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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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How Blockchain Turns the Game in African Financial Life

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Progress never stands still. People seek for simplicity and convenience, and the financial system is no exception to that. Hardly anyone could have thought that cash could ever be replaced with plastic cards. Today, it’s time for cryptocurrency to trigger the change in the paradigm.

Besides being a great instrument for investment, crypto changes the very essence of how money is transferred. Today, everyone who owns crypto can seamlessly and transparently exchange, sell off and buy up assets.

Is that not the democratic solution our world needs? That’s the question which underpins the initial purpose of Chatex project. The company has chosen the African continent as the starting point of its expansion in order to help those who suffer from excessive commission fees and lack of fiat.

Why Africa?

The banking environment is so weak here, that it’s hardly called ‘banking’. It is mired in corruption and bureaucracy, while the level of financial literacy is extremely low. It’s a common practice for local third-party services to charge sky-high commission fees on money transferring. Sometimes these figures reach 10 or even 20 percent. Chatex’s CEO, Michael Ross-Johnson, comments the following:

“How can one be treated in such a sordid way in the continent where people survive on less than the equivalent of one dollar a day? We can’t just monitor with our hands folded. We at Chatex are here to help African people become a part of the transparent and fair system that will give them an opportunity to freely manage their money and enjoy the comprehensive financial freedom”

How Chatex will make it out?

ChatexChatex offers a same-name bot based on Telegram, which could be downloaded on any kind of a smartphone supporting the messenger. It is an official, licensed and GDPR-compliant service, which offers safe data storage, BitGo instant transfers technology and additional PIN-code protection.

Thanks to Chatex, users can carry out cross border transactions, whichever their education or location is. One registered with the bot can instantly buy crypto via banking and gift cards, including even iTunes one, and transfer money to other users worldwide with no commission.

What’s the catch? There aren’t any. The verification process and money transfer won’t last more than 15 minutes here. The interface is intuitively simple and user-friendly, that’s why even a layman user will be able to operate without hindrance.

Having established an office in Ghana, Chatex plans to extricate banks and extortionate money transfer services from all over the continent. Next step would probably be Uganda, where the banking system has run rampant. In Uganda, every year relatives send home about $700 million, and almost $70 million of that total are charged by third-party service providers.

Judging upon the current trends of pervasive smartphone penetration, it can easily be said that mobile solutions such as Chatex are on their way to fit a whole set of financial operations into the user’s pocket. Africa needs such services that will ease people lives and eliminate the limits local banks and third-party services set up. Chatex avoided the well-trodden path of expansion and no one will regret. It has started a new chapter in the African market, aiming to ‘make Africa great again’.

To find out more, visit https://chatex.com/.

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Bitcoin Events to Host South Africa’s First Crypto Festival

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Crypto Festival

Bitcoin Events is delighted to be hosting South Africa’s first Crypto Festival in Cape Town on 7 September 2019.

Bitcoin EventsThere’s been a lot of renewed interest in cryptocurrencies in Africa and globally, and the Crypto Festival will highlight the exciting opportunities that cryptocurrencies offer individuals and organisations: from investing, trading, mining and transacting to privacy, security, price volatility, tokenisation of assets, Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs).

South Africa is at the forefront of crypto adoption. It has the highest percentage, 10.7%, of internet users owning cryptocurrencies, twice the global average of 5.5%, according to a recent international survey by social media management firm Hootsuite in partnership with London-based WeAreSocial.

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies have certainly changed the way we think about money, privacy, investments, payments and more. Cryptocurrencies are a disruptive innovation that numerous start-ups and individuals are leveraging, along with blockchain technology, to build innovative products and services for consumers and businesses alike.

We are expecting about 150-200 attendees from various backgrounds and industries at the Crypto Festival: crypto exchanges, payment systems, investment firms, mining operations, trading enthusiasts and companies, ICOs and IEOs, legal practitioners, crypto enthusiasts, blockchain developers, thought leaders, industry innovators and entrepreneurs.

Grab your Early Adopter ticket now for ONLY R450!

The Crypto Festival Call for Papers is Open

Our call for papers is now open, so don’t miss this opportunity to share your insights and expertise with our audience by submitting your paper now.

For more information on the Crypto Festival, visit Cryptofest or email the team at info@blockchainafrica.co.

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“Mobile Localbitcoins” Totalcoin Integrates Ripple

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Mobile cryptocurrency platform Totalcoin to add support for Ripple. Users of Totalcoin will be able to create wallets for XRP in addition to Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, and Dash wallets.

For the first time in the history of cryptocurrency, XRP can be transferred anywhere in the world by phone number.

The update is currently being tested and will be released soon.

TotalCoin

Moreover, Totalcoin added a feature of instant exchange of Bitcoin Cash ABC and Bitcoin Cash SV for Bitcoin and vice versa. The platform now supports 20 cryptocurrencies for exchange.

The nearest plans of Totalcoin are the development of a web version of the app, an increase of the number of supported cryptocurrencies, and redesign of user interface elements.  

Totalcoin is a unique mobile cryptocurrency app, that combines a cryptocurrency wallet, a P2P platform for buying and selling Bitcoin, and an opportunity to instantly exchange Bitcoin for another cryptocurrency and vice versa.

Beta testing of Totalcoin was successfully completed late in 2018. The app has been downloaded more than 15 thousand times.

Major advantages of the app are low fees, built-in cryptocurrency wallet, opportunity to send cryptocurrency using a phone number, live customer support, convenient user interface, and profitable referral program.

The application is available on iOS and Android.

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