Welcome to our final recap of the major stories for the year! Here’s what has happened over the past week:
China launches NFT marketplace 🇨🇳
After declaring all cryptocurrency activities to be illegal last year, China announced the launch of its very own NFT marketplace on January 1st 2023.
However, this marketplace will not be using any existing blockchains like Ethereum or Solana. Instead, the Chinese government has created its own blockchain, the China Cultural Heritage Chain’.
Although trading will still be in a controlled environment, it does hold some promise that China is loosening its grip on crypto activity in the country.
Avraham Eisenberg arrested 👮♀️
After outing himself as the Mango Markets ‘hacker’, Avraham Eisenberg declared that his actions were legal in his eyes.
However, the authorities seemed to think otherwise, and he was arrested in Puerto Rico.
Eisenberg manipulated the price of the MNGO token which resulted in $117 million worth of funds being stolen from the money market platform.
This hack has shown the risks of DeFi lending, and you can learn how safe it actually is in our article here.
Kraken shuts down Japan arm 🇯🇵
Despite Japan announcing its intention to liberalise crypto in the country,
Kraken has announced that it will be shutting down its Japan arm.
As one of the larger crypto exchanges in the world, Kraken has decided to “deregister from the Financial Services Agency in Japan by Jan. 31, 2023”.
This comes at a time when Japan is lift the ban on foreign-issued stablecoins on crypto exchanges in the country, such as USDT and USDC.
Winklevoss twins sued 📃
Investors are now suing Gemini over its Earn program, which earned its yield by troubled crypto lender Genesis Trading.
Despite attempting to find a solution to the liquidity crisis,
not much progress has been made in this area.
While centralised crypto lending poses some risks, especially if they are not transparent about how they generate yields.
At Krystal, we have partnered with trusted platforms in the DeFi space to provide you with passive income options for your idle assets.
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$8 million stolen from BitKeep users 💸
Hackers were able to hijack an APK version of the BitKeep wallet on Android, which resulted in users downloading a compromised version of the app.
This has led to users’ seed phrases being compromised, and the hacker was able to drain $8 million worth of funds from users’ wallets.
We would like to stress the importance of downloading wallet applications from official sources, as there could be phishing websites that aim to steal your seed phrase.
Your seed phrase is like a master password to your wallet, and it should never be shared with anyone, as this will give them full control over your funds.
To find out more about seed phrases, you can check out our detailed article here.
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