ConsenSys Rolls Out MetaMask for Institutions to Bring DeFi to Crypto Funds & Custodians

Ethereum software company ConsenSys has announced a new offering of MetaMask that allows institutions, including crypto funds, custodians, and professional traders, to access decentralized finance (DeFi).

MetaMask is a popular Ethereum wallet with over 1 million monthly active users who recently introduced a token swap feature and increased privacy level.

With DeFi space exploding in 2020, growing to over $14 billion, “Custody providers increasingly seek exposure and access to the diverse, decentralized finance opportunities,” noted ConsesnSys.

According to the firm, professional trading firms’ current process to use the attractive DeFi protocols is inefficient; they are introducing an institutional-grade version of MetaMask.

ConsenSys is working with the digital asset security provider Curv which also announced Curv DeFi for institutions that will integrate MetaMask. Curv Co-Founder and CEO Itay Malinger said,

“Since there is no reliable and secure institutional solution for DeFi, organizations are reverting to retail-level use of MetaMask or custom integrations with individual apps as a workaround.”

“We believe by combining our unique multi-party computation (MPC)-based security infrastructure with MetaMask we will be able to play a significant role in the institutional adoption of DeFi.”

Curv is ConsesnSys’s first launch partner, and it will be collaborating with other custodians and professional trading firms.

Scams Promoted via Google Paid Ads

In other news, MetaMask informed its users about the new scam targeting crypto users – rotter seed phrase attack. These malicious pre-phishing scams are being promoted via paid ads on Google linked to fake versions of wallet websites.

In this attack, a malicious website mimics the original wallet’s website and imitates its onboarding flow. Toward the end of the fake onboarding process on the fake website, the user is instructed to backup their seed phrase previously generated by the scammer.

The user is then taken to the wallet’s real website, where they are instructed to install the wallet and import the rotten seed phrase whose access is with the scammer who waits for the user to add funds to their wallet and then drains the accounts.

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Author: AnTy

Binance ETH 2.0 Staking Rewards Goes Live; Early Users to Receive ‘Double Rewards’

  • Binance goes live with Ethereum 2.0 staking.
  • The exchange is offering double rewards for early staking users on the platform.

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, announced that it is supporting the ETH 2.0 staking program starting today on Tuesday. In its press release, Binance also promised early ETH 2.0 staking users would receive extra rewards in its native BNB token.

According to the post, the crypto exchange will reward participants in ETH 2.0 staking with BETH tokens, which are redeemable for ETH at a ratio of 1:1 once ETH 2.0 Phase 1 launch.

“Binance has launched an ETH 2.0 Staking service starting from 2020/12/02 0:00 AM (UTC),” the post reads. “Users that participate in ETH 2.0 staking will receive BETH* at a ratio of 1 ETH = 1 BETH.”

The ETH 2.0 staking rewards will be paid out to users daily in BETH, with the reward period starting immediately after launch (already launched).

Eth 2.0 launched Phase 0, or the Beacon Chain, on Tuesday, starting a multistage process towards a full proof-of-stake (PoS) system from the proof-of-work (PoW) consensus mechanism.

The minimum threshold to stake ETH 2.0 on Binance is 0.0001 ETH with a staking APY of 5% to 20% offered based on the actual on-chain APY at any given time. Once ETH 2.0 Phase 1 goes live, expected in two years, BETH holders will be able to redeem their tokens to ETH at 1:1. The statement further reads,

“In the future, if BETH is made available for trading, users will be able to trade between ETH and BETH freely.”

Staking on Binance is set to reduce the hustle of participating on-chain to receive rewards, cover all validator operating expenses, and bears the risk of on-chain penalties on behalf of the user.

Double rewards for early ETH 2.0 staking

Notwithstanding, Binance is also running a double staking reward program that sees the early staking users receive both BETH token rewards and Binance’s native token, BNB. All KYC-verified ETH 2.0 staking users will receive an additional reward in BNB to the equivalent of their BETH rewards.

The rate will be calculated at the current BNB/ETH rate with the rewards distributed in two rounds – on Dec. 11. And Dec. 16.

Also Read: Coinbase Supports Staking & Trading of ETH 2.0

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Author: Lujan Odera

BitPrime Partners with Simplex to Provide a Solution to Buy Crypto with Credit Cards

First-to-market crypto offering in New Zealand enables a safe and convenient way to purchase crypto using debit and credit cards by joining forces with Simplex.

Christchurch, New Zealand – 26 November 2020 – BitPrime, New Zealand’s leading cryptocurrency retailer, today announced it has partnered with Simplex, the market-leading fiat/crypto infrastructure provider. The partnership provides a safe solution for those wishing to buy cryptocurrency using a credit card or debit card (Visa or Mastercard).

Available for the first time in New Zealand, the partnership takes advantage of Simplex’s fully protected, fraud-free platform for digital asset purchases and offers BitPrime customers yet another practical payment option to onramp to the crypto ecosystem.

The option to purchase crypto with a credit card has been one of the most highly requested features by current BitPrime customers over the company’s three-year history. The partnership with Simplex enables BitPrime users to easily onramp with a trusted partner that has an industry reputation for transparency and security.

The launch of this new payment solution comes as the price of Bitcoin reaches its highest since the all-time high of nearly NZD30,000 in February 2017.

BitPrime has partnered with Simplex to utilize the company’s state-of-the-art AI technology that analyses the risk of every payment and actively blocks fraudulent users. Simplex also provides all users with award-winning customer support, available 24/7, should they need help to complete their purchases.

Ross Carter-Brown, CEO of BitPrime, said “We’re taking cryptocurrency to the world. Our new credit card payment gateway allows us to service customers from 178 different countries. We know that New Zealand is a desirable jurisdiction to do business for many people, especially for financial services. That’s due to our strong personal property protections, political stability, and low corruption. Our partnership with Simplex is a crucial piece of infrastructure that will help meet that demand”.

”Simplex gives anyone, anywhere the ability to buy any digital assets easily and securely”, said Simplex founder and CEO, Nimrod Lehavi. “Our partnership with BitPrime empowers millions to onramp conveniently, using their bank cards.”

BitPrime allows customers to purchase as little as $100 worth of cryptocurrencies and the newly launched payment solution also supports international customers.

To learn more about this service, or to try it out, visit

ABOUT BITPRIME

New Zealand owned and operated, BitPrime is at the forefront of full-service cryptocurrency trading solutions in the country. We’re passionate about our professional service and have a strong focus on providing free education and tech support for beginner’s through to professional investors. BitPrime is here to make it easy and secure to trade digital assets. BITPRIME LIMITED (FSP595609) Registered.

ABOUT SIMPLEX

Simplex has been changing the status quo of crypto on/off ramps since 2014. As the market leader, Simplex pioneered the first riskless global fiat onramp using credit and debit cards, promising a zero-chargeback guarantee. Working alongside the biggest names in the crypto ecosystem, Simplex provides the complete fiat infrastructure for the cryptocurrency ecosystem. As a licensed EU financial institution, Simplex was selected as one of the 10 most impactful companies in blockchain in 2020.

Disclaimer: This is a paid press release from BitPrime. BitcoinExchangeGuide does not endorse, nor are we responsible for the content included in this paid release. We encourage all of our readers to do their research before interacting with the company.

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Author: Bitcoin Exchange Guide News Team

Hackers Put 10,000 Robinhood Accounts for Sale On the Dark Web

According to a new report, Hackers on the dark web are offering hacked Robinhood accounts for sale. The report surveyed dark web marketplaces to find that the hackers claimed to have 10,000 login keys linked to the Robinhood investment and trading app’s client trading accounts.

Although Robinhood’s customers have complained in the past that their emails have been hacked, the company assured them that a stolen email is not enough to infiltrate a brokerage account. The latest development may be the last thing the app developers want now, as it could lead to serious legal issues.

Robinhood has once again given assurance to its customers, claiming its security measures are tough and advising clients to use 2-factor authentication to protect their accounts.

The company said it recently increased its customer service team to care for more customer needs and queries. However, clients are still not showing complete confidence in the company’s security measures, with the news of a possible leak of their account details circulating on the dark web.

One customer of the platform expressed his disappointment regarding Robinhood’s lack of security measures, pointing out that it took the platform more than a month to rectify a security issue that locked him out of his account.

Other brokerage accounts were also compromised

The Robinhood accounts’ compromise was not the only alleged compromised brokerage, as contained in the report. Bloomberg discovered that about 1,000 TD Ameritrade Holding Corp accounts were also compromised, with the details offered at a dark web known as SliPP.

However, the number of Robinhood accounts for sale is far higher than the accounts of other brokerages. This indicates that the platform’s accounts are more valuable and more marketable than other brokerage accounts, an analyst pointed out.

More dark web markets springing up

Authorities have shut down many dark web markets to discourage hackers from causing more havoc online. But instead of having a decreased number, it seems the darknets have multiplied.

A recent report by CipherTrace shows that new darknet markets have launched because they are relatively easy to set up and operate. The area is of particular interest because it generates high profits for the owners. The platform encourages the exchange of various items and services such as illicit goods, drugs, login credentials, and malware.

Most parties involved in the exchange pay with Bitcoin and other crypto coins such as Monero to avoid any trace.

Presently, Hydra is seen as the biggest darknet market, which has reportedly generated over $1.2 billion since it was launched. The darknet is also the main trading center of hackers who sell stolen credentials to those who need them for further phishing attacks or other forms of future attacks.

The Robinhood app has registered millions of users this year alone, with many young and new users to stock tracking. This makes the platform an easy target for hackers looking to compromise account information and sell them on the darknet.

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Author: Ali Raza

Luno Crypto Exchange Launches Bitcoin Savings Wallet With a 4% Annual Interest Rate

Luno cryptocurrency exchange app is now offering a ‘savings wallet’ that will allow its users to earn up to 4% in annual interest on BTC held. The exchange, which was recently acquired by popular blockchain investment firm, Digital Currency Group, is looking to tap into its 5 million user base by offering better rates than most traditional banks worldwide.

According to research conducted by Luno, 54% of its clientele earn zero percent interest on their cash deposits with local banks. The analysis also revealed, and it’s no surprise, that 95% of Luno users would like to earn interest on their crypto deposits.

The firm has since embarked on offering its new Bitcoin Savings wallet, which will pay out interest every month. Notably, this service carries no fees or fixed terms; users can withdraw their funds at any time. Luno Co-founder and CEO Marcus Swanepoel said that,

“In a time of economic uncertainty, the Bitcoin Savings Wallet is a safe alternative for anyone looking to make meaningful savings on their money.”

He highlighted that this milestone comes when the global community could benefit from investing in a ‘currency’ that is not correlated to an unhealthy economy. Luno, a U.K domiciled company, is currently available in Europe but does not serve the U.S market despite its burgeoning prospects.

The new Bitcoin savings feature by Luno coincides with the recent developments in Decentralized Finance (DeFi), where traditional financial products are now integrated with decentralized protocols. These innovations have been on the rise as speculators and fundamentalists invest in building this ecosystem. Nonetheless, it has presented some challenges, especially with scammers taking advantage of unsuspecting investors.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Decentralized Storage Network Filecoin to Launch Mainnet on Oct 15th; Raised $200M In 2017

Three years following its successful initial coin offering (ICO) approximated at $205M, Filecoin has finally confirmed that its long awaited mainnet launch is set for mid next month.

In a blog post from the team, the decentralized storage platform stated that the mainnet will be rolled out on Oct.15. The firm also revealed that the network will go live at block 148,888.

The platform is designed as a blockchain rival to Amazon Web Service as well as Cloudflare. The platform conducted one of the most successful ICO’s in history raising $205 million.

Dubbed decentralized dropbox, Filecoin is seeking to end the overreliance on the third-party hosting services used by companies such as Microsoft or Amazon. This will be advantageous to users as their content will not be monitored, like is the case with Dropbox, all information within the Filecoin platform will be encrypted making monitoring impossible.

The upcoming launch will end speculation in regards to years of delay. The firm had forecasted that its testnet would be launched by the end of 2018 while the mainnet was set to go live by 2019. The team then revised its estimation saying that the testnet was to be launched in the spring of last year while the mainnet would be launched by end of last year.

Filecoin was finally able to release its testnet in December last year. At that moment, the firm explained that the mainnet was set to be launched in March this year. Now, almost an year after the launching of the testnet, the firm has announced the mainnet will be launched mid next month.

All signs show that Filecoin is set to meet the expectations. On Aug. 24, the team released an incentivized testnet which is a sign that the platform is at the final stages of its design and development.

However, the team is facing challenges as an infuriated group of miners as well as venture capitalists in China are threatening to fork the platform before it can be officially launched. The group are of the view that they might be underpaid if the mainnet goes live. Protocol Labs, the firm behind Filecoin, had earlier released a paper stating that about 80% of miners could be rendered unprofitable.

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Author: Joseph Kibe

Crypto Community Bashes First-Ever STO IPO Advisors for Shilling INX

The first-ever Security Token Offering (STO) held its IPO for 130 million INX tokens on Tuesday following approval from the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Ethereum-based token was for sale at a price of $0.9 per token.

The IPO came about a year after the project issued its preliminary prospectus, which could become the largest IPO to date in the crypto industry if it manages to raise its targeted $117 million (originally targeted $130M).

A startup with 14 employees has Israeli consulting firm A-Labs Finance and Advisory as its underwriting for public offering. A-Labs’ owner Doron Cohen is the founding partner of INX.

They were founded in 2017 by Shy Datika, the controlling shareholder (31%) and president of INX and Cohen, who, along with Triple-V, owns a 10% share of the company.

But the real event hasn’t been about the INX being the first STO, but the advisors of the project and in the middle of it is Casa’s Jameson Lopp, who received backlash from the crypto community for shilling a “shitcoin.”

“It enables non-accredited investors to get exposure to crypto exchange cash flows. It’s kind of like BNB except regulatory compliant,” is how Lopp explained the project.

Lopp is actually eligible to purchase 25,000 tokens at $0.01 per piece, which is 98.8% lower than the price it is currently available for the public.

“Don’t conflate permissionless altcoins that try to compete with bitcoin to this, a regulated security token for a specific company,” said Lopp who finds it “interesting because historically the most profitable businesses in the crypto ecosystem are exchanges,” and “this is a very different beast.”

200 million INX tokens have already been minted, out of which 35 million are reserved for the management, employees, early investors, and advisors. Another 35 million have been put into a reserve fund for acquisitions and other operational expenses.

Token holders are entitled to 40% of the adjusted operating cash flow, which is so far negative $4 million and advisors are set to make $225,000.

Bitcoin core developer and founder of Bloq argued that maximalists had made a U-turn as they advertise their Ethereum token sale after calling everything on Ethereum a scam.

Blockstream CSO, Samson Mow, who is also one of the advisors and eligible to buy up to 100k of INX’s at $0.01 per token said he first invested in 2018 and that “the plan is for the INX security token to be issued on Liquid via Liquid Securities, however that will take time and approval from regulators.”

The exchange is estimated to launch in Q1 2021 with listings and the token trading in Q2 of next year.

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INX To Launch A $117M Security Token IPO; Will Use Funds to Develop Its Crypto Exchange

INX, a Gibraltar-based crypto exchange, would finally conduct the Initial Public Offering (IPO) on August 24 for its SEC-registered hybrid token.

The exchange aims to sell its hybrid token at $0.90 apiece ad raise nearly $111 million from the sale of 133 million tokens. The IPO would also be a first of its kind, given it is the first security offering registered with the US Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Before the current offering, almost all STOs only filed notices to the regulators and were mostly unregistered, which kept away institutional investors for fear of scams. The INX exchange’s upcoming IPO took almost two years.

The INX token is being called a hybrid because it would act like a utility and security token, where INX holders can utilize it for different operations on the exchange like paying the transaction fee, and the token would also double down as a form of the company share.

The firm revealed that the proceeds from the IPO would be utilized for INX’s regulated exchange INX Trading Solutions, a $62 million cash fund would also be kept separate for maintaining the platform in case of data breaches, trading execution errors or counterparty defaults.

The court filings submitted by INX exchange also revealed that President Shy Datika currently holds 7.25 of the total supply, which is around 9.4 million INX tokens.

Apart from the president, Doren Cohen, a CEO of the brokerage firm who is assisting the exchange conducting the IPO, i.e., A-Labs also holds around 4.55 million INX tokens and 9 of the ten companies on the advisory board would receive approximately 2 million tokens at a discounted price of $0.01 apiece.

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Author: James W

Popular Bitcoin Payment App, Square CashApp, Considers Launching Short-Term Loans

Jack Dorsey’s Square might soon be offering loans of up to $200 through its P2P service platform, CashApp. This revelation follows a recent report by TechCrunch, which highlighted that the firm is testing the new feature with about 1000 users as of press date.

Notably, Square attributed this strategic move to some factors, including the uncertainty of a second U.S stimulus. According to the firm, the market demand for loans between $20 and $200 might expand significantly as a result.

Users who qualify for these loans will be given a one-month payback period with a 5% flat fee charged on leveraged funds. Calculated annually, the interest translates to around 60%. However, it may seem quite high; it is more favorable compared to average payday loans in the U.S, which in some cases are charged as much as 700%.

Should the borrowing parties default, Square intends to put a one-week grace period, after which a non-compounding interest of 1.25% will be added to the cost every week. With the testing still in play, a CashAPP spokesperson mentioned that they are looking forward to feedback from the 1,000 clients featured:

“We look forward to hearing their feedback and learning from this experiment.”

Square’s BTC Streak Continues

Other than its prospectus loan product, Square has been making headlines in the crypto scene and is now positioning itself as the go-to platform for Bitcoin purchases. The company’s Q2 revenue from Bitcoin totaled $875 million, with $17 million as the gross profit from BTC related transactions.

These stats are up by 600% and 711% YoY, respectively. Going by these stats, a move towards loan issuance might even expose a more significant population who initially couldn’t afford a stake in the crypto market.

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Author: Edwin Munyui

Increased Demand Leads Swiss State-backed Bank to Offer Bitcoin & Crypto Trading and Custody

A Switzerland-based state-owned bank, Basler Kantonalbank (BKB), will now be offering bitcoin and cryptocurrencies through its subsidiary Bank Cler, reported the local news. The bank spokeswoman, Natalie Waltmann, said,

“We will launch an offer for the trading and custody of digital assets over the next year.”

The bank has already hired crypto expert Alain Kunz, former CEO of Tokensuisse, as its head of digital assets who said:

“Bank Cler is Switzerland’s most digitally savvy bank. Cryptocurrencies are a natural extension of their offer.”

The bank decided to offer crypto trading and custody services because of demand among its younger clientele.

This would make Bank Cler the first government-backed, cantonal bank in Switzerland to enter the cryptocurrency space. Several banks in Switzerland do offer crypto exposure but particularly in the form of certificates, and this bank will further broaden its offerings with both trading and custody.

The crypto space in the country is currently served by crypto banks, including Sygnum and Seba, along with traditional lenders like Vontobel and Falcon.

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Author: AnTy