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Graviex Blames Malicious DDoS Attack After The Exchange Went Offline

June G. Bauer

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Mysterious attackers have taken down Graviex cryptocurrency exchange over the last couple of days using DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) attacks.

The DDoS attacks took place on Sunday and Monday, December 29 and 30 , and have targeted Graviex’s main exchange website. During the DDoS, attackers successfully managed to overload two of Graviex’s network providers and managed bring down Graviex’ external connections to other ISPs.

The attackers, which appears to actually own a DDoS botnet contacted Graviex’s team demanding ransom payments,but the exchange refused to pay.

At the time of writing, the exchange now appears to be online and fully functional.

A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. Such an attack is often the result of multiple compromised systems (for example, a botnet) flooding the targeted system with traffic.

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STEX Exchange Adds Indian Rupee

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STEX Exchange Adds Indian Rupee

The Estonian cryptocurrency exchange, STEX, has added support to Indian Rupee payments within its platform. Users will be able to perchance cryptocurrency for INR – Indian Rupee with using VISA or Mastercard.

STEX exchange is a centralized cryptocurrency exchange that was founded by Vadym Kurylovych and launched in September 2017. The exchange located in Tallinn, Estonia. The exchange It supports crypto-to-crypto and fiat-to-crypto trading with no withdrawal limits.

Estonia is also one of the few countries that have a specific license issued for cryptocurrency exchanges, with simple company setup procedures and favorable taxation.

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ARK Price Jumps 48% After Binance’s Announcement

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ARK Price Jumps

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, has officially enabled ARK staking on its exchange platform. Users can earn passive income by just holding at least 5 ARK coins on their exchange wallets.

Following Binanace’s announcement, the value of the cryptocurrency ARK coin rose by 48 percent last night. At the time of writing, ARK coin is worth $0.214, giving it a $25.8 million market cap.

Ark is one of the most ambitious solid projects in the crypto space. Ark is an all-in-one blockchain platform that aims to create an entire ecosystem of linked chains and a virtual spider web of endless use cases that make ARK highly flexible, adaptable, and scalable.

What is Crypto Staking?

In practice, staking allows customers to earn what is essentially interest on any cryptocurrency they hold, rewarding HODLers with a stream of passive income.

Currently, Binance supports staking for several PoS (Proof of Stake) coins, including Stellar (XLM), Algorand (ALGO), NEO (GAS), Ontology (ONG), VeChain (VTHO), Tron (BTT), Komodo (KMD), Stratis (STRAT), and Qtum (QTUM).

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*Charts are provided by cryptocompare.com

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ShapeShift Acquires Portis Wallet

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Switzerland-based crypto exchange ShapeShift has acquired Portis crypto wallet for an undisclosed sum.

According to the acquisition announcement, all ShapeShift users will be able to log in to most leading Web3 applications like OpenSea, Augur, and Uniswap and will be able to get access to commission-free coin conversions on all major chains (not just Ethereum and ERC-20 tokens), and super fast fiat-to-crypto via a debit card.

Portis, an Israeli startup that offers a non-custodial web3 provider offered as an SDK to developers. It was was founded in May 2018 by CEO Tom Teman and Itay Radotzki and has developed a crypto wallet app (DApps) based on the blockchain of ethereum.

Last November, ShapeShift has integrated Portis wallet so Users can gain access to the exchange’s end-to-end encryption architecture, which would give users full control over their private crypto keys.

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