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   1112

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.

Gemini Wants to Trade Crypto Securities

The broker-dealer license appeal will be sent to Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, but experts believe the plans implementation can take some time
03 July 2019   1010

Gemini Bitcoin Exchange will apply for a broker-dealer license, which will allow it to operate as an alternative trading system and offer clients securities on the blockchain. It is reported by CoinDesk.

The appeal will be sent to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

Gemini has previously entered into a partnership with Harbor, a startup specializing in real-world assets tokenization, which gives institutional investors the opportunity to purchase securities using Gemini Dollar (GUSD).

However, now, as source familiar with the operating activities of Gemini said, the exchange plans to launch trading in similar instruments on its own platform. It is assumed that this will be securities from Harbor, as well as from other projects.

Implementation of these plans, however, may take quite a long time, so FINRA is in no hurry to approve applications for obtaining a broker-dealer license from cryptocurrency companies. Currently, the organization is considering about 40 such applications, while some companies have been waiting for 14 months to complete.

In April, Harbor raised $ 28 million in funding from a number of venture capital investors, including Andreessen Horowitz and Pantera Capital. In November of the same year, the company launched a platform for distributing security tokens, starting with the sale of shares in The Hub residential complex in South Carolina.