Cryptocurrency App Rules updated by Apple’s App Store

Apple has reviewed its App Store policies relatively to crypto applications making rules a bit stricter, applying them to wallets, exchanges, and ICO platforms
09 June 2018   790

The Apple App Store is a sought-after application marketplace which offers over 783,000 gaming apps, and 2.3 million non-gaming apps. Recently the App Store changed its guidelines towards cryptocurrency applications that can be downloaded through the marketplace.

According to the new rules, cryptocurrency applications must stick to the following description criteria that include wallets, ICOs,  cloud mining platforms and exchanges.  Mining apps using an iPhone’s chipset to mine digital currencies are strictly forbidden and are only let if the software is processing the mining off the device (for example,  cloud-based mining).

Apple’s revised rules claimed that Wallet Apps can be used as virtual currency storage, provided they are suggested by developers registered as an organization. Exchange Apps might support cryptocurrency transactions or transmissions of an approved exchange, provided they are proposed by the exchange itself.

Initial Coin Offering Apps facilitating Initial Coin Offerings (“ICOs”), cryptocurrency futures trading, and other crypto-securities or quasi-securities trading must come from established banks, securities firms, futures commission merchants (“FCM”), or other approved financial institutions and must comply with all applicable law.
Apple App Store
Revised Cryptocurrency Rules

The company removed all Bitcoin-related applications 4 years ago, and 2 years ago it was quite steady relatively to altcoins when it asked firms to remove digital assets like dash off their apps. Presently there are a lot of cryptocurrency applications and more added every day, but the freshly rules may exert a few apps already featured on Apple’s App Store, and cryptocurrency applications looking to be issued in the future.

Ryuk Ransomware Team to Get 705 BTC

CrowdStrike and McAfee believes the program was created and supported by Russians
15 January 2019   97

In less than six months, hackers got 705 bitcoins through Ryuk ransomware, reports The Block.

Until recently, the group of hackers GRIM SPIDER behind Ryuk was supposed to be operating from North Korea. However, according to the companies CrowdStrike and McAfee, the program was created and supported by Russian hackers.

Ryuk is distributed via email-phishing, where the TrickBot Trojan is involved. The main objectives of the ransomware program are large companies and government organizations. Ryuk blocks the victims' hard drives until they pay the ransom. The amount of the latter often depends on the size and significance of the organization.

The program is "famous" for the impressive amounts of required buybacks:

To date, the lowest observed ransom was for 1.7 BTC and the highest was for 99 BTC. With 52 known transactions spread across 37 BTC addresses (as of this writing), GRIM SPIDER has made 705.80 BTC, which has a current value of $3.7 million. With the recent decline in BTC to USD value, it is likely GRIM SPIDER has netted more.


705 bitcoins at the current exchange rate is about $ 2.6 million.