BTC, ETH, XRP, BCH, LTC, EOS, BNB, BSV, ADA and TRX 9715

BTC

BTC/USD

Bitcoin reversed direction from $13,973.50 on June 26 and plunged to a low of $10,530.70 on June 27. That is a 24.63% fall within a day. The reason for such a sharp fall is that a vertical rally does not form any support levels en route. Hence, when the price starts falling, buyers do not step in until they spot a level that can act as a support. In this instance, buyers came in close to the 50% retracement of the latest leg of the rally. The 20-day EMA is located just below this level.

BTC/USD

In a strong uptrend, the corrections usually last anywhere between one to three days. Currently, the bulls are attempting to resume the uptrend. They might face some resistance at $12,000 and above it at $13,000 but the real test will be at $13,973.50. If the BTC/USD pair breaks out of this resistance, the momentum will continue.

On the other hand, if the bears defend the overhead resistance, the pair might enter into a consolidation for a few days. On the downside, below $10,530.70, the next support is at $9,977.33, which is 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the latest leg of the rally. If this support cracks, the digital currency will weaken and can drop to the 50-day SMA.

ETH/USD

Though Ether (ETH) had closed (UTC time frame) above $320.840 on June 26 and had completed a rounding bottom pattern, we had suggested traders to wait before buying. We wanted to recommend a trade on a successful retest of the breakout level.

ETH/USD

However, the fall on June 27 dragged the price back towards the 20-day EMA, which held. Currently, the bulls are trying to propel the ETH/USD pair back above $320.840. If successful, it will be a positive sign. Both the moving averages are sloping up and the RSI is in the positive zone, which shows that bulls are in command. Therefore, traders can buy 50% of the desired allocation on a breakout and close above $320.840. The stop loss for this trade can be kept at $278.

However, if the bulls fail to scale the overhead resistance, the bears will try to sink the price below the 20-day EMA. The next support on the downside is at the 50-day SMA and below it $224.086.

XRP/USD

Ripple (XRP) plummeted on June 27 and triggered our stop loss suggested in the previousanalysis. It is currently trying to find support at the trendline of the symmetrical triangle. If this support holds, the bulls will again try to propel it above the resistance line of the triangle.

However, if the XRP/USD pair breaks down of the triangle, it will turn negative.  Currently, the 20-day EMA has started to turn down and the RSI has dipped below 50. This suggests that the bears have the advantage in the near term. A drop below $0.35660 will turn the trend in favor of bears.

XRP/USD

BCH/USD

Bitcoin cash (BCH) plunged on June 27 and broke below both the moving averages. Currently, the bulls are attempting to push it back above the 20-day EMA. If the price rises above the 20-day EMA, it can move up to $515.35. On the upside, the zone between $515.45 and the resistance line of the channel will act as a strong barrier.

BCH/USD

Conversely, if the bears sink the BCH/USD pair back below the 50-day SMA, it can correct to the support line of the channel. A breakdown of this support will indicate a change in trend. The 20-day EMA is flattening out and the RSI is just above 50, which suggests a balance between bulls and bears. We will wait for a buy setup to form before recommending a long position in it.

LTC/USD

Litecoin (LTC) dropped below the 20-day EMA on June 26 and triggered our recommended stop loss mentioned in the previous analysis. It is currently attempting to bounce off the 50-day SMA.

LTC/USD

If successful, the LTC/USD pair will again try to move up to the resistance line of the ascending channel. On the other hand, if the bears sink the pair below the 50-day SMA, it can slide to the support line of the channel. A breakdown of this support will signal a change in trend. The 20-day EMA is turning down and the RSI has dipped below the midpoint. This suggests that the bears have the upper hand in the short term. Currently, we are neutral on the cryptocurrency.

EOS/USD

EOS dropped below the moving averages on June 26 and broke below the support line of the ascending channel the next day. In doing so, it triggered our suggested stop loss at $6.40. Currently, the bulls are trying to push the price back into the channel. If successful, the digital currency might move up to the moving averages.

EOS/USD

But if the bulls fail, the EOS/USD pair might turn down and plunge to the next support at $4.4930. The 20-day EMA is turning down and is on the verge of completing a bearish crossover, which is a negative sign. The RSI has also dipped into the negative zone. All these show that the bears have the upper hand. We do not find any reliable buy setup hence, we are not recommending a trade in it.

BNB/USD

Binance Coin (BNB) has been one of the strongest major cryptocurrencies. Even while other major cryptocurrencies plunged, it has held close to its 20-day EMA. This shows that the sentiment is to buy it on every dip.

BNB/USD

Currently, the bulls are trying to defend the 20-day EMA. If successful, a rally back towards the lifetime highs is likely. A new high will indicate resumption of the uptrend.

Conversely, if the BNB/USD pair plummets below the 20-day EMA, it can correct to the 50-day SMA. A breakdown below the 50-day SMA will be the first indication that the trend might change. The negative divergence on the RSI is a warning sign that should be watched closely.

BSV/USD

Bitcoin SV (BSV) reversed direction from just above $240 on June 26 and broke below the 20-day EMA. Currently, the bulls are attempting to bounce off the support at $180.

BSV/USD

The 20-day EMA has flattened out and the RSI has dipped back to just above the midpoint. This points to a probable range-bound action between $175 and $255.620 in the short term. A breakout of the range will resume the uptrend that has a target objective of $307.789 and above it $340.248. If the bears sink the BSV/USD pair below the support of the range, a drop to the 50-day SMA is possible.

ADA/USD

Though Cardano (ADA) broke out of $0.10 on June 26, it did not close (UTC time frame) above the resistance. Hence, it did not trigger our buy recommendation given in the previous analysis.

ADA/USD

The failure to break out of $0.10 attracted selling that dragged the price down to the 50-day SMA. The bulls are attempting to hold this level. If successful, the ADA/USD pair might move back into the ascending triangle. It will pick up momentum on a breakout and close (UTC time frame) above $0.10. However, if the price fails to climb back up, the pair might correct to the next support of $0.077 and below it to $0.073.

TRX/USD

Tron (TRX) turned down sharply from $0.040 on June 26. The pullback plunged below the 20-day EMA on June 27. It is currently attempting to bounce off the 50-day SMA. The 20-day SMA is flattening out and the RSI has dipped below 50, which suggests consolidation in the near term.

TRX/USD

If the TRX/USD pair breaks below the 50-day SMA, it can drop to the uptrend line. A breakdown of this will indicate a change in trend. On the upside, $0.040 will continue to act as a stiff resistance. A breakout and close above $0.040 will indicate the resumption of the up move. We do not find any reliable trade setups at current levels, hence, we are not suggesting a long position in it.

Market data is provided by the HitBTC exchange. Charts for analysis are provided by TradingView.

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WhatsApp in Talks to Launch Crypto Mobile Payments in Indonesia 10457

Indonesia

Facebook Inc’s messaging service WhatsApp is in talks with multiple Indonesian digital payment firms to offer their mobile transaction services, in a bid to tap the nation’s fast growing e-commerce sector, people familiar with the matter said. Indonesia could become the second country worldwide where WhatsApp introduces such services, as it awaits regulatory approval from India, its biggest market by users, that has been delayed due to local data storage rules.

But unlike in India where it plans to offer direct peer-to-peer payment services, WhatsApp will simply serve as a platform in Indonesia supporting payments via local digital wallets due to tough licensing regulations, the sources told Reuters.

The Indonesia model could become a template for Whatsapp to adopt in other emerging markets to get around regulations on foreign players creating their own digital wallets, the sources said.

Indonesia, home to 260 million people and Southeast Asia’s largest economy, is one of the top-five markets globally for Whatsapp, with over 100 million users.

The nation is set to see its e-commerce industry tripling to $100 billion by 2025, according to some estimates, but it also has some of the region’s strictest digital payments regulations.

WhatsApp is in advanced talks with several digital payments firms including ride hailer Go-Jek, mobile payments firm DANA, backed by China’s Ant Financial, and fintech startup OVO, which is owned by Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group and is also backed by ride hailing company Grab, the sources said.

Deals with the three firms are expected to be finalised shortly, the people said, declining to be named as the talks are private.

WhatsApp has also approached state-owned Bank Mandiri (BMRI.JK), which operates a digital wallet, they said.

The Indonesia plan comes after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced earlier this year that it would be rolling out WhatsApp payments to “some countries”.

“As Mark has said earlier this year… we are looking to bring digital payments to more countries,” a Facebook spokeswoman told Reuters.

“WhatsApp is in conversations with financial partners in Indonesia about payments, however the discussions are in early stages and we do not have anything further to share at this stage.”

Go-Jek declined to comment. DANA, OVO and Bank Mandiri did not immediately respond to requests for comments.

A spokeswoman for the Mandiri-backed e-wallet LinkAja said she could not confirm any talks with WhatsApp.

EPAM Joins Blockchain in Transport Alliance, the World’s Largest Commercial Blockchain Association 10287

EPAM Systems, Inc., a leading global provider of digital platform engineering and software development services, today announced that it has joined the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA). BiTA is the largest commercial blockchain alliance in the world and develops blockchain best practices and standards in the transportation, logistics and supply chain industry. As one of BiTA’s member organizations, EPAM will leverage its software engineering expertise to help the alliance drive standards and enable blockchain technology adoption.

“With all the buzz and hype in the market, some companies assume that blockchain is the ultimate be-all, end-all solution for any business challenge. At EPAM, we’re working closely with our customers to help them truly understand how they can utilize distributed ledger technology, in combination with our other solution offerings, to increase efficiency and unlock new business models,” said Jitin Agarwal, VP, Enterprise Products, EPAM. “With over 25 years of software engineering expertise, we’ve helped our customers through each wave of technology change, and we’re excited to work with BiTA and other industry partners to help our clients navigate this emerging technology and realize the real business benefits of blockchain.”

EPAM has identified 21 blockchain use cases across six industries, including agriculture, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing and retail, insurance, healthcare, life sciences and transportation and logistics. With over 30 engagements and 15 working prototypes, EPAM helps its customers create enterprise blockchain solutions from scratch and integrate enterprise IT ecosystems to external blockchains, resulting in increased traceability and greater customer trust and engagement.

“On behalf of the members of BiTA, I welcome EPAM Systems to the Alliance,” said BiTA President Patrick Duffy. “EPAM’s real-world blockchain expertise will be valuable as the organization moves forward in its development of additional standards for the global transportation marketplace.”

Digix partners with UK-based Visa Debit Card Provider, Monolith, and international blockchain organization, MakerDAO, to expand its e-payment solution 10360

Monolith

London-based Monolith announces its partnership with international asset-based Decentralised Finance (DeFi) companies Digix and MakerDAO, to make their tokens loadable on the Monolith Visa debit card.

Taking Decentralised Finance mainstream with Monolith’s Visa debit card

As part of driving the everyday adoption of digital currencies in e-payments, the Monolith team is partnering with international blockchain companies MakerDAO and Digix to bring their respective digital currencies to the Monolith Platform.

Starting from the 15th of August 2019, users who sign up for Monolith will also be able to load their Monolith Visa debit cards with MakerDAO and Digix’s digital currencies through the Monolith mobile app. These currencies can be used for everyday transactions such as paying bills, purchasing goods or even to send and receive money.

Digix is the world’s first smart-asset company using blockchain that accounts for the authentication and provenance of 99.99% investment-grade gold bullions. Every DGX token represents 1 gram of gold that is stored in accredited precious metals vaults in Singapore and Canada. Retail investors holding DGX tokens can exchange their token back at Digix to redeem the physical investment-grade gold bullion.

To mark their partnership with Monolith, Digix is offering the first 1,000 users who activate their Monolith Card 0.1g of Gold in DGX tokens credited to their Monolith Wallet.

Raising the growth and applicability of Decentralised Finance internationally

The decentralized finance space has seen greater attention in 2019 with larger institutions seeing the potential for blockchain in payment processing. Monolith’s announcement comes at a time where prominent institutions such as Visa, J.P Morgan Chase, and Facebook have delved into blockchain-based projects of their own.

Through the Monolith platform and debit card which allows for usage anywhere that accepts Visa, European and London-based retail investors of Digix’s digital assets can now use DGX tokens for everyday purchases. With the credence of connecting with anywhere that accepts Visa, more blockchain-based companies like Digix can integrate their e-payment options to better serve everyday consumers.

“We’re thrilled to have had a fantastic response from our beta users and are now ramping up for growth. Rebranding to Monolith helps us achieve our mission of democratizing finance and bringing the Token economy to everyone while providing a unique service to our customers,” Mel Gelderman, CEO of Monolith said.

“MakerDAO and Digix are some of the most well-recognized and earliest Ethereum-based projects. For TKN holders, these partnerships mean that DAI, DGD, and DGX are now eligible for usage in the TKN Asset Contract. We’re thrilled to offer them on Monolith, and see this as the start of bringing many more quality tokens into the Monolith ecosystem. Watch this space.” he added.

Monolith’s solution provides a powerful way for token holders to extend the usefulness of their crypto-holdings,” said Rune Christensen, CEO, and Cofounder of MakerDAO. “Their cards create a critical bridge from the world of DeFi to the more traditional world of retail.

“Monolith is a pioneer in the space of cryptocurrency cards. This partnership is driven by a common mission with Monolith to democratize access to cryptos to the majority, and increase the utility of blockchain assets, allowing blockchain assets to permeate into everyone’s daily lives.” Kai C. Chng, CEO of Digix said.


About Monolith

Monolith is a London-based banking alternative powered by Ethereum. Established in 2016, Monolith aims to bring the Ethereum economy to the real world.

Available on the App Store (iOS with Android to come), Monolith allows you to securely store ETH and ERC-20 tokens in your own decentralized Contract Wallet. You can then exchange them to fiat and preload them to your Monolith Visa debit card.

The Monolith token, TKN, gives community members a chance to share in the success of the Monolith card and is backed by a basket of Ethereum tokens that people use to pay for everyday purchases.

Find out more at https://monolith.xyz/

Kelly Services Enters Public Blockchain Arena, Partners With Online Hiring Platform 11128

Stablecoins

An increasing number of mainstream giants have taken the plunge into the blockchain world over the past two years. Players such as Walmart and Facebook have shown interest in the technology to improve areas like supply chain and value transfer. Staffing giant Kelly Services has joined online hiring platform Moonlighting to bring blockchain to human capital.

Kelly has announced “a strategic partnership between Kelly Services and Moonlighting,” John Healy, vice president and managing director for the Office of the Future of Work, “an organization within Kelly [Services],” said to me in an interview.

“Kelly’s innovation fund and our Office of the Future of Work, together, are coming together with Jeff [Tennery] and Moonlighting to form this,” Healy said. “A big part of it is the aspect that Moonlighting has made a commitment to using blockchain as a foundation for what they’re doing with their platform as they move forward,” he added. “We think that [there are] some pretty significant market opportunities that are going to come as a result of that.” The Moonlighting platform is based on EOSIO’s public blockchain, with no crypto asset involved, Moonlighting CEO and founder Jeff Tennery clarified to me in an email.

In the hiring world, job seeking and freelancing can be difficult and redundant in the sense that such parties may need to upload their skills, profiles and information to many different platforms and websites in an attempt to gain job exposure. This can be time consuming. Blockchain may hold the keys to smoothing out the process, as well as adding elements of decentralization and security to the mix.

Varonis Uncovers New Malware Strains and a Mysterious Web Shell During a Monero Cryptojacking Investigation 10679

 

The Varonis Security Research team recently investigated an ongoing cryptomining infection that had spread to nearly every device at a mid-size company. Analysis of the collected malware samples revealed a new variant, which the team dubbed “Norman” that uses various techniques to hide and avoid discovery. We also discovered an interactive web shell that may be related to the mining operators.

Research Overview

  • We found a large-scale infection of cryptominers; almost every server and workstation in the company was infected.
  • Since the initial infection, which took place over a year ago, the number of variants and infected devices grew.
  • Norman employs evasion techniques to hide from analysis and avoid discovery.
  • Most of the malware variants relied on DuckDNS (a free, Dynamic DNS service). Some needed it for command and control (C&C) communications, while others used it to pull configuration settings or to send updates.
  • Norman is an XMRig-based cryptominer, a high-performance miner for Monero cryptocurrency.
  • We have no conclusive evidence that connects the cryptominers to the interactive PHP Shell. However, we have strong reason to believe they originate from the same threat actor. We make a case whether they may or may not be connected.
  • We provide tips for defending against remote web shells and cryptominers.

The Investigation

The investigation began during an evaluation of our Data Security Platform, which quickly raised several suspicious network-related alerts for abnormal web activity alongside correlated abnormal file activities. The customer quickly realized the devices flagged by the Varonis platform belonged to the same users who had reported recent unstable applications and network slowdowns.

Varonis’ Forensics team manually investigated the customer’s environment, hopping from infected station to station based on the alerts generated by Varonis. Varonis’ Incident Response team implemented a custom rule in DatAlert to detect machines that were actively mining and quickly contained the incident. The team forwarded malware samples to our Forensics and Research teams, which determined that additional investigation was needed.

Infected hosts were easily detected by their use of DuckDNS, a dynamic DNS service that allows its users to create custom domain names. As stated above, most of the malware from this case relied on DuckDNS for command and control (C&C) communications, to pull configuration settings or send updates.

Almost every server and workstation was infected with malware. Most were generic variants of cryptominers. Some were password dumping tools, some were hidden PHP shells, and some had been present for several years.

We delivered our findings to the customer, removed the malware from their environment, and the infection stopped.

Out of all the cryptominer samples that we found, one stood out. We named it “Norman.”

The Changing World of Payments 11485

Payments

The payments industry is evolving at pace. In Digital Payment Services we are helping to shape those changes, allowing us to transform our services and deliver the best for our users. Often when we talk about payments, people automatically think of CPS, our Central Payment System, however our payments estate is much more extensive and complex than that. That means any new changes will be felt across our payments ecosystem that provides services for our 20 million customers.

Design thinking

The way the industry is changing has not only influenced our design thinking, but has also challenged our understanding of the needs and demands the next 5-10 years could bring, as well as the known challenges and pain points.

A key principle of design thinking is to challenge our mind-set and put the users and their experiences front and centre. Before shaping the future, we need to consider the influencers and disruptors that could have direct and indirect implications. Some of the disruptors we’re watching are Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technologies. Other important influencers include socio-economic changes, such as an aging population increasing demand on our services. We’re also looking at the introduction of open banking, which is aiming to create more competition in the payments industry by opening up and standardising banking data.

An important conclusion of our design thinking is that although we must change and develop new services, we need to protect the core services that our users rely on.

Changing trends

Some of the trends that we’ll be watching as we transform our payment services include:

  • New Payments Architecture – this will introduce the biggest set of changes to the way UK payment schemes process payments in years. Forecasted to start implementation in 2021, a common payment message standard will be introduced, the existing schemes will be consolidated and new overlay services, such as Request to Pay and Confirmation of Payee, will be available.
  • Open Banking – this is now starting to reshape financial services at pace, enabling new business models and products.
  • Distributed Ledger Technologies – we are starting to see the first full production implementations, such as Santander’s One Pay FX. The benefits include reducing time, cost and failure rate associated with making transactions whilst data is stored on a secure immutable ledger.

I’m keen for us to consider how we can harness the payment innovations coming out of these trends and how we can influence the New Payment Architecture to help shape future of payments across government.

Successes so far

Payments are core to our service and are critical to help people live better lives.

We’ve already achieved a lot: we’ve insourced some services, migrated the hosting of our core payments system from external suppliers to on premises hosting and now manage and evolve our payments systems within the department. We have delivered some fairly significant change: introduced a new Faster Payment solution allowing for near real-time payments. And we have migrated our banking services to the new Government Banking Services.

As we move our Payment Services forward they need to be efficient, modern, fast, scalable, flexible, innovative and available 24/7. To do this we’re building a team of incredible people and skills. But most importantly, we’re continuing to ensure our customers receive their payments on time.