ironically, the fraudsters were fined $100 thousand.

BitConnect – presumably, several millions

This is a fine example of fraud field. For two years, it was pulling out the money from gullible investors. BitConnect was launched in 2016 at the peak of hype.

The point of deception was simple: “Invest more – gain even more”. They promised that if they don’t withdraw the funds for 120 days then the profit will be 365%.

Due to the fact that in December 2017 the cost of the BitConnect token was $463, the states of Texas and North Carolina have turned their attention to it. They made the accusation due to unregistered distribution of securities. This reduced the price of the token by 90% and became $ 5.92 per coin.

But, after 2 years of existence, in January, the project disappeared from all the exchanges, and investors were left with nothing,according to the preliminary estimates, they have lost several million dollars. And of course they filed a class action amounting to $700 thousand.

Divyesh Darji managed project from Surat, India and was arrested in the summer of 2018 during the investigation.

Benebit – from about $3 to $4 million

The criminal schemes of Benebit for the ICO market were just perfect, unlike the projects presented above. Everything was at a high level, the project held top places in ratings, there was high activity in social networks, the PR manager did a titanic job. The Benebit activity was brilliant.

But they were revealed by smallest detail. It was because of  photos which they took from the school site, which were noticed by an unknown person. After this all got out, the creators turned off the site, accounts and went into hiding.

During the investigation nobody would think about verification of the authenticity of documents. It turned out that the passport data used by the promoters for work was fake. Another outstanding problem is the rating: how did he get such high marks and who did let that happen?

Conclusion

This is TOP scam projects which should become a lesson to investors. They made a list of “finest scam of 2018” by The Coin Shark, only for the uniqueness of fraud methods.

For example, in ICO Ifan, PinCoin and PlexCoin the investors were attracted with high profit. They were so blind that they did not notice the warnings of the experts.

PlexCoin was the first scam, in which the SEC interfered. As for PinCoin and Ifan they are extraordinary. Since the creators have been found, but not punished.

Benebit startup was unique by the fact that $500 thousand were invested in it under the guise of professional marketing. On the example of this project, we can see the gaps in the system of regulation of IСO.

BitConnect surprised us by the fact, that its financial pyramid was so obvious that it allowed to hide in plain sight. This is a good example of aggressive marketing and the greed of investors in getting money.

In fact, man’s recklessness is the root of the absence of confidence problem to ICO and not such projects. Everyone thinks that this will not happen to himself. But it will, if you are not reasonable and do not check the information about the project in which you intend to invest.

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