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January 19 2018

ICO Alert Crypto Minute: January 19, 2018

ICO Alert Crypto Minute: January 19, 2018

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Data pulled from CoinMarketCap.com at 7:48AM EST.
Data pulled from CoinMarketCap.com at 7:48AM EST.
Data pulled from CoinMarketCap.com at 7:48AM EST.

The owner of the New York Stock Exchange announced it is going to launch a cryptocurrency data feed built for hedge fund clients, banks, and trading firms. Image by Mikhail Leonov.

Alibaba Launches Cryptocurrency Mining Platform

Alibaba has launched a cryptocurrency mining platform, according to Coin Telegraph. In a tweet, CnLedger reported that Alibaba “may incorporate” P2P nodes in its e-commerce platform, although it is not clear when. Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has claimed that Alibaba was researching blockchain technology, but he has expressed disinterest in cryptocurrency until the launch of this mining platform.

Owner of NYSE Launching Cryptocurrency Exchange Data Feed

The Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), the Atlanta-based owner of the New York Stock Exchange, announced it is going to launch a cryptocurrency data feed built for hedge fund clients, banks, and trading firms. According to Business Insider, ICE’s new data feed will pull data from 15 cryptocurrency exchanges. The feed is planned for release in March 2018.

Ledger Raised USD 75 Million for R&D, Scaling Operations, and International Personnel Growth

Ledger has raised USD 75 million from Draper Espirit, FirstMark Capital, Cathay Innovations, and Korelya Capital. According to Business Insider, Ledger has sold over 1 million of its cryptocurrency hardware wallets since 2014 and is already profitable. According to Ledger’s CEO, Eric Larchevêque, the funds raised will be used for R&D, scaling operations, and international personnel growth.

New Satori Malware Targets Computers Using Claymore Miner

There is a new variant of Satori that is infecting cryptocurrency mining computers using the Claymore Miner. According to ARSTechnica.com, the Satori malware replaces the owner’s wallet address with the attacker’s address. Satori is “the malware family that wrangles routers, security cameras, and other Internet-connected devices into potent botnets.”

ESMA Considering Ban on Betting Against Cryptocurrency Prices

According to the Financial Times, the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is considering a ban on contracts for difference (CFDs) based on cryptocurrencies. CFDs track the price of a cryptocurrency and allow investors to borrow money to leverage their bets. Consequently, CFDs can significantly increase returns and losses.


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Topics: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Crypto Minute, Alibaba, Stock Market