Satowallet Team to be Suspected of Scam

Users of a cryptowallet, targeted at Africa, are facing withdrawal issues for almost a half year
26 September 2019   274

The developers of the Satowallet cryptocurrency wallet, allegedly, have appropriated more than $ 1 million, each time finding new reasons not to pay users their funds, writes Finance Magnates.

Satowallet was founded in May 2017 and, according to official information, is based in Dubai and also has a representative office in Nigeria. The main target audience of the service are residents of Africa. Satowallet offers support for more than 60 cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Litecoin and Ethereum.

Users began to have difficulty withdrawing funds in April. The company referred to temporary technical problems and at the same time announced the launch of the SatowalletEX exchange. Responding to user complaints, the developers said that several attackers took advantage of the wallet update to steal their funds. Later, they reported the elimination of the vulnerability, but introduced manual transaction processing and forced verification of users, which is why the withdrawal of funds was inevitably delayed for several days.

In August, Satowallet users found that they could not access the platform. The CEO of the company explained that all eight servers responsible for the operation of the wallets, application and website were out of order. After some time, the developers reported that they were able to restore the service due to backups received from the OVH data center. However, there were no user assets in wallets.

OVH claims that server maintenance was suspended due to an unnamed violation. The creators of Satowallet, for their part, continue to blame OVH for fraud and withhold user funds.

US Federal Reserve to Consider Digital USD Issue

If a some country or company issues digital money that is widely recognized, this could lead to the loss its status by the USD, fed official believes
17 October 2019   66

The US Federal Reserve is actively considering the possibility of issuing digital currency, fearing the dollar will lose its leading position in the global financial system. This was stated by President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas Rob Kaplan, reports CoinDesk.

In his opinion, if a foreign government or company issues digital money that is widely recognized, this could lead to the loss of the status of the world's reserve currency by the dollar.

On the eve of the previous chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), Christopher Giancarlo also expressed concern that the re-issuance by other countries of national currencies in digital form could lead to the dollar losing its dominant role in the world. He called for the release of a digital dollar on the blockchain.

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said earlier that a digital currency like Facebook’s Libra can replace the dollar as a global reserve currency.

The emergence of an attractive and viable alternative to the dollar will reduce demand for US government securities, Kaplan said. This will lead to an increase in interest rates by 100 basis points (1%), which will increase the cost of servicing public debt by $ 200 billion per year.

I still think for the foreseeable future, the dollar will be the world reserve currency, we’re able to refinance our debt at relatively low rates, but I don’t think we should take that for granted.
 

Rob Kaplan

President, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Kaplan noted that countries subjected to sanctions or increased trade tariffs by the United States are working most actively on the digital alternative to the dollar.