Overwhelming majority of crypto apps are insecure

The security firm from San Francisco announced results of its investigation
29 November 2017   633

Conclusions of a research made by High-Tech Bridge company prove that 90% of existing mobile cryptowallets are insecure. They came to that decision after a detailed review of more than 2000 apps. After analyzing of the 30 first available apps the researchers found out that more than 90% of them have at least two insecure disadvantages.

During the process of exploring most popular apps with over 500,000 total installations High-Tech Bridge defined that they are a shade better and little bit more secure but also have minuses. 77% of them contain two “high-risk” disadvantages.

As the researchers noted, prevailing vulnerabilities are unprotected data storage and failures of encrypting systems. All these mistakes put information security in danger.

The founder of High-Tech Bridge Ilia Kolochenko conceives that such problems are the result of inadequate attention to safety and security of mobile apps. He added that it was only the tip of the iceberg.

A special company’s tool named Mobile X-Ray, which was used during the research, is at free access and any interested person can plug it in and check the security of crypto apps.

Huobi to Issue Loans for Miners

This is the part of services that will be available for russian clients of the crypto exchange
19 November 2018   54

Huobi, which opened an office with 30 employees in Moscow on November 12, expects to give Russian users access not only to trading functionality, but also something more. This reported by CoinDesk.

As previously reported, a new call center with Russian-language support opens on the basis of the Russian division, which in itself distinguishes Huobi against the background of such exchanges as Binance, OKEx and Bitfinex, which are currently not ready to provide support to users in Russian.

In addition, through the Russian division of Huobi will implement over-the-counter trading (OTC) and listings, as well as provide personal managers for large customers, its head Andrei Grachev said. .

Initially, Huobi’s plans were even more ambitious - the exchange wanted to give users the opportunity to make deposits in Russian rubles, but local experts did not advise it to do so.

They consulted with us a lot, and in the end, I think, we made them feel disappointed. They were interested in providing fiat operations, but we told them it’s impossible.
 

Vladimir Demin

Head of the Center of Digital Transformations, Russian government-owned development bank Vnesheconombank

Nevertheless, Russian users will be able to buy cryptocurrency for rubles through an over-the-counter service, and then transfer it to their trading accounts, Grachev said. The over-the-counter platform is already functioning, but for the time being it is used by very few users from Russia, so Huobi expects to attract new customers to its proposal with a favorable commission rate.

In addition, Huobi intends to issue loans to miners for the purchase of specialized ASIC equipment and lease premises for their placement. According to Grachev, the service can earn in the first quarter of next year.