21 Dec 2022 · 3 min read
Today in Crypto: Hackers Blackmail Automaker for $2M in Bitcoin, Paxful Kicks Out Ethereum, Uniswap Partners with MoonPay for Bank Card Crypto Purchase
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- Hackers have stolen user and car-sales data from the Chinese electric-vehicle maker Nio and are blackmailing the company, asking for $2.25 million in bitcoin (BTC) in return for not releasing the data, Bloomberg reported, citing the automaker. The company added that it had reported the incident to regulators and pledged to take responsibility for any potential damages to customers.
- Peer-to-peer crypto marketplace Paxful removed ethereum (ETH) from its platform, with CEO Ray Youssef writing on Twitter: “We finally kicked ethereum off our marketplace. 11.6m humans safer. Integrity over revenue.” His statement cited several concerns about the project, such as a lack of security and decentralization.
- Decentralized exchange (DEX) Uniswap partnered with crypto payments startup MoonPay to enable users to buy crypto on the Uniswap Web App using a credit card, debit card, or bank transfer. Per the announcements, users can convert from fiat to crypto onto Ethereum mainnet, Polygon, Optimism, and Arbitrum, and start swapping “in minutes”.
- Decentralized hedging protocol Nami Insurance launched the ‘Proof of Concept’ that they say “proves the feasibility and practicality of the first cryptocurrency insurance product in Vietnam.” Per the press release, this is the first of Nami Insurance's four phases of construction.
- Swarm, the decentralized storage and communication system built on Ethereum (ETH), announced the mainnet release of its storage incentives program, a mechanism to reward storage providers, which now incorporates staking, said an announcement. The program is open to the Swarm community and anyone willing to share spare storage space and an internet connection, it added, while the financial rewards, in the form of Swarm’s utility token (BZZ), will be distributed among storage operators in exchange for their participation.
- US neobank Cogni announced its integrated, noncustodial wallet, the Multi-Chain Wallet. It supports Binance, Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Solana, and other blockchains, and it accommodates non-fungible tokens (NFTs) on all supported blockchains, it said. Users will be able to send, receive, and store cryptocurrencies and NFTs to easily readable wallet addresses using the Unstoppable Domains integration, it added.
- Major Bitcoin miner Core Scientific filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in the Southern District of Texas, USA, Bloomberg Law reported, citing a filing. Estimated liabilities and assets are each between $1 billion and $10 billion, it added.
- Hong Kong-based crypto trading firm Auros said it has entered into a liquidation process after struggling to pay creditors following the implosion of the FTX exchange. It was granted a “light touch” provisional liquidation application by the British Virgin Islands Court last month in order to explore restructuring options after it “found itself in a position where immediate liquidity was insufficient to satisfy recalls from lenders,” it explained.
- Flux, a builder of decentralized infrastructure to power Web3 development, announced a partnership with OVHcloud, a European cloud provider, to expand its edge cloud solution options. Per the press release, the partnership “will enable each company to expand its reach into previously untapped markets – Web3 for OVHcloud and Web2 for Flux.”
- Australian crypto exchange Swyftx and share trading platform Superhero canceled their planned merger amid intensifying regulatory scrutiny, the Australian Financial Review reported. Swyftx will sell Superhero back to its founders, John Winters and Wayne Baskin, and the consortium of initial investors.
- The Hashgraph Association, the Swiss-headquartered non-profit association supporting adoption of the Hedera network, announced the onboarding and qualification of over 35 projects set to receive grant funding and expert coaching to develop Hedera-powered solutions through the Hashgraph Innovation Program. Participating projects will develop solutions in DeFi, stablecoins, gaming, metaverse, NFTs, DAOs, Web3, tokenization, etc., said an announcement. The training and innovation program was launched by the Association in April, in close collaboration with the Swiss Digital Assets Institute (SDAI).
- Bitcoin miner CleanSpark announced that its bitcoin mining hashrate reached 6 EH/s, a three-fold increase in one year. CEO Zach Bradford said that “this achievement is in part due to some of the machines that we were hosting for Mawson being moved out earlier than anticipated.”