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Fintech CEO: Indian Movement is Major Boon for Global Crypto

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Last week, the Indian government announced that it plans to begin taxing cryptocurrency income at 30%, a major move which would lurch the country towards legalization and regulation. It also plans to roll out the digital rupee, a CBDC, by April 2023. This is a major move away from statements by Narendra Modi, which leaned towards outright bans.

“India is already a large market. WazirX, the country’s largest exchange, announced that they have over ten million traders signed up, trading over $40 billion of cryptocurrency. That’s reason enough for the government to begin taxing profits. Prohibition is rarely the answer in such a case. As time goes on, government officials begin to see the long-term value of blockchain-based technologies. They begin to understand that they simply can’t wish it away. They understand that, if they ignore it and ban it, they will be left behind,” opined Richard Gardner, CEO of Modulus, a US-based developer of ultra-high-performance trading and surveillance technology that powers global equities, derivatives, and digital asset exchanges.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman alluded to that in her statement, saying that the “magnitude and frequency of these transactions have made it imperative” for the government to begin taxing. “There has been a phenomenal increase in transactions in virtual digital assets,” she continued.

“So far, Prime Minister Modi has taken the tack opposite of El Salvador’s Bukele,” Gardner said. In past speeches, Modi has attributed cryptocurrencies as a method of money laundering to enhance illicit activities and noted that rampant trading could “spoil our kids.” In November, a bill emerged to ban cryptocurrencies, which was later clarified to be a consideration.

“This is the right move for India. Digital assets are simply not going away. A personal distaste — or failure to understand them — does not mean that it is good policy to ban them. The digital assets industry is moving forward. The time to react is now. It is time for government to encourage innovation in the arena,” said Gardner.

Modulus is known throughout the financial technology segment as a leader in the development of ultra-high frequency trading systems and blockchain technologies. Modulus has provided its exchange solution to some of the industry’s most profitable digital asset exchanges, including a well-known multi-billion-dollar cryptocurrency exchange. Over the past twenty years, the company has built technology for the world’s most notable institutions, with a client list which includes NASA, NASDAQ, Goldman Sachs, Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase, Bank of America, Barclays, Siemens, Shell, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Cornell University, and the University of Chicago.

“Because of the size of the country, as well as its tech footprint, this is a major move for the industry. And it couldn’t come at a better time. Despite the naysayers, cryptocurrency isn’t going through a winter. It is following the same path as other traditional assets and responding to external factors. India’s movement toward digital assets is proof of just that,” said Gardner.

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Cryptocurrency Presents a New Shift for Wealth Creation in Nigeria, Says Patricia CEO

Expert in the cryptocurrency industry has said it provides a new form of wealth creation that is bigger than what the country has ever experienced for Nigeria’s younger generation

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Expert in the cryptocurrency industry has said it provides a new form of wealth creation that is bigger than what the country has ever experienced for Nigeria’s younger generation, Hanu Fejiro, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Patricia, a cryptocurrency exchange company, stated.

He explained that with crypto trading, NFTs, and gaming guilds where people play games and earn money, there’s a major shift in wealth creation and huge opportunities for the younger generation.

Speaking at the 2022 Technext Conference titled “Blockchain and DeFi – Beyond the hype”, the CEO said the Federal Government needs to pay adequate attention to the blockchain industry and come up with acceptable policies to ensure its success for the nation’s benefits.

According to him, Nigeria is currently ranked fourth globally in terms of cryptocurrency transactions with over 22 million Nigerians effectively trading in the market despite the ban by the Central Bank of Nigeria 

He said “Today, Nigeria is the fourth country in the world with the most crypto transactions. And that’s not a joke.

“You know, America is leading, but America has regulation. America has had regulation for the past 2 to 3years now. Now, Nigeria with no regulation is 4th in the world with about 22 million crypto users.

“Crypto is too huge an industry not to pay attention to really, and I think that the government needs to get aligned. There needs to be a handshake.”

In addition, Fejiro said that the Federal Government needs to support this industry and allow it to grow, to enable them to access the potential opportunities it has to offer to not only the citizens but the economy of the country at large.

He said, “They say the youths are the future. What are the youths doing today? Music, sports, and crypto. There needs to be government support for these industries to grow.

“There needs to be free trade zones made especially for crypto; there is need for public policies.

“We need to move away from the idea of fossil fuel in terms of crude oil and focus on human capital as our main resource right now.

Now, everybody wants to go to Canada, go to the UK, we are losing the most important thing that we have which is human capital. So the minute we can turn things around as a government, Nigeria will become the real giant of Africa.”

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Binance to Pay White Hat Hackers $1 Million for Bug, Up to 10% for Catching Hackers

Following the breach in its security protocol and the eventual transfer of 2 million Binance coins estimated at about $570 million, the world’s largest cryptocurrency platform has announced plans to start paying white hat hackers.

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Following the breach in its security protocol and the eventual transfer of 2 million Binance coins estimated at about $570 million, the world’s largest cryptocurrency platform has announced plans to start paying whitehat hackers who helped identify loopholes in its technology and those that help arrest criminal hackers that unlawfully breaks into its platform.

In a long blog post released sequel to the theft, Binance management explained that the hackers exploited the native cross-chain bridge between BNB Beacon Chain (BEP2) and BNB Smart Chain (BEP20 or BSC), known as “BSC Token Hub.”

Therefore, were able to move a total of 2 million BNB. The leading exchange platform claimed the exploit was carried out by a sophisticated forging of the low-level proof into one common library.

However, despite the fact that it runs a decentralised blockchain developed to run without external interference, it was able to contain the situation by contacting 26 BNB Smart Chain active validators out of the 44 spread in various time zones.

While this delayed the company’s efficiency in arresting the situation, it was able to minimize losses, Investors King understands. Binance reported that only BNB coins valued at $100 million were transferred to hackers’ wallets.

“Decentralized chains are not designed to be stopped, but by contacting community validators one by one, we were able to stop the incident from spreading. It was not that easy as BNB Smart Chain has 26 active validators at present and 44 in total in different time zones. This delayed closure, but we were able to minimize the loss,” Binance said.

Therefore, in an effort to avoid a similar situation going forward, Binance has announced two key changes; to start compensating white hat hackers that helped identified loopholes that can be exploited by criminals like other top exchange platforms like Coinbase.

It would be recalled that Investors King reported that the Aurora platform paid two white hat hackers $2 million for helping to identify what could have been a disaster for the organisation.

Binance will start paying $1 million per bug once its on-chain governance votes.

Also, the company plans to pay as much as 10% of the recovered funds as a bounty to those that helped in catching criminal hackers.

Moving forward Binance said “Looking at the broader picture, we have seen a series of attacks on targeting vulnerabilities in cross-chain bridges. We will openly share the details of the postmortem and all lessons on how to implement more advanced security measures to shore-up these vulnerabilities.

“A new on-chain governance mechanism will be introduced on the BNB Chain to fight and defend future possible attacks.”

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Cryptocurrency: Hackers Steal $100 Million Worth of Binance Coins (BNB)

The world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, Binance was hacked in the early hours of Friday.

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The world’s biggest cryptocurrency exchange by trading volume, Binance was hacked in the early hours of Friday.

Investors King learnt that there was a cross-chain breach on the Binance protocol which led to a heist of about $100 million worth of Binance Coin (BNB). Subsequently, all operations on the Binance Exchange were suspended to contain the breach. 

The halt in operation, therefore, raised several concerns in the crypto community with many people being worried about what will happen to their funds.

A statement released by the management which confirmed the attack read “We want to confirm that we coordinated with validators to temporarily suspend BNB Smart Chain (BSC) after having determined an exploit on a cross-chain bridge”.

However, Binance CEO Changpeng Zhao ‘CZ’ later tweeted about eight hours after the halt in operation, saying “The issue is contained now. Your funds are safe. We apologize for the inconvenience and will provide further updates accordingly”. 

Before the Binance validator was suspended, the hackers had already managed to move 2 million BNB, to their wallets but couldn’t get it all out by the time Binance suspended all deposits and withdrawals on its platform.

The company further stated that a team of developers is already investigating the breach.

This is a developing story. More details will be provided soon. 

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