Mastercard to File New Blockchain Patent

Bank card giant eyes blockchain for fake identities fight
16 April 2018   800

According to a recently published patent application, the payment giant Mastercard is considering the possibility of using a blockchain to protect identity information. This isr eported by Coindesk.

A statement published by the US Patent and Trademark Office describes a system in which a semi-private or private blockchain is used to obtain and store identification information, including "names, addresses, taxpayers' numbers," etc.

In its application, the company writes  that the tech could help it block the use of fake identity data within its systems.

The use of a blockchain for the storage of identity and credential data may provide for an immutable storage of such data that can provide an accurate verification thereof and also prevent the fabrication of such data.
 

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The application explains that the system will generate a "data file" for each unit with which the public key and "geographical jurisdiction" will be associated. These units will be "controlled", while the "master" unit will digitally sign on their data files. A "hashing module of the processing server" would subsequently generate an "identity value" for each entity and create a block with a timestamp and a record of the most recent block added to the blockchain.

Mastercard blockchain will not be public, which means that only authorized nodes will be able to transfer data in it. They will "prevent the addition of data that may compromise the accuracy of the data stored therein", the application said.

In other words, only the approved nodes of the Mastercard will be able to update the identification information with the system. The company notes that the proposed system can replace existing systems in which information can be fabricated or contain inaccuracies.

In such instances, it may be difficult for an entity to disprove a false identity, leading to an interaction with an inauthentic individual or entity. Thus, there is a need for a technical solution to provide for the immutable storage of identity and credential data that may prevent fabrication and inaccuracies.
 

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To date, Mastercard has filed several patent applications, which mention the blockchain. In one of them, the possibility of creating a service for reimbursement of funds spent for the purchase of crypto-currency by users of funds is being considered, in the other - a database on a blockchain that is capable of instantly processing payments.

SEC to Accuse Veritaseum ICO of Fraud

SEC believes that project's tokensale, thru which it raised $14.8M back in 2017-2018 had a signs of scam and company misled the investors
14 August 2019   304

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has sued New Yorker  and Veritaseum-related companies that have been caught by the agency in conducting an unregistered ICO with signs of fraud. It is reported by Cointelegraph.

According to documents published on the network, the SEC intends to hold Reggie Middleton accountable and immediately freeze the assets of Veritaseum Inc. and Veritaseum LLC.

The Commission claims that the defendants raised about $ 14.8 million through an initial coin offering (ICO) in 2017 - early 2018. At the same time, many investors were misled, as the company distorted information about the conditions of the token sale and deliberately hid some significant details.

The American regulator claims that the project still has about $ 8 million of illegally raised funds. According to the SEC, these assets must be frozen immediately.

Amid this news, the Veritaseum (VERI) rate has fallen by 70%. Now the coin is trading near the $ 5 mark, although at the beginning of 2018 its rate was approaching $ 500.

Veritaseum was created as a financial p2p platform, involving the movement of capital without traditional intermediaries. Also, VERI was positioned as a utility token for use in consulting services and access to various research works.

In 2017, Veritaseum blockchain startup fell victim to hackers, having lost $ 8.4 million from ICO investors.