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BPSAA | Blockchain Privacy, Security & Adoption Alliance

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BPSAA (Blockchain Privacy, Security Adoption Alliance) goes live assembling crypto gurus from multiple projects for the good of cryptomanity. BPSAA aims to bring collaboration through BPSAA verified projects in order to enhance Privacy, Security, Adoption for users in the crypto realm.

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Projects in the Alliance:
Pirate Chain (Most Anonymous Crypto) https://bpsaa.vision/pirate-chain
Turtle Network (Interoperable DEX w/fiat) https://bpsaa.vision/turtlenetwork
Ether-1 (Decentralized Storage) https://bpsaa.vision/ether1
Sentinal (Decentralized VPN) https://bpsaa.vision/sentinel

Source: https://cryptocoremedia.com/bpsaa-blockchain-privacy-security-adoption-alliance/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bpsaa-blockchain-privacy-security-adoption-alliance

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Stripe will offer bank accounts, with help from Goldman Sachs and Citi

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Online payments giant and Cash App owner Stripe is stepping into a new realm of financial services for vendors.

Per a Wall Street Journal exclusive on Thursday, Stripe is looking to offer customers bank accounts and debit cards. However, these financial products will be limited to vendors and merchants for now.

The new initiative will also involve collaboration with banking giants Goldman Sachs and Citi, which is part of a broader push from both to incorporate online business services and new technologies

In 2015, Stripe was an early payments platform to onboard Bitcoin (BTC) functionality, which it dropped three years later. 

Last year, Stripe made headlines for seeing a valuation of $35 billion following a funding round.

Source: https://cointelegraph.com/news/stripe-is-launching-new-banking-services-alongside-goldman-sachs-and-citigroup

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Visa Partners With Circle to Integrate USDC for Payments

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Visa, a global financial services company and credit card giant, has partnered with Circle Internet Financial, a leading crypto fintech startup, to integrate the latter’s stablecoin.

Visa Taps USDC for Digital Payments

According to Forbes, on Dec. 2, Visa will be adopting Circle’s USD Coin (USDC) into its credit card platforms. The collaboration between both companies would see the use of the stablecoin to send and receive payments.

Although Visa will not be a custodian to the USDC, Circle will help the financial services giant choose credit that will integrate the USDC into their platforms. The report also noted that 25 crypto companies involved in Visa’s Fast Track program would also be included in the partnership.

Furthermore, Visa plans to roll a credit card in the near future, following Circle’s completion of the company’s Fast Track program. It would enable businesses to seamlessly carry out payments using USDC. Commenting on the proposition, Cuy Sheffield, Visa’s head of crypto, said:

“This will be the first, corporate card that will allow businesses to be able to spend a balance of USDC. And so we think that this will significantly increase the utility that USDC can have for Circle’s business clients.”

Digital Payments Adoption on the Agenda

According to a recent report by CryptoPotato, Visa, and BlockFi, a crypto wallet provider, announced a collaboration to launch a Bitcoin rewards credit card in 2021. The credit card would enable customers to get rewards for their purchases in BTC. BlockFi would use the USDC in Q1 2021.

Sheffield also spoke on the integration of Circle’s stablecoin, saying:

“We continue to think of Visa as a network of networks. Blockchain networks and stable coins, like USDC are just additional networks. So we think that there’s a significant value that Visa can provide to our clients, enabling them to access them and enabling them to spend at our merchants.”

The Visa – Circle partnership is the latest development in the expanding digital payments arena. Fellow payments giant PayPal recently boarded the crypto train, allowing its 346 million users to purchase cryptocurrencies on its platform.

Back in November, PayPal CEO Dan Schulman revealed that cryptos would be an accepted funding source for online payments on its 28 million merchants by 2021. During the ongoing Web Summit in Portugal, Schulman opined that the era of digital payments was imminent.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/visa-partners-with-circle-to-integrate-usdc-for-payments/

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Hackers Demand 200 Bitcoin Ransomware After Compromising Leading Israeli Insurance Company’s Sensitive Data

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A notorious hackers’ group called The Black Shadow has compromised one of the largest insurance companies in Israel – Shirbit. The attackers have already released sensitive client documents and have demanded a ransom in bitcoin, which could rise to $4 million by the end of the week.

Israeli Insurance Company Hacked

According to a local media outlet, the first confirmation of the hack came on Monday evening. Representatives of The Black Shadow group posted an initial batch of compromised documents on a Telegram channel.

Shirbit had contacted the National Cyber Directorate and Capital Market Authority to open an investigation. Shortly after, the organizations confirmed the breach and indicated that the hackers have also leaked numerous insurance details, alongside the initial documents.

According to the report, Shirbit has many high-profile customers, including government employees. Company CEO Zvi Leibushor said that the safety of its clients is Shirbit’s top priority.

“Shirbit has invested millions of shekels in securing databases and protecting against cyber-attacks and meets all the stringent regulatory requirements in this area.” He added that the firm has invested “all resources and efforts needed for an effective safe and rapid solution to this cyber-attack, whose real goal is to try to harm the Israeli economy.”

Demand Requested In Bitcoin

After releasing a small part of the compromised documents, The Black Shadow reps have contacted the victims to request 50 bitcoins (about $960,000 with today’s prices).

However, in case Shirbit failed to pay the attackers within the first 24 hours, the demand would double to 100 bitcoins. The procedure will repeat and double to 200 bitcoins if another 24 hours pass without payment.

Furthermore, the hackers threatened the insurance company that if it fails to transfer the funds by the end of this week, they will sell all compromised data to other bidders.

It’s worth noting that numerous other Israeli companies and high-profile individuals have recently become victims of similar hacks and demands.

CryptoPotato recently reported that 20 Israeli crypto executives, all clients of the local telecommunications giant Partner, were hacked by stealing their SMS messages.

Another coverage informed that a new type of ransomware attacked called Pay2Key has been executed against several Israeli companies in the second part of 2020. The perpetrators had requested the demand in bitcoins, similarly to the Shirbit hack.

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Source: https://cryptopotato.com/hackers-demand-200-bitcoin-ransomware-after-compromising-leading-israeli-insurance-companys-sensitive-data/

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