Category Archives: Cryptocurrencies

Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Set for Another Potential Explosive Move North as Bulls Penetrate Pennant Pattern

Litecoin price on Saturday is seen holding decent gains of over 3% at the time of writing, as the bulls continue their latest push north. Fundamental prospects surrounding the Litecoin Foundation remain strong and supportive of the price recovery. LTC/USD since last week has been on a decent push to the north; the price has […]

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NEO Price Analysis: NEO/USD Bulls Eyeing an Explosive Move Higher as Cryptocurrency Enters Western Markets

NEO/USD bulls are penetrating overhead resistance of a triangular pattern formation. NEO Global Development (NGD) has set up an office in Seattle, Washington, keen to break into the Western markets. NEO/USD: Recent Price Behaviour The NEO price over the past week has managed to see some upside momentum, having gained around 25% since 7th February. […]

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Crypto Update: Another Spike Fails in Crypto-Land

The major cryptocurrencies continue to follow the pattern which consists of sudden spikes followed by choppy sideways periods. Today, the top coins jumped higher, with the strongest currencies testing their recent swing highs, but the move quickly failed. The market continues to be dominated by low liquidity and the bearish long-term forces, making it difficult […]

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Could be in Serious Trouble as Test of Major Support Back in Play

Ripple’s XRP price is seen trading marginally in negative territory towards the latter part of Friday, with XRP/USD heading for a weekly closure in the red. Ripple has announced a newly improved XRP Ledger 1.2.0 for improved censorship resistance. XRP/USD: Recent Price Behaviour Ripple’s XRP price continues to cool, running towards is a third consecutive […]

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The “Accessibility Premium”: How Coinbase’s Overseas Expansion Could Affect Crypto Prices

The accessibility premium refers to the affect on a cryptocurrency’s price when it is added to Coinbase. The $8 billion valued exchange is now looking to expand beyond its U.S-based institutional trading business to offer institutional services worldwide. Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, and Litecoin may end up being the greatest beneficiaries. These cryptocurrencies could gain […]

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB Profit-Taking Kicks In as Binance’s Business Continues to Defy Cryto Winter

BNB/BTC produces a double-top pattern formation, leaving the door open to further downside pressure. Binance CFO confirms that the organization is still profitable, despite the ‘crypto winter’. Binance Coin Price Behavior The BNB token has been outperforming many of its peers over the past few weeks. Since the week commencing 3rd December, BNB/USDT has rallied […]

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Crypto Update: Coins Drift Sideways but Leadership Weakens

The major cryptocurrencies have been mostly trading in relatively narrow ranges in the past 24 hours, and although we saw a broad sell-off today in early trading, a major bearish move has been avoided, for now. While the coins are still holding on to most of their gains from last Friday’s Litecoin-led surge, the relatively […]

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Why Investors Should be Paying Attention to IOST

The reason why banks have been able to become so profitable and untouchable is simple: they became infrastructure rather than a standalone company. When banks were ready to collapse in 2007, they were bailed out because they were seen as such an essential part of the economy that they couldnt be allowed to fail. As […]

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NEM Price Analysis: XEM Regains Bullish Momentum amid Plan to Save the NEM Project

XEM/USDT has gained as much as 10% over the past two trading sessions. The NEM Foundation and NEM Labs have put an action plan together to keep the project afloat. XEM: Recent Price Behavior XEM has picked up some upside momentum over the last couple of days, thanks to renewed optimism around the NEM Foundation. […]

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Crypto Market Slips Below $120 Billion but Ethereum-Based Maker Defies Downtrend

Crypto markets pivoted lower on Thursday after a fresh wave of moderate selling swept altcoins and tokens. Ethereum-based Maker (MKR) has once again defied the odds as demand for stablecoins continued to rise. Market Update With the exception of stablecoins, virtually every cryptocurrency in the top 20 had reported losses on Thursday. EOS was one […]

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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to ARK

Today we’re going to talk about yet another decentralized ecosystem that has the goal of bringing blockchain to the masses. There are many of these, but ARK is actually ranked quite highly, at #65 in terms of market capitalization. I’d like to go into some of the reasons for that difference, as the team and […]

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Under Pressure Despite MoU Splash with South Korean Gaming and Blockchain Associations

Tron has recorded losses for the past five consecutive sessions, dropping as much as 15%. The Tron Foundation sign Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) with two massive gaming and blockchain associations in South Korea. TRX/USD: Recent Price Behavior The Tron price continues further cooling and is currently running at its fifth consecutive session in the red. […]

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Crypto Update: Litecoin Pulls Back as Rally Fails to Reignite

While the major cryptocurrencies experienced another rally attempt yesterday following last week’s Litecoin-led surge, most of them failed to hit sustained new highs. The top coins are still holding on to most of their gains, but the lack of bullish momentum is a negative sign. With the bearish long-term picture in mind, traders should still […]

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Monero Price Analysis: XMR/USD Bursts Out of Narrow Range-Block as Fight Against ASIC Domination Continues

Monero (XMR) bulls have been able to break out to the upside from a range-block formation. The price had been confined within this region for 28 sessions.  The Monero Foundation has scheduled another ASIC-disabling hard fork on 9th March. XMR/USD: Recent Price Behavior The XMR price over the past few sessions has continued to grind […]

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Former McAfee Pump Revived as Bitcoin Private (BTCP) Hits 53% Weekly Growth

Bitcoin Private (BTC) gained 53% against the dollar over the last week, with the majority coming on Wednesday morning as trading exploded on HitBTC. A privacy coin once shilled by John McAfee, Bitcoin Private lost over 99% of its value since it commenced trading in March 2018. Even before the coin price sunk, BTCP had […]

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EOS, Maker Lead Tepid Crypto Market Rally; Mike Novogratz Touts Bitcoin as “Digital Gold”

Most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies reported gains on Wednesday, with EOS emerging as one of the frontrunners for the second day running. Positive contributions from the likes of Maker, Zcash and Monero kept markets buoyant after a tepid start to the week. Market Update The total value of all cryptocurrencies reached a high of […]

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Why Investors Should be Paying Attention to Platincoin

Today we’re going to talk about a coin that is controversial for a very good reason. Doing some reading into Platincoin, it is clear there is definitely something strange afoot here. Last week, we talked about Apollo Currency and made the distinction between scam and “big promises”. This week, we’re going to point out a […]

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ETH/USD Price Analysis: Ethereum Bulls Capitalize After Receiving Chunky Buying Interest in Known Demand Zone

ETH/USD maintained decent gains in the session on Tuesday, with the bulls attempting to break down resistance barriers. Ethereum DApp usage is continuing to lose ground versus peers Tron and EOS. ETH/USD: Recent Price Behaviour Over the past few sessions, the ETH/USD pair has remained somewhat elevated after receiving decent buying interest within a known […]

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Komodo (KMD) Price Up 20% as Blockchain Gaming Progress Builds

Komodo (KMD) gained 20% on its value leading into Tuesday morning, hot on the heels of a sudden increase to marketing efforts, and the successful testing of multiplayer gaming modes on its blockchain. Komodo Price – KMD/USD The KMD coin price soared throughout the early hours of Tuesday morning, and the bulk of the 20% […]

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Crypto Rally Loses Steam as Wall Street Reviews the Merits of a Bitcoin ETF

Crypto markets were a mixed bag on Tuesday, as most of the top 20 coins headed for slight-to-moderate declines. There were a few notable exceptions, with the likes of Dash, NEO and Zcash flashing green. Meanwhile, the debate over a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) appears to be heating up on Wall Street, with one prominent […]

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Bears Force a Significant Break of a Vital Supporting Trend Line

The Tron price is running at its fourth consecutive session trading in the red. TRX/USD bears manage to break down a long-running ascending trend line of support. TRX/USD Recent Price Behavior TRX/USD has been further cooling within recent trading; the price is running at its fourth consecutive session in the red. At the time of […]

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Crypto Update: Coins Pull Back as Follow-Through Rally Fades

The cryptocurrency segment has been consolidating Friday’s Litecoin-led surge over the weekend, and although most of the major coins are holding on to the bulk of their gains, the follow-through move has been lacking momentum. That said, compared to the failed Ripple-led attempt two weeks ago, more coins are showing positive signs, and despite the […]

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Breakout Out is Now Retesting Wedge Pattern Formation

UAE Exchange and Unimoni joins the ever-growing list of institutions to leverage Ripple technology. XRP/USD broke out and is now retesting a wedge pattern formation. Recent Price Behavior XRP/USD has been cooling of late, with the past three sessions having closed in the red. This comes after the bulls failed to sustain the big chunky upside […]

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DASH Price Analysis: The Bulls Awaken Following News of Further Adoption

DASH bulls awaken, as the price breaks out from the confinements of a descending wedge pattern. Crypto Emporium, an online retailer, is now accepting DASH as a method of payment. Recent Price Behavior The Dash price is enjoying some upside, as the bulls came back to life following a prolonged period of mundane sideways trading. […]

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The Sad Story of QuadrigaCX: What it Means for Crypto

It has been all over the news recently and has shocked both crypto evangelists and newbies alike. It is the seemingly unlikely story that a cryptocurrency exchange can lose access to C$190m ($143m) of its customer’s money. How did we get here? Who is to blame? And what does this mean for the cryptocurrency industry […]

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Crypto Breakout Coming? Volume Indicators Say Yes

The major cryptocurrencies reported slight-to-moderate gains on Monday, as the return of high-volume trading offered compelling evidence that a bearish-to-bullish trend reversal may be afoot. Market Update Most of the top 20 cryptocurrencies are trading in positive territory. Among the majors, Ethereum is leading the way higher. The developer’s cryptocurrency has gained 4% in the […]

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As Crypto Rally Cools, Binance Coin Remains Buoyant; CEO Changpeng Zhao Offers Encouraging Message to New Traders

Crypto markets underwent a gradual cooling over the weekend, as bitcoin and the major altcoins struggled to make higher highs following an explosive Friday rally. However, for Binance Coin (BNB), the rally was still very much intact thanks to a bevy of positive news surrounding the exchange. Market Update Most of the top 20 coins […]

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX Facing a Huge Technical Test of Key Support

TRX/USD is testing a vital long-running ascending trend line of support. TRX/BTC was dealt another rejection blow and is also set to meet a key support area. The Tron price has been cooling the last couple of sessions, looking at both TRX/USD and TRX/BTC. It has failed to break down and move past a tricky […]

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA/USDT Jumps to Highest Levels in Two Weeks Ahead of IOHK Summit

Cardano’s ADA price maintains decent heights after a big 15% jump in the prior session. There is much anticipation ahead of the IOHK summit for details of the new Cardano roadmap. Recent ADA Price Behavior Cardano’s ADA price remains elevated after the decent pop higher yesterday, where the bulls gained big double-digits. An advance in the […]

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB/USDT Maintains Decent Bullish Momentum after Breakout from Wedge Pattern

The BNB/USDT bulls extend to the north, following the breach of an ascending wedge pattern. Binance is moving ever closer to its Decentralized Exchange (DEX) going live. Recent Price Behavior The Binance Coin bulls have made a strong breakout to the upside from the confinements of a wedge pattern formation. BNB/USDT has made some big advances […]

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Zcash Price Analysis: Bulls Break from the Descending Wedge as Developers Patch Up ‘Infinite ZEC’ Bug

Zcash jumped a big double-digits in the session on Friday, hitting the highest level in around two weeks. Developers at Zcash managed to patch up a dangerous bug that could have allowed hackers to produce infinite ZEC. The Zcash (ZEC) price on Friday enjoyed big gains in the session, jumping double-digits thanks to a substantial […]

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Litecoin Sparks Huge Crypto Rally as Bitcoin Smashes Through $3,700

Cryptocurrencies broke out of their mundane trading range on Friday, as bitcoin and its altcoin peers posted their biggest gains in over a month. The move follows an explosive rally for Litecoin earlier in the day that was sparked by news that the protocol is moving closer to implementing privacy transactions. Crypto Breakout In the […]

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Solve.Care Has Potential to Transform the Field of Healthcare Administration

The last few years have been a crazy ride in the crypto markets.  We’ve seen both the buying frenzy and the panic selling.  Although the industry has a lot of potential, it is undoubtedly true that many projects will fizzle out during the next 12-24 months.  Traders need to carefully analyze projects that have the […]

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Crypto Update: Coins Stage Rally Attempt as Litecoin Triggers Buy Signal

The major cryptocurrencies are finally having a positive day following a quiet and bearish period, and although the negative overall picture hasn’t changed, bulls at have something to cheer about. Litecoin managed to move above its primary resistance level at $34.50, building on its recent relative strength, and that triggered a short-term buy signal in […]

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Litecoin Price Analysis: LTC/USD Sees Big Double-Digit Gains as Litecoin Foundation Moves Closer to Privacy Ambitions

The Litecoin price on Friday is holding chunky gains of 14% in the session, jumping to the highest level in almost 4 weeks. The Litecoin Foundation announced a partnership with Beam Privacy, taking positive steps towards privacy transaction goals. The Litecoin price was seen holding some big gains on Friday, having jumped double-digits. LTC/USD at […]

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Crypto Update: Altcoins Bounce Back but Technicals Still Point Lower

The major cryptocurrencies had another quiet session, despite this week’s bearish price action, and although the top coins failed to show technical progress, bulls avoided a break-down yet again. That said, selling pressure remains apparent in the segment and although we saw some encouraging signs in a few smaller altcoins, the total value of the […]

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FOMO Hits Basic Attention Token After Coinbase Unveils New Earning Opportunity

Basic Attention Token (BAT) climbed the crypto market rankings on Thursday after Coinbase announced a new opportunity to earn free tokens through the interactive Brave browser. BAT Price Update BAT quickly emerged as the market’s top performer on Thursday, gaining as much as 30% in less than two hours. The token peaked at $0.1342 late […]

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Crypto Markets See Modest Gains as SEC Commissioner Hints at Bitcoin ETF Approval

The cryptocurrency market stabilized on Thursday, with most of the top 20 coins registering modest gains through the early part of trading. Meanwhile, a commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) sent a strong signal that a bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) will eventually be approved. Markets Stabilize The cryptocurrency market capitalization clawed back […]

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Crypto Update: Ethereum Hits 7-Week Low as Coins Resume Slide

While the top cryptocurrencies sold off in a concerted fashion today in early trading, and the relatively weaker coins fell below their short-term support levels, the segment once again avoided a decisive break-down in the low-volume environment. With the bearish momentum still being weak, the immediate outlook is rather neutral, but given the negative long-term […]

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Monero Price Analysis: XMR/USD Set for Critical Retest of December 2018 Low; Monero Still Being Mined Using Malware

The Monero price on Wednesday is seen nursing minor losses of around 1%. However, price action is very much vulnerable to further downside risks. XMR/USD price behavior has formed a bearish flag pattern structure, which is subject to further downside risks. The key near-term level of support that would be noted is $42. Recent Price […]

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EOS Price Analysis: EOS/USD Danger of Moving Back to $1 Territory, Despite Dominating Tron in DApps

The EOS price is trading down some 3% in the early part of trading on Wednesday. The EOS/USD daily chart view can see somewhat of a bearish flag formation, subject to an extended breakout south. Recent Price Behavior The EOS price on Wednesday is seen nursing some sizable losses of 3% at the time of […]

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Crypto Markets in the Danger Zone as Altcoins, Tokens Tumble

Cryptocurrencies experienced a sudden reversal on Wednesday, as altcoins and tokens succumbed to a fresh wave of selling through the overnight session. A shake-up in the market cap rankings saw Binance Coin leap into tenth spot ahead of bitcoin SV, which has struggled for acceptance following the bitcoin cash hard fork nearly three months ago. […]

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Binance Coin Flippens its Way to Top 10 on 19% Surge; BNB Supply Spikes

Binance Coin (BNB) surged into the top ten coins by market cap leading into Wednesday morning, as the coin priced gained 19% while the rest of the market sunk. The global cryptocurrency market cap fell 2.37% overnight, wiping an average of 5% from the major altcoins while Bitcoin sunk by 1.68% and moved closer to […]

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Crypto Update: Ripple Fights For $0.30 Support as Market Remains Frozen

Light trading continued in the major cryptocurrencies, with the top coins trading in very narrow ranges across the board. While the low-volatility, low-volume environment is usually bullish, given the recent failed rally attempts and the overwhelmingly negative long-term picture, bearish forces continue to clearly dominate the segment. In light of the downside risks traders and […]

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: Big Test for the Bulls in Play

BNB/USDT bulls have much upside momentum, a notable out-performer against many of its peers. BNB/BTC is trading back at the highest levels seen since July 2018; greater upside in sight should the bulls break down near-term barriers. Binance Coin has been enjoying a decent rally to the upside, with solid gains being recorded in the […]

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Crypto Update: Bearish Drift Continues in Crypto-Land

Trading activity remained low in the cryptocurrency segment following the mixed weekend, and although the top coins continue to be stuck in bearish technical setups, bulls avoided a move below the key short-term support levels. That said, none of the majors managed to show bullish momentum or technical progress in the quiet environment, and we […]

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX Outperforms the Market Again as BitTorrent Hype Continues to Build

Tron’s native TRX token surged by as much as 13% on Monday, as hype surrounding the recently launched BitTorrent token (BTT) continued to generate interest in the decentralized entertainment platform. TRX Climbs to Weekly High The TRX price reached a high near $0.0290 on Monday, its best in over a week. The session high was […]

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NEM Price Analysis: XEM Remains Under Heavy Selling Pressure; NEM Foundation Tries to Ease Concerns

XEM is seeing a large spike in volume to the downside, with XEM/USDT and XEM/BTC in unknown territory. NEM Foundation provide further clarity after large worries of bankruptcy. XEM has been losing considerable value in recent weeks. Looking at specifically XEM/USDT, the price has dropped down to levels that have not been seen before. Despite […]

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NEO Price Analysis: NEO/USD Under Pressure Heading into NEO 3.0 Unveiling

NEO is nursing losses of around 5% on Sunday, as the bears remain in control of the trend. The community is heavily anticipating the NEO 3.0 upgrade details to be delivered by the founder at their DevCon on 16th February.  The NEO/USD recent price action further reinforces the notion that the bear market does not […]

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Crypto Update: Weekend Rally Fades as Coins Lack Momentum

While the major cryptocurrencies had a bullish Saturday following a hectic week, with Litecoin pulling its weight again, the segment continues to be controlled by sellers. We still haven’t seen meaningful technical progress in the top coins, with even the short-term resistance levels proving too strong in the quiet and illiquid environment. Today, the majors […]

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Crypto Market Update: Coins Directionless as Weekend Trade Volumes Drop 12%; What’s in Store for Next Week?

The cryptocurrency market was at a virtual standstill on Sunday, as bitcoin held below $3,500 and the major altcoins showed little direction. Trade volumes have declined sharply since Friday, reflecting a lack of committal from either the bulls or the bears. Market Update Most of the top-20 cryptocurrencies were trading slightly lower on Sunday, according […]

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$137milllion Worth of QuadrigaCX’s Customers’ Bitcoin Stuck in The Abyss

Cryptocurrency exchange, QuadrigaCX, has suffered a security incident after it lost control of its customers assets. $137 million worth of

$137milllion Worth of QuadrigaCX’s Customers’ Bitcoin Stuck in The Abyss on Latest Hacking News.

Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to Quant Network (QNT)

One of the bigger winners of the last week was Quant Network. This is largely attributed to the January 30th announcement they would be listed on Bittrex. This is essentially the first “real” exchange they have been listed on, so they naturally experienced a large spike (26.65% over the course of the last 7 days). […]

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Subject to a Breakout Higher from a Descending Wedge Formation

XRP/USD price action is moving within a descending wedge pattern, which is subject to a breakout north. CoinGate has added XRP as a payment option, which is part of a gateway to 4,500 online stores. Ripple’s XRP continues to trade around a huge buying area, which is initially seen from $0.3000-$0.2500. The price has been […]

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD May Have to Return to $80 Territory, Despite 2.0 Progression

ETH/USD price is back within consolidation mode after the selling of late January. Ethereum network 2.0 upgrade is stabilize and progressing, according to the latest update. ETH/USD: Recent Price Behavior The Ethereum price has managed to stabilize over the past five sessions after the selling pressure that came into play at the back-end of January. The […]

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Crypto Update: Market Bounces Again as Litecoin Gains Ground

The cryptocurrency segment had another active day, and although the recent failed rally attempt cemented the short-term downtrend, the majors managed to avoid another downswing, for now. The top coins were boosted by the more than 5% advance of Litecoin, while the continued stability of Bitcoin also helped investor sentiment in the segment ahead of […]

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Crypto Winter: Dentacoin (DCN) Price Plunges Over 65% in Twelve Hours

Dentacoin (DCN) just lost 65% of its value in less than twelve hours as a flash sale rocked the dentistry-focused altcoin. No negative news came out of Dentacoin HQ at all in recent weeks, which leaves open the distinct possibility that the selloff was triggered by either manipulation, or perhaps more worryingly, general market apathy […]

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Stellar Price Analysis: XLM/USD in Deep Trouble Floating in the Abyss

XLM/USD and XLM/BTC plunge into unknown territory, with a lack of technical reference indicators. US tech giant IBM was recently advertising for new staff to work on a Stellar blockchain project. XLM/USD Price Behavior Stellar’s XLM remains at depressed levels, a price area that has not been observed before, specifically when looking at XLM/USD. The […]

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB Outperformance with Bulls Gunning for a Big Retest of the $7.00 Area

BNB/USDT holding decent gains of some 6% on Friday, as price maintains upside momentum. Binance announced they are now accepting credit card payments for crypto purchases. BNB Price Behavior BNB/USDT was seen running with strong gains on Friday, seen up over 6% at the time of writing. The bulls maintained upside momentum after a chunky […]

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MGO Token Is Now the Preferred Currency for Game Publishers

The last few years in the crypto markets have been like riding a roller coaster.  There was period of pure euphoria, mainly during 2017.  And, now, we are stuck, perpetually it seems, in a period of doom and gloom.  It’s unclear when things will turn around.  Because of the bear market that appears to have […]

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Coins That Survived the Previous Bear Market: Will History Repeat Itself in the Next Cycle?

In this article, I will talk about five cryptocurrencies that not only survived the previous series of downtrends and bear markets but also had outstanding performances during the last bull market. In particular, we will go back to January 14, 2015, when bitcoin fell to a low of $171.51 and compare the coins from this date […]

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Crypto Update: Coins Turn Lower as Ripple-Effect Fades

Yesterday’s rally, which was led by the surge in the price of Ripple quickly ran out of steam, as the majority of the major cryptocurrencies failed to make meaningful technical progress, and the broad bearish pressures remained strong in the segment. XRP spiked briefly above the $0.33 level, but failed to maintain its bullish momentum, […]

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Ethereum Classic Price Analysis: ETC/USD Moving within a Descending Wedge Pattern Structure

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Crypto Winter’s First Victim; NEM Foundation Crumbles as XEM Coin Price Sinks

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IOTA Price Analysis: New Partnership with Denmark’s Largest Energy Company

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Crypto Update: Ripple Surges on Swift-R3 Partnership, but Bearish Forces Still Strong

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Why Investors Should Pay Attention to Aragon (ANT)

The freedom to organize is considered a fundamental right in most parts of the world. The problem is that the festering bureaucracy slows this down and puts what many think are unnecessary rules on organizations. But with current technological innovations, it is becoming increasingly possible to organize without borders or intermediaries. The decentralization enabled by […]

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5 Things Cryptocurrency and Blockchain Investors Should Beware of in 2019

Just over ten years on from its inception, the cryptocurrency and blockchain space is still in the nascent stages of its development. However, that should not be taken as a sign of slow progress. On the contrary, the blockchain space is evolving fast – so fast, in fact, that already we’re starting to see a […]

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XRP Leads Crypto Market Recovery Following Quick Burst; Will Altcoins Follow?

XRP’s price catapulted on Wednesday, gaining 9% in just three hours after Belgian banking giant Swift announced it would integrate a crypto-friendly financial platform into one of its payment solutions. Sudden Surge XRP rose quickly and sharply Wednesday morning and eventually reached a high of $0.3195. At last check, XRP/USD was valued at $0.3153, having […]

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ENISA’s Latest Threat Landscape Report Reveals Top Cyber Threats and Trends in Europe

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) reveals in its latest report that malware and web-based attacks

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Crypto Update: Majors Attempt Bounce but Technical Setup Still Bearish

Following yesterday’s key short-term breakdown the top cryptocurrencies found support today in early trading and attempted a weak rally towards the previous support levels. With Bitcoin showing relative weakness overnight, and with Ripple and Ethereum only bouncing back slightly, the break-down remained clearly intact despite the rally attempt and the negative short- and long-term trends […]

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Why Investors Should Be Paying Attention to BitShares (BTS)

As much as Bitcoin has done to advance cryptocurrency, it still has many limitations. The top limitation is the high level of volatility, and what that does to the ecosystem. High volatility assets are not practical for non-speculators to hold. If anyone wishes to do business using Bitcoin, but can’t handle the volatility, they naturally […]

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As Bitcoin Selloff Resumes, Crypto Markets Could Be Headed for New Lows

Bitcoin’s sharp and sudden reversal on Monday hastened the decline of altcoins and tokens, which have struggled to regain their footing since the bear market took a turn for the worse in November. The rapid decline has put crypto markets on track to test new yearly lows in the short term. Paradoxically, whether or not […]

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Tron Price Analysis: TRX/USD Bulls Run Out of Steam for Now, Bears to Test Vital Trend Line of Support

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Cardano Price Analysis: ADA is Just One Barrier Away from a Return to December 2018 Low

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Crypto Update: Top Coins Break Support as Consolidation Period Ends

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Bitcoin Cash Price Analysis: BCH/USD Bears Break Out from Bearish Flag Structure

Bitcoin Cash suffered big double-digit losses on Monday, seen down as much as 10% in the latter part of the session. BCH/USD bears retest a breached descending trend line as the price seeks support. Bitcoin Cash Price Developments Bitcoin Cash price has been hammered on Monday, with big sellers returning with force after a breakout […]

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Crypto Market Rankings: Bitcoin Cash Falls to Sixth Following Double-Digit Drop

A rapid selloff in the cryptocurrency market left bitcoin cash (BCH) nursing heavy losses on Monday. The sudden drop caused a shake-up in the crypto market rankings, with BCH losing its grip on fourth spot. BCH/USD Price Update The BCH price fell by as much as 11% on Monday, reaching a low of $110.73. At […]

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Global Crypto Market Drops 5.4% in Hours; Stellar (XLM) Losses Plumb New Lows

The global cryptocurrency market sunk 5.4% in just over twelve hours leading into Monday morning, and gave up $6.5 billion of its total value in the process. Bitcoin returned to the $3,400 range – a mere $200 drop from the most recent bottom of $3,200 achieved towards the end of 2018. As expected, the majority […]

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Ethereum Price Analysis: ETH/USD Produces Daily Gravestone Doji Candlestick; Here Come More Bears

The Ethereum price is at risk of giving back the large gains from December 2018 – January 2019. Saturday’s daily candlestick closure produced a bearish gravestone doji. The Ethereum price has continued to be a victim of narrowing trading, however signs are starting to show of the bears readying to regain full control. ETH/USD has […]

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Crypto’s Road to Recovery Is Paved With Obstacles

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Stellar’s Flippening: XLM Drops Four Spots in Crypto Market Ranking Since November

Stellar’s free fall in the crypto market rankings continued on Sunday, as XLM approached “basically worthless” levels following multiple technical breakdowns. Although Stellar’s performance has mostly followed its large-cap peers, the market for financial platforms appears to be crowded with XRP driving much of the demand. Stellar’s Decline Lumens was back on the defensive Sunday, […]

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Binance Coin Price Analysis: BNB Continues to Storm Higher; Greater Breakout Eyed

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Justin Sun’s Tweets Pay Off for Tron; Data Suggests TRX Addresses Rise with Hype

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XRP Price Analysis: XRP/USD Has Several Bearish Technical Confluences

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IT Security Expert Blog: The Emergence of Geopolitical Fueled Cyber Attacks

A new breed of cyberattack is emerging into the threat landscape, fuelled by geopolitical tension, there has been a rise in stealthy and sophisticated cyber attacks reported within recent industry reports. Carbon Blacks 2019 Global Threat Report, released on Wednesday (23/1/19), concluded global governments experienced an increase in cyberattacks during 2018 stemming from Russia, China and North Korea, while nearly 60% of all attacks involved lateral movement.

'Lateral Movement' is where an attacker progressively and stealthy moves through a victim's network as to find their targets, which are typically datasets or critical assets. This is an attack of sophistication, requiring skill, resources and persistence, beyond the interest of average criminal hackers, whom go after the lowest hanging fruit for an easier financial return.


Carbon Black concluded that as 2018 came to a close, China and Russia were responsible for nearly half of all cyberattacks they detected. 

The US and UK government agencies have publicly articulated their distrust of Chinese tech giant Huawei, which resulted in BT removing Huawei IT kit from their new 5G and existing 4G networks last month. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had "very deep concerns" about Huawei being involved with the new UK mobile network due to security concerns. At end of 2017 the UK National Cyber Security Centre warned government agencies against using Kaspersky's products and services, which followed a ban by the US government. Barclays responded by removing their free offering of Kaspersky anti-virus its customers. The UK and US also blamed North Korea for the devastating WannaCry attacks in 2017.

Another interesting stat from the Carbon Black Global Threat Report that caught the eye, was 2018 saw an approximate $1.8 billion worth of cryptocurrency-thefts, which underlines the cyber-criminal threat still remains larger than ever within the threat landscape.


IT Security Expert Blog

The Emergence of Geopolitical Fuelled Cyber Attacks

A new breed of cyberattack is emerging into the threat landscape, fuelled by geopolitical tension, there has been a rise in stealthy and sophisticated cyber attacks reported within recent industry reports. Carbon Blacks 2019 Global Threat Report, released on Wednesday (23/1/19), concluded global governments experienced an increase in cyberattacks during 2018 stemming from Russia, China and North Korea, while nearly 60% of all attacks involved lateral movement.

'Lateral Movement' is where an attacker progressively and stealthy moves through a victim's network as to find their targets, which are typically datasets or critical assets. This is an attack of sophistication, requiring skill, resources and persistence, beyond the interest of average criminal hackers, whom go after the lowest hanging fruit for an easier financial return.


Carbon Black concluded that as 2018 came to a close, China and Russia were responsible for nearly half of all cyberattacks they detected. 

The US and UK government agencies have publicly articulated their distrust of Chinese tech giant Huawei, which resulted in BT removing Huawei IT kit from their new 5G and existing 4G networks last month. UK Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said he had "very deep concerns" about Huawei being involved with the new UK mobile network due to security concerns. At end of 2017 the UK National Cyber Security Centre warned government agencies against using Kaspersky's products and services, which followed a ban by the US government. Barclays responded by removing their free offering of Kaspersky anti-virus its customers. The UK and US also blamed North Korea for the devastating WannaCry attacks in 2017.

Another interesting stat from the Carbon Black Global Threat Report that caught the eye, was 2018 saw an approximate $1.8 billion worth of cryptocurrency-thefts, which underlines the cyber-criminal threat still remains larger than ever within the threat landscape.

Litecoin Price Analysis: A Change in Logo Has Got the Bulls Excited; LTC/USD on Consecutive Daily Run

The Litecoin price, aside from the small losses today, had been on a decent run higher. A run of four consecutive sessions was observed. LTC/USD price action via the daily chart view is moving within a bearish flag formation. Litecoin Price Behavior The Litecoin price has been storming higher of late, as the bull set the […]

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Crypto Update: Top Coins Still Under Pressure as Support Levels Continue to Hold

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Crypto Markets See Minor Losses as Investors Shrug Off Bitcoin ETF Withdrawal

Cryptocurrencies posted slight to moderate declines on Thursday, as the impact of CBOE’s bitcoin ETF withdrawal was largely disregarded by traders. This can mean one of two things: traders don’t care about the ETF or have yet to fully process the news. Market Update Most major cryptocurrencies traded slightly lower on Thursday, though losses were […]

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Securelist: Razy in search of cryptocurrency

Last year, we discovered malware that installs a malicious browser extension on its victim’s computer or infects an already installed extension. To do so, it disables the integrity check for installed extensions and automatic updates for the targeted browser. Kaspersky Lab products detect the malicious program as Trojan.Win32.Razy.gen – an executable file that spreads via advertising blocks on websites and is distributed from free file-hosting services under the guise of legitimate software.

Razy serves several purposes, mostly related to the theft of cryptocurrency. Its main tool is the script main.js that is capable of:

  • Searching for addresses of cryptocurrency wallets on websites and replacing them with the threat actor’s wallet addresses
  • Spoofing images of QR codes pointing to wallets
  • Modifying the web pages of cryptocurrency exchanges
  • Spoofing Google and Yandex search results

Infection

The Trojan Razy ‘works’ with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Yandex Browser, though it has different infection scenarios for each browser type.

Mozilla Firefox

For Firefox, the Trojan installs an extension called ‘Firefox Protection’ with the ID {ab10d63e-3096-4492-ab0e-5edcf4baf988} (folder path: “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\Extensions\{ab10d63e-3096-4492-ab0e-5edcf4baf988}”).

For the malicious extension to start working, Razy edits the following files:

  • “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\prefs.js”,
  • “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\extensions.json”,
  • “%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Firefox\omni.js”.

Yandex Browser

The Trojan edits the file ‘%APPDATA%\Yandex\YandexBrowser\Application\\browser.dll’ to disable extension integrity check. It renames the original file ‘browser.dll_’ and leaves it in the same folder.

To disable browser updates, it creates the registry key ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\YandexBrowser\UpdateAllowed” = 0 (REG_DWORD).

Then the extension Yandex Protect is installed to folder ‘%APPDATA%\Yandex\YandexBrowser\User Data\Default\Extensions\acgimceffoceigocablmjdpebeodphgc\6.1.6_0’. The ID acgimceffoceigocablmjdpebeodphgc corresponds to a legitimate extension for Chrome called Cloudy Calculator, version 6.1.6_0. If this extension has already been installed on the user’s device in Yandex Browser, it is replaced with the malicious Yandex Protect.

Google Chrome

Razy edits the file ‘%PROGRAMFILES%\Google\Chrome\Application\\chrome.dll’ to disable the extension integrity check. It renames the original chrome.dll file chrome.dll_ and leaves it in the same folder.

It creates the following registry keys to disable browser updates:

  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes” = 0 (REG_DWORD)
  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue” = 1 (REG_DWORD)
  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\InstallDefault” = 0 (REG_DWORD)
  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\UpdateDefault” = 0 (REG_DWORD)

We have encountered cases where different Chrome extensions were infected. One extension in particular is worth mentioning: Chrome Media Router is a component of the service with the same name in browsers based on Chromium. It is present on all devices where the Chrome browser is installed, although it is not shown in the list of installed extensions. During the infection, Razy modified the contents of the folder where the Chrome Media Router extension was located: ‘%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pkedcjkdefgpdelpbcmbmeomcjbeemfm’.

Scripts used

Irrespective of the targeted browser type, Razy added the following scripts it brought along to the folder containing the malicious script: bgs.js, extab.js, firebase-app.js, firebase-messaging.js and firebase-messaging-sw.js. The file manifest.json was created in the same folder or was overwritten to ensure these scripts get called.

Left: list of files of the original Chrome Media Router extension.
Right: list of files of the modified Chrome Media Router extension.

The scripts firebase-app.js, firebase-messaging.js and firebase-messaging-sw.js are legitimate. They belong to the Firebase platform and are used to send statistics to the malicious actor’s Firebase account.

The scripts bgs.js and extab.js are malicious and are obfuscated with the help of the tool obfuscator.io. The former sends statistics to the Firebase account; the latter (extab.js) inserts a call to the script i.js with parameters tag=&did=&v_tag=&k_tag= into each page visited by the user.

In the above example, the script i.js is distributed from the web resource gigafilesnote[.]com (gigafilesnote[.]com/i.js?tag=&did=&v_tag=&k_tag=). In other cases, similar scripts were detected in the domains apiscr[.]com, happybizpromo[.]com and archivepoisk-zone[.]info.

The script i.js modifies the HTML page, inserts advertising banners and video clips, and adds adverts into Google search results.

YouTube page with banners added by the script i.js

The culmination of the infection is main.js – a call to the script is added to each page visited by the user.

Fragment of the script i.js code that inserts the script main.js to web pages.

The script main.js is distributed from the addresses:

  • Nolkbacteria[.]info/js/main.js?_=
  • 2searea0[.]info/js/main.js?_=
  • touristsila1[.]info/js/main.js?_=
  • solkoptions[.]host/js/main.js?_=

The script main.js is not obfuscated and its capabilities can be seen from the function names.

The screenshot above shows the function findAndReplaceWalletAddresses that searches for Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets and replaces them with the addresses of the threat actor’s wallets. Notably, this function works on almost all pages except those located on Google and Yandex domains, as well as on popular domains like instagram.com and ok.ru.

Images of QR codes that point to wallets also get substituted. The substitution occurs when the user visits the web resources gdax.com, pro.coinbase.com, exmo.*, binance.* or when an element with src=’/res/exchangebox/qrcode/’ is detected on the webpage.

As well as the functionality described above, main.js modifies the webpages of the cryptocurrency exchanges EXMO and YoBit. The following script calls are added to the pages’ codes:

  • /js/exmo-futures.js?_= – when exmo.*/ru/* pages are visited
  • /js/yobit-futures.js?_= – when yobit.*/ru/* pages are visited

where is one of the domains nolkbacteria[.]info, 2searea0[.]info, touristsila1[.]info, or archivepoisk-zone[.]info.

These scripts display fake messages to the user about “new features” in the corresponding exchanges and offers to sell cryptocurrency at above market rates. In other words, users are persuaded to transfer their money to the cybercriminal’s wallet under the pretext of a good deal.

Example of a scam message on the EXMO website

Main.js also spoofs Google and Yandex search results. Fake search results are added to pages if the search request search request is connected with cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges, or just music downloading or torrents:

  • /(?:^|\s)(gram|телеграм|токен|ton|ico|telegram|btc|биткойн|bitcoin|coinbase|крипта|криптовалюта|,bnrjqy|биржа|бираж)(?:\s|$)/g;
  • /(скачать.*музык|музык.*скачать)/g;
  • /тор?рент/g;

This is how an infected user is enticed to visit infected websites or legitimate cryptocurrency-themed sites where they will see the message described above.

Google search results that were modified by the infected extension

When the user visits Wikipedia, main.js adds a banner containing a request for donations to support the online encyclopedia. The cybercriminals’ wallet addresses are used in place of bank details. The original Wikipedia banner asking for donations (if present) is deleted.

Fake banner on Wikipedia asking for donations

When the user visits the webpage telegram.org, they will see an offer to buy Telegram tokens at an incredibly low price.

The infected extension loads content on the telegram.org site from the phishing web resource ton-ico[.]network

Fake banner shown at telegram.org. The link leads to the phishing website ton-ico[.]network

When users visit the pages of Russian social network Vkontakte (VK), the Trojan adds an advertising banner to it. If a user clicks on the banner, they are redirected to phishing resources (located on the domain ooo-ooo[.]info), where they are prompted to pay a small sum of money now to make a load of money later on.

Fraudulent banner on the vk.com website

Indicators of compromise

Kaspersky Lab’s products detect scripts associated with Razy as HEUR:Trojan.Script.Generic.

Below are all the wallet addresses detected in the analyzed scripts:

  • Bitcoin: ‘1BcJZis6Hu2a7mkcrKxRYxXmz6fMpsAN3L’, ‘1CZVki6tqgu2t4ACk84voVpnGpQZMAVzWq’, ‘3KgyGrCiMRpXTihZWY1yZiXnL46KUBzMEY’, ‘1DgjRqs9SwhyuKe8KSMkE1Jjrs59VZhNyj’, ’35muZpFLAQcxjDFDsMrSVPc8WbTxw3TTMC’, ’34pzTteax2EGvrjw3wNMxaPi6misyaWLeJ’.
  • Ethereum: ’33a7305aE6B77f3810364e89821E9B22e6a22d43′, ‘2571B96E2d75b7EC617Fdd83b9e85370E833b3b1′, ’78f7cb5D4750557656f5220A86Bc4FD2C85Ed9a3’.

At the time of writing, total incoming transactions on all these wallets amounted to approximately 0.14 BTC plus 25 ETH.

MD5

Trojan.Win32.Razy.gen
707CA7A72056E397CA9627948125567A
2C274560900BA355EE9B5D35ABC30EF6
BAC320AC63BD289D601441792108A90C
90A83F3B63007D664E6231AA3BC6BD72
66DA07F84661FCB5E659E746B2D7FCCD
Main.js
2C95C42C455C3F6F3BD4DC0853D4CC00
2C22FED85DDA6907EE8A39DD12A230CF
i.js
387CADA4171E705674B9D9B5BF0A859C
67D6CB79955488B709D277DD0B76E6D3
Extab.js
60CB973675C57BDD6B5C5D46EF372475
Bgs.js
F9EF0D18B04DC9E2F9BA07495AE1189C

Malicious domains

gigafilesnote[.]com
apiscr[.]com,
happybizpromo[.]com,
archivepoisk-zone[.]info,
archivepoisk[.]info,
nolkbacteria[.]info,
2searea0[.]info,
touristsila1[.]info,
touristsworl[.]xyz,
solkoptions[.]host.
solkoptions[.]site
mirnorea11[.]xyz,
miroreal[.]xyz,
anhubnew[.]info,
kidpassave[.]xyz

Phishing domains

ton-ico[.]network,
ooo-ooo[.]info.



Securelist

Razy in search of cryptocurrency

Last year, we discovered malware that installs a malicious browser extension on its victim’s computer or infects an already installed extension. To do so, it disables the integrity check for installed extensions and automatic updates for the targeted browser. Kaspersky Lab products detect the malicious program as Trojan.Win32.Razy.gen – an executable file that spreads via advertising blocks on websites and is distributed from free file-hosting services under the guise of legitimate software.

Razy serves several purposes, mostly related to the theft of cryptocurrency. Its main tool is the script main.js that is capable of:

  • Searching for addresses of cryptocurrency wallets on websites and replacing them with the threat actor’s wallet addresses
  • Spoofing images of QR codes pointing to wallets
  • Modifying the web pages of cryptocurrency exchanges
  • Spoofing Google and Yandex search results

Infection

The Trojan Razy ‘works’ with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Yandex Browser, though it has different infection scenarios for each browser type.

Mozilla Firefox

For Firefox, the Trojan installs an extension called ‘Firefox Protection’ with the ID {ab10d63e-3096-4492-ab0e-5edcf4baf988} (folder path: “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\Extensions\{ab10d63e-3096-4492-ab0e-5edcf4baf988}”).

For the malicious extension to start working, Razy edits the following files:

  • “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\prefs.js”,
  • “%APPDATA%\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\.default\extensions.json”,
  • “%PROGRAMFILES%\Mozilla Firefox\omni.js”.

Yandex Browser

The Trojan edits the file ‘%APPDATA%\Yandex\YandexBrowser\Application\\browser.dll’ to disable extension integrity check. It renames the original file ‘browser.dll_’ and leaves it in the same folder.

To disable browser updates, it creates the registry key ‘HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\YandexBrowser\UpdateAllowed” = 0 (REG_DWORD).

Then the extension Yandex Protect is installed to folder ‘%APPDATA%\Yandex\YandexBrowser\User Data\Default\Extensions\acgimceffoceigocablmjdpebeodphgc\6.1.6_0’. The ID acgimceffoceigocablmjdpebeodphgc corresponds to a legitimate extension for Chrome called Cloudy Calculator, version 6.1.6_0. If this extension has already been installed on the user’s device in Yandex Browser, it is replaced with the malicious Yandex Protect.

Google Chrome

Razy edits the file ‘%PROGRAMFILES%\Google\Chrome\Application\\chrome.dll’ to disable the extension integrity check. It renames the original chrome.dll file chrome.dll_ and leaves it in the same folder.

It creates the following registry keys to disable browser updates:

  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\AutoUpdateCheckPeriodMinutes” = 0 (REG_DWORD)
  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\DisableAutoUpdateChecksCheckboxValue” = 1 (REG_DWORD)
  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\InstallDefault” = 0 (REG_DWORD)
  • “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Policies\Google\Update\UpdateDefault” = 0 (REG_DWORD)

We have encountered cases where different Chrome extensions were infected. One extension in particular is worth mentioning: Chrome Media Router is a component of the service with the same name in browsers based on Chromium. It is present on all devices where the Chrome browser is installed, although it is not shown in the list of installed extensions. During the infection, Razy modified the contents of the folder where the Chrome Media Router extension was located: ‘%userprofile%\AppData\Local\Google\Chrome\User Data\Default\Extensions\pkedcjkdefgpdelpbcmbmeomcjbeemfm’.

Scripts used

Irrespective of the targeted browser type, Razy added the following scripts it brought along to the folder containing the malicious script: bgs.js, extab.js, firebase-app.js, firebase-messaging.js and firebase-messaging-sw.js. The file manifest.json was created in the same folder or was overwritten to ensure these scripts get called.

Left: list of files of the original Chrome Media Router extension.
Right: list of files of the modified Chrome Media Router extension.

The scripts firebase-app.js, firebase-messaging.js and firebase-messaging-sw.js are legitimate. They belong to the Firebase platform and are used to send statistics to the malicious actor’s Firebase account.

The scripts bgs.js and extab.js are malicious and are obfuscated with the help of the tool obfuscator.io. The former sends statistics to the Firebase account; the latter (extab.js) inserts a call to the script i.js with parameters tag=&did=&v_tag=&k_tag= into each page visited by the user.

In the above example, the script i.js is distributed from the web resource gigafilesnote[.]com (gigafilesnote[.]com/i.js?tag=&did=&v_tag=&k_tag=). In other cases, similar scripts were detected in the domains apiscr[.]com, happybizpromo[.]com and archivepoisk-zone[.]info.

The script i.js modifies the HTML page, inserts advertising banners and video clips, and adds adverts into Google search results.

YouTube page with banners added by the script i.js

The culmination of the infection is main.js – a call to the script is added to each page visited by the user.

Fragment of the script i.js code that inserts the script main.js to web pages.

The script main.js is distributed from the addresses:

  • Nolkbacteria[.]info/js/main.js?_=
  • 2searea0[.]info/js/main.js?_=
  • touristsila1[.]info/js/main.js?_=
  • solkoptions[.]host/js/main.js?_=

The script main.js is not obfuscated and its capabilities can be seen from the function names.

The screenshot above shows the function findAndReplaceWalletAddresses that searches for Bitcoin and Ethereum wallets and replaces them with the addresses of the threat actor’s wallets. Notably, this function works on almost all pages except those located on Google and Yandex domains, as well as on popular domains like instagram.com and ok.ru.

Images of QR codes that point to wallets also get substituted. The substitution occurs when the user visits the web resources gdax.com, pro.coinbase.com, exmo.*, binance.* or when an element with src=’/res/exchangebox/qrcode/’ is detected on the webpage.

As well as the functionality described above, main.js modifies the webpages of the cryptocurrency exchanges EXMO and YoBit. The following script calls are added to the pages’ codes:

  • /js/exmo-futures.js?_= – when exmo.*/ru/* pages are visited
  • /js/yobit-futures.js?_= – when yobit.*/ru/* pages are visited

where is one of the domains nolkbacteria[.]info, 2searea0[.]info, touristsila1[.]info, or archivepoisk-zone[.]info.

These scripts display fake messages to the user about “new features” in the corresponding exchanges and offers to sell cryptocurrency at above market rates. In other words, users are persuaded to transfer their money to the cybercriminal’s wallet under the pretext of a good deal.

Example of a scam message on the EXMO website

Main.js also spoofs Google and Yandex search results. Fake search results are added to pages if the search request search request is connected with cryptocurrencies and cryptocurrency exchanges, or just music downloading or torrents:

  • /(?:^|\s)(gram|телеграм|токен|ton|ico|telegram|btc|биткойн|bitcoin|coinbase|крипта|криптовалюта|,bnrjqy|биржа|бираж)(?:\s|$)/g;
  • /(скачать.*музык|музык.*скачать)/g;
  • /тор?рент/g;

This is how an infected user is enticed to visit infected websites or legitimate cryptocurrency-themed sites where they will see the message described above.

Google search results that were modified by the infected extension

When the user visits Wikipedia, main.js adds a banner containing a request for donations to support the online encyclopedia. The cybercriminals’ wallet addresses are used in place of bank details. The original Wikipedia banner asking for donations (if present) is deleted.

Fake banner on Wikipedia asking for donations

When the user visits the webpage telegram.org, they will see an offer to buy Telegram tokens at an incredibly low price.

The infected extension loads content on the telegram.org site from the phishing web resource ton-ico[.]network

Fake banner shown at telegram.org. The link leads to the phishing website ton-ico[.]network

When users visit the pages of Russian social network Vkontakte (VK), the Trojan adds an advertising banner to it. If a user clicks on the banner, they are redirected to phishing resources (located on the domain ooo-ooo[.]info), where they are prompted to pay a small sum of money now to make a load of money later on.

Fraudulent banner on the vk.com website

Indicators of compromise

Kaspersky Lab’s products detect scripts associated with Razy as HEUR:Trojan.Script.Generic.

Below are all the wallet addresses detected in the analyzed scripts:

  • Bitcoin: ‘1BcJZis6Hu2a7mkcrKxRYxXmz6fMpsAN3L’, ‘1CZVki6tqgu2t4ACk84voVpnGpQZMAVzWq’, ‘3KgyGrCiMRpXTihZWY1yZiXnL46KUBzMEY’, ‘1DgjRqs9SwhyuKe8KSMkE1Jjrs59VZhNyj’, ’35muZpFLAQcxjDFDsMrSVPc8WbTxw3TTMC’, ’34pzTteax2EGvrjw3wNMxaPi6misyaWLeJ’.
  • Ethereum: ’33a7305aE6B77f3810364e89821E9B22e6a22d43′, ‘2571B96E2d75b7EC617Fdd83b9e85370E833b3b1′, ’78f7cb5D4750557656f5220A86Bc4FD2C85Ed9a3’.

At the time of writing, total incoming transactions on all these wallets amounted to approximately 0.14 BTC plus 25 ETH.

MD5

Trojan.Win32.Razy.gen
707CA7A72056E397CA9627948125567A
2C274560900BA355EE9B5D35ABC30EF6
BAC320AC63BD289D601441792108A90C
90A83F3B63007D664E6231AA3BC6BD72
66DA07F84661FCB5E659E746B2D7FCCD
Main.js
2C95C42C455C3F6F3BD4DC0853D4CC00
2C22FED85DDA6907EE8A39DD12A230CF
i.js
387CADA4171E705674B9D9B5BF0A859C
67D6CB79955488B709D277DD0B76E6D3
Extab.js
60CB973675C57BDD6B5C5D46EF372475
Bgs.js
F9EF0D18B04DC9E2F9BA07495AE1189C

Malicious domains

gigafilesnote[.]com
apiscr[.]com,
happybizpromo[.]com,
archivepoisk-zone[.]info,
archivepoisk[.]info,
nolkbacteria[.]info,
2searea0[.]info,
touristsila1[.]info,
touristsworl[.]xyz,
solkoptions[.]host.
solkoptions[.]site
mirnorea11[.]xyz,
miroreal[.]xyz,
anhubnew[.]info,
kidpassave[.]xyz

Phishing domains

ton-ico[.]network,
ooo-ooo[.]info.

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The importance of assuring the security and testing quality of third-party provided applications is more than evident when you consider an NHS reported data breach of 150,000 patient records this month. The NHS said the breach was caused by a coding error in a GP application called SystmOne, developed by UK based 'The Phoenix Partnership' (TTP). The same assurances also applies to internally developed applications, case-in-point was a publically announced flaw with Thomas Cook's booking system discovered by a Norwegian security researcher. The research used to app flaw to access the names and flights details of Thomas Cook passengers and release details on his blog. Thomas Cook said the issue has since been fixed.

Third-Third party services also need to be security assured, as seen with the Typeform compromise. Typeform is a data collection company, on 27th June, hackers gained unauthorised access to one of its servers and accessed customer data. According to their official notification, Typeform said the hackers may have accessed the data held on a partial backup, and that they had fixed a security vulnerability to prevent reoccurrence. Typeform has not provided any details of the number of records compromised, but one of their customers, Monzo, said on its official blog that is was in the region of 20,000. Interestingly Monzo also declared ending their relationship with Typeform unless it wins their trust back. Travelodge one UK company known to be impacted by the Typeform breach and has warned its impacted customers. Typeform is used to manage Travelodge’s customer surveys and competitions.

Other companies known to be impacted by the Typeform breach include:

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) fined Facebook £500,000, the maximum possible, over the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, which impacted some 87 million Facebook users. Fortunately for Facebook, the breach occurred before the General Data Protection Regulation came into force in May, as the new GDPR empowers the ICO with much tougher financial penalties design to bring tech giants to book, let's be honest, £500k is petty cash for the social media giant.
Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data scandal
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A UK government report criticised the security of Huawei products, concluded the government had "only limited assurance" Huawei kit posed no threat toUK national security. I remember being concerned many years ago when I heard BT had ditched US Cisco routers for Huawei routers to save money, not much was said about the national security aspect at the time. The UK gov report was written by the Huawei Cyber Security Evaluation Centre (HCSEC), which was set up in 2010 in response to concerns that BT and other UK companies reliance on the Chinese manufacturer's devices, by the way, that body is overseen by GCHQ.

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