Study: Weak Passwords are let at 70 % of Crypto Exchanges

More than 70 percent of the cryptocurrency exchanges allow users to create accounts with weak passwords
23 March 2018   782

The research authors claimed that such passwords`unsafety keeps the personal information demonstrated to financial theft. Less than a half of the interviewed trading platforms stipulate password strength assessment tools.

According to the new survey, some popular crypto exchanges let their customers to explore dangerously weak watchwords. 43 % of the platforms allow users to make accounts choosing passwords with fewer than 8 points. The study also reveals that 34 % platforms do not demand alphanumeric passwords at all. The testers mainly could set up accounts with watchwords using plain combinations of numbers and letters, for example “12345” or words like “password”.

The digital security company Dashlane regularly presents the annual Cryptocurrency Exchange Password Power Rankings. They have checked 35 of the leading trading platforms in the world inspecting their password security. Researchers examined if exchanges provide strength assessment tools, email confirmation (activation) and  2FA (two-factor authentication). They revealed that over 50 % of the platforms supplied account keepers with tools like meters of a color-code bars. In conclusion the authors claimed that such insecure practices can leave many customers`accounts to hacking or financial theft.

Emmanuel Schalit (Dashlane CEO) said that the above-mentioned study should “serve as a wake-up call to the entire industry”. He considers that signing up for a cryptocurrency exchange is like signing up for a bank account. He also stated “it`s critical that your account is locked down on the security front”.

During the exchange survey each platform was being tested on five critical password and account security positions. Then they have been ranked according to the received points. Only 10 platforms correspond to all 5 criteria. These are Bitcoin.de, BitMEX, BTCC, Cobinhood, Coinbase, Cryptopia, Gemini, Huobi, itBit, and Paxful.

Experts recommend users to generate their passwords with no less than 8 symbols for each online account they open. Enabling 2FA is critical and should definitely not be skipped even when you log in for the first time.

First Korean Crypto Fund to Close

Main reason of cryptocurrency fund closure is regulatory pressure
12 November 2018   77

Zeniex, a small South Korean exchange, which was also the operator of the country's first crypto-investment fund, closes amid government actions, Finance Magnates reports, citing local media.

The exchange opened in May 2018 and in the last 24 hours processed transactions for $ 410,000, according to information on its website.

We have come to the conclusion that continuing to operate such service will be difficult. We sincerely apologize that we were unable to meet the expectation of our Zeniex users and supporters.
 

Zeniex Team

As noted by Finance Magnates, the authorities did not take decisions regarding the platform for the exchange of cryptocurrency due to its modest scale, however, they were interested in its foundation called "Zxg Crypto Fund No. 1." The Financial Services Commission and the Financial Supervision Authority throughout October warned against the impermissibility of providing investment services of this kind without registration.

According to the information on the company's website, the fund intended to attract 1,000 ETH (about $ 211,000) in mid-September. Whether the required amount has been collected is not specified. At the same time, the company notes that the volume of attracted funds did not require it to register with the regulatory authorities of the country.

In the investment section of the company's website, two projects are listed: MultiVAC, “the next-generation public blockchain for large-scale and complex distributed computing,” and Blockcloud, which collected more than 1 million on the recent ICO.

Zeniex claims that he is forced to close his fund, because he "is experiencing and will experience difficulties in the light of the pressure of financial regulators." The company also promised to transfer all acquired tokens to investors.