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What Ethereum Investors Should Takeaway From Recent ICO Hacks

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Investors in initial coin offerings (ICOs) should take necessary precautions when sending Ether, the native token of Ethereum, to ICOs due to potential hacking attacks and security breaches.

Coindash Hack, $7 Million in Losses

Recently, Coindash, a Blockchain-based trading platform, which was set to raise $12 million in its ICO, had over $7 million worth of Ether stolen and redirected. While the ICO was ongoing, the website of Coindash was hijacked and the publicly available Ether wallet address of Coindash was altered. As a result, the majority of funds were redirected to the wallet address of the hacker.

“It is unfortunate for us to announce that we have suffered a hacking attack during our Token Sale event. During the attack, $7 mln were stolen by a currently unknown perpetrator. The CoinDash Token Sale secured $6.4 mln from our early contributors and whitelist participants and we are grateful for your support and contribution,” said the Coindash team in an announcement.

Controversy emerged immediately after the disclosure of the Coindash team’s announcement. In an online community, one of the investors revealed that he personally notified the Coindash development team of the insecure ICO and fundraising method the team was relying on to raise tens of millions of dollars.

MJ Dillon wrote in a public slack channel of Coindash:

“Has anyone mentioned how bad an idea it is that you have a whitelist of people you’ll be emailing a contract address to with a ‘send money now!’ message before the address is public? Isn’t that just asking someone to try to hijack that process?”

However, the Coindash development team responded rather irresponsibly. Instead of looking into the security issue Dillon noted, the team ignored it and ultimately suffered a $7 million loss as a consequence.

Coindash and its executives including CEO Alon Muroch tried to stabilize the situation after the hack. In an interview with Bloomberg, Muroch stated:

“Our vision is still viable. We want to make sure to communicate a message of hope and continuity. There’s still money in the company and we will just double our efforts to make it much more effective.”

Still, $7 million was lost in the process and both users and Coindash suffered as a result of poor security measures and the failure to implement proper security measures while running a large-scale ICO.

$30 Million in Loss, ICOs Suffer Multi-Million Dollar Losses Due to Hacks

Earlier this week, analysts including Tuur Demeester revealed that over $30 million worth of Ether were stolen by hackers from three different ICOs.

“~$32M (~153k ether) stolen from three ICOs today. What is that, like 3% of total ICO money raised?,” wrote Demeester.

TokenData, a cryptocurrency and asset analytics platform, further revealed that including the $7 million Coindash hack, total amount of Ether from ICOs stolen in July amount to 3 percent of total amount raised by ICOs, which adds up to $1.5 billion.

On July 20, Blocktix, revealed in an official announcement that a vulnerability in the codebase of Parity’s multi-signature codebase led to the loss of millions of dollars worth of Ether.

Blocktix was using the same contract source to multisig our own ethereum wallets of which we owned two, one for our presale and one for our old contract. We choose the multisig contract to provide additional security.

“Today the news broke that Parity’s Multisig codebase had a vulnerability in their codebase, allowing funds to be drained from Multisig addresses. The Presale multisig got hit by the Whitehat group, and currently the funds are in their address,” said Blocktix.

Some analysts claimed that the same hacking group that successfully breached into the Decentralized Autonomous Organization (DAO) and stole millions of dollars in Ether hacked the three ICOs.

What Should Investors Takeaway From These Hacks?

Admittedly, the vast majority of investors within the ICO market have become involved in the market to place speculative investments. Most of the investors are simply trying to learn more about the space, gain short-term profit or expose themselves to the asset class.

It is of utmost importance of investors for security reasons to ensure that each ICO has proper security measures in place. For instance, analysts and investors of Coindash already knew that there was risk involved in the way Coindash conducted its ICO.

Investors must consult security experts to ensure that ICOs are safe to invest in and that ICOs implemented proper security measures.

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    July 22, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Can you elaborate on the “Investors must consult security experts to ensure that ICOs are safe to invest in” statement? Do you have any examples or suggestions of who and where?

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The Flippening: XRP Overtakes Ethereum as Second-Largest Cryptocurrency

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XRP’s sudden and dramatic surge over the past four days has fundamentally altered the composition of the cryptocurrency market. On Friday, the so-called banker’s cryptocurrency overtook Ethereum as the world’s second-largest blockchain, highlighting the latter’s struggle over the past two months.

Market Cap Rankings

The market capitalization for XRP has more than doubled this week and now sits at $23.6 billion, according to CoinMarketCap. The dramatic surge follows a 115% spike in the XRP price since Tuesday.

Ethereum, which has long held the no. 2 spot in the crypto market rankings, has fallen to third spot with a total market cap of $23.3 billion. Ether’s price is up more than 7% on Friday and lags considerably behind XRP over the past five days.

Trading in XRP is up across all major exchanges. XRP’s daily turnover now sits at $2.6 billion, having gained a staggering 800% since Tuesday.

At the time of writing, the total cryptocurrency market capitalization was worth nearly $225 billion. The market was valued at roughly $200 billion just 24 hours ago.

The Flippening

Despite being one of the most polarizing cryptocurrencies on the market, XRP has managed to win over investors who are keenly monitoring institutional adoption of blockchain technology. Ripple Labs, the company behind XRP, has announced hundreds of partnerships over the designed to boost mainstream adoption of blockchain technology.

All that came to a head on Monday after a Ripple executive teased the release of the first xRapid product. Sagar Sarbhai, head of regulatory relations for Ripple’s Asia-Pacific and the Middle East unit, told CNBC that a new cryptocurrency offering centered on the xRapid system was due in the “next month or so.” This news helped propel XRP through the stratosphere.

Ethereum, on the other hand, was the center of the most recent market meltdown that saw prices plummet nearly 90% from peak-to-trough. Ether briefly fell below $170 last week as coin offerings continued to liquidate their holdings. According to some analysts, Ethereum is facing an existential crisis amid declining reservation demand and concerns over “economic abstraction.” Although the development community is addressing these concerns, Ethereum’s short-term price trajectory has been extremely volatile.

Disclaimer: The author owns bitcoin, Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies. He holds investment positions in the coins, but does not engage in short-term or day-trading.

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Crypto Update: Surging Ripple Leads Strong Rally, Tops $0.50

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The last 24 hours saw a much-awaited bullish shift in the cryptocurrency segment, as finally, the rally of a major triggered a broad and sustained move in the other top coins as well. Ripple surged by 50% after the initial rally of the bear market lows, and it really took off after yesterday’s buy signal in our trend model, topping the weaker $0.3750 resistance level and the very strong long-term zone near $0.42, which also marked the dominant declining long-term trendline.

XRP/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Despite the strong rally, a long-term trend change is not confirmed yet, and traders should reduce their positions here, as at least a re-test of the key zone near $0.42 is very likely following the surge, with resistance ahead at $0.54, $0.575, and $0.64. With the move, XRP also got close to take over Ethereum as the second largest coin, with currently around 10% separating the two currencies in market cap.

BTC/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Bitcoin is also significantly higher today, although the 5% move is dwarfed by Ripple 50% jump. BTC triggered a buy signal overnight, rallying past the $6500 resistance level, and it is currently testing the zone $6750.

The long-term signal is still only neutral, and although the current broad rally is encouraging, the segment is still not out of the woods. Further resistance zones are now ahead at $7000 and between $7200 and $7300, while support below $6500 is still found at $6275, $6000, and near $5850.

Altcoins Still Mixed but Rally Gaining Breadth

ETH/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

Ethereum moved up to the recent swing high and got close to the key resistance level at $235 once again amid the broad rally, but for now a clear break to confirm a new upswing is not completed. That said, the coin is still on a short-term buy signal, and given the improvements in the segment, traders should hold on to their positions here.

A sustained move below $200 would still warn of a re-test of the lows near $170, but a move above $235 could lead to a test of the $260 resistance level and the strong $275-$280 zone.

XMR/USDT, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

The outlook for the major altcoins improved, but there are still relatively weak coins, with the likes of ETC, IOTA, LTC, and NEO still not being in good technical positions. That said, Stellar, Cardano, Dash, and EOS also joined the rally, and Monero maintained its short-term buy signal too.

XMR is still below the recent swing low and the $125 resistance level, and well shy of the key long-term zone near $150, but the stability of the coin is encouraging.

Dash/USD, 4-Hour Chart Analysis

After the bullish consolidation period below $200 that we pointed out, Dash moved above the key level following Ripple and the broader market higher. Dash could be part of a bullish leadership, should the current move continue, and although the long-term downtrend is still intact, the coins is now on a short-term buy signal in our trend model, with further support at $190 and $170 and resistance ahead at $215, $225, and $265.

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Altcoins Share the Spoils as $6 Billion Enters Global Market Overnight

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The cryptocurrency market just felt the sharp influx of $6 billion to global trade volumes within the space of twelve hours. That’s a 54% increase on the $11 billion recorded late on Thursday night, and on Friday morning (UTC) the altcoin market appears to have reaped the benefit.

The Big Two

Only $1.6 billion of that $6 billion influx found its way into BTC, and the 5% rise by Bitcoin overnight was steady rather than spectacular. It’s difficult to separate the wash trading and transaction mining from the official numbers, since CMC actually includes the excluded trades in its calculation of the daily percentage.

Ethereum’s trade volumes rose by $0.7 billion overnight, but the coin price surged 10% during the height of the flurry. This carries on ETH’s trend of outperforming BTC ever since the crash of early September. The morning’s surge saw ETH threaten the $230 mark – the first time since before the dip on September 5th.

BTC dominance fell by 2.2% overnight as the altcoin market picked up once again. Several tokens recorded north of 50% gains overnight, with some of the majors heavily involved in the action.

XRP +49%

XRP’s trade volume rose by $1.4 billion overnight; from $400 million to $1.8 billion – a volume that competes with Ethereum. Good news for XRP holders, the $1.8 billion volume hasn’t been seen since early April, in the lead up to +40% gains during the height of Q2’s brief market surge.

The early morning price in the $0.47 range hasn’t been seen since the middle of July, effectively cancelling out all of XRP’s losses over the autumn period. This compounds a strong week for Ripple and XRP that has seen them takes huge steps forward in their quest for mainstream adoption.

Stellar, Cardano, Tron

Stellar (XLM) spiked 22.4% at its peak before a slight pullback. The early morning peak of $0.252320 takes XLM back to early August.

It takes less to float altcoins than the big two, and Stellar’s surge came off the back of an $80 million influx to trade volumes, with most of it finding its way to XLM/BTC and XLM/USDT pairs on Binance.

Cardano (ADA) gained 20% on its value overnight, climbing from yesterday’s low of $0.071630 to this morning peak of $0.086385.

ADA’s numbers are weighted similar to Stellar, with an influx of $100 million to trade volumes resulted in gains of around a fifth of its starting value. Upbit’s ADA/KRW (Korean won) trades account for more than a third of the daily total. In fact, Upbit’s KRW trades are present in the majority of the major altcoins’ trades this morning.

TRON (TRX) began its climb yesterday before a brief pullback, but when the volumes returned TRON took its fair share. TRX trades rose by just under $100 million, and the resultant surge took the coin to a valuation of $0.023455 – a price not seen since during early September’s dip. That’s up 17% from last night’s low of $0.019994, and once again the Korean influence is felt with 16% of the daily trades coming in the form of the TRX/KRW pair.

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