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Cryptocurrency News Today: ComboJack, BitIRA, Vanitygen Cash (VGC), Bitit, Dirty Coin, Bitcoin, Ripple, and More

ComboJack Malware Tries to Steal Your Cryptocurrency by Changing the Data in Your Clipboard (
A new form of malware steals Bitcoin Litecoin, Monero, and Ethereum cryptocurrency by replacing addresses of cryptocurrency transactions with the address of a different cryptocurrency wallet controlled by the attacker. Dubbed ComboJack after how it attempts to steal multiple currencies, the cyber criminal campaign relies on victims not checking the destination wallet of the transaction before finalising it. It sounds simple and easy to spot, but the large numbers of spam emails used to distribute the malware mean the attackers are finding success in stealing cryptocurrency from users. The malware also targets non-cryptocurrency digital payment systems, including WebMoney and Yandex Money.

How to Create Custom Bitcoin Cash Addresses With Vanitygen (
Vanity Addresses for the Bitcoin Cash Network: Now bitcoin cash enthusiasts can create custom addresses with a protocol called Vanitygen Cash (VGC). The VGC software was developed by the programmers who made the website a cash address format translator. VGC is a command-line vanity bitcoin cash address generator. This means a user can create a more custom address with an individuals name, a business brand, or pretty much any words rather than the traditional cryptically random addresses.

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Pixabay/Public Domain

BitIRA Now Offers the World’s Only Fully-Insured Digital Currency IRA (
BitIRA, a market leader in providing cryptocurrency options for retirement accounts, today rolled out new security protocols that make it the only fully-insured, cold storage digital currency IRA storage solution available. In addition to Bitcoin, the company’s digital currency IRA service now offers Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), Litecoin (LTC), and Ripple (XRP). These new altcoins and safety procedures, along with the company’s customer-friendly pricing, together make BitIRA the top solution for digital currency IRAs.

Wu-Tang Clan Rapper’s Son to Launch Cryptocurrency (
The son of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the late hip-hop artist and Wu-Tang Clan member who passed away in 2004, is launching a cryptocurrency. Young Dirty, real name Bar-Son James, is the face of the appropriately named Dirty Coin, a cryptocurrency being produced in partnership between the estate of Ol’ Dirty and Link Media Partners, an entertainment industry firm. Dirty Coin (ticker symbol ODB) will exist as a token on the TAO blockchain network, and is set to be traded on the AltMarket exchange later this year when the coin goes live. It’s a notable launch, given last year’s spate of celebrity-endorsed ICOs – and the subsequent warning from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that such endorsements may break “anti-touting” laws.

Japanese Cryptocurrency Exchanges to Establish New Self-Regulating Body (
Japan’s two major cryptocurrency organizations will merge and form a new self-regulating body, the Japan Cryptocurrency Business Association (JCBA) and Japan Blockchain Association (JBA) said on March 2. The move comes amid deepening discussions about stronger regulations, and was triggered by Japanese cryptocurrency exchange Coincheck Inc.’s loss of massive amounts of NEM coins in late January. The agreement on forming the new body was made by 16 cryptocurrency exchanges that have completed registration with the Financial Services Agency (FSA).

France’s’ Bitit adds support for Ripple (XRP) and Litecoin (LTC) (
Bitit, a cryptocurrency exchanger service hosted and regulated in France today announced they have added support for Ripple and Litecoin purchases. Users can now buy Ripple, Litecoin, Bitcoin and Ethereum by credit card, cash and wire transfer using more than 14 fiat currencies (such as USD, EUR, JPY, KRW, CNY, TRY and more). According to the company, they plan to add as many altcoins as it can in 2018. The Bitit team said, “since we aim to remove the technical barriers of traditional cryptocurrency exchanges, making cryptocurrency easier for all, we are proud to provide a safe and intuitive solution that lets you access the leading blockchain assets from more than 50 countries using your own currency and preferred payment method.”

Is Stellar (XLM) ready to surpass RIPPLE (XRP)? (
Since Stellar is making efforts to be an alternative to traditional monetary transfer using traditional banks, especially in places which most need it, we can’t exactly correlate Ripple’s success to Stellar’s flop, and vice-versa but despite that we can see the potential of Stellar therefore only time will tell us end the rest of the history. Stellar price momentum continues: With the Stellar price increasing by 13.1% over the past 24 hours, it has become evident there is a genuine demand for this currency.

XRP, BCH, LTC & ETH: Grayscale Adds 4 New Crypto Trusts (
Grayscale Investments, the creator of the Bitcoin Investment Trust, is launching four new trusts today, doubling its number of products aimed at helping investors explore cryptocurrencies. The new trusts – which bring ethereum, litecoin, XRP and bitcoin cash to the offerings the firm provides – join Grayscale’s existing bitcoin, ethereum classic and zcash investment trusts, as well as its Digital Large Cap Fund, a multi-crypto investment fund announced last month. Each of the newly announced cryptocurrencies is already part of the Digital Large Cap Fund, but were not previously available individually. Michael Sonnenshein, the managing director of Grayscale Investments, said the new products are part of an expanding suite, and that the firm – a Digital Currency Group subsidiary – will continue to announce new products, both single-currency and diversified.

What is Reddcoin (RDD)? A Beginner’s Guide (
What is Reddcoin (RDD)? Imagine being paid in crypto for your FB post, and being able to trade it for products, gift cards, and other items. Welcome to Reddcoin. Think of Reddcoin as the “social media coin” with a peer-to-peer (p2p) payments system. Released to the public in 2014, Reddcoin is a decentralized social cryptocurrency that allows anyone to instantly send & receive RDD (its native cryptocurrency) payments on social networks with no transaction fees. It’s essentially the blockchain version of Venmo, Facebook Cash, or Snapchats Snapcash, all of which allow you to easily transfer money to friends and family via their respective social media platforms.

How NEO’s Consensus Failure Is Spreading FUD (
On 3 March the NEO blockchain stopped working. An initial statement by Malcolm Lerider, NEO’s senior research and development manager, said the reason for the failure was because one of its consensus nodes was disconnected from the network. NEO uses the delegated Byzantine Fault Tolerance (dBFT) consensus mechanism, which at its simplest means that the nodes on the network elect a smaller number of nodes to carry out the consensus work. Because the NEO Council holds most of the token supply it has centralised control of the network.