Crypto Operations Restrictions May be Lifted in India

Companies affected by the decision of the Indian central bank, intend to challenge it in the Supreme Court on July 20
14 June 2018   614

The restrictions imposed by the Reserve Bank of India on operations with digital assets can be lifted in the nearest future. This is reported by The Economic Times.

A special government commission opposed the ban on cryptocurrency in the country. In general, the Indian authorities can allow the circulation of the cryptocurrency, but "with some reservation".

As reported, on April 6, RBI through its notice titled ‘Prohibition on dealing in virtual currencies’, mandated banks, e-wallets and payment gateway providers to withdraw support for crypto-currency exchanges and other businesses dealing with virtual currencies (VCs) in India 

Companies affected by the decision of the Indian central bank, intend to challenge it in the Supreme Court on July 20.

Thus, the government group and a number of cryptocurrency companies do not support the decision of the Reserve Bank of India, because they are convinced that it was accepted without any research of the industry. In turn, the representatives of the Central Bank still could not clearly explain why they blocked bank accounts of crypto exchanges.

Chinese Miners to Fall Victims of Ransomware

Looks like ransomware came together with "improved" firmware, that should "overclock" device
21 January 2019   79

In China, a ransomware spreads, victims of which are Bitcoin miners. The damage from its activities is measured in tens of thousands of dollars. This is reported by Trustnodes.

The virus infects miners, released by Bitmain, and requires you to send 10 bitcoins, otherwise threatening to cause overheating of the device.

The problem is solved by formatting the SD card of the infected device, however, as Trustnodes notes, the whole process can take up to four days, while malicious software rapidly spreads to the other miners.

Compromised device
Compromised device

Probably, the virus comes with an "improved" firmware for miners. Some owners install such firmware to “overclock” their ASIC devices and improve their performance.

The first messages about the virus refer to August last year. In particular, Antminer S9, T9 and even L3 + for Litecoin were attacked. Over time, the malware has been improved. Now its distributor himself can decide when to display a message requesting a ransom. One miner also said that one night the address to which the 4,000 devices belonging to him sent the mined cryptocurrency was changed to the address of the hacker, which brought him $ 8,000.