It pays to be a hacker. Whether you’re fixing problems or adding to the deadly mix out there, there’s a lot of money to be made if you know how to infiltrate computer networks.
Scary, but Super Skills
If you’re in the former category, you’re what’s considered a “white hat hacker.” These are individuals hired by tech companies and similar enterprises to fix bugs in their systems for a fee. You have the knowledge necessary to access computer networks and browse through whatever data is available. You choose to use your computer skills for the greater good.
Despite all we hear about hackings and crypto thefts, white hat hackers are more common than mainstream media would have us believe. In fact, such individuals made over $32,000 in just the last seven weeks alone making tech companies stronger, better and easier to manage.
Among the networks fixed were Tron, EOS, Brave and Coinbase. There were also several blockchain companies stationed throughout the U.S. that got a taste of “white hat hacking.” In all, about 15 separate blockchain-based enterprises were treated to the skills of these hackers between the dates of March 28 and May 16, 2019.
In addition, about 30 separate bug reports were released which detailed the kinds of issues these networks were facing and what was done to correct them. Omise, for example, is a software firm responsible for the Omise Go cryptocurrency many enthusiasts and traders have come to love. The company is reported to have received about six fixes from white hat hackers, thereby incurring the most corrections of all surveyed ventures.
In second place is Augur, which garnered a total of three individual fixes. Brave also released three corrections. Brave is a popular internet application that issues its own cryptocurrency and offers anonymous browsing properties to its userbase.
What’s great about being a white hat hacker is the kind of good, honest money you can earn. For example, it’s estimated that all the fixes incurred by Omise were worth approximately $100 each, but the persons responsible for the corrections were paid much more than that.
Hackers Can Be Decent Contractors
One can see just how much a trustworthy hacker’s skills are desired when they examine the statistics released by EOS, a direct competitor to the Ethereum network. EOS gave one of its fixer-uppers a whopping $10,000 payment just for correcting one problem. How much money it issued for every fix has not yet been revealed at press time.
In addition, Tron paid more than $3,000 to a hacker who alleged that the company’s blockchain system was susceptible to faulty or fraudulent smart contracts that could have ultimately ended the blockchain’s operations. In a world full of crime and malicious behavior, it still pays to have an honest living at your heels.
Litecoin (LTC), LEOCoin (LEO) and Chainlink (LINK) Price Analysis: Who Is Dominating the Crypto Market Between the Bulls and the Bears?
It’s Tuesday and Cryptocurrency markets are finally waking up! Ethereum, XRP, Litecoin and Cardano are leading the bull rally right now with close to 5% gain in the past 24 hours! Let’s take a look at some of our favorite cryptocurrencies and see what today has in store for us.
LITECOIN PRICE ANALYSIS (LTC/USD)
In today’s hourly chart, the LTC/USD pair has recorded bullish performance; the formation of ascending channels reflected the uptrend. This shows that the bulls have picked up their strength and are dominating the momentum. Besides, bullish moves were also encountered at several instances, starting with the resistance level being escalated upwards from $71.0000 to $73.0133. The pair’s price also fluctuated upside from the opening price of $70.7249 to the current rate of $72.8800 that signals an increase in buying pressure. That foreshadows an increase in investor’s sentiment in the near term.
In terms of technical indicators, the short-term SMA is now gravitating above the long-term SMA that suggests an upside move. The RSI is currently trading near the positive zone that indicates a bullish outlook. Higher price levels should be anticipated.
LITECOIN PRICE PREDICTION (LTC/USD)
If the pair’s price moves above the upper channel that is at $73.661, a further upside correction near $80.000 and $81.000 may be seen. However, a break below the lower channel might be a turnaround for the upside rally that could be followed by a decline near $69.0000.
LEOCOIN PRICE ANALYSIS (LEO/USD)
The LEO/USD pair on an hourly chart saw a long-term period of consolidation between critical support level $1.0807 and resistance level $1.0866. There seemed to be no much activity going on from 08:00 to 05:00. That was also accompanied by the repeated appearance of a Doji candle that confirmed indecision in the market.
At around 06:00 a bullish engulfing candle was seen, that breached $1.0866 and moved the price up to a high of $1.0991. That may lead to further upside correction in the near term. Looking at the technical indicators, moving averages are giving a bullish outlook, with the short-term SMA above the long-term SMA. The RSI is currently above the overbought zone that signals further upbeat performance; thus an increase in buyouts.
LEOCOIN PRICE PREDICTION (LEO/USD)
Since almost all the indicators are foreshadowing a bullish outlook, investors should go long and take profit near $1.1500 and 1.1600.
CHAINLINK PRICE ANALYSIS (LINK/USD)
LINK/USD on the other side, has recorded a bearish outlook over the last 24hrs. The pair’s price failed to break past the healthy resistance level $1.6052. However, it faced an intense selling pressure that fluctuated the price down to a low of $1.5445. Afterward, at around 13:00 to 20:00 a short-term period of consolidation was seen above the significant support level near $1.5513 that was followed by a slight gain that moved the support level to $1.5616.
Additionally, the LINK/USD pair is down by 1.9% over the intraday, having escalated from $1.6052 to now trading at $1.5755. Besides, this also showed a decrease in investor’s sentiments. Conversely, there is hope for a better future since at the press time; most indicators are giving a favorable scenario. The RSI is seen climbing towards the positive area, and the moving averages have turned from indicating a bearish sign to bullish sign.
CHAINLINK PRICE PREDICTION (LINK/USD)
If the bulls polish up there strategy and succeed in moving the price above the resistance level $1.6150 then further upside correction near $1.7000 and 1.7500 should be expected.
BitMEX CEO responds to Binance’s market maker slip up, offers CZ a “copy/paste” course
Arthur Hayes, the CEO of BitMEX, responded to Changpeng Zhao’s false accusations of a Binance futures market maker attack—satirically. Hayes offered him a “copy/paste” course for 51 percent of his equity, alluding to earlier plagiarism accusations. Zhao replied he’d be happy to buy-in.
CZ’s quick fingers get him in trouble, yet again
The rivalry between two of the biggest crypto derivatives platforms in the world shows no signs of stopping. The CEO of BitMEX, the first exchange to introduce a crypto futures trading platform, Arthur Hayes missed no opportunities to take a jab at their main competitor—Binance.
Changpeng Zhao, the CEO of Binance, has been known for his easygoing attitude towards slip ups and mistakes made by his company. But, this time Zhao’s attitude got the best of him when he hastily accused one of Binance’s clients of attacking its futures platform.
In a Twitter post, Zhao said that the attacker as a “well-known” account that attempted to use the sudden price drop in Binance’s Bitcoin futures to turn a profit and liquidate other clients. However, it quickly turned out that the sudden futures price drop wasn’t due to a malicious attack, but was caused by a “bad parameter” set by the client.
Zhao’s lighthearted way of dealing with situations like these wasn’t well-received by the crypto community, with many criticizing him for posting harsh accusations and lacking a fundamental understanding of how futures trading platforms work.
Hayes uses the opportunity to take a jab at CZ
Joining the slew of those criticizing Zhao was Arthur Hayes, the CEO of Binance’s main competitor BitMEX. He took the opportunity to continue his Twitter back-and-forth with him and criticize him for the incident.
In a tweet, Zhao said that no users were affected by the drop in the future’s price thanks to a supposed invention by Binance. The innovation, he explained, was setting off liquidations based on the exchange’s own index price, and not the futures price.
In response to a user who tweeted that liquidations tied to the index price were a long-time staple at BitMEX, Hayes offered to teach Zhao how to run a crypto derivatives platform.
This isn’t the first time a crypto-influencer used the old “Ctrl+c/Ctrl+v” hotkey hook and jab combo. Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin used the same insult against Justin Sun when evidence surfaced that a significant portion of the TRON whitepaper was plagiarized from other projects.
Zhao seemed to have appreciated the joke, saying he would be happy to attend any class taught by Hayes in exchange for 49 percent of a venture he runs.
The jokes were well received by the crypto community, where (mostly) light-hearted insult-slinging between industry heavyweights is a favorite spectator sport among Crypto Twitter.
Crypto Analyst Outlines Short Term ‘Panic’ Level for Bitcoin (BTC)
The price of Bitcoin continues to move sideways in an extremely narrow range. And amid the low volatility, analysts are trying to gauge which direction BTC may pop next.
Analyst Nick Cote tells his 63,000 followers on Twitter he’s bullish on BTC after its next halving in May of 2020.
He points to BTC’s Bollinger Bands, which uses two lines of standard deviation to measure volatility, as a sign that traders should be cautious.
In the short term, Cote warns the leading cryptocurrency could suffer another significant drop.
“Week long consolidation has broken down to the downside. No need to panic unless $9,750 falls. Above $10,270 and I’ll be thinking this was a fakeout, but below, the course looks to be back towards the liquidity box below. Currently no position for me with volatility this low…
To clarify my position with Bitcoin: I’m a big bull post-having, but I believe there is plenty of room (and opportunity) for a pre-having shakeout to the tune of 30%.”
As for the altcoin market, Cote says Ethereum needs to remain above support levels around $182 to keep pushing forward.
“Ethereum has hit the $195 target and needs to hold above $182 to continue its recent bullish break from the FW, which if held, will push Ethereum to the $225 mark.
A move below will spell disaster and a high probability re-test of the $165 long term