Coincheck: crypto's largest hack EVER. πŸ™€

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Here's the dealio with the Coincheck hack: it was bigger and more devastating than Mt. Gox, but the market's already recovered. Here's what you need to know:

500 million NEM tokens were stolen from 260,000 Coincheck users' digital wallets on Friday. This security breach stands as the largest hack in the history of technology, with the tokens taken worth $533 million at the time of the robbery (since the hack, the coin has devalued significantly, but is looking to bounce back). Coincheck is Japan's largest exchange that also happens to be unlicensed. One of the greatest upsides is that while this hack was significantly larger than Mt Gox, which totaled a mind-numbing $340 million, the overall cryptocurrency market cap is also much larger, which means the overall impact of this event is much smaller (and people didn't freak out nearly as much). On the plus side, the exchange is planning to compensate all users that were impacted. That's some pretty stellar customer service if you ask us.

Users suspected something odd when Coincheck suddenly halted most of its services (not a good sign), and had frozen all withdrawing and trading of the XEM token – the currency that runs on the NEM blockchain. While Coincheck isn't registered with Japan's Financial Service Agency, it's planning to do so (most likely as a future legal preventative measure that will...uh...help straighten some things out).The largest issue that Coincheck has right now is that their entire NEM stash was stored on a hot wallet (an account stored on the web) versus a secure multi-signature wallet (it requires multiple keys to authorize a transaction) – unlike many other exchanges. Don't worry, it seems that the funds may be able to be traced.

 

Even though Japan's crypto scene may be kind of melting down right now (gulp) the US and China seem to be getting their sh*t together. 

Coinbase's sister exchange, GDAX, has recently partnered with the trading software provider Trading Technologies. Users of Trading Technologies' platform will be able to trade crypto on Coinbase while simultaneously viewing Bitcoin futures, access market data, charts, and automated trading tools (such as submitting orders) on GDAX. This shiny new feature provides access to 45 markets, including Nasdaq, CME Groube, and Cboe Global Markets Inc.

Meanwhile, China's central bank is looking for a way to create its own digital currency without blockchain technology...good luck with that. Naturally, China's communist tendencies wouldn't lend itself to a decentralized platform like blockchain, but the country seems to be adapting quickly to digital methods of payment, with popular app Weibo already offering the ability to pay using the WeChat Wallet. It's about time.

We all know Bitcoin ATMs exist globally, but what exactly does the distribution look like? Here's a map of the Bitcoin ATMs around the world.

Looks like Vietnam's striking digital gold in 2018, importing more crypto mining rigs in the first three weeks of January than in all of 2017.

Tether (UST) severed ties with its auditor, Friedman LLP. UST has been under fire for suspicion of running a fractional reserve system, with crypto personalities demanding a 3rd party auditor...take that as you will.

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Qtum (QTUM) has been making waves recently and has been solidly holding up over the past month.

 

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