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When Lambo? Lamborghini Launches Blockchain-Based Collectible Stamps

Lamborghini introduces blockchain-based digital collectible stamps soon after coming back from COVID-19 lockdown

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Lamborghini, a famous Italian manufacturer of luxury sports cars, continues to utilize the Blockchain in its corporate operations. Among the latest technology developments, the well-known brand is applying blockchain to digitize its collectible stamps.

Lamborghini is launching its first collectible digital stamps, the “Automobili Lamborghini Collection.” Powered by blockchain technology, the new collection is a series of collectible digital stamps dedicated to the history of the world’s most iconic luxury brand cars.

The first stamp from the Automobili Lamborghini Collection is devoted to the Huracán EVO RWD Spyder, a new model unveiled in May 2020, the firm officially announced on May 14. The announcement comes shortly after Lamborghini restarted production on May 4, following a temporary suspension of company activities amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lamborghini partners with local DLT-powered collectible startup

In order to deliver its new collectible digital stamps, Lamborghini partnered with a local blockchain collectible startup known as Bitstamps. The first Huracán EVO RWD Spyder stamp is already available by downloading the Bitstamps.app on iOS. The stamp will be issued in a limited and numbered edition of 20,000 pieces.

By using blockchain technology, the popular car brand intends to ensure history and uniqueness of each stamp, which represents a “single” digital object, Lamborghini said. After a Bitstamps-powered digital Lamborghini stamp is purchased, it will be available for reselling, the firm elaborated, stating:

“The stamp can be purchased, collected, or resold exactly like a paper stamp. The collection works exactly the same way: you can admire it, check its progress, give stamps as a gift or resell them.”

As specified on Bitstamps.app, the price of the Huracán EVO RWD Spyder stamp accounts for 9.90 euro as of press time. It is not immediately clear what types of payment methods would be available to buy the stamp on the platform. Cointelegraph reached out to Lamborghini and Bitstamps to learn more details about the matter. This story will be updated should they respond.

Blockchain is increasingly used to authenticate collectibles

Blockchain technology has found implementations in digitizing artworks and sport-related collectibles, as well as collectible digital stamps. In June 2019, the Austrian Post also released a line of blockchain-certified collectible stamps. Apparently, the digital stamps by the Austrian Post became the first stamps in the world to be authenticated via blockchain technology.

Lamborghini’s blockchain-enabled digital stamp is not the company’s first development involving blockchain technology. Last year, Lamborghini deployed Salesforce Blockchain to authenticate heritage Lamborghini cars.

The community also cites the Lamborghini brand in the popular community-centric phrase, “When Lambo?”. Often referred to as one of the most used phrases in the crypto space (alongside “When Moon”), the phrase has become a symbol of the crypto boom promising users fast riches through cryptos like Bitcoin (BTC).

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/when-lambo-lamborghini-launches-blockchain-based-collectible-stamps

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Congress Fears US Is Losing Battle to Malware and Darkweb Cyberweapons

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In a May 28 virtual roundtable before the congressional Subcommittee on National Security, International Development and Monetary Policy, witnesses and congresspeople alike feared that they are not keeping up with criminals hacking the financial system.

Criminals have better resumes than government agents

One witness, Guillermo Christensen, a partner at law firm Ice Miller, admired the cyber talent operating illegally: 

“We are always playing catch up with the criminals. […] It’s very hard to find people who are as qualified as some of these criminal hackers, frankly, to take apart their schemes and trace them.” 

Another issue is the overclassification of government information, presenting a barrier to private-sector security efforts. “The information sharing between the private sector and the public sector is very valuable but it could be better,” saft Naftali Harris, co-founder and CEO of SentiLink, an anti-fraud software company.

Fintech’s vulnerability during the pandemic

In response to a question from subcommittee chairman Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) as to the vulnerability of fintech to hacking, cybersecurity strategist Tom Kellermann warned that the current system is vulnerable to new developments and increasingly remote workflows: 

“Financial institutions have the best security in the world, but because of telework and because of the customized malware or weaponry that are being developed in the darkweb, primarily the Russian-speaking darkweb. […] They’ve learned ways around the perimeter defense of the network security espoused by the standards of regulators around the world.”

Kellerman continued to explain that telework allows hackers easy access to well-defended financial networks via the worse-defended home systems of executives. He further called out APIs as adding another element of risk: 

“The greatest vulnerability of fintech is they build out these APIs that allow them to connect to other financial institutions as well as other fintech vendors. Those APIs themselves are being exploited left and right.”

During the hearing, Chairman Cleaver commented that “It seems that we are losing this battle.” His closing remarks were no more optimistic. “Your comments were very informative but also very scary,” the chairman said.

Cointelegraph has reported previously on the rise in scamming and hacking amid the coronavirus pandemic. Indeed, a number of new threats specifically target hospitals and healthcare facilities.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/congress-fears-us-is-losing-battle-to-malware-and-darkweb-cyberweapons

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JPMorgan Chase Settles Crypto Credit Card Lawsuit for $2.5M

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Banking giant JPMorgan Chase settled a 2018 lawsuit recently, with a $2.5 total payout — the result of unclear fees charged when using credit cards for crypto purchases. 

A May 26 court document detailed:

“The Court notes that Defendant JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., f/k/a Chase Bank USA, N.A. (“Chase” or “Defendant”) has agreed to provide a Cash Settlement Amount of an aggregate of $2,500,000 in cash.”

The lawsuit stemmed from lack of clarity 

In January 2018, JPMorgan Chase quietly altered the terms of use around its credit cards when dealing in crypto asset purchases, failing to alert customers until 10 days after the changes took effect. The terms allegedly charged users the same fees as cash advance activities. 

The legal action took flight later in 2018, seeing Brady Tucker, Ryan Hilton, and Stanton Smith press charges against the banking entity.

Reuters said in a May 27, 2020 brief:

“In a motion filed Tuesday in Manhattan federal court, plaintiffs said the settlement would result in class members getting about 95% of the fees they said they were unlawfully charged.”  

March news settled in May

The plaintiffs’ legal action requested compensation for the deceptively-charged fees, as well as $1 million for damages, with a 75-day window for settlement detail submission, as of Cointelegraph’s March 2020 article.  

The movement was unopposed, according the May 26 court document.

“JPMorgan is not admitting wrongdoing as part of the deal, according to the motion,” Reuters noted in the brief. 

A number of other lawsuit-related headlines filled the crypto space in the first half of 2020, involving Ripple, BitfinexTezos and others.  

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/jpmorgan-chase-settles-crypto-credit-card-lawsuit-for-2-5m

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Emin Gün Sirer’s AVA Labs to Distribute 2M Tokens Ahead of Full Launch

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AVA Labs, a blockchain protocol founded by Cornell’s Emin Gün Sirer, is planning to distribute 2 million tokens in its final testnet before the project’s full launch in summer.

The so-called “Denali Testnet” will serve as the final stage of the AVA network testing before AVA’s mainnet launch. The new testnet will allow each validator to earn up to 2,000 AVA network’s native tokens, AVA Labs announced on May 29.

AVA Labs tokens are not yet listed on any cryptocurrency exchange and are not available for public purchase, a spokesperson at AVA Labs told Cointelegraph.

The testnet to run from June 1 to June 15

While testnet registration starts immediately on May 29, the first phase of the testnet launch will start on June 1. At that time, participants are expected to set up live nodes, an AVA Labs representative explained. The Denali testnet consists of three core challenges, which run until June 15. While AVA Labs expects to move to its mainnet in summer 2020, there is no specific date for the full launch of the project, an AVA Labs’ spokesperson said.

The Denali testnet follows AVA’s first successful testnet known as “Cascade.” Launched in mid-April 2020, AVA’s Cascade testnet amassed 300 developers setting up and running validator nodes.

AVA network is purportedly going to be the “Internet of blockchains” once launched

Initiated by Sirer in 2019, AVA Labs is an open-source platform and a layer 1 protocol for launching decentralized finance, or DeFi, applications and enterprise blockchain solutions. The platform is designed to unify DeFi applications and blockchain deployments in one scalable and interoperable ecosystem. According to AVA co-founder, Kevin Sekniqi, the best way to describe the new protocol is the “Internet of blockchains.”

In late April 2020, AVA Labs’ Sirer said that as much as 95% of all existing cryptocurrencies do not represent any tech advancement and should be regarded as nothing but scams.

AVA network’s token is not to be confused with Travala.com’s proprietary token, AVA. Backed by the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, Binance, Travala.com is a blockchain-based travel booking platform that features payments and loyalty rewards in its native crypto, AVA token.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/emin-gun-sirers-ava-labs-to-distribute-2m-tokens-ahead-of-full-launch

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