China to Finance Hacker Attacks on Exchanges, - FireEye

Experts believe that the victims of APT41 are industry participants, the development of which is a priority in the current Chinese five-year period
08 August 2019   1097

The hacker group APT41 attacks companies in the areas of healthcare, telecommunications, fintech, media, and cryptocurrency exchanges. This activity is funded by the Chinese government, according to analysts of cybersecurity company FireEye.

Experts believe that the victims of APT41 are industry participants, the development of which is a priority in the current Chinese five-year period.

Industries Targeted by APT41
Industries Targeted by APT41

At the same time, APT41 pursues its own goals, extracting financial benefits from attacks, which is unusual for other groups under the Chinese government, according to FireEye.

APT41 is known to include at least two people with the pseudonyms Chzan Xuiguan and Wolfji. The group probably has connections with other hacker organizations like BARIUM and Winnti.

FireEye also evaluated at what time of the day the APT41 attacked the gaming industry (its core target) and businesses from other areas. It turned out that this was happening outside the framework of a standard working day - probably these people, among other things, have the main job.

APT41 Operational Times
APT41 Operational Times

According to the UN Security Council, hackers under the DPRK government stole about $ 2 billion from banking institutions and cryptocurrency exchanges.

MAS May Allow BTC Derivatives to Approved Desks

The Singapore watchdog's initiative is related to interest in this type of assets of hedge funds and institutional investors
21 November 2019   99

Listing and turnover of cryptocurrency derivatives in Singapore may be allowed on regulated exchanges. This was stated by the country's Monetary Authority (MAS), writes Bloomberg.

The regulator's initiative is related to interest in this type of assets of hedge funds and institutional investors.

So far, according to the law of the country, payment tokens - these include bitcoin and ether - are not assets that can form the basis of regulated derivative financial instruments.

As reported, under the proposal, trading of derivatives on common cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ether will be subject to the Securities and Futures Act, the Monetary Authority of Singapore said Wednesday in a statement. The plans are in response to interest from hedge funds and asset managers that trade such products. 

Legal sites in Singapore include the Asia-Pacific Exchange, ICE Futures Singapore, the Singapore Derivative Exchange and the Singapore Stock Exchange.

The Central Bank hopes that this initiative will satisfy the need of large investors in managing their payment tokens under state control.

At the same time, MAS emphasized that derivatives of payment tokens are not a suitable financial instrument for retail investors due to high volatility.