Bank of England to trial a new distributed ledger system

Bank of England performs a trial run of their new proof-of concept system for real-time gross settlement
28 March 2018   193

Future-proofing the operations has been a long hard quest for the banking institutions around the globe, and eve more so since the emergence of the cryptocurrencies. And now the next step forward has been made by Bank of England. As part of their proof-of-concept network for real-time gross settlement they are trialing the use of distributed ledger technology (DLT).

Back in 2017 Bank of England has first revealed that they were working on using DLT for near-instant transaction system. Though, at that tie they were adamant, that such a technology can't be the sole driving force for such application. Now, they are backtracking a bit, stating that while nowadays DLT is not yet sufficiently mature, they will endeavor to develop it for the time when it gains a more widespread adoption.

The trial run is to see how distributed ledger-based system performs for the real-time gross settlement service, and if it performs well enough to be used on the permanent basis.

In broader sense, such a move can represent a more amiable stance toward blockchain as a whole for the UK central bank in the near future.

MyEtherWallet DNS Servers Hacked

Number of MEW DNS servers have been replaced by unknown hackers for redirecting users to a phishing site; around $150k were stolen
25 April 2018   2

Users of MyEtherWallet lose around $152,000 worth of ether due to wallet's DNS servers hack.

Representatives of MyEtherWallet have already confirmed that a number of DNS servers have been replaced by unknown hackers for redirecting users to a phishing site. They also added that the problem arose not on the side of the service and at the moment they are trying to identify problem servers and resolve the situation.

MyEtherWallet Twitter
MyEtherWallet Twitter

Affected users used Reddit to report on the hack.

Went on to myetherwallet and saw that myetherwallet had [an] invalid connection certificate in the corner. As soon as I logged in, there was a countdown for about 10 seconds and A tx was made sending the available money I had on the wallet to another wallet  '0x1d50588C0aa11959A5c28831ce3DC5F1D3120d29.' I have no idea what happened.
 

rotistain at Reddit

Developers gave their advices.

Do not use myetherwallet.com if you're using Google Public DNS (8.8.8.8 / 8.8.4.4) at this moment. It seems these DNS servers are resolving the domain to a bad server that CAN steal your keys!
 

Micky Socaci

Lead developer, BlockBits. io

The official statement of MyEtherWallet said that the problem affected only those who used DNS-servers from Google. The service strongly encourages all users to use the server from Cloudfare.

Representatives of the resource also reminded users about the basic security rules: checking the SSL certificate, preferring the use of an offline copy of MyEtherWallet, storing crypto currency on hardware devices. In addition, they asked users to ignore scammers offering free distribution of ETH tokens.