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N.Korea Denies it Amassed $2 BLN Through Cyberattacks

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SEOUL (Reuters) – North Korea denied on Sunday allegations that it had obtained $2 billion through cyberattacks on banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, and accused the United States for spreading rumors.

A United Nations report seen by Reuters last month said North Korea had used “widespread and increasingly sophisticated” cyberattacks to steal from banks and cryptocurrency exchanges, amassing $2 billion which it used to fund weapons of mass destruction programs.

“The United States and other hostile forces are now spreading ill-hearted rumors,” North Korea’s state-run KCNA news agency reported, citing a statement from the spokesperson for the National Coordination Committee of the DPRK for Anti-Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism.

“Such a fabrication by the hostile forces is nothing but a sort of a nasty game aimed at tarnishing the image of our Republic and finding justification for sanctions and pressure campaign against the DPRK,” the statement said.

Washington has made scant progress toward its goal of getting North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons program, despite three meetings between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

North Korea’s vice foreign minister said on Saturday that hopes for talks with Washington were fading, and criticized Mike Pompeo’s recent comments about “North Korea’s rogue behavior”.

Pyongyang has been blamed in recent years for a series of online attacks, mostly on financial networks, in the United States, South Korea and over a dozen other countries, as experts say such cyber activities generate hard currency for the regime.

The crux of the allegations against North Korea is its connection to a hacking group called Lazarus that is linked to $81 million cyber heist at the Bangladesh central bank in 2016 and a 2014 attack on Sony’s Hollywood studio.

(Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Raissa Kasolowsky)

Copyright 2019 Thomson Reuters.

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Poloniex Exchange Forces Password Reset After an Alleged Data Leak

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Yesterday, Poloniex cryptocurrency exchange sent an email to some of its users alerting them about a potential security breach after an alleged list containing Poloniex’s users email addresses and passwords was posted on twitter, which could be used by hackers to gain access to their Poloniex accounts.

While almost all of the email addresses listed do not belong to Poloniex accounts, we are forcing a password reset on any email addresses listed that do have an account with us, including yours.

the exchange wrote in its email notification to the affected users.
A screenshot of Ploniex’s email

It’s unclear how the email addresses and passwords were posted on Twitter in the first place and what percentage of the leaked data contained current data from Poloniex customers. That left many users bewildered whether the leak is real or not.

The daily trading volume on Poloniex exchange is $138,972,143, which makes it within the top 50 cryptocurrency exchanges.

Last November, TRON founder Justin Sun confirmed that he was one of the investors who acquired Poloniex from Circle group.

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Graviex Blames Malicious DDoS Attack After The Exchange Went Offline

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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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NULS Project Got Hacked

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The open-source, enterprise-grade blockchain solution “NULS” has announced that one of the team’s accounts was compromised by a group of hackers and around 2 million NULS tokens, that worth around $474K were stolen.

According to the announcement, NULS will be hard forking to destroy the stolen coins.

What is NULS Project?

NULS is a global blockchain open-source project which is a highly customizable modular blockchain infrastructure; it consists of a microkernel and functional modules. NULS provides smart contract, multi-chain mechanism and cross-chain consensus. It aims to break the technical barriers of blockchain, to reduce the cost of development, and to promote the usage of blockchain technology in the commercial field.

NULS blockchain utilizes POC (Proof of Credit) consensus that is similar to POS (Proof of Stake) which requires locking a certain number of coins to run a masternode to earn a passive crypto income.

The required coins for masternode are 2000 NULS coins which are worth around $485.

NULS USD Price Chart

*Charts data were provided by CryptoCompare

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