Polygon CSO blames Web2 security gaps for recent spate of hacks

Polygon Chief Security Officer Mudit Gupta has urged Web3 companies to hire traditional security experts to put an end to easily preventable hacks, arguing that perfect code and cryptography are not enough.  Speaking to Cointelegraph, Gupta outlined that several of the recent hacks in crypto were ultimately a result of Web2 security vulnerabilities such as private key management and phishing attacks to gain logins, rather than poorly designed blockchain tech. Adding to his point, Gupta emphasized that getting a certified smart contract security audit without adopting standard Web2 cybersecurity practices…

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Serum (SRM) Price Looks Set After Hibernation, Can Price Go To $1?

Serum (SRM) has struggled against tether (USDT) in recent weeks, rising above $0.8 as the price of Serum (SRM) remains range-bound. For weeks, the price of Bitcoin (BTC) fluctuated between $19,500 and $20,000, with the price stalling on the next movement. Most altcoins, including Serum, have been affected by this choppy movement (SRM). (Source: Binance) Serum (SRM) Price Analysis On The Weekly Chart  The price of SRM has had difficulty replicating its recent bullish move, which saw the price rally to $3.5 as the price rallied with a good bullish…

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White House science office looks at crypto’s effect on climate, despite scarce data

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has weighed in on the environmental and energy impact of crypto assets in the United States, finding that crypto makes a significant contribution to energy usage and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. It recommends monitoring and regulation in response. The report, released Sept. 8, was the latest to come out of the U.S. President Joe Biden’s March executive order (EO) on the development of digital assets. The EO charged the OSTP with investigating the energy usage associated with digital assets, comparing…

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UK economic secretary commits to make country a crypto hub under new PM

Richard Fuller, the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, said the government wants the United Kingdom to be the “dominant global hub for crypto technologies.” In a parliamentary debate on crypto asset regulation in the U.K. on Wednesday, Fuller spoke in favor of “powerful” use cases for cryptocurrency and blockchain technology, including using distributed ledger technology for customs and international trade and storing medical records on the blockchain. Alexander Stafford, the parliamentary private secretary to newly elected PM Liz Truss, added the prime minister “reaffirmed” her commitment to providing internet connectivity…

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New report reveals the most interested countries

A new report released from CoinGecko uncovered the places around the world most interested in the upcoming Ethereum Merge.  The data found Singapore as the country most interested and by a large margin at that. Singapore scored 377, which is nearly 100 points higher than the second place nations, Switzerland and Canada, both tied at 286 points. Germany, the United States and the Netherlands filled out the remaining top five spots. Scores were determined through an analysis of the frequency of ten search terms and then combined for the overall…

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DeFi DApps activity rises 3.7% in August for first time since May — Report

DeFi dapps showed a slight recovery for the first time since May, with the daily average of unique active wallets (UAWs) increasing 3.7% on a month-over-month basis, according to a report from DappRadar.  The rise was partially driven by the Flow protocol, which rose 577% UAW due to Instagram’s support of its NFTs and the game Solitaire Blitz. On the other hand, Solana UAW shrank by 53% in August from the previous month, while transactions dropped by 68%, the findings showed. There were 1.67 million unique wallets connected to blockchain DApps in…

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Crypto investors backed by Coinbase sue U.S. Department of Treasury after Tornado Cash sanctions

According to a new lawsuit filed in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas. On Thursday, six users of the Ethereum blockchain and cryptocurrency mixer Tornado Cash sued the U.S. Department of Treasury, alleging that its recent designation of 44 Tornado Cash smart contract addresses to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list of the Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) is “not in accordance with law.” Since August 8, U.S. persons and entities have been prohibited from interacting with the sanctioned Tornado Cash smart contract addresses, blockchain or business-wise,…

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Republican lawmakers call for answers on digital dollar from Fed vice chair

Members of the House Committee on Financial Services have called for Federal Reserve vice chair Lael Brainard to clarify her position on a central bank digital currency ahead of deadlines set by United States President Joe Biden’s executive order on digital assets.  In a Wednesday letter addressed to Brainard, 24 Republican lawmakers including ranking member Patrick McHenry requested the Fed vice chair provide answers as to whether the central bank sought to “curtail the use of digital assets and other private sector innovative payment methods” by releasing a digital dollar. They…

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Law enforcement recovers $30 million from Ronin Bridge hack with the help of Chainalysis

On Thursday, blockchain forensics firm Chainalysis said that law enforcement had recovered $30 million in crypto stolen from the $625 million Ronin Bridge hack in March. According to Chainalysis, Lazarus Group, the North-Korea linked entity behind the attacks, first used sophisticated money-laundering techniques such as sending stolen Ether (ETH) to crypto-mixer Tornado Cash, swapping it for Bitcoin (BTC), sending theBitcoin to Tornado Cash, and then cashing out at exchanges. However, the group recently moved away from such techniques after the U.S. Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on Tornado Cash wallet…

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