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A Case of Malware Mining Monero (XRM) with Egyptian Telecom Service Provider

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There was a real pandemonium unleashed on the Middle Eastern internet users when it was discovered that an Egyptian telecom service provider, which is also one of the biggest telecom companies in Egypt, was taking advantage of their users by forcing them into unknowingly joining a coin hub where their computer power was being used for mining Monero without their knowledge or approval. This case is everything but ethical, and Monero is surely nor enjoying being linked to a malware mining, especially now when it is only one day far from getting a hard fork.

Monero: What exactly happened?

The malware mining case was discovered by the Citizen Lab from the University of Toronto, and they have stated that the Egyptian government is directly involved in this horribly unethical scenario.

More than 5000 users were taken advantage of in order to provide a power source for the Egyptian government that was working with one of Egypt’s largest telecom service providers. The users have been taken advantage of for mining Monero without even knowing, and as you know you get profit for getting involved in mining, so the Egyptian government was apparently trying to get rich by tricking internet users who weren’t suspecting anything.

Apparently, the telecom giant that was involved in this scam has been using a malware called AdHose. AdHose works by redirecting the internet users who gave their trust to this Egyptian telecom service provider to a virtual hub called Coinhive. Through the Coinhive, the users’ computer power and CPU were being used without them knowing for mining Monero, or alternatively for displaying adds. That way the service provider and the Egyptian government could have managed to collect a pretty flattering profit until they were discovered and traced by the Citizen Lab of Toronto.

The malware called AdHose apparently as discovered has two working modes. One of the modes is called “spray mode” and in this mode, if a user affected by this malware tries to reach any website, his or her attempt would result in having the user redirected either to a mining network called Coinhive or alternatively to an ad network.

It was discovered that back in January 2018, as discovered by a scan, that over 90% of users, which resulted in number 5700, was affected by this malware.

The second mode known to AdHose is “trickle mode”. In this mode, certain web addresses would lead affected users to two different websites as set up by the telecom service provider. One of the sites is copticpope.org, which was previously a website belonging to the pope of Coptic Orthodox Church seated in Alexandria. The other site the affected users were being directed to is Babylon-x.com, which was previously a porn site.

This malware is also said to be used for surveillance that Syria and Turkey governments performed over their citizens, that way prohibiting access to media such as Al-Jazeera, also prohibiting access to non-government organizations.

This was all made possible “thanks” to the device provided and manufactured by the company called Sandvine PocketLogic.

Sandvine, however, denies that they have the technology that would enable such operations, as well as that the report provided by Citizen Lab of Toronto, are not to be trusted as a reliable source.

Sandvine further claims that their technology has never been in contact with malware operations as well as that their product doesn’t allow the implementation of suspicious malware that would allow the Egyptian telecom service to redirect their users to the Coinhive. Although they claim that their devices do have the options of HTTP redirection, moreover they added that this feature is enabled and present in many different similar products.

Regardless of Sandvine’s claim, this technology was used for implementing spyware as indicated by Syrian and Turkey government, while it was also used from the side of the Egyptian government for unauthorized use of computer power for mining Monero.

How is Monero Doing at the Current Moment?

As Monero was expecting the launching of its hard fork that should occur tomorrow on March 14th, XMR had a pretty turbulent couple of weeks.

While Monero is said to be switched with MoneroV, where all Monero tokens would be switched with 10 MoneroV tokens, this currency had some amazing rises in its price, going over to trading around 350$ per one unit at the end of February and the beginning of March.

Things changed more than a bit, so Monero seems to be suffering from severe drops. The latest changed in price was marked by a drop of -11.06% against the dollar, which was a pretty defeating outcome for this currency.

Monero can now be bought at 251.43$ per one unit and is trading in the red. This doesn’t need to be a bad thing as this price enables investors to get their XRM at lower prices.

The things should hopefully get going upwards for Monero after the hard fork, as it usually the case that currencies get more on its monetary value after a change has been made like it is the case with hard forking.

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Chainwire Launches Blockchain-Focused Automated Press Release Distribution Service

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TEL AVIV, Israel, 13th October, 2020, // ChainWire //

MarketAcross, a world leader in blockchain public relations and marketing services, is pleased to announce the launch of Chainwire, an automated press release distribution service which provides guaranteed coverage and in-depth reports. Chainwire will be a one-stop-shop for the distribution of press releases in the cryptocurrency and blockchain sector. The launch marks the first time that advertisers can reach leading publications in the crypto media with the click of a button. 

While most industries have some kind of PR newswire service, the cryptocurrency sector has become a victim of its own rapid pace of growth over recent years. Since the ICO boom of 2017, there has been a proliferation of blockchain and crypto-focused projects, exchanges, investment firms, and marketing agencies, along with niche news and informational content sites. 

However, the infrastructure to connect this complex ecosystem has been slow to come up to speed, meaning that existing newswire services don’t reach their target audience. It’s estimated that one in five people own cryptocurrencies, so there is currently a significant missed opportunity to reach a massive global readership. 

As a newswire service dedicated to the crypto and blockchain space, Chainwire aims to address this gap. Press releases are distributed to leading publications, offering guaranteed coverage to reach audiences worldwide. The system is integrated with publishers and blogs, enabling accurate reporting via a user-friendly dashboard. It also…

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How Can Foreigners Get Loans in Singapore

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Foreigners who are residing in Singapore and looking for financing could do so in the form of a payday loan. It is good to find out that you can borrow the money from a reputable lender and that the interest rates are low enough for it to be a viable option. Online lenders that specialize in doing business in the country can certainly help one. These online companies are not only reliable, but their service is fast.

At the same time, many cannot afford a high standard of living. Many individuals cannot afford essentials, such as a car or a house. It can be difficult for the majority of the working class to scrape through on their basic salary. 

What defines a foreigner in Singapore? 

A foreigner in Singapore means that you are not a permanent or natural citizen there. As a foreigner, you will not be holding a Singaporean passport. The rules can differ a little for foreigners and residents. Singapore, being a multinational hub, houses many foreigners within the city. Foreigners come to Singapore for the many attractions it offers. Many people come to Singapore for Work-related purposes. A lot many also come for vacations or to visit a friend or a relative. Some foreigners come with a plan to move to Singapore permanently, attracted by their lavish lifestyle. Singapore also houses many International students attending many esteemed Singaporean Universities.  

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Aluna.Social is a Compelling Social Platform for Crypto Traders and Investors

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When one thinks about the social media landscape, the companies that first come to mind are most likely Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Snapchat.  These platforms are a great way to stay connected with friends, families, and colleagues, especially when geographic distance is a factor.  But, in addition to just chatting about life in general and sharing pictures, social media can be used to bridge the information gap that exists within the investment community.

Over the last decade, many trading offices have been established in large cities all over the world which allow solo traders and investors to pay a monthly fee in exchange for a workspace.  The real benefit to trading in these offices is to participate in the free flow of trading ideas and information.  Proprietary trading is one of the most challenging careers to be successful at and the exchange of ideas is almost required in order to succeed.  Traders at hedge funds and investment banks work in teams so why shouldn’t remote traders?

While these trading offices are a great way to help bridge the information gap, Aluna.Social may provide an even better way, especially as it relates to cryptocurrency trading.

Mission Statement

Aluna.Social, founded by Alvin Lee and Henrique Matias, is a multi-exchange social trading terminal for crypto traders and investors.  The goal of the platform is to help newcomers shorten their learning curve, unlock their full potential, and improve trading performance.  Cryptocurrency trading can…

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