Coinbase Reveals Password Glitch Affecting 3,500 Customers

Crypto exchange Coinbase disclosed a potential vulnerability Friday, announcing that a tiny fraction of its customers’ passwords were stored in plain text on an internal server log. However, the information was not improperly accessed by outside parties, the exchange said. In a post-mortem shared with CoinDesk, Coinbase outlined “a password storage issue,” impacting less than 3,500 customers (out of more than 30 million worldwide) that briefly resulted in personal information, including the passwords, being stored in clear text on internal logging systems. “Under a very specific and rare error condition,…

Binance’s US Arm to Go Live ‘Within Two Months’

The dedicated U.S. arm of cryptocurrency exchange Binance will go live by November, according to Binance’s CEO. Changpeng “CZ” Zhao told Cheddar in an interview on Wednesday that, while the situation is still “in flux,” he expects the new platform would go live in “a month or two.” Due to uncertainties over the U.S. regulatory situation, Binance barred states-side customers from using its global platform Binance.com in mid June, a day after revealing that it would launch the new U.S. division in partnership with a firm called BAM Trading Services. The new platform will…

A Big Four Audit Firm Lost $1 Million In Bitcoin. Victims Are Losing Patience

The Takeaway: QuadrigaCX’s former users are running out of patience with Miller Thomson and EY, the court-appointed companies tasked with recovering their missing funds. The users want more transparency into EY’s investigation of Quadriga’s missing funds, as well as a better understanding of how the audit firm accidentally lost 103 bitcoin earlier this year. Some users are contemplating finding new legal representation due to their frustrations with Miller Thomson. Former QuadrigaCX users are losing patience with their court-appointed lawyers and looking for answers about how more than 100 bitcoins were…

UK Advertising Watchdog Upholds Complaints Against BitMEX Bitcoin Promotion

The U.K. Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints over a bitcoin ad placed by crypto derivatives exchange BitMEX (HDR Global Trading). The advertising regulator published its decision on Wednesday, saying that it supported the four complaints against the ad that had claimed it “failed to illustrate the risk of the investment,” “exaggerated the return on the investment” and “challenged whether it was misleading.” The ad, placed on Jan. 3, 2019, purportedly to celebrate the tenth anniversary of mining of the first block of bitcoin on the same date in…

Coinbase Backs $4.3 Million Raise for New Crypto Derivatives Exchange

A new cryptocurrency derivatives exchange that hasn’t yet launched has already won backing from major investors including Coinbase. Called Blade, the exchange platform is planning to go live in a few weeks with a focus on perpetual swaps, TechCrunch reported Monday. The firm was founded by Jeff Byun and Henry Lee, who had previously launched a delivery startup that crypto-friendly payments firm Square acquired in part in 2017. The two have now brought some of the same investors in to back their new Blade venture. Aside from Coinbase, investors in the $4.3…

60 Latin American Banks Can Now Use Bitcoin for Cross-Border Payments

A leading bank technology provider in Latin America is partnering with cryptocurrency exchange Bitex to facilitate cross-border payments over the bitcoin blockchain. “The integration of Bitex into Bantotal program represents a major step in the breakthrough of blockchain technology in banking,” said Bitex Chief Marketing Officer Manuel Beaudroit. Bantotal is a core banking service provider based in Uruguay that services over 60 different financial institutions across 14 different countries. According to a Bantotal spokesperson, an estimated 20 million people use Bantotal’s money management services. “Bantotal is one of the biggest…

Coinbase UK Dropping Support for Cryptocurrency Zcash

The U.K. arm of Coinbase appears to be dropping support for the privacy-focused cryptocurrency zcash. According to customers, Coinbase UK is sending letters out warning people that they will need to convert their zcash (ZEC) holding, or remove them to an external wallet, by Aug. 26. @zcash @ElectricCoinCo @coinbase what’s going on with Zcash in the UK? pic.twitter.com/6GWS9CuIoH — Alex (@deskofwilkes) August 8, 2019 The cryptocurrency exchange gave no specific reason for the removal of the cryptocurrency, but said all remaining ZEC balances on Aug. 26 will be automatically converted to…

Stolen Binance Funds Still Being Laundered Through Mixers, Researchers Claim

May’s Binance hacker has been hard at work washing his stolen bitcoins through a mixing service. Clain.io, a Luxembourg-cryptocurrency capital flows research team, says the 7,074 stolen coins are being laundered through mixing service Chipmixer. Clain says at least 4,836 bitcoins were laundered since June 12th. A bitcoin tumbling service mixes a bitcoin’s unspent transaction outputs, or UTXOs, with other users’ coins. Since bitcoins are attached to the publicly verifiable blockchain with UTXOs, mixing services are used to obfuscate transaction histories that follow bitcoins around. Chipmixer was overwhelmed with the…

Coinbase Says It Foiled a ‘Sophisticated’ Hacking Attack

Cryptocurrency exchange Coinbase has revealed that it has been targeted by, and foiled, “a sophisticated, highly targeted, thought out attack” aimed to access its systems and presumably to make of with some of the billions of dollars’-worth of cryptocurrency it holds. In an Aug. 8 blog post that sets out in technical detail how the plot unfolded and how the exchange countered the attempted theft, Coinbase said the hackers used a combination of methods to try and hoodwink staff and access vital systems – methods that included spear phishing, social…

Gemini Exchange Data Is Being Added to CME’s Crypto Indices

Market data from the Winklevoss twins-founded crypto exchange Gemini is being added to eight crypto indices offered by CF Benchmarks. Formerly called Crypto Facilities, CF Benchmarks’ eight reference products include four indices and reference rates provided for CME Group, which currently offers a bitcoin futures product: the CME CF Bitcoin Reference Rate and CME CF Bitcoin Real Time Index, and the CME CF Ether-Dollar Reference Rate and CME CF Ether-Dollar Real Time Index. CF Benchmarks said Thursday that the addition of Gemini as a data source, alongside existing exchanges Bitstamp, Coinbase, itBit…