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Jay Clayton will step down as US SEC chair by year’s end

Jay Clayton, who has served as the chairman of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission since May 2017, will be leaving the agency by the end of 2021. In its official news release, the agency noted that Clayton has been one of its longest-standing chairs. Crypto enthusiasts will likely be familiar with the agency’s …

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Microsoft: State-backed hackers targeted COVID-19 vaccine creators

boonchai wedmakawand via Getty Images State-sponsored campaigns to hack COVID-19 vaccine makers might be more commonplace than previously thought. According to ZDNet, Microsoft has detected hacks from three “nation-state actors” targeting seven pharmaceutical firms and researchers, including the US as well as Canada, France, India and South Korea. The software giant didn’t name the targets, …

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Sharktron Defi Project Devs Exit Scam: Tron Foundation Says Part of Missing Funds Now Frozen

Switzerland Approves Gazprombank to Offer Bitcoin Trading and Custody Zurich-based Gazprombank, a subsidiary of Russia’s third-largest bank, has been approved by Switzerland’s financial regulator to offer a number of cryptocurrency services, including the buying, selling, trading, and custody of bitcoin. Gazprombank Approved to Offer Bitcoin Services Gazprombank (Switzerland) Ltd. … read more. Uncollaterized Power: A …

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Company made to change name that could be used for website hacks

photovibes via Getty Images Companies have jokingly given themselves code-based names in the past (you can thank XKCD for that), but one of them was just forced to mend its ways. The Guardian reports that UK business registrar Companies House has forced a software consultant to change his company name after discovering that it could …

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Older Android phones won’t support many secure websites by September 2021

Lyu Liang/VCG via Getty Images You might have to upgrade your Android phone before long if you want to visit large portions of the secure web. According to Android Police, Certificate Authority Let’s Encrypt is warning that phones running Android versions before 7.1.1 Nougat won’t trust its root certificate starting in 2021, locking them out …

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Crypto.com: We Got the Highest Ratings on Privacy, Security Based on US Standards

Cryptocurrency exchange and finance platform Crypto.com, said Wednesday a third-party auditor has given it high ratings on privacy and security, based on a set of standards developed by a unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  According to Crypto.com, auditor SGS performed the assessment and found the platform has the highest rating, “Adaptive (Tier 4).” 

Most DEXs are unsafe, alleges new report

14 out of 25 decentralized exchanges, or DEXs, scored poorly in terms of cybersecurity according to a recent report.  Source: CER. CER’s criteria included several factors such as whether a DEX underwent security audit, availability of bug bounties, and proper SSL/TLS certificates. CER deemed any score below 6 as “low” and thus “not safe”. Only …

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Study shows which messengers leak your data, drain your battery, and more

Enlarge Getty Images Link previews are a ubiquitous feature found in just about every chat and messaging app, and with good reason. They make online conversations easier by providing images and text associated with the file that’s being linked. Unfortunately, they can also leak our sensitive data, consume our limited bandwidth, drain our batteries, and, …

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Zoom starts rolling out end-to-end encryption

Punnarong via Getty Images Zoom is now rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for both free and paid users, so your video chats and meetings should be much more secure. You can activate E2EE on Zoom’s latest desktop client, Android app and Zoom Rooms starting today. It’ll be available on iOS soon after Apple approves an …

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Quantstamp will audit the entire blockchain of a new DeFi project on Polkadot

One of the first audits of a decentralized finance project connected with the Polkadot (DOT) blockchain is set to be carried out by blockchain security firm Quantstamp.  The project, Equilibrium, had first announced its plans to develop an interoperable protocol on Polkadot in summer of this year. For its transition to Polkadot, the project has been developing …

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