The crypto hardware wallet manufacturer Ledger has experienced a massive data breach in which email addresses and other identification information of a million customers has been stolen. According to the crypto wallet’s official announcement, “An unauthorized third party had access to a portion of our e-commerce and marketing database through an API Key.” The API key has been deactivated and is no longer accessible, the crypto hardware wallet company informed.
A researcher participating in Ledger’s bounty program discovered the data breach.
The attack in which data was stolen occurred on June 25, but the Ledger team was made aware of the incident on July 14 when a researcher participating in Ledger’s bounty program discovered the data breach. According to the crypto hardware wallet company, the attackers gained access to the e-commerce and marketing database and then stole email addresses of 1 million customers as well as the first and last name, postal address, phone number, and ordered products of 9,500 customers. However, the company assured that no payment information or digital currency private keys were compromised in the attack.
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The crypto hardware wallet company Ledger has contacted the French Data Protection Authority to inform them of the breach and has partnered with Orange Cyberdefense to assess the damage and potential consequences of the attack. The company has warned its users to look out for phishing scams in the near future. The attackers may use the data they obtained to solicit customers and try to obtain access to their digital currency wallets, the company informed.
Earlier, the microblogging platform giant Twitter experienced a massive security breach in which hackers managed to hack into the accounts of prominent users, including former US President Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Elon Musk, and many others. The hackers put out tweets from these compromised accounts seeking bitcoins.
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A Japanese professional soccer player is launching his own cryptocurrency to boost fan engagement.
Keisuke Honda, former Japan midfielder and currently a captain of the Brazilian professional league team Botafogo, has launched his own token to build new connections with his fans, Cointelegraph Japan reported on Oct. 22.
The so-called “KSK Honda Coin” was launched on Thursday via Rally.io, a blockchain platform for creating video streaming and gaming applications. The new coin is intended to enable fans to interact with Honda.
Holders of KSK Honda token will be able to get exclusive content from Honda as well as interact with the player via private channels on Discord. “We decided to create a social token to build new connections with our most loyal fans,” Honda said.
The world-known soccer player said that the new token will allow him to connect with fans in a more open manner, providing a 100% transparency in knowing who holds coins in the fan community.
The global soccer community is moving deeper into the crypto and blockchain industry in search of new ways of connecting stars with their fans.
On Oct. 15, a top soccer club in Russia’s Premier League — Zenit St. Petersburg — signed on to the blockchain-based gaming platform Sorare to issue collectible and tradeable digital cards. In September 2020, Italian professional sports club SS Lazio signed a multiyear deal with crypto trading platform StormGain, enabling new fan engagement options through crypto.
Grayscale invests $300m in a day to grow its crypto portfolio
Grayscale Investments continues to grow its cryptocurrency portfolio by adding $300 million in assets…
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Grayscale Investments continues to grow its cryptocurrency portfolio by adding $300 million in assets under management (AUM) in a day
Grayscale Investments revealed that it had added $300 million worth of cryptocurrencies to its digital assets portfolio over the past 24 hours and over $1 billion in the last week. This information was relayed by Grayscale CEO Barry Silbert via a tweet yesterday.
The crypto fund manager noted that it had $6.3 billion in AUM as of October 15. However, it has added $1 billion in cryptocurrencies over the past week, and the company now controls $7.3 billion worth of digital assets.
Silbert stated that the company “Added a cool $300 million in assets under management in one day. The additional sum brings the total assets held under management to $7.3 billion”.
The funds are held in the company’s trust for Bitcoin (BTC) and Ethereum (ETH), in addition to Grayscale’s digital large-cap fund. This latest development comes less than 48 hours after PayPal announced its entry into the cryptocurrency market, with Bitcoin surpassing the $13,000 mark afterwards.
Each Grayscale report is delayed by 24 hours, which means that this data refers to the previous day’s figure.
The cryptocurrency funds manager reported that its Litecoin (LTC) Trust recorded the highest growth since the last report. Grayscale reported that its LTC Trust increased by 7.5%, while their Zcash (ZEC) Trust increased by more than 6% over the past 24 hours. Grayscale also has extensive holdings in other cryptocurrencies such as Ripple (XRP), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Horizen (ZEN) and Stellar Lumens (XLM).
Grayscale might be increasing its cryptocurrency holdings after raising massive funds in the third quarter of the year. Grayscale’s financial report for Q3 2020 revealed that it had bought over $1 billion in investment across all its cryptocurrency trusts. This year, Grayscale has raised $2.4 billion, which is more than twice the total amount they obtained for the years 2013 – 2019.
The investment firm revealed that 81% of investment in the third quarter came from institutional investors, while another 57% came from people investing in multiple products.
With the crypto fund manager now holding over $6 billion in AUM, it means that Grayscale controls around 2.5% of the total Bitcoin supply, currently above 18,000 BTC. The Bitcoin supply is capped at 21 million, which means that roughly 2.5 million bitcoins are left to be mined.
Grayscale isn’t the only company that is increasing its stakes in cryptocurrencies at the moment. MicroStrategy recently bought $425 million worth of Bitcoin, and Jack Dorsey’s Square Inc. invested $50 million in Bitcoin.
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