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$0.184176
(0.7%)
0.00000764 BTC
Market Cap (Rank#258)
$100,279,933
4,159 BTC
Vol 24h
$2,604,225
108.01 BTC
Circulating Supply
544,480,199.99
Max Supply
1,000,000,000
9h agocryptodaily
Bitfinex May Face Criminal Investigations in U.S.
The sister company of stablecoin Tether, crypto exchange Bitfinex, is facing the possibility of criminal investigations in the United States according to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in a reply to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request shared on Twitter earlier this week. Bitfinex has for a long time been under scrutiny for its actions, and if reports are to be believed, it will be subject to investigations yet again. The DOJ has since denied a request for information regarding Tether Holdings Limited, its parent company iFinex Inc. and other subsidiaries, including Bitfinex, citing Exemption 7(A) of the FOAI Guide. The exemption precludes the disclosure of: Records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that production of such law enforcement records or information ... could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings. The individual who filed the request in February 2022 is Twitter user oleh86, and according to it, the request itself asked: Dear Sirs, Pursuant to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. § 552, I am hereby requesting any and all information in the possession of the US Department of Justice on jointly and severally TETHER HOLDINGS LIMITED, TETHER LIMITED, TETHER INTERNATIONAL LIMITED, TETHER OPERATIONS LIMITED, IFINEX INC., BFXNA INC., and BFXWW INC. The denial of the request read as follows: Looks like #Bitfinex is in legal proceedings in the US - the DOJ denied my FOIA request on grounds of Section b(7)(A) aimed at preventing pretrial publicity that could impair a court proceeding. The exemption essentially prevents the public from getting information about the legal enforcement of the company. It is done to ensure that people with information do not try and tamper with evidence or try anything that would unduly influence the proceedings. Bitfinex’s Legal Woes Bitfinex and sister company Tether has been facing heavy scrutiny from legal entities for a long time. In 2021, Bitfinex and Tether had to pay $42.5 million in fines to the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in civil monetary penalties. Bitfinex has also faced multiple investigations from civil and criminal entities in the U.S. regarding whether stablecoin issues Tether, was being truthful about the state of its reserves. Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.
9h agocryptopotato
1xBit Will Take You on a Journey With Around the World Adventure Tournament
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1 day agocryptodaily
Hackless Pioneers B2B & B2C Security Tool for DeFi, Saving Nearly $500,000 for Clients
designed a comprehensive security platform which aims to protect the decentralized finance (DeFi) world from targeted exploits, as well as safely migrate funds from individual wallets and protocols under attack. Hackless works at the infrastructure level of EVM-compatible blockchains, uniting several elements from the blockchain ecosystem in order to strengthen a DeFi protocol’s security from the lowest levels of its ecosystem. The platform has three core services which it uses to help defend against exploits and recover funds: Watchdog – A mempool monitoring tool which tracks suspicious transactions. SafeMigrate (B2B) – The first-to-market service which ensures that funds can be successfully migrated from a paused DeFi protocol that is being attacked. Conductor (B2C) – A private mining provider that ensures the safe and undetectable migration of user's funds from compromised wallets. The Hackless team believes this type of active protection is critical to the future innovation in the DeFi space given the substantial increase in the value of assets being locked up in DeFi applications. Serhii Androsiuk, co-founder and CEO of Hackless, commented: “The daunting thing about DeFi right now is that the rising tide of recent security exploits seems to out-speed the adoption and development of DeFi as such. Seven of the ten largest crypto thefts from January 2021 to March 2022 involved DeFi protocols. Frequent brutal exploits of flash loan protocols, cross-chain bridges and individual crypto wallets stress the need for a powerful security tool which is capable of boosting industry’s security level right away. We envision Hackless as a comprehensive platform that offers solutions both for DeFi protocols and individual investors. When used by all types of DeFi players it will enhance the overall protection giving a boost to industry’s growth.” Hackless In Action Earlier this year, A.I. and blockchain-powered virtual assistant services platform VAIOT was subject to a brutal exploit. Attackers tried and succeeded to take ownership of several of the platform's operational wallets, containing its native currency VAI, which are critical for the functioning of its services. This resulted in the theft and freezing of several million VAI and tens of thousands worth of ETH and BNB, belonging to both their users and VAIOT itself. The Hackless team integrated with VAIOT, contributing their expertise to the effort to safely migrate the frozen assets from the contract owned by the attacker. Using a variety of techniques and tools utilized in the Hackless product itself, the team were able to successfully help VAIOT recover $400,000 in frozen assets, whilst ensuring both the techniques and their employment remained undetected to the attacker. This successful case study was followed in quick succession by other examples of Hackless in action. The first involved a user who had their private keys stolen (a theft all too common in the crypto space) following a phishing attack. The attacker then monitored the wallet, draining all funds as soon as they appeared, leaving the user unable to access their NFTs worth ~$4,000. In this case, Hackless was able to deploy two key features of its product, the Conductor and SafeMigrate. The team were able to retrieve all the user’s NFTs to an uncompromised wallet without the attacker being aware. The second was a similar case, only the amount stolen was significantly higher at $87,000. Deploying the same features, Hackless was able to recover this amount quickly, proving again not only that there is demand for this service, but that their tools work. Consequently, both the Conductor and SafeMigrate form part of Hackless’ core offering, which is now available to the public. Securing the Future of DeFi with Hackless Hackless has demonstrated its DeFi security pedigree in the wild. Its mission to provide a robust security layer between Ethereum and its many DeFi protocols, is inspired and facilitated by the experience of its Ukraine-based team. Co-Founders Serhii Androsiuk and Pavel Radchuk have extensive experience in the blockchain space, with both having worked with various DeFi and NFT projects since 2017. Androsiuk is also a veteran of the banking sector, lending his expertise in growing projects to scale to the Hackless team. This year has seen the beginning of the architectural design for its modular platform, as well as production-ready services. The roadmap this year still has a number of exciting developments to come, including its staking program (Q3 2022), V1 Conductor (Q3 2022) and V1 SafeMigrate (Q4 2022). Combined with partnerships with leading DeFi projects such as Blaize and Zokyo, Hackless is well positioned to deliver a much needed security solution for the DeFi space. To read more about Hackless and its pioneering solution to protect DeFi assets, visit their website here. Follow Hackless on Twitter Join the Hackless community on Telegram Connect with Hackless on LinkedIn Read the Hackless blog on Medium Media Contact Details Contact Name: Nataliia Maslennykova Contact Email: [email protected] Disclaimer: This is a sponsored press release, and is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect the views of Crypto Daily, nor is it intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, or financial advice
1 day agocointelegraph
Reinventing yourself in the Metaverse through digital identity
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1 day agocryptosrus
DeFi On Polkadot Just Got A Massive Boost
DeFi on Polkadot is getting a massive boost thanks to a partnership with Acala and Astar Network. Covered: Astar Partner With Acala DeFi On Polkadot Astar Partner With Acala Astar Network, which bills itself as Polkadot’s innovation hub, announced a partnership with fellow parachain Acala. Together they are launching the “Astar x Acala DeFi Rising” […] The post DeFi On Polkadot Just Got A Massive Boost appeared first on CryptosRus.
1 day agocryptodaily
Tezos Is Gaining Traction In DeFI, NFTs & More
Following a busy summer that saw Tezos host its annual developer conference in Paris shortly after welcoming USDT into its fold, the blazing fast, energy friendly blockchain network is enjoying rapid traction in both the NFT and the DeFi spaces. The TEZ/DEV conference, which wrapped up on July 23, provided us with an in-depth look at the reasons why an increasing number of projects are looking to build on the Tezos blockchain. Tezos is well known for being one of the most environmentally-friendly blockchains around with an incredibly low carbon footprint, but few are aware of its blazing-fast transaction speed. Tezos can currently process an already impressive 40 transactions per second but it has ambitions to go far faster than that. At TEZ/DEV, it announced plans for a coming update due next year that will see it accelerate to an incredible 1 million transactions per second - making it by far and away the fastest decentralized network on the planet. To get an idea of how much faster that is than anyone else, Visa itself can only process around 65,000 transactions per second. This incredible speed target of Tezos is one of the reasons why some analysts believe Tezos could eventually become the gold standard for blockchain-based finance. A report by the Bank of America last year noted that Tezos is being explored by dozens of organizations that are looking at ways to make their business processes run faster and more efficiently. The report added that in terms of developer interest, Tezos is one of the most popular of all blockchains. In his keynote speech at TEZ/DEV, Tezos co-founder Arthur Breitman discussed his vision of the kinds of organizations he sees building on Tezos, highlighting his belief that it will become the platform of choice for financial services firms. DeFi on Tezos is already growing fast, thanks in part to the recent launch of Tether USD on its blockchain. With USDT now available on Tezos, it vastly simplifies the on-ramp and off-ramp into Tezos's DeFi ecosystem as it provides users with the safe-haven of a stable asset from which they can move into, and out of, positions. The DeFi community on Tezos has moved quickly to embrace USDT. Within hours of its launch, the Youves DEX voted to create USDT trading pools, and currently offers USDT holders with long-term farming rewards of up to 15% APR. Another DeFi protocol to accept USDT is Plenty, which offers incredible long-term annual yields of 40% and 34%, respectively, in its kUSD/USDt and uUSD/USDt farms. Meanwhile at QuipuSwap, users have created a tez/USDt pool with similarly enticing rewards. Moreover, the Atomex Wallet has introduced atomic swaps with USDt on Tezos. The potential of Tether USD on Tezos was not lost by major cryptocurrency exchanges either, with both Binance and Bitfinex announcing they'll support trading almost immediately after its launch. The support of Binance is interesting because it opens the door to other stablecoins potentially looking at Tezos. Bitfinex has been especially accommodating, making it possible to deposit and withdraw USDT. What's more, all types of USDTs are unified for trading purposes, meaning users have the flexibility to deposit ERC-20 USDT, trade with it, then withdraw it on Tezos. Tezos Chief Technology Officer Paolo Ardoino said at the time that Tether USD was sure to aid Tezos's future ambitions. "Tezos is coming fast onto the scene and we believe that this integration will be essential to its long-term growth," he added. Elsewhere, Tezos continues to make rapid inroads in the NFT space. NFTs have been one of the biggest success stories for Tezos, due in part to its low carbon impact. Artists tends to be more environmentally conscientious than most and the appeal of Tezos's "clean NFTs" has made a big impact. Numerous high-profile artists have launched collections on its blockchain, among them Doja Cat. More recently, there have been rumors that Spotify is looking at using Tezos for its own music NFT projects. To give you an idea of where this might be headed, check out the OneOf music NFT marketplace on Tezos, where users can trade digital assets without even realizing that everything is based on blockchain technology. There are other reasons to believe in Tezos too, with recent partnerships and sponsorships with sports teams like Manchester United, the New York Mets, Red Bull Racing and McLaren providing tons of optimism for its future. These sponsorships will ensure Tezos benefits from greater visibility beyond its immediate audience and help it to continue to expand its horizons. Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice
1 day agocryptodaily
Revolutionary Cryptocurrencies to Purchase: Carlossy Caterpillar, Binance Coin, and Bitcoin
Cryptocurrencies are an integral part of the current financial market. This goes to show the influence and popularity of blockchain technology. Almost every sector of the world's economy has been revolutionized by blockchain technology, and these three cryptocurrencies are doing a great job of contributing to the revolution: Carlossy Caterpillar (CARL), Binance Coin (BNB), and Bitcoin (BTC). Carlossy Caterpillar (CARL) In a world of cryptocurrencies, like Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), that are revolutionizing major industries in the world, Carlossy Caterpillar (CARL) is a new cryptocurrency positioning itself in the decentralized community. During and after the pandemic, humans saw the need for relaxation and taking breaks. The lockdown brought about the realization of its effects on individual health and the collective well-being of society. As established earlier, cryptocurrency has found a place in most industries, and the area of entertainment is no exception, hence, the introduction of meme coins. Meme coins, as the name suggests, are cryptocurrencies that originated from a meme or a popular photo on social media. Carlossy Caterpillar (CARL) is a meme coin inspired by the popular chocolate roll cake sold by Mark & Spencer. CarlossyCaterpillar (CARL) will run on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) and will be used to buy, trade, and stake other digital assets in the blockchain network. The Carlossy Caterpillar team hopes to integrate more people into blockchain technology by leveraging the growing interest in meme coins. Users who purchase the Carlossy Caterpillar token with Binance Coin (BNB) on the Binance Smart Chain (BSC) will receive a 20% bonus for using BNB. Binance Coin (BNB) Initially, based on the Ethereum blockchain as an ERC-20 token, Binance Coin (BNB) is now the native cryptocurrency of the Binance Smart Chain (BSC). With over one million transactions per second, Binance is considered the largest exchange platform globally. The Binance Coin (BNB) is used for all operations on Binance, including trading, payment of transaction fees, and collection of loans. The Binance Coin (BNB) is similar to how Ether (ETH) works on the Ethereum blockchain. The coin, unlike other cryptocurrencies, cannot be mined. Binance makes sure the Binance Coin (BNB) has a limited supply by using 20% of its profits to repurchase BNB and burn them quarterly. Bitcoin (BTC) Being the standard cryptocurrency that first outlined the concept of blockchain, Bitcoin (BTC) is a purely peer-to-peer payment mechanism that allows direct payments from one party to another in a decentralized manner. The creation of Bitcoin (BTC) brought about the emergence of every known cryptocurrency and has been considered the future of finance. The cryptocurrency is mined by users who give computing power for the verification of transactions on the blockchain. These miners receive Bitcoin (BTC) in exchange. Bitcoins (BTC) are lines of code that are stored in a wallet online or offline; on a hard drive. The cryptocurrency can be bought and sold by anyone who has access to the internet. Bitcoin (BTC) is gradually gaining acceptance from major companies and even countries around the world. Hosting more than 200,000 transactions daily, Bitcoin (BTC) has begun a financial revolution that is growing. Carlossy Caterpillar (CARL), Binance Coin (BNB), and Bitcoin (BTC) are cryptocurrencies rapidly changing the world for good with their constant development. To find more information on Carlossy Caterpillar (CARL), visit: Presale: http://carl.carlossy.io/presale Website: http://carlossy.io/ Telegram: https://t.me/CarlossyCaterpillarOfficial Disclaimer: This is a sponsored press release, and is for informational purposes only. It does not reflect the views of Crypto Daily, nor is it intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, or financial advice
2 days agocryptodaily
Layer-1 Blockchain ‘Injective’ Raises $40M in Funding Round Led by Jump Crypto
Injective has managed to raise $40 million in a private token sale led by Jump Crypto according to reports from Tech Crunch. Brevan Howard Digital, the cryptocurrency arm of British billionaire hedge fund manager Alan Howard, also took part in the funding round. The capital was raised by Injective and Injective Labs, a software development firm that supports the blockchain, to add new stockholders to the ecosystem. The platform aims to optimize and build decentralised finance applications such as exchanges, derivatives, prediction markets, and options. The platform also produces financial decentralised applications (dApps). Through Injective, founder Eric Chen aims to create an Ethereum virtual machine-compatible blockchain specialized in decentralised finance use cases. Chen said, This is a fundamental piece of innovation and a fundamental paradigm shift that no one wants to be excluded from or too late on adopting. This is why we’re so excited – those who are making large efforts and commitments are innovating forward. Chen added that the new funds will be used to support incoming Injective developers as well as build critical toolkits, support software, and core upgrades to expand its ecosystem. The capitals will also allow Injective to increase utility for its native token, INJ, and will provide liquidity and support to dApps on its blockchain. The raise will also support a broader effort to bring on more institutions and provide greater liquidity to DeFi according to Chen. He added, The ecosystem is institution-ready and excited for sophisticated liquidity coming in as well. It’s a synergetic effort for broader adoption. According to Chen, in recent times there has been greater interest in DeFi and activity from traditional institutions and the traditional finance sphere, noting, This is definitely shown with financial service providers like investment banks, brokerage firms and asset managers regardless of market conditions. Despite the crypto market still finding itself in troubled waters, the price of Bitcoin remaining below $25,000, and start-up valuations are down across the board, Chen thinks now is the optimal time to raise capital, saying, We want to go against what the current trend is. We want to be in the best position possible during a bear market to build and support new incoming developers and capture those opportunities. Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.
2 days agocryptodaily
Vitalik Buterin Defends Tornado Cash Use Cases Amid U.S. Sanctions
Days after the U.S. government announced sanctions against crypto mixing platform Tornado Cash, Ethereum co-founder and alpha developer Vitalik Buterin opined on the matter, defending the platform's use case for legitimate contexts. According to Buterin, Tornado Cash is an example of a platform that can be used for legitimate use cases, such as donating to causes that are politically contentious. Buterin, for one, admitted that he has used the platform to donate to Ukraine, which has been needing aid from the international community due to its present geopolitical conflict with Russia. I'll out myself as someone who has used TC to donate to this exact cause. — vitalik.eth (@VitalikButerin) August 9, 2022 Donations in solidarity with Ukraine's predicament have poured in from around the world, and the concern with regards to the privacy measures in place for doing so have abound since then. Crypto mixing platform Tornado Cash has been identified as one of the key services used for this purpose. In recent weeks, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) has been scrutinizing crypto mixer services such as Tornado Cash for possible links to criminal activity, leading to the U.S. Treasury instituting a ban for alleged laundering of "proceeds of cybercrimes," among other reasons. The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) has placed Tornado Cash on its sanctions list, meaning that any crypto addresses associated with the platform are now blocked from receiving crypto from U.S.-based wallet services or exchanges. The OFAC has also warned that Americans who transact with sanctioned entities could face civil or criminal penalties. Despite this, Buterin argued that crypto mixers like Tornado Cash can still be used for legitimate purpose. This move by the U.S. government is seen by the crypto community as yet another attack on crypto privacy and consumer privacy rights in general, with some even going so far as to call it a declaration of war against crypto users who value their privacy rights. "Wanting to donate to Ukraine is a great example of a valid need for financial privacy. On this note, curious if there are documented examples of TC having been used for this," shares Jeff Coleman, co-founder of Counterfactual. As a smart contract mixer built on Ethereum, Tornado Cash was built with privacy and security as its first principles, with its code fully open sourced and community-controlled. No single entity can manipulate the platform and decide on its evolution. The Tornado Cash platform relies solely on a decentralized decision process to forward upgrades to its protocol, ensuring that the protocol lives on without interference from bad actors. According to the U.S. Treasury alleges that the platform “has been used to launder more than $7 billion worth of virtual currency since its creation in 2019,” including some $455 million stolen by the infamous Lazarus Group, a group of threat actors involved in recent DeFi heists. Sources from the U.S. state intelligence service also point to the DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) as the state sponsoring this said group. Tornado Cash has disclosed that its operations have also been affected since the ban, despite the sanctions only going for the U.S. jurisdiction. According to its co-founder, Roman Semenov, his GitHub account has been suspended, with resources for the platform also being suspended. This includes the platform's smart contract addresses linked to Circle (for stablecoins) and for the Infura RPC (for its Web3 gateways). These sanctions have sent shockwaves across the industry, prompting discussion among policy and lobbying groups. Jerry Brito, executive director at Coin Center, says that the sanctions were implemented on a tool that was designed to be neutral in character. Coin Center is a non-profit that works for the benefit of pushing policy issues in the crypto sector. Blockchain Association's Head of Policy, Jake Chervinsky, opined that despite their association's support for the U.S. Treasury's rationale for the sanctions, they reserve some concern over the fact that the ban "crosses a line that the US government has always respected [and] should continue to uphold as a matter of good policy." According to Chervinsky, the decision "to sanction a decentralized protocol, threatens that smart [and] balanced approach to crypto," referring to the Treasury's previous decisions which have largely been supportive of the crypto sector. Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.
2 days agocryptodaily
Is Play-To-Earn Dead?
With around $300 Billion floating in the market, gaming stands as one of the most significant industries and with GameFi averaging $175M, lots of potential for expansion! The rise and fall of notable titles like Axie and more have resulted in the emergence of dominant ‘play-to-earn’ and ‘play-and-earn’ models. But with the emergence of dilemmas, which of them is better? Which of them is sustainable? Feasible? Or even valid anymore? Most play-to-earn games known so far revolve around the idea of players grinding with repetitive actions to make profits, something that doesn’t portray the essence of fun and entertainment, the core values of a gamer. Play-and-earn, on the other hand, accentuates more engaging and entertaining games as in-game time is monetised. Gamers can also have a real-life impact on character development and more by implementing DAOs. Some examples of P2E or P&E - and how it doesn’t focus on the actual gameplay, value add or anything like that, but rather just hours of grinding for little money with no good game experience. The Pains and Problems Beyond prepositions and conjunctions, the paradigm explains not just the semantics but also the business models and core values behind the famous terms. GameFi at the moment is not designed for gamers - which is the underlying problem, and no systems can host a genuine grade AAA on the blockchain. Being nothing more than a “gig” or a “nuisance” to earn some extra cash is not the narrative GameFi would like to see itself in. Traditional games offer stimulated economies for players driven by stories and characteristics controlled by the publishers. These games do not provide a market to trade or liquidate assets within the said economies, while the Play-to-Earn titles lack the elements that would make them fun, engaging and compelling. The two sides to a coin can identify both sectors with a set of drawbacks and improvement areas. “There is no ownership if you can’t sell it - and it’s not worth owning if it isn’t appealing enough, and that’s a pressing issue. Bridging the gaps between Web2 and Web3 primarily comes from asset ownership, mechanics and usability”, says Adria Mir, Gaming & Blockchain Expert at G4AL and Elemental Raiders. Traditional ‘free-to-play’ or ‘pay-to-play’ models only provide entertainment and experience out of the games or assets purchased and consider the investment a sunk cost. Because of the centralised nature of traditional games, the assets can be changed or taken away anytime by the operator or game publisher. In a worst-case scenario, if the publishers or studios go out of business, players can lose all their assets before getting the entertainment value out of it. The most recent example was Telltale Games’ shutdown which left The Walking Dead’s final season incomplete. Web3 or ‘play-to-earn’ games, on the other hand, do provide the ownership as opposed to traditional games, with no threat of players losing their assets even if publishers go out of business. However, given recent history, it is easy to imagine the extreme inflation and fleeting deflation of play-to-earn or play-and-earn games when the core value of gamers and their communities are taken out of the equation. Where Does the Future Lie? With all that in hand, are play-to-earn, play-and-earn and most other models dead? There is a need for a model that focuses on the best of both worlds. Many Web3 scholars accelerate different terms daily, but one has been prominent and has had a substantial impact. ‘Play-to-Own’ focuses on decentralisation, control and ownership first and foremost, which is one of the essential factors and foundations of blockchain and web3. But is that enough to convince the hardcore fans of Elden Rings, Call of Dutys’ and Web2 gamers alike? You’re right! - Probably not! Said differently, the “ownership revolution” stays at the heart of what GameFi and the so-called ‘AAA blockchain games’ are trying to achieve, but so should the increasing need to host and build a game that serves the mechanics, gameplay and UI/UX of a console-quality title. It raises the question of platforms built on blockchain being capable enough to host a game of that stature, Former First VP of King Studios thinks yes: “We’re building G4AL as a game studio to host the quality of games that first and foremost suits what Web2 gamers are used to, giving ownership to what they play, low entry barriers, and the ability and a monetary exit button which allows them to ‘play-to-own’ or ‘play-and-earn’.” Play-to-Own has the potential to be applied to any game, may they be Web2 or Web3, which in turn can increase the customer lifetime values, engagement ratios and retention rates. Instead of forcing users to buy-in set NFTs or assets to the game, it can potentially open up a plethora of in-game revenue streams. Creating higher value in games that allow ownership and low entry risk can enable players to choose these games over traditional models or P2E models as they get both ownership and security as well as long-term retention. Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.
2 days agocryptodaily
Fetch.Ai CEO Humayun Sheikh discusses Web3, Blockchain AI & ML
In this article, we are interviewing Humayun Sheikh, CEO and Co-Founder of Fetch-ai Network about how AI/ML technology can leverage blockchain, Fetch-ai Network's ecosystem, and the role of AI in the Web 3.0 revolution. Hello Humayun! Thank you for participating in this interview. Could you introduce yourself to our readers? I am an entrepreneur, investor and a tech visionary, who is passionate about technologies such as AI, machine learning, autonomous agents, and blockchains. I was a founding investor in DeepMind where I supported commercialisation for early-stage AI & deep neural network technology. DeepMind was ultimately acquired by Google for $650m in 2014. In 2017, I saw the opportunity at the intersection of blockchain, AI, and autonomous agents that. This is my fourth major venture. At Fetch.ai we are building the world's first peer-to-peer connectivity platform that aims to bring autonomous agents and AI capabilities - Open CoLearn, Axim and Dabbaflow products, on our blockchain based ledger - Fetch-ai Network How did you come up with the idea of merging AI/ML with blockchain technology? Blockchain brings the tenets of immutability, resiliency and decentralization. Once code in the form of smart contracts was able to use these tenets, it was logical for us to start building multi-stakeholder agent-based automation and AI/ML capabilities that are the cornerstone of the Fetch technology. We see the opportunity for our technology to leverage blockchain, cryptography and privacy-preserving primitives to solve complex coordination problems in a truly peer-to-peer fashion that will be devoid of centralized rent-seeking that is plaguing Web 2.0. What kind of applications do you foresee using Fetch-ai Network's ecosystem? The crypto asset market is relatively young when compared to assets in the traditional financial system. This is reflected in the relative lack of liquidity for the crypto assets when compared to the traditional assets, which took multiple decades to develop and get to the current levels of liquidity. Therefore, in the near term, it is fair to expect Decentralized Finance (DeFi) based applications to lead the charge as the primary use case for blockchains and crypto. We also expect DeFi to progressively bring new users in the blockchain and crypto fold. Particularly, we see an opportunity for apps offering real-world asset-backed stablecoin loans. Beyond DeFi there are opportunities in other consumer-facing apps such as decentralized delivery networks, Move2Earn apps, decentralized and privacy-preserving file-sharing, and other apps that will unlock truly peer-to-peer gig economies. MEXC and Bybit recently announced a $150M Fetch-ai Network Development Fund. Can you tell our readers about this Fund? The development fund is aimed at growing the Fetch-ai Network ecosystem by sponsoring DApps that will leverage the various tools for building decentralized applications that would increase the utility of the network. The development fund would be particularly interested in DApps that can not only serve a specific domain but can also become a building block for other DApps to have a multiplier effect on increasing the utility of the Fetch-ai Network. Can you shed some light on how you see the role of AI and Fetch-ai Network in Web 3.0? Web 3.0 is aiming to harness the true power of the interconnected web of computers to enable true peer-to-peer digital economies. There will however be a transitional phase where the w2.0 will embrace w3.0 ie W2.5.At Fetch-ai Network, we see our role as the infrastructure provider that leverages technologies such as blockchain, multi-agent frameworks, and AI to accelerate development and deployment of such peer-to-peer applications. We believe that our Fetch-ai blockchain network and automation using our Autonomous Economic Agents (AEAs) which can also be leveraged for off-chain interactions (not using the blockchain) will provide highly actionable datasets that can be leveraged by our AI tools to create more advanced peer-to-peer applications. How is Fetch-ai Network ready for the Web 3.0 revolution? We have our own Fetch-ai blockchain network that is based on the modular Cosmos SDK technology. DApp builders can write more secure Cosmwasm-based smart contracts in the Rust programming language. Our network is a Proof of Stake blockchain that has low transaction fees, instant transaction finality and is more environmentally sustainable than a first-generation Proof of Work blockchain such as Bitcoin. Our network also communicates with the other networks in the Cosmos ecosystem using the Inter Blockchain Communication (IBC) protocol. And soon it will be able to communicate with other popular ecosystems such as Ethereum, Polygon, Solana, Avalanche, and Polkadot. Besides our network, our key differentiators are our Autonomous Economic Agents (AEAs) that can not only help with automation but also enable peer-to-peer off-chain communication. Fetch-ai Network’s products such as Open CoLearn, Axim and Dabbaflow provide privacy-preserving decentralized federated learning capabilities to all DApps on the Fetch-ai Network. Can you share some insight into the unique ecosystem around the FET token? The FET token forms the backbone of the Fetch-ai Network and will be the fuel to power all applications being deployed on Fetch-ai Network. I would like to highlight some key Fetch-ai Network ecosystem projects: Open CoLearn a decentralized federated learning network, Dabbaflow a decentralized privacy-preserving file-sharing application, Fetch.ai app for unlocking peer-to-peer digital economies, Mobix a Move2Earn app, Resonate Social an AI-powered social media app, BotSwap a DeFi automation app, and Mettalex a decentralized commodities derivatives exchange. Beyond this, we are also collaborating with many large enterprises on multi-stakeholder and multi-year projects that will leverage many of our technology components. We also have many new exciting applications that are going to launch in the next few months. What are your top priorities for the quarter, for the year? Our priority this year is to underline all our tooling to the community of builders. We want to make it easy for them to create their DApps, so they can focus on solving their real-world use cases. We also want to focus on building end-user products that will lower the barrier for non-crypto natives to use our technology. In the coming months, we will also start enabling our technologies within our Fetch-ai Network Wallet. We see the wallet in the same vein for Web 3.0 as the browser is for Web 2.0 and as an important tool to attract new entrants in the space. It was great to talk with you and hear your insights! Thank you so much! Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice.
2 days agocryptodaily
As DeFi Hacks Soar, This Startup Wants To Radically Overhaul Smart Contracts To Prevent Them
Over the past couple of years, hundreds of new decentralized finance applications and protocols have flooded onto the Ethereum network and other blockchains. In November 2021, the total value locked in all DeFi apps reached a staggering $290 billion. DeFi, in theory, is designed to democratize access to finance by enabling people from all over the world, from any background, no matter who they are, to participate. There are no financial or geographical restrictions or centralized intermediaries - everything is decentralized, trustless, and peer-to-peer. It’s a vision that has proven popular, with DeFi growing faster than anyone could have imagined. However, its rise has been clouded by numerous critical security threats that make it seem like a very risky venture to anyone who’s not extremely knowledgeable about how crypto works. While 2021 was a big year for DeFi, it was arguably even bigger for hackers, with a recent report from Chainalaysis finding that they stole a combined $3.2 billion worth of cryptocurrency that year. This year is likely to be just as profitable for hackers. According to CertiK’s latest report, DeFi and Web3 together lost more than $2 billion to hackers in the first six months of the year. Chainalysis said hackers in the crypto sphere have migrated away from wallets and other targets, and are almost exclusively targeting DeFi protocols today. In the first three months of 2022, almost 97% of all funds stolen by hackers came from DeFi, up from 72% in 2021 and just 30% in 2020. A quick look at some of the biggest hacks of this year explains why DeFi has become such a popular target for attackers. The amounts they can steal are tremendous. The most expensive hack so far this year was the Ronin Validator Security Breach. On March 23, the person or persons responsible for the attack were able to compromise Sky NMavis’s Ronin and Axie DAO validator nodes, hack the private keys and make illicit withdrawals. They stole an incredible 173,600 ETH and 25.5 million USDC, amounting to $615.5 million in total, via just two transactions. Unfortunately, the Ronin hack was not just an isolated event. In February hackers exploited a security vulnerability in Wormhole’s signature verification, enabling them to make off with 120,000 wETH on Solana, an amount that was worth $326 million at the time of the attack. Similarly, in April, the Beanstalk protocol fell victim to a one-day delay inside a $BEAN governance proposal contract to complete a flash loan. The attacker was able to steal 70% of the total seeds, getting away with $181 million in total. Spotting Smart Contract Vulnerabilities The vast majority of DeFi hacks occur due to vulnerabilities in the smart contracts that power the protocols. Smart contracts are self-executing bits of code that automatically process transactions when certain conditions are met. They’re one of the core elements of DeFi as they make the requirement for a trusted intermediary redundant. The good news is that the community is aware that smart contracts are a glaring weakness in DeFi security and is taking steps to address them. The most reliable DeFi protocols today are sure to carry out a comprehensive smart contract audit to identify if any vulnerabilities exist. Audits are carried out by reliable firms such as CertiK and Hacken, and assess the recorded transactions within a blockchain ledger to try and spot any bugs. Other ways of identifying vulnerabilities include penetration tests by teams of security experts, who attempt to hack DeFi protocols so they can inform the developers how they did it, allowing them to close whatever loopholes are discovered. In addition, protocols can also offer “bug bounties”, where they essentially crowdsource security. Dozens of “white hat” hackers compete for a monetary prize to identify vulnerabilities within a protocol. Bug bounties can be especially beneficial because they incentivize participants to act like real cybercriminals, meaning they will likely attempt to hack the protocol using similar methods as the real bad guys do. The idea being that the good guys will discover any obvious exploits before they’re exposed in the real world. Smart contract code audits and bug bounties can help to protect DeFi protocols against common hacks around unhandled exceptions and transaction order dependency. However, audits are unfortunately not infallible - the Chainalaysis study found that 30% of exploits this year occurred on platforms that had been audited within the past 12 months. So while code audits and bug bounties can be helpful, they do not provide any guarantees. As such, DeFi protocols that are managing billions of dollars in user’s funds ought to adopt a more robust approach to security. Reinventing Smart Contracts One of the most exciting solutions to emerge is the Scrypto programming language developed by Radix, which is a layer-1 blockchain protocol that has been built specifically for DeFi. The Scrypto language is based on the popular Rust programming language and retains most of its features. However, it notably adds a number of specific functions based on the Radix Engine. It can be thought of as a collection of libraries and extensions to Rust that provides asset-oriented features, enabling Rust-style logic to interact with assets as a native, first-class citizen. The most important distinction of Scrypto is that it effectively does away with smart contracts. Instead of smart contracts, it uses blueprints and components to process transactions. Blueprints are compiled source code that lives on the blockchain, where they can be used by anyone. Their role is to provide “constructor functions” for DeFi transactions, with flexible parameters that others can instantiate. They’re generally quite specialized in terms of functionality, though they can support multiple different use cases depending on exactly how they’re instantiated. Blueprints can sometimes work with other blueprints, deployed together as a “package”. To activate a blueprint, it must be instantiated by calling one of its constructor functions in order to obtain the address of a newly created instance, known as a “component”. Components are used to manage state and can gather, hold and distribute resources according to the logic associated within the blueprint that created it. In other words, components in Scrypto resemble smart contracts, however, they derive from the logic defined within the blueprint that gave birth to it. Scrypto’s unique architecture allows it to carry out transactions in a very different way to regular smart contracts written in Solidity or another language. Instead of sending a number or reference to some tokens, Radix Engine transfers ownership of tokens from the caller to a component. Once that component receives a bucket of resources or multiple buckets, it can take those resources and deposit them into a vault it holds, or else a different bucket. Then, the Radix Engine ensures that the caller can no longer access the bucket or vault. The end result is that dApps built on Radix have a much simpler and safer way of transacting. To better understand how it works, Radix offers us the example of a gumball machine that accepts USD tokens in exchange for a token held within its vault. In this example, the user passes a bucket of 0.25 USD to the insertCoins method of the MyMachine component. The blueprint’s logic sees that the correct price has been paid, adds those tokens to a vault, then takes 1 gumball from its gumball vault and passes it back to the caller. It can even send back some change if the caller passed too much USD. With Ethereum’s Solidity-based smart contracts it’s much more complex and risky. In the same machine, the user would call a smart contract to give the machine permission to withdraw from their wallet on their behalf. They would tell the machine they wish to input 0.25 USD. The machine would then call the USD contract to make the withdrawal, then call a gumball smart contract to send the gumball to the user. Finally, it would probably also update an internal cache of the number of remaining gumballs to check for eros. Each one of these processes uses a smart contract, and each one is therefore at risk of being hacked due to a smart contract vulnerability. That’s just a simple example. With DeFi, transactions can be many times more complex, meaning they’re exposed to multiple times the risk. All it takes is one vulnerability somewhere, in any one of numerous smart contracts involved in a transaction, for an attacker to pull off an attack. Conclusion As DeFi grows and its total value locked increases, the risk of exploitation will only increase. If there’s one takeaway we can gather from the stunning amount of crypto that’s been stolen by DeFi hacks, it’s that the need for smart contract security has never been greater. While code audits and bug bounties can help to spot the most obvious vulnerabilities in DeFi, it’s clear that the industry could benefit immeasurably from a radical overhaul based on an infrastructure that’s designed to minimize the number of potential exploits from the get-go. Disclaimer: This article is provided for informational purposes only. It is not offered or intended to be used as legal, tax, investment, financial, or other advice
2 days agocryptodaily
TRON DAO Reserve Appoints Wintermute as the Latest Member and Whitelisted Institution
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The live price of aelf (ELF) today is 0.184176 USD, and with the current circulating supply of aelf at 544,480,199.99 ELF, its market capitalization stands at 100,279,933 USD. In the last 24 hours ELF price has moved -0.003123 USD or -0.02% while 13,783,885 USD worth of ELF has been traded on various exchanges. The current valuation of ELF puts it at #258 in cryptocurrency rankings based on market capitalization.

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Aelf’s main goal is generating a decentralized cloud computing network. ELF tokens are applied to pay resource fees in the system, such as the deployment of smart contracts, operating fees and upgrading costs (transaction fees, cross-chain data transfer fees). It also provides holders with the opportunity to vote on important decisions, such as choice mining nodes and introducing new technologies to the system. You can check out the latest WaykiChain price on Coin360. Find WICC price graphs, market capitalization and the latest news about the WICC coin on Coin360.com.
aelf Price0.184176 USD
Market Rank#258
Market Cap100,279,933 USD
24h Volume2,604,225 USD
Circulating Supply544,480,199.99 ELF
Max Supply1,000,000,000 ELF
Yesterday's Market Cap99,339,300 USD
Yesterday's Open / Close0.185571 USD / 0.182448 USD
Yesterday's High / Low0.199502 USD / 0.181277 USD
Yesterday's Change
-0.02% ( 0.003123 USD )
Yesterday's Volume13,783,885 USD
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