Bitcoin Report: Dark Web Marketplace Dealings Revealed Published 2 years ago on September 27, 2016 By Rebecca Campbell A new report has found that hidden dark web websites across numerous countries are being utilized to sell goods illegally online. The report: Mining the Dark Web: Drugs and Fake IDs by Dr. Andres Baravalle, Dr. Sin Lee Wee, and Mr. Mauro Sanchez Lopez, found that once users had access to the websites it was a simple process of obtaining a username and buying products online, according to a report from the International Business Times. In the report covered by IBT, Dr. Baravalle said that a teenager who was tech savvy would be able to gain access the sites where they would be communicating with criminals with ease. The researchers found that a scan of a passport could be bought for £7 while a physical passport was on offer for as little as £752. Dr. Baravalle said: During our research, 84 scans and photos of passports were on sale, with 12 physical passports also being offered. Bitcoin Used for Terrorism Financing? Earlier this year, a former counterterrorism analyst for the CIA had found that terrorists were using the digital currency, bitcoin to boost their funding. This, despite the fact that, a report from Europol at the beginning of the year revealed that no terrorist group was using it for terrorism financing. Data Breach at Yahoo! This new report comes as Internet giant, Yahoo! recently revealed that it had become the victim of the biggest ever data breach that saw around 500 million Yahoo! users affected. According to Yahoo! the information was stolen from its network in a 2014 incident. The company believes it was a state-sponsored hacker who was able to obtain personal information from its users. The Hacker Peace Back in August, a hacker by the name of Peace told Motherboard that he had access to 200 million user accounts and was going to put them up for sale on the dark web marketplace TheRealDeal for three bitcoins or $1,900 in value at the time. According to the hacker, the 200 million records were from ‘2012 most likely.’ The same hacker is reported to have sold large dumps of data from MySpace and LinkedIn through TheRealDeal too. The next few weeks and months will be an interesting time for Yahoo! simply because it remains to be seen whether or not the sale of Yahoo! to Verizon at a cost of $4.83 billion will continue after this. According to a report from the Financial Times (paywall), Marissa Mayer, Yahoo! CEO knew of the possible hack back in July. Interestingly, enough, it was in late July that Yahoo! announced that Verizon had entered a definite agreement where Verizon would acquire Yahoo’s operating business for around $4.83 billion in cash. The Rise of the Hacker In today’s digital age, though, it seems like opportunistic hackers are turning their attention to computers and hardware as a way of stealing valuable information. According to Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, a Kaspersky Lab ZAO researcher, criminals are using ransomware as a way of gaining information that is profitable to them rather than breaking into computers to access a person’s money through online banking. Unfortunately, as more criminal hacks continue to take place, it begs the question: how safe is our data and what steps need to be put into place that ensures the safety of our personal information? Until we can be sure of that, criminal hackers will continue to seek out vulnerabilities in order to gain the information they need. and the dark web will be a beacon for those who want to sell products online illegally. Images from Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. 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It is a bipolar market that can change the mood at any time and any direction. The crypto market experienced a generalized rise led by the Ethereum yesterday at the end of the European session. The ETH/BTC chart followed the expected roadmap, and after touching the extension of the bullish trend, it rose sharply to get back above the main trend line. It also reached the resistance level at 0.0350 BTC per ETH. This upside movement is positive news for the market since the leadership of the Ethereum is necessary for the market to continue moving away from the lows. The market continues to be in a delicate situation since the main Crypto actors do not manage to get far enough away from the relative minimum prices, so that security, which is the basis of optimism, floods the minds of traders. BTC/USD 240 Minute Chart The BTC/USD is currently trading at the $3.645 price level. Yesterday it left a high of $3.708, stopping at short-term moving averages and resistance to price congestion. Today, the BTC/USD is moving slightly lower, and it is very likely that at some point during the day the price will drop to the $3,600 support (price congestion support). The second support level is at $3,470(price congestion support). Should the BTC/USD lose this support level, it would re-enter the relative lows zone with the third support level target at $3,300 (price congestion support). If bulls reappear, the first resistance level at $3,700 (price congestion resistance, EMA50, and SMA200) is the most important in the short term and exceeding it would greatly facilitate bullish continuity. The second resistance level for the BTC/USD is at $3,787 (SMA100), an intermediate level on the way to the third resistance level at $3,900(congestion resistance). If the BTC/USD can overcome this third resistance level, it would be free of moving averages, which would also become support and support price rises. The MACD at 240 Minutes shows a bullish profile after yesterday’s gain but continues on the negative side of the indicator. It is necessary that the lines go into the positive zone to be able to see continued rises. The DMI at 240 Minutes shows how after yesterday’s rise, the bears and bulls were at similar levels of activity, a tie that today seems to opt for the bears but without getting an advantage over the bulls that poses a bearish development. ETH/USD 240 Minute Chart The ETH/USD pair is currently trading at the $128.90 price level. After yesterday’s rally, it failed to break above the $130 price congestion resistance level, but it did break above the SMA100. Much better than Bitcoin. The look at this time in the morning in Europe also seems to support a day of falls, although in this case, they could be minimal thanks to the support you can find in the simple average (SMA100) at $126.79. In case the ETH/USD pair loses the first support level, the second support at $115 (price congestion support) is the next price target. A fall of this magnitude would be technically devastating and would complicate any bullish development in the medium term because it would drag down the exponential and simple averages and move down the resistance level. The third support at $110 (price congestion support), would see the beginning of a new bearish stretch and could be seen new relative lows. Above the current price, the first resistance level is at $130 (price congestion resistance), followed a little higher by the EMA50 at $132.80. The third resistance level at $142 (price congestion resistance and SMA200) is the most important, as Ethereum would be free of resistance by moving averages that would become support and facilitate the rises. The MACD in 240 minutes shows a bullish profile but still moving in the bearish zone of the indicator. The inclination and opening between lines support possible increases, but the crossing of the zero levels of the indicator will make sales appear. The 240-minute DMI shows the bears taking some advantage over the bulls early in the session after pairing yesterday. Both sides of the market show a significant level of trend strength, which can lead to increased volatility. XRP/USD 240 Minute Chart The XRP/USD pair is currently trading at the $0.33 price level after leaving yesterday’s high of $0.343 at the 50-period exponential moving average. It then dropped and held above the $0.335 support level (price congestion support). The XRP/USD is currently losing that level, which now becomes resistance and is heading towards the second support level at $0.32(price congestion support). The XRP should not miss this second level of support, because it would lose all bullish potential and enter a strongly bearish environment that would target to the third level of support at $0.308 (price congestion support). Above the current price, the first resistance is at $0.335 (price congestion resistance). The second resistance level is at $0.345(EMA50 and price congestion resistance). The third resistance level is at $0.36 (price congestion resistance), but targeting order to reach it, XRP/USD should first exceed the SMA100 and the SMA200. The maximum difficulty level that if overcome would open a perfect scenario to see consistent rises in the medium term. The MACD in 240 Minutes shows an upward cross profile although with less upward inclination than Bitcoin or Ethereum. It also moves on the bearish side of the indicator, so the upside potential is limited. The 240 Minute DMI shows a tie between bears and bulls. Yesterday’s rise put the bulls ahead, but morning falls have made them lose strength, and now it is the bears who are trying to take control of the situation. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink. Rate this post: Important for improving the service. Please add a comment in the comment field below explaining what you rated and why you gave it that rate. Failed Trade Recommendations should not be rated as that is considered a failure either way. (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)You need to be a registered member to rate this. Loading... Tomàs Sallés 3.3 stars on average, based on 5 rated posts Follow @HackedCom Feedback or Requests? Continue Reading Bitcoin Bitcoin’s Price Recovery Stalls as BitMEX Shuts Down U.S. Accounts Published 4 hours ago on January 15, 2019 By Sam Bourgi Bitcoin’s rally stalled on Tuesday after Hong Kong futures exchange BitMEX announced it was closing U.S. accounts amid growing regulatory scrutiny. As Hacked reported since November, BitMEX has emerged as the biggest virtual market for BTC trades based on percentage of daily trade volumes. BTC/USD Update The bitcoin price notched a session high of $3,572.87 on Tuesday, according to CCN’s data feed. It was last seen hovering just below $3,700, having gained 2.8% over the past 24 hours. However, it should be noted that bitcoin rose sharply in the late morning of Monday’s session, so the 24-hour price tracker is a bit skewed. Bitcoin’s sudden rally on Monday was significant for technical traders eyeing the $3,550-$3,500 support level. A breach below this level would have devastating consequences and likely lead to a re-test of the December low near $3,100. Bitcoin’s short-term momentum indicators have improved since Monday’s rally attempt. The following chart, which is based on Bitstamp price data, highlight the momentum shift based on the RSI and MACD. Trading in BTC reached $5.7 billion on virtual exchanges, according to CoinMarketCap. Volumes have increased sharply this year as long-dormant bitcoin accounts become active again. Dormant accounts began moving their coins in October, leading to a sharp rise in bitcoin’s circulating supply. More on this story: Bitcoin Likely Headed Lower as Whales Activate Long-Dormant Accounts. BitMEX Closes U.S. Accounts One of the world’s fastest growing cryptocurrency exchanges has pulled the plug on its North American market, citing increased regulatory scrutiny in the United States and the Canadian province of Quebec. The decision, which was reported by CCN and the South China Morning Post, came in direct response to regulatory crackdowns targeting unlicensed cryptocurrency exchanges. In addition to ceasing operations in the U.S. and Quebec, BitMEX has advised clients in North Korea, Iran, Syria, Cuba, Sudan and Sevastopol (Crimea) against holding positions or trading on the platform. BitMEX rose to prominence in the latter half of 2018 as traders began shorting bitcoin in record amounts. During the depths of the bear market in November and December, as much as one-third of bitcoin’s virtual exchange volume was processed on BitMEX. Spot markets accounted for the rest. Last month, BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes told the Unchained podcast that 24/7 markets represent the wave of the future and that other financial instruments will soon follow cryptocurrencies in around-the-clock trading. His firm processed nearly $1 trillion in trading volume over the past year. 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(0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5)You need to be a registered member to rate this. Loading... Sam Bourgi 4.6 stars on average, based on 735 rated postsSam Bourgi is Chief Editor to Hacked.com, where he leads content development for one of the world's foremost cryptocurrency resources. Over the past eight years Sam has authored more than 10,000 articles and over 40 whitepapers in the fields of labor market economics, emerging technologies, cryptocurrency and traditional finance. Sam's work has been featured in and cited by some of the world's leading newscasts, including Barron's, CBOE and Forbes. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @hsbourgi Follow @HackedCom Feedback or Requests? Continue Reading Altcoins Lite.IM Surpasses Facebook In Race To Support Cryptocurrency Compatible Messenger Published 23 hours ago on January 14, 2019 By Chris Matthews Since the early part of 2018, crypto traders have been bombarded with bad news. Hacks, broken promises, and overall lack of enthusiasm have resulted in huge losses. But more than that, some promising cryptocurrencies just haven’t survived. As traders look to the future, they should begin looking at projects that have the potential to disrupt industries and take them to the next level. One company that has the potential to accomplish that is Zulu Republic (ZTX). Zulu Republic is an ecosystem of blockchain tools and platforms, designed as a place where people, businesses, and organizations can thrive on their own terms. The company’s stated mission is to advance the development of decentralized technologies, to promote human rights and empowerment around the globe, and to reduce the global digital divide. Well the company is off to a great start with the development of Lite.IM. What is Lite.IM? Lite.IM is a project aimed at expanding global cryptocurrency adoption. With Lite.IM, users can send, receive, and manage Bitcoin (BTC), Ethereum (ETH), Litecoin (LTC), and the company’s native currency (ZTX), on Facebook Messenger, Telegram, and SMS (in the USA and Canada). To get started managing these cryptocurrencies on the aforementioned platforms, users simply need to send a text-based command to the Lite.IM bot. The commands are as follows: Telegram: @LiteIM_bot Facebook Messenger: @lite.im SMS (USA and Canada only): 760-LITEIM-0 Competition with Facebook On December 21st, 2018, Facebook announced that it was developing its own stable cryptocurrency that users would be allowed to exchange through its popular chat service, WhatsApp. But while Facebook’s initial approach will target users based in India, Lite.IM is open to everyone in the world. Further, Zulu Republic has previously mentioned that they expect to announce support for WhatsApp in the next few weeks. It certainly appears as though Lite.IM has the upper hand here. And that is before even addressing Facebook’s obvious privacy concerns. When it comes to cryptocurrency, privacy and security have always been two issues at the forefront. Given the rough year that Facebook has had in that regard, users must certainly be forgiven if they have trouble trusting the social media giant. In September, 2018, Facebook announced that an attack on its computer network had exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users. Apparently, the hackers were able to exploit a feature in Facebook’s code to gain access to user accounts. Even prior to this announcement, Facebook was already under Congressional scrutiny over revelations that a British analytics firm obtained access to private information from nearly 87 million Facebook users. Not to mention Facebook’s rumored involvement with Russian election meddling. Suffice it to say, it has been a tumultuous year for Facebook. And while users may have concerns trusting Facebook’s ability to handle cryptocurrency data, they shouldn’t have those same concerns with Lite.IM. Private keys are RSA encrypted with the user’s password. Lite.IM will never ask for that information nor will it be stored. Because of this, no third party will ever have access to that valuable information. Conclusion The truth of the matter is that Facebook is an absolute giant and has grown at an extraordinary rate since its initial public offering. Facebook has hired some incredible talent, from executive positions to marketing to development. And while one should never count them out, I simply wouldn’t be able to trust them with all of the recent issues. Perhaps in time, after regaining the public’s trust, users could once again look to Facebook as a leader. Fortunately, users have another strong and dependable option. Lite.IM will allow users all over the world to manage popular cryptocurrencies via their favorite messenger platform. Users should continue to stay tuned for future developments. Featured image courtesy of Shutterstock. Important: Never invest (trade with) money you can't afford to comfortably lose. Always do your own research and due diligence before placing a trade. Read our Terms & Conditions here. Trade recommendations and analysis are written by our analysts which might have different opinions. Read my 6 Golden Steps to Financial Freedom here. Best regards, Jonas Borchgrevink. Rate this post: Important for improving the service. Please add a comment in the comment field below explaining what you rated and why you gave it that rate. Failed Trade Recommendations should not be rated as that is considered a failure either way. (1 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5)You need to be a registered member to rate this. Loading... Chris Matthews 4.8 stars on average, based on 21 rated posts Follow @HackedCom Feedback or Requests? Continue Reading Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD at Risk of Fast M... 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