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Forbes published a rating of cryptocurrency billionaires

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Forbes magazine published a rating of billionaires, which multiplied their capital due to virtual currency. Americans are in the lead on this list. On the first line is co-founder of the third most popular cryptocurrency Ripple, former CEO of Chris Larsen with a fortune of 7.5-8 billion dollars. The volume of Ripple's capitalization reaches $ 29 billion. In the monitoring, Forbes experts analyze Larsen's own cryptocurrency state with a 17% stake in Ripple.

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Does Starbucks plan to launch the ICO with its own digital currency?

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The executive director of the international fast-food chain Starbucks, Howard Schultz, surprised several colleagues when he raised the issue of cryptocurrencies during a conference call, discussing the company's last quarterly profits. The former CEO told the audience that, in his opinion, the publicly received cryptocurrency will come in the next few years, says the CCN edition. Schulz also doubted that Bitcoin would become one of such currencies, saying: "I do not believe that Bitcoin will become a currency today or in the future." Schultz joins a group of well-known Bitcoin skeptics, such as the legendary investor Warren Buffett, Nobel Laureate in Economics Robert Shiller and JP Morgan Chase executive Jamie Dimon, who went so far, calling Bitcoin a "fraud", although later he apologized for such comments.

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Sebastien Meunier: Seven possible scenarios of Bitcoin destruction

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Financial consultant Sebastien Meunier suggested seven possible (and unlikely) scenarios for the collapse of Bitcoin, which could be realized in the next few years. Before we proceed to the assumptions, let's start with the facts - Bitcoin was declared dead more than 200 times. Despite the fact that the first cryptocurrency in the world for more than 9 years works practically without fail, it is still fashionable to predict its demise. Many experts are known for continuing to predict the death of Bitcoin, despite the fact that every day the network refutes their assumptions. However, if we assume that these people still have a certain level of intelligence, the only explanation for the failed predictions and emotional statements is that they did not devote enough time to studying the work of the network.

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Hackers use advertising on Youtube for the cryptocurrency mining

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Recently it was discovered that hackers trying to take over the computers for cryptocurrency mining now use commercials on YouTube for mining at the expense of viewers. Nowadays, cryptocurrency mining can become a highly profitable enterprise, and hackers try to maximize their profits. According to Ars Technica, many Internet users on social networks complained that their antivirus software detected malicious software for mining cryptocurrency when they visited YouTube. Even after users switched to another browser, the antivirus program again displayed a warning when visiting YouTube.

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Nicholas Colas: hacking of cryptocurrency exchanges will continue

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Last week there was a major hacking of the Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck, as a result of which 523 million NEM coins were stolen. This forced the site to stop operations to withdraw all funds except Bitcoin. The total value of the stolen coins was about $ 534 million at the time of the theft. Although the cryptocurrency market stabilized quite quickly, experts believe that this break-in is just the beginning. In an interview with CNBC, analyst Nicholas Colas said that in the near future, we expect more attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges.

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ICO CashBet, became a sponsor of the FC "Arsenal"

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The company CashBet is trying to raise the value of its ICO by signing a sponsorship agreement with Arsenal - the top football club of the English Premier League. This week, the UK press reported the news that the football club Arsenal signed an agreement with a technological blockchain company. The company CashBet, which is preparing for the initial placement of coins (ICO), created to raise funds necessary for the company to develop "a unified mobile platform for real money, social and professional skills based on interactive games."

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Ernst & Young: 10% of the $ 3.7 Billion collected during the ICOs was lost or stolen

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A new research by Ernst & Young argues that more than 10% of funds received during the initial placement of coins were stolen or lost. The results and conclusions are combined with a report detailing what Ernst & Young considers a risk of investing in such a little regulated market. In conducting its research, Ernst & Young cooperated with the iB group to analyze 372 ICOs in the cryptocurrency area, but the professional service company did not determine the time frame in its conclusions. According to the report, the research groups received data from "public sources through exchanges, data aggregators, ICO reports, ICO trackers, news sites, blockchains of network scanners / platforms and specialized social networks."

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Coincheck Exchange hacked, NEMs stolen for $530 million

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As the Japanese source MineCC reports, the management of the crypto exchange Coincheck officially announced the breaking and stealing of NEM tokens for $532 million. While it remains unclear, whether other cryptocurrencies were stolen. NEM developers and the community of open source developers have confirmed that there will not be a hardfire for the restoration of lost funds. NEM Foundation President Lon Wong said that there should be no complaints against NEM, and laid overall responsibility for the incident at Coincheck.

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Pre-ICO Telegram filed applications for $ 3.8 billion

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According to information from indirect sources, the acceptance of applications for participation in the preliminary primary location of the tokens of the TON blockchain-platform has been completed, with an amount exceeding the fees of all ICOs during 2017. The team of Telegram and the founder of the company Pavev Durov still remain silent, however, without denying the very fact of preparing for the ICO and the reliability of information in the media.

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World Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Summit - January 27 in Moscow

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January 27, World Trade Center in Moscow will host the World Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Summit (#WBCSummit). The organizer of the event is the International Decentralized Association of Cryptocurrency and Blockchain (IDACB). The summit will bring together more than 400 world-class professionals - participants in the market for block-technologies, representatives of crypto-associations - IDACB partners, authorities, funds, investment companies and banks.

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Natalia Kaspersky: Bitcoin - the development of the American special services

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The general director of the InfoWatch group of companies and the co-founder of Kaspersky Lab, Natalya Kaspersky, considers Bitcoin the development of a group of American cryptographers who worked on behalf of the special services. She said this, speaking at the St. Petersburg University ITMO, where Kaspersky presented a presentation on "Modern technologies - the basics of information and cyber-wars." In her opinion, the group of American cryptographers is hiding under the name of Satoshi Nakamoto, the Bitcoin creator, but did not name any concrete people and evidence of their involvement in the development of Bitcoin.

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Revenues of South Korean banks from the accounts of crypto-investors increased 36 times in a year

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Revenues from commissions of South Korean banks that provide accounts to clients of crypto-exchanges increased 36 times compared to the previous year. Such data was obtained by the Financial Services Commission of South Korea (FSS) as a result of verification of six banks - Woori Bank, KB Kookmin Bank, Shinhan Bank, Nonghyup Bank, Korea Development Bank and Industrial Bank.

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Trace Mayer: in 2018, Bitcoin will cost $ 115,000

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Expert Bitcoin lawyer Trace Mayer suggested that the price of the first cryptocurrency could reach $ 115,000 in 2018 after the correction phase ends. However, he stresses that such a figure of $ 115,000 - despite the theoretical possibility based on previous cycles, will be "much overstated". Now Bitcoin is recovering after the fall, the largest since 2013.

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The largest bank of Japan starts issuing its cryptocurrency

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Japanese financial group Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG) is launching a program to open a new exchange and issue its own virtual currency MUFG coin. Controlling the exchanges, MUFG plans to restrain the price fluctuations of the MUFG Coin cryptocurrency, so that it can be used consistently for calculations. Thanks to a centralized distribution, MUFG coin will be directly controlled by the bank. Additionally, the bank will be able to control the coin value, which will be about 1 yen. Users will be able to use coins with the help of smartphones to pay for goods and services.

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How to identify a new promising cryptocurrency

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If you were lucky enough to buy Bitcoins at the very beginning of their history, most likely, now you are leading a comfortable life. No investment in the world has brought as much revenue as Bitcoin has brought over the last few years, and people who believe in the approach of crypto-revolution have become multimillionaires. This incredible success has led to the fact that recently many investors are trying to find the next cryptocurrency, with which in just a few years (or months) they will be able to increase their income by thousands of percent. Many managed to do this at the beginning of the ICO boom, when many tokens unexpectedly grew in price tens of times. However, unlike Bitcoin, most of them just as quickly and unexpectedly collapsed. So what do you need to consider in order finding the next Bitcoin?

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TON platform from Telegram: technical description and first impressions

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On January 14, the Telegram Open Media (TOM), created on January 12, published the first documents, which can be called a technical description of the future TON (Telegram Open Network) cryptocurrency platform developed by the creators of the Telegram messenger. Despite the fact that they were obtained from unofficial sources, a document entitled TON Technology, whose author, according to the text, is Nikolai Durov, gives the impression of genuine. The main thing: the Telegram team refused to use existing blockchain-platforms and creates its own.

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Dogecoin: a billion dollar crypto joke

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An entrepreneur from Australia, Jackson Palmer, is amazed that, invented in joke in 2013, the Dogecoin (DOGE) cryptocurrency at the peak at the end of December reached a capitalization of $ 2 billion and attracted dozens, maybe hundreds of thousands of new users, to cryptocurrencies. At the time of publication, the capitalization of DOGE is about 1.3 billion dollars. In 2013, Jackson Palmer created the Dogecoin - fork of Litecoin with a higher emission and a short block - and named it after the Chinese breed of shiba-inu. For a nice image, users nicknamed the coin a baby money. Therefore, the Australian wanted to show the absurdity of huge investments in unstable assets during the 2013 cryptocurrency boom.

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Cryptocurrency TON from Telegram: still only rumors

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Rumors about the launch of the Pavel Durov's company the cryptocurrency based on the Telegram messenger began to appear in early December. On December 21, a message appeared on Facebook of Anton Rosenberg, a former employee of Vkontakte and Telegram that the messenger team plans to start an ICO project called TON (Telegram Open Network) and release its own cryptocurrency Gram, which will be built into the messenger. At the same time, there was an ad on YouTube, though it did not reveal any specific details.

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