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Kaspersky Lab shares Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) 2018 Financial Insights and Predictions for 2019

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Dangers of Public Wi-Fi

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 14, 2018/APO Group/ — The past year has been extremely eventful in terms of the digital threats faced by financial institutions: cybercrime groups have used new infiltration techniques, and the geography of attacks has become more extensive.

Kaspersky LabAccording to the KSN statistics by Kaspersky Lab (www.Kaspersky.com), the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region witnessed 17% increase in banking malware attacks to reach almost half a million attacks in 2018.  Cryptocurrencies have also become an established part of many people’s lives, and a more attractive target for cybercriminals across the world, which resulted in a rapid increase in malicious mining of cryptocurrencies.

Kaspersky Lab recorded a 4-fold increase in cryptomining attacks in the META region from 3.5 million in 2017 to 13 million in 2018.

“The META region is becoming more appealing to cybercriminals, with financial and malicious crypotomining attacks taking center stage. We discovered six new ATM malware families in 2018. On the other hand, illegal mining of cryptocurrencies has increased dramatically to overtake the main threat of the last few years: ransomware. We believe the reason behind this is that mining is silent and cause less impact that ransomware, making it less noticeable,” said Fabio Assolini, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

Cybercriminals are not showing any signs of stopping and attacks will continue to evolve. Below are predictions by Kaspersky Lab experts on how these trends could affect our lives in the coming year.

Financial cyber threats 

  • 2019 could see the first attacks through the theft and use of biometric data. Biometric systems for user identification and authentication are being gradually implemented by various financial institutions. Several major leaks of biometric data have already occurred. These two facts lay the foundation for the first POC (proof-of-concept) attacks on financial services using leaked biometric data.
  • The emergence of new, local groups attacking financial institutions in the Indo-Pakistan region, South-East Asia and Central Europe. The activity of cybercriminals in these regions is constantly growing: the immaturity of protective solutions in the financial sector and the rapid spread of various electronic means of payment among the population and companies in these regions are contributing to this. Now, all the prerequisites exist for the emergence of a new center for financial threats in Asia, in addition to the three that exist already in Latin America, the Korean peninsula and the former-USSR.
  • Attacks on mobile banking for business users. Mobile applications for business are gaining popularity, which is likely to lead to the first attacks on their users. There are enough tools for this, and the possible losses that businesses incur would be much higher than the losses incurred when individuals are attacked.

The future of cryptocurrency 

  • Excessive expectations about the use of blockchain beyond the cryptocurrency sphere will disappear. In the end, this trend will be driven by people rather than the technology’s capability, as organisations and industries come to the conclusion that blockchain has a rather narrow scope of application, and most attempts to use in different ways are not justified. The reliable application of blockchain beyond cryptocurrency has been explored and experimented with for years, but there is little evidence of achievement. 2019 will be the year people stop trying.
  • Cryptocurrencies as a means of payment will decline further. In 2017 a number of suppliers of goods and services announced that they would accept cryptocurrencies as a form of payment. However, in the face of huge commissions (an acute problem in December 2017), slow transfers, a large price for integration, and, most importantly, a small number of customers, its use as a method of payment declined steadily. In the end, the use of cryptocurrencies by a legitimate business simply does not make much sense.
  • There will be no return to 2017’s sky-high exchange rates. Until January 2018, there were immense highs and lows in the price of Bitcoin. These are not expected to return as the value of cryptocurrencies levels out to reflect their popularity. There is a finite audience for whom cryptocurrencies are of interest, and once that limit is reached, the price will not rise further.

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INDIGEN, Blockchain for the Indigenous, Launches Token Sale

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Indigen is a blockchain project designed to preserve indigenous cultures and languages; to protect the identities, rights and properties, and to uplift lives of the poor indigenous people.

THE CURRENT SITUATION

Let’s face it, native cultures are slowly fading away because of fast-paced modernization and industrialization.

Languages being forgotten, customs and traditions becoming merely part of history, beliefs and practices of the first people slowly disappearing due to lack of interest from younger generations.

On top of that, countless crimes committed against our poor indigenous people such as land grabbing, rape and murder, and lack of financial, medical and educational support from governments.

OUR PROPOSED SOLUTION 

What if we can change all that, using the latest technology that appeals to the younger generations, which in turn can bring back their interest and reverse the deadly effect of modernization on their very own unique and endangered identities?

Welcome to Indigen Foundation

The very first cryptocurrency and blockchain project designed specifically to uplift the lives of the poor indigenous people, for the preservation of their cultures, and to revive their slowly vanishing identities.

Our vision is very clear, our mission is grand. But without the full support and participation directly from the indigenous population themselves, no one is going anywhere from this very same situation.

That is why we are pursuing a different kind of approach using blockchain that promises a breakthrough and disruptive technology, and offers the most secured, inalterable yet traceable, and decentralized data storage for protecting the identities and properties of the indigenous people.

We at Indigen believe that in order to preserve native cultures and traditions, we must first preserve their languages. That is why this 2019, to coincide with the declaration by the UN as International Year of Indigenous Languages (iyil2019.org), we have started working on a project which involves research and collection of indigenous languages to help revive and preserve various native dialects.

The project is called B.U.I.L.D. which is an acronym for Blockchain Unabridged Indigenous Language Database since we are using distributed ledger technology (DLT) as the repository of data due to the decentralized and immutable nature of blockchain and the ability to time stamp information and to keep track of historical records.

Many think that blockchain is just a hyped promise, with no real impact to our society. We want to prove them wrong, through our series of blockchain projects that will impact both the social and economic aspects of the lives of the indigenous people.

Just like most of the blockchain projects currently, we too came up with our own utility coin to incentivize active participants who will contribute in the research and compilation of the many (and mostly forgotten) languages of the native people. We hope to entice all individuals such as students, teachers and even community elders to make our project a reality by sharing their time and knowledge in the pursuit of our objectives.

The role of our utility coin is to be the primary mode of incentives for individuals whenever they contribute to our collection of native languages, and other activities that will encourage them to actively participate. Likewise, for our partner merchants and institutions, they will need our coin to tap into our database for promoting their services and/or to give donations to whichever indigenous groups they want to support.

Artificial Intelligence Will Play a Key Role

Furthermore, once the data have been recorded on the blockchain, we will apply A.I. or machine learning technologies to allow real-time translations between native languages or tribal dialects. This way, we hope to bridge the gap between various tribes and eliminate the thought of cultural differences and language barriers.

INDIGEN

BUILD is Just the Beginning

For a user to be able to input an entry into the database of indigenous languages, and for a user to upvote an entry, one must be registered and confirmed of their personal identity. This will ensure that all who participate are verifiable human beings and not bots that are simply spamming the system.

This leads us to another potential blockchain project: Digital Identity.

One of the major problems in most of the impoverished nations, especially among the native populations, is lack of proper identification systems which if solved, will have beneficial effects to both the person that needs to be identified and the party that needs to identify a certain person. In cases such as aid provision, loan application and various governmental services, a secure and trustworthy identification process of the beneficiary is very crucial in order to efficiently, cost-effectively, and securely deliver the necessary services or grant to a recipient. So a blockchain-based digital identity system will have huge impact on a global perspective.

From this alone, many other blockchain-based innovative projects can be developed, including an immutable registry of properties to protect the indigenous people from land grabbing by the rich, powerful and corrupt government officials; efficient supply chain management of indigenous products from the farmers to the consumers; fraud-free voting system and more.

There is so much more that needs to be written about this project on a technical level, so we will write the complete specifications on a separate article and they will be made available in progressive phases on our web site. But in summary, our ecosystem will be powered by Indigen coin and all token holders will own a share of the profits that will be generated.

Native languages are slowly being forgotten by younger generations due to fast-paced modernization. Once we start forgetting our native tongue, we will also start to forget our traditions, arts, and history. Through BUILD, we hope to gain back the interest of the younger generations and help preserve their unique identity. Your invaluable support can take us a long, long way.

Indigen Token

To enable us to secure the needed funding for this huge project, we created a token on the Ethereum platform called Indigen ST (IDGT) and launched a token sale or ICO which started on January 1, 2019.

Indigen ST (Symbol: IDGT) is an ERC-20 token on the Ethereum blockchain that will reward its holders of the required amount of IDGT with dividends from our future projects, paid out in ETH using a Smart Contract.

IDGT will be minted as needed, but the maximum supply that will ever be minted is 100,000,000 IDGT only wherein each 1,000,000 IDGT represents 1% of the full shares. Starting 1st January 2019, we offered to sell at tiered pricing up to 40,000,000 IDGT or an equivalent of 40% shares.

TOKEN SALE

  • Initial pricing set for the first 10,000,000 IDGT is at $0.02 : 1 IDGT
  • New Year Bonus on January 1 – 6, 2019 @ 1 ETH = 19,000 IDGT
  • Pre-sale starts January 7, 2019 @ 1 ETH = 10,000 IDGT
  • Token Sale starts February 1 to June 30, 2019 @ 1 ETH = 7,000 IDGT

To learn more about Indigen, and to participate in our pre-sale program, follow the very simple instruction here: https://www.indigen.foundation/idgt

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65 Million+ League of Legends Players Can Now Earn Cryptocurrency For Playing Via Refereum

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SAN FRANCISCOJan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Starting today, the 65 million-plus monthly users of the wildly popular Multi-Online Battle Arena (MOBA) game League of Legends can now earn cryptocurrency while playing the game.

Refereum, the leading blockchain reward ecosystem is now integrated with League of Legends (LoL), allowing Refereum users and LoL players to earn cryptocurrency for in-game achievements like completing a match and winning battles.

With this trailblazing beta, LoL’s 65 million+ monthly users can seamlessly onboard onto and earn cryptocurrency doing what they already love to do — play and win in-game. This integration marks a foundational step forward for Refereum’s technology unlocking the powerful Refereum rewards platform for any game.

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Refereum was founded on the idea of efficient, transparent and fair reward distribution to participants for growing communities. “Gamification is happening at all levels of society from behavioral economics, to game theory, neural networks and artificial intelligence,” said Dylan Jones, CEO of Refereum. “We saw is that not everyone was being rewarded fairly for their contribution. In the streaming world, it meant only the top 1% of streamers getting paid; in affiliate marketing, it was ‘the last click;’ and in gaming, it was quickly becoming a world where only the top players are rewarded. But the truth is that in our ever-connected world, we all matter and we all add value, and we built Refereum to recognize this by fairly sharing rewards,” he added.

While Refereum community members have earned cryptocurrency for over a year for streaming, sharing and watching games, the LoL platform integration marks the first time that players earn Refereum tokens ($RFR) for actual in-game play on a non-blockchain game. To accomplish this feat the Refereum team integrated its leading rewards platform with League of Legends via the game’s public API. According to Jones, Refereum users have been asking for in-game integration for some time, leading the team to start with a blockbuster MOBA like League of Legends. Over time, Refereum hopes to integrate all major games onto the platform so the millions of gamers who help build valuable game communities are rewarded for their effort and work.

During this beta, points earned for playing are added to a Refereum user’s total. At the end of a Season, gamers receive $RFR based on how many points they earn during the season. Players can then spend their $RFR in Refereum’s online game store or exchange their $RFR for other cryptocurrencies or USD via crypto exchanges.

Existing Refereum users who link their accounts together will earn points when they play LoL. New users can sign up for the Refereum rewards platform for free online at https://refereum.com.

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Algowave App Provides Crypto Market Predictions at 80% Accuracy With EndorScience, to be Proven on CoTrader

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Algowave and Endor have teamed up to offer users with powerful coin predictions within the app. This partnership reportedly generated cryptocurrency coin predictions at a success rate of over 80% by harnessing the Social Physics theory invented at MIT. Both the companies have further decided to enter in a 24-month collaboration.

Algowave is an unconventional decentralised system that aims to revolutionise crypto-trading and make it more reliable and effective. The integration of a profitable trading algorable enables it to identify trends and indicators, determine opportunities, and implement them to optimise traders profit-earning abilities. The app is available for download at http://bit.ly/2BJeXzg. It predicts the performance of a particular coin in the coming weeks and has reported an accuracy rate of 80%. If you’re wondering why the company doesn’t use this information only for themselves: there are likely still other factors at play in creating a well-performing fund. The above data, however, may prove very useful.

Endor allows users to ask a predictive question and obtain automated and accurate predictive answers while ensuring optimum users privacy and zero data disclosure. It is also referred to as the Google of predictive analytics that is backed by social physics technology and machine power. Endor integrated its dedicated coin signified as EDR on Bittrex. Endor Software Ltd has some notable achievers in its team including the likes of:-

(http://socialphysics.media.mit.edu/)

  1. Professor Alex Pentland is the Co-founder of  Endor. Alex is also:
  • Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering
  • Leader at the World Economic Forum
  • Director of the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program
  • Winner of the DARPA Network Challenge
  • A founding member of advisory boards for Google, AT&T, Nissan, and the UN Secretary-General
  • Publisher of books “Social Physics” and “Honest Signals”

(https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexsandypentland)

  1. Cryptographer Stuart Haber is an advisor at Endor. He had invented the ‘first blockchain’ back in 1995, 13 years before the invention of Bitcoin.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-haber/

https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/j5nzx4/what-was-the-first-blockchain

  1. Professor Alexander Liptop is also on the advisory panel. He is a member of MIT and partner at Numerai. Alexander has headed quantitative departments at the Bank of America and Merrill Lynch.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/alexander-lipton-aa2256bb/.

AlgowaveThe collaboration between Algowave and Endor has evidently opened new possibilities in the crypto trading realm, and firms across the globe are looking to integrate the two technologies on their platforms. CoTrader also envisions to leverage the potentials offered by Algowave and Endor and strengthen its core operational area. It is basically a blockchain-based platform that proves fund performance in order to bring stability and reliability in the crypto-trading activities.

The platform is currently planning to obtain Algowave-powered funds on the mainnet.cotrader.com to offer a more reliable and efficient trading ecosystem for its users. The platform envisions to become the first blockchain-powered investment fund system that ensures proof of past ROIs, easy deposit and withdrawal of funds, transparent fee structures, etc. It enables investors to participate in various crypto-trading activities with the assistance of experienced fund managers and obtain guaranteed ROIs. Moreover, it also offers fund managers profitable opportunities to earn monetary benefits depending on their performance.

The fundamental aim of CoTrader is to democratise the global fund market that currently values at USD 85 Trillion, and is expected to hit USD 145 Trillion in 2025. To accomplish this objective, the platform plans to harness the potentials of Algowave and Endor. Through this integration, CoTrader intends to empower fund managers to leverage Algowave predictions with their insights and optimise the possibilities of best ROI performance.

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