Crypto-Stealing Gustuff Trojan Unmasks Alarming Banking Vulnerabilities

The darknet has a new soldier in the form Gustuff, a new Android trojan that has targeted over 125 cryptocurrency and banking apps. Gustuff has been in existence since April 2018 and stands with Anubis, Red Alert, and BankBot as one of the deadliest threats to the financial space. Cybersecurity firm Group-IB suggests that Gustuff can uncover login credentials and automate transactions for a variety of banking and crypto apps including Capital One, Wells Fargo, PNC Bank, Coinbase, and Bitcoin Wallet. It’s also been known to target credentials for other payment and messaging apps, including Western Union, PayPal, Walmart, and

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Ripple, Not XRP: Spanish Banking Giant Santander Clarifies Crypto ‘Confusion’

Santander Bank wrongly gave Ripple fans hope when a member of its support team tweeted the following on Friday: Hey Wes, we're doing great. We're using XRP for international payments to 18 EU countries and the USA. This is on our iPhone app called One Pay FX. ^TC — Santander UK Help (@santanderukhelp) March 23, 2019 xCurrent 4.0 to Provide “Seamless” Access to xRapid Santander announced last year they were using xCurrent, Ripple’s answer to SWIFT. The bank messaging protocol provides real-time tracking and quick settlement for banks. xRapid, on the other hand, is Ripple’s XRP settlement protocol. It uses

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What Crypto Bear Market? Japanese Banking Giant SBI Will Soon Mine Bitcoin

SBI Holdings, a major financial and banking giant in Japan, has formally announced the launch of SBI Mining Chip Co., Ltd., officially entering the bitcoin mining industry. In recent months, the most dominant forces in the global bitcoin mining industry in the likes of Bitmain, Cannan, and Japanese internet conglomerate GMO have struggled to adjust to market conditions. As the bitcoin bear market extended to a 15-month correction, despite the gradual increase in hash power, the demand for bitcoin mining due to the general decline in profitability of mining noticeably dropped. The entrance of SBI Holdings into the mining market

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Hong Kong Crypto Exchange Gatecoin Choked to Death by Banking Freeze

Nowhere does the phrase ‘misfortunes don’t come singly’ appear to be truer than in the case of Hong Kong-based cryptocurrency exchange Gatecoin which has been hacked, had its banking accounts frozen, lost funds to a payment processor and now faces liquidation all in a span of three years. In a statement, Gatecoin revealed that it has to ‘cease operation with immediate effect’. According to Gatecoin, its current predicament was triggered by problems it experienced with banking partners. This saw it turn to a French-regulated payments firm but it soon ran into problems with the payments processor. Gatecoin Bites the Dust

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Why the $66 Billion BB&T-SunTrust Merger is the First of Many Banking Shakeups

BB&T and SunTrust announced a blockbuster merger that will create the sixth-largest bank in the United States. The $ 66 billion all-stock merger will see the combined entity serve more than 10 million U.S. households. Also noteworthy is that this deal is the first of this magnitude since the infamous 2008 financial crisis. BB&T-SunTrust Merger Likely Means Employee Layoffs The deal, while being called a merger, entails BB&T acquiring SunTrust. SunTrust is moving its Atlanta operations to Charlotte, NC where BB&T is based. Charlotte will be the new headquarters. Bill Rogers is the CEO and Chairman of SunTrust, while Kelly King

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