Large Fees levied by ICO Listing Exchanges

Autonomous Research: Crypto trading exchanges are charging as much as ten times the amount traditional exchanges requests for safety
04 April 2018   1498

The Autonomous Research (a fintech analysis firm) reported that crypto listings suppliers set a cost of a list an ICO on a known crypto exchange anywhere between $1 – $3 million. The providers of the infrastructure have realised that there’s money can be made when it passes to creating ways to liquidity. The request and entry charge on the Nasdaq Capital Market, for a listing of up to 15 million shares costs as little as $55,000 with annual payments approximately the same amount to stay listed.

Tokens become more advantageous if buyers know they can trade them readily, meaning the success of an ICO often leads to receiving the listing on an exchange.

According to the authors` point of view, startups are overfunding their projects in order to cover these astronomical fees. That’s the reason of why some firms are gaining 10 times more in funding compared to companies that have used more traditional ways. Blockchain startups have already grown more than $3 billion in ICOs this year, in comparison  with about $270 million in venture capital rounds, lending further trust to the demands made in the report.

The exchanges executing these ICOs have gotten proceeds. In 2017, Coinbase is reported to have made a $1 billion in profits and Binance $850 million. Business advisers also take a cut, somewhere approximately 5 percent of the total sum. Nowadays, over 98% of cryptocurrency exchange trading take place on centralized exchange networks (Binance, Bitfinex, Okex and Upbit).

But there is hope. Such decentralized exchanges as Bisq suggest analogous  services that centralized exchanges offer at a share of the price, but are still in the early stages of development. So, one cannot expect the astronomical fees to disappear very soon.

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   344

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.