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Blockchain Startup Chronobank Aims To Revolutionise Recruitment Sector

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The recruitment industry is still based on the traditional model of using intermediaries to hire workers. In exchange for helping businesses locate the right people to fill vacant positions, agencies charge expensive fees. While this is generally accepted as the standard practice for long term appointments, it is quite costly for freelancing or contract work. Organizations often end up spending time and capital on securing employees instead of focusing on their business goals. Now, there is a startup looking to change that. That startup is Chronobank.

What is Chronobank?

ChronobankChronobank is a blockchain startup that is aiming to change recruitment services, especially in regards to e-commerce, construction, industrial and warehousing sectors. It will do that by partnering with large and reputable companies HR agencies to ensure the supply of labour hours.

The company is currently developing two important platforms that could disrupt the recruitment sector and improve on the current model. They include:

  • National Labour Hour (LH) tokens: Which is essentially a system for tokens on Waves, ETH and NEM tied to labour hours in Australia, Britain, Europe, and the USA.
  • LabourX: Is a decentralised exchange that allows workers to buy and sell their labour hours to anyone.

The LH tokens will be “hyper-liquid” and can be easily accessed on an LH debit card. LH tokens will also allow people to transact while maintaining AUD/GBP/EUR/USD measured values.

The decentralised exchange – LaborX

Chronobank also plans to launch an online job marketplace that anyone in the world will have access to. This marketplace will be called LaborX. The LaborX platform will enable employees and businesses to connect to a peer-to-peer basis. Using this platform, companies will be able to buy labour directly, without having to rely on labour agencies or any other intermediaries. The exchange will be supplemented with a reputation system similar to the one used by UpWork, enabling workers to be compensated in line with their experience and talents, and not dictated by industry payment rates.

How LaborX can benefit Africans

For freelancers and digital entrepreneurs in Africa, Chronobank’s LaborX platform could be of great benefit. Firstly, it will provide Africans with new job opportunities by matching international companies with freelancers and remote workers from around the world. Secondly, the earned Labour Hour tokens could become an attractive store of value compared to the prevailing volatility of local currencies across the continent. By providing tokens backed by labour hours, Chronobank is promoting the use of a more stable currency. And thirdly, due to LaborX’s reputational system, the per hour rate that workers can charge will increase as users complete more work and better their reputational rating, which means Africans will not be bound by generic market rates for freelancers and remote workers from developing countries.

As remote working and freelancing is growing fast in Africa, a platform like LaborX will be a very welcome addition to the job marketplace and a new opportunity for tech-savvy Africans to make a living.

Chronobank ICO

For users who are not well versed in cryptocurrency terminology, an ICO (initial coin offering) refers to a new way of funding for blockchain companies by issuing a new cryptocurrency or digital token to early backers for the project. ICOs are an excellent way for new companies in the digital currency space to raise money for funding their business operations and a way for investors to benefit from the success of a new blockchain startup.

The Chronobank ICO launched in December last year and has already attracted over 1,500 investors raising over 1200 BTC up to date. Significant quantities have also been raised on Ethereum, Litecoin, WAVES, and NEM.

The crowdsale is still ongoing until February 14 and, so far, the initial targets are being revised as interest for the ICO continues to grow. Throughout the crowdsale period,  1 BTC will buy 100 TIME. Chronobank has set a target for 20,000 BTC, hence valuing the total TIME tokens at around $16 million. TIME tokens being sold in the ICO will guarantee its holder an ‘issuance fee’ for LH tokens issued on the blockchain. The issuance fee schedule will be 3% in 2017, 2% in 2018 and 1% in 2019.

An investment in Chronobank and its distributed protocol is an investment in the future of labour hiring free from middlemen and other bottlenecks. The company founders are well connected in the recruitment services industry, which gives them valuable insight on how to take their concept to the next level.

Check out the Chronobank ICO today if you want to be a part of the reshaping of the recruitment sector.

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Malicious Digmine Monero Miner is Spreading Through Facebook Messenger

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Digmine Monero Miner

A new way for hackers to generate income using cryptocurrencies is by infecting their victim’s computers with malicious cryptocurrency mining software to use their victims’ computing power to mine the anonymous cryptocurrency monero. Cryptocurrency mining botnets operate by remaining in a victim’s computer long enough to yield as much hashing power as required while infecting as many computers as possible. Consequently, the more computers that are infected, the higher the hash rate which in turn means high income for the cyber criminals. One such botnet that has been discovered is the Digmine Monero Miner.

What is Digmine?

Digmine is a botnet that mines monero and spreads through the desktop Chrome version of Facebook Messenger. When opened on other platforms such as mobile, the malware does not operate as it is meant to. Digmine has been discovered in countries such as South Korea, Philippines, and Thailand.

The bot is sent to potential victims disguised as a video file which is, in fact, an Autolt executable script. If you have set your Facebook account to log in automatically, Digmine uses Facebook Messenger to send links of the file to your friends.

The manipulation of Facebook currently depends on propagation. However, since the code can be updated, cyber criminals can use Digmine to take complete control of a Facebook account.

How Does Digmine Work?

Digmine downloads and then saves various components which are contained in the C&C (command-and-control) server. In addition, the bot installs an autostart registry and an infection marker.

Next, Digmine searches for the Chrome application and then launches it. It also retrieves a browser extension from the C&C server for loading. In case Chrome was already running, Digmine closes the application then launches it again through the command line to enable the malicious extension to load.

The C&C server then gives instructions to the extension to either log into Facebook or launch a bogus page to play a video. The page disguises itself as a video streaming site but it actually contains all the malware components.

The role of the extension is propagation through interacting with Chrome and Facebook Messenger. Triggers that are derived from the C&C server are responsible for propagation.

The miner module is downloaded by codec.exe. It connects to another C&C server to access the miner and the relevant configuration file.

How to Avoid Digmine and Other Crypto Mining Botnets

Cryptocurrency mining botnets are targeting social media platforms and here is what you can do to avoid these threats:

  • Delete the accounts of social platforms that you have stopped using because cyber criminals can use them to access other accounts linked to it.
  • Update your apps as soon as new versions are released. The new security features protect your device from new threats.
  • Create different passwords for your various social media accounts. Your passwords should also be strong.
  • Create a different email for your social media accounts so that if these accounts are hacked, the attacker will not access your personal information.
  • Verify that a news story on a social media platform is genuine before clicking on it. For instance, look out for clickbait headlines or grammar errors.

Additionally, Facebook offers tips on how to secure your account via its help centre page.

It is evident that malware threats in cryptocurrency are real and that they are effective. Therefore, ensuring that your devices and social media accounts are secure should be a priority.

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You Can Now Top Up Your Mobile Phone with Bitcoin and Litecoin

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Top Up Your Mobile Phone With Bitcoin

With cryptocurrencies going mainstream, more companies are finding ways in which they can leverage their use in order to boost their adoption. One such company is Bitrefill.

Bitrefill is a web-based platform that enables end users to top up airtime to any prepaid mobile phone across the globe using bitcoin. Bitrefill has recently announced that it has also added litecoin as an alternative that users can now utilise to top up airtime in light of rising bitcoin transaction fees.

Although users were able to use litecoin to purchase airtime before, the process was long and tedious. Users who opted for litecoin had to use the ShapeShift payment integration platform which needed a bitcoin transaction first. This means that users had to pay both the bitcoin transaction fee as well as that of litecoin making the transaction more expensive.

However, with their recent update, litecoin mobile recharges are now native and do not require users to first make a bitcoin transaction. In addition, purchasing airtime top-ups using litecoin is cheap, fast and work anytime, anywhere and to anyone.

How Bitrefill Works

Bitrefill is an easy-to-use platform that supports airtime top ups for prepaid SIM cards and works with more than 600 operators in 150 countries. Once on the platform, users will need to fill in their mobile numbers, choose the credit amount and pay either using bitcoin or litecoin. Once users have filled their numbers and the amount of credit, a wallet address is then generated by Bitrefill that enables users to key in the number of bitcoins that needs to be sent. Once the bitcoin network verifies the transaction, Bitrefill’s servers then pay the operator. Users then get their airtime top ups added almost immediately to their phones.

This makes it easy for users to top up their phones and eliminates the need to travel long distances to purchase airtime. The news also comes at a time when bitcoin fees for payments and transactions are rising making it more expensive for individual money transfers and payments. This is due to the scalability issues that the bitcoin network is facing. With more people using the bitcoin network to send and receive the digital currency, the process of confirming transactions is taking longer and is making fees more costly.

Bitrefill’s addition of the digital currency litecoin for purchases is a welcome move by cryptocurrency users who want to top up their mobile phones online.

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Zimbabwean Exchange Golix Adds Ether and Bitcoin Gold to its Trading Platform

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Golix Adds Ether and Bitcoin Gold

While Zimbabwe has had its fair share of political woes this year, the adoption of cryptocurrencies in the Southern African country has continued to grow. This is evident by the increasing trading volumes on its local bitcoin exchange Golix.

In a bid to boost cryptocurrency adoption in the Southern Africa nation, Golix – Zimbabwe’s only local cryptocurrency exchange platform – has added bitcoin gold (BTG) and ether (ETH) to its trading platform. This brings the total number of digital currencies on the exchange to six.

In an interview with The Financial Gazette, Golix’s Growth Manager, Panashe Tapera said,

“It is our belief that digital currency will form the basis of the future of finance, our mission at Golix is to bring digital currencies to everyone in Africa.”

While adding Ethereum’s ether is a good move considering that it tops the charts on the top ten altcoins and is popular, the case might be different for bitcoin gold.

Bitcoin Gold’s Existence

The key reason for the creation of bitcoin gold was to decentralise bitcoin mining. Bitcoin gold came to be after an October bitcoin hard fork.

A hard fork is an irreversible blockchain split that occurs when there is a software upgrade that is enforced but is not supported by a segment of the network. Whenever a fork happens, a different form of bitcoin is created. In 2017, bitcoin experienced two hard forks.

Although by market cap it is a top ten cryptocurrency, bitcoin gold is not as popular as bitcoin or Ethereum globally. While the move by Golix is a smart decision and is aligned to their goal ‘to bring digital currencies to everyone in Africa’, the question on whether the demand for bitcoin gold will soar in Zimbabwe or not, is yet to be seen.

With about 70 percent of the population in Zimbabwe unbanked and looking at digital currencies as an alternative form of investment and a way of regaining financial control, the central bank of Zimbabwe still considers bitcoin illegal due to its lack of a legal framework.

As Golix continues to make efforts to push for adoption of cryptocurrencies, it is only a matter of time before the impact will be felt in Zimbabwe and in Africa.

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