Korea Bitcoin ETF Approval Depends on US SEC Decision, Admits Stock Exchange Official

South Korea has joined the cryptocurrency community when it comes to waiting for the US’ verdict on Bitcoin exchange-traded funds (ETF). The nation’s sole bourse operator, Korea Exchange (KRX), admitted that it was carefully observing the constantly-unfolding crypto ETF scenario in the US. An official at the exchange – on condition of anonymity – told the Korean Herald that seeing the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) response to the bitcoin derivative products could assist KRX in understanding how they could move forward with similar investment offerings in South Korea. Excerpts from his statement: “The US has been the front-runner on the cryptocurrency

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Samsung Galaxy S10 Bitcoin Wallet Leaked by Insider: Is it Official?

By CCN.com: BGR, a U.S.-based technology publication, reported that a Samsung insider leaked images of the new Galaxy S10 model equipped with a native Bitcoin wallet. The Galaxy S10 has not yet been released to the public, but Samsung reportedly distributed the model to accessory makers and merchants. Galaxy S10 with a Crypto Wallet? According … Continued

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Ledger & TREZOR Official Response

From Ledger, "At the 35th Computer Chaos Congress in Leipzig, Dmitry Nedospasov, Thomas Roth and Josh Datko gave a presentation called wallet.fail, where they tried to demonstrate that Hardware Wallets were vulnerable to several types of attacks. Concerning Ledger, they presented 3 attack paths which could give the impression that critical vulnerabilities were uncovered on Ledger devices. This is not the case."

https://www.ledger.fr/2018/12/28/chaos-communication-congress-in-response-to-wallet-fails-presentation/

TREZOR's manufacturer SatoshiLabs responded to the vulnerabilities on Twitter, saying "With regards to #35c3 findings about @Trezor: we were not informed via our Reponsible Disclosure program beforehands, so we learned about them from the stage. We need to take some time to fix these and we'll be addressing them via a firmware update at the end of January."

SatoshiLabs also responded in their subreddit with slightly more detail, "Per my latest information (I am not present at the conference), we were not informed about this vulnerability via our Responsible Disclosure process, and therefore we are working with the information as it arrives. We will address this vulnerability as soon as possible, though we will need some time. Until then, you can mitigate it by using a passphrase (make sure to learn how it works first, as in case of passphrase-loss your funds are irrecoverable), or by making sure you do not lose physical access to your device. To exploit the vulnerability, the attacker needs to have physical access to your device — directly to its board."

Of interest, neither manufacturer was notified of these vulnerabilities prior to it's disclosure on stage at CCC through their responsible disclosure programs so have been caught unaware. SatoshiLabs and Ledger will both be patching their devices by the end of January.

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