The mainstream adoption of cryptocurrencies has been a topic of discussion for the longest time. This push by cryptocurrency organizations for integration seems to have paid dividends as many institutions have started adopting cryptocurrencies or at least blockchain technology.
The latest company to tap into the world of digital assets is Ernst and Young [EY], which announced that it would soon release its new zero-knowledge proof technology on the Vitalik Buterin co-founded Ethereum blockchain.
The project, titled Nightfall protocol, uses the inbuilt zero-knowledge proofs to allow organizations to transact privately on the same network without giving up the security and distributed nature of the ETH blockchain. Circle Research, in an official release, commented on the technology:
“ZKPs prevent anyone attempting to analyze their blockchains from making any sense out of what they’re looking at. ZKPs enable all of the benefits of public blockchains like Bitcoin without the downsides of leaving behind digital clues that can be analyzed by third parties. The result is the ability to transact with complete privacy, inscrutable to the outside world.”
Another feature of EY’s public blockchain approach is its integration of privacy through permissions. The feature makes sure that participants on the blockchain who are selected ahead of time would be preferred over the ones who join the blockchain later. Some users, however, have criticized the permissioned network, which was also mentioned in the Circle report. It stated:
“A key criticism against permissioned networks is that they are not censorship resistant – a single entity or group of entities has control over the network. In addition, there are multiple companies and consortiums building their own permissioned blockchains, which creates silos.”
Ernst and Young’s venture into the crypto-verse was also put on show recently when the company unveiled its new blockchain analytics tool, the EY Blockchain Analyzer. The announcement from the company said:
“The latest version of EY Blockchain Analyzer being showcased at the EY Global Blockchain Summit supports analysis of zero-knowledge proof (ZKP) private transactions on the public Ethereum blockchain, as well as the Bitcoin, Bitcoin Cash, Ethereum, Ethereum Classic and Litecoin public blockchains.”
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Cryptopia: Stolen Ethereum [ETH] funds continues to move; a portion sent to EtherDelta
The hacker who stole a mammoth amount of cryptocurrency funds from Cryptopia, a New Zealand cryptocurrency exchange, continues to move to stolen funds in the market. Unlike the previous attempts, this time around the attacker transferred the funds to a decentralized exchange, EtherDelta.
Notably, this is not the first time for a hacker to opt for decentralized platforms instead of a centralized one. Another hack that reportedly took place in Marck 2019 also saw a similar pattern; the attacker who had stolen around $105 million worth of Ethereum and other cryptocurrencies from Coinbene had transferred a portion of the coins to EtherDelta.
According to Whale Alert, at press time, a total of six transactions were made to EtherDelta, approx. 3000 Ether, which was worth $758,509. To add on, a total of 1000 ETH, worth around $251,264 was transferred to another address that was used to hack the exchange. This was followed by another Twitter user, Crypto Shork, ponting out that the hacker made two transactions on EtherDelta.
Still has 185.6 ETH on ED. So far he sent 12 and 15.7895 ETH to the following wallet:
— Crypto Shork (@CryptoShork) May 21, 2019
Notably, a Reddit user, FlashyQpt remarked that this was “an unnecessary amount of effort for very little gain”, considering that it was “very easy” to track these transfers. The Redditor stated, “It’s not unusual to see insane trades happen because the EtherDelta/ForkDelta platform lacks any sort of order matching. ” The user added that hacker was trying to “unmark” the stolen Ethereum coins.
The user went on to state,
The Eth was sent to the EtherDelta contract from this address where it was traded and withdrawn onto this fancy new “clean” one. You can tell that this is the address that is on the other side of the trades because the EtherDelta contract emits a Trade event that shows you all of this.”
Giraffenmensch, another Reddit user said,
“It’s dumb but a lot safer than using those dogy tumbler services. And I think the hacker is betting on the fact that courts and law enforcement are largely still completely clueless regarding cryptocurrency and might actually fall for it. Also they might do other things, maybe that’s only the first step.”
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