MakerDAO Responds to Dev Accusing Network of $340M Vulnerabilty

The Maker Foundation has announced a series of governance polls aimed at security after software developer Micah Zoltu explained how any hacker with $20 million at their disposal could stage an attack on the MakerDAO network and steal close to $340 million. In a Dec. 9 blog post, the Maker Foundation interim risk team announced a series of governance polls into its voting system, with one poll asking the Maker community whether the governance security module (GSM) should be upgraded from 0 seconds to 24 hours. Earlier on Dec. 9,…

Wu Jihan Resurfaces As Bitmain CEO After Co-Founder Is Forced Out

Bitmain co-founder and tech billionaire Wu Jihan resurfaces at the helm of Beijing-based mining giant Bitmain at recent meeting with clients. On Dec. 10, Bloomberg reported that Wu Jihan made a public appearance at a private event last Saturday in Chengdu, capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province, where he announced that Bitmain co-founder Micree Zhan Ketuan had stepped down from his leadership role at the company. Zhan previously claimed that he was removed as a legal representative of the company without his consent after Wu Jihan had sent out an…

SEC Seeks British Assistance in Getting Testimony of Ex-Telegram CIO

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has filed a proposed order with the US District Court for the Southern District of New York to request the British High Court’s assistance in getting the testimony of Telegram’s former chief investment advisor, John Hyman. Telegram has been embroiled in a longstanding legal wrangle with the SEC over whether two ICOs conducted in 2018 should have been registered with the commission. Between January and March 2018, Telegram raised in excess of $1.7 billion USD from 171 investors, including $424.5 million USD from 39…

Santander Redeems $20M Bond Using Ethereum Blockchain

Spain’s multinational banking giant Banco Santander has just redeemed a $20 million bond using the Ethereum blockchain. The firm has performed an early repayment of the blockchain-based bond that was issued on Sept.10, 2019, which purportedly shows that the public Ethereum blockchain can be applied to securities issuance across the full lifecycle of a security. “Debt security can be managed through its full lifecycle on a blockchain” John Whelan, head of Digital Investment Banking at Santander, tweeted on Dec. 10: “We just performed an early redemption of our blockchain-based bond…

Nike Patents a System for Tokenizing Shoes on Ethereum’s Blockchain

Footwear giant Nike patented shoes that are tokenized as a non-fungible token (NFT) on the Ethereum blockchain, dubbed CryptoKicks. The patent — dated Dec. 10 — describes a digital asset for footwear and ways to use it. One implementation of the technology described in the document is an Ethereum ERC721 or ERC1155 token used to authenticate and transact a physical shoe. Shoes on the blockchain The token would be “unlocked” with the purchase of a corresponding physical shoe by linking a 10-digit shoe identification code with the owner identification code.…

Tezos Rally Fizzles After 100% Gain — Likely Top for XTZ/BTC Appears

Lately, Bitcoin (BTC) price has been trading in a range that favors bears and this has led traders to shift their focus to altcoins. Interestingly, there has also been some very volatile price action taking place over the past 24-hours, especially with Binance Initial Exchange Offerings (IEOs) like Matic Network (MATIC) which dropped 60% on Dec. 9. This drop led several other Binance IEO’s to dump and a handful of non-IEO altcoins also followed. However, one of the most active coins lately is Tezos (XTZ), and its recent 100% rally…

BNY Mellon and Credit Suisse Involved in Telegram’s $1.7B Sale: Report

Two global financial giants, BNY Mellon and Credit Suisse, were reportedly involved in Telegram’s $1.7 billion Gram (GRAM) token sale in 2018. Telegram allegedly informed its investors that it was using BNY Mellon and Credit Suisse to move and store fiat currency raised in the GRAM sale, industry publication Coindesk reports, citing court filings released on Dec. 10. A Telegram employee reveals the details in a series of messages attached to the filings Shyam Parekh, a Telegram employee who is expected to give a deposition before the New York Southern…