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Ryuk Ransomware Attack on Major US Newspapers Came from Russia, Not North Korea, Researchers Say

Researchers at Crowdstrike, FireEye, Kryptos Logic, and McAfee are all reporting that ransomware known as Ryuk is, in fact, being proliferated by professional hack groups in Russia, and not by North Koreans, ZDNet reports. According to the outlet: “The era of individual ransomware operations appears to be ending, with fewer… Read More

Sberbank Now Allowing Consumer Lending on Mobile App

Russian banking group Sberbank announced last week it is now offering online individual lending through its mobile app, which is specifically offered to Android users at this time, with iOS functionality being available in a few months. While sharing more details about the new functionality, Managing… Read More

“Bitcoin Babushkas”: Older Women Mining Bitcoins in Siberia

Russia is one of the most crypto (currency)-enthused regions in the world, and mining cryptocurrencies not just a big city, male phenomenon there, BBC reports. In the Siberian city of Irkutsk, even “grandmothers” are getting in on the action. “I want some money that I’ve… Read More

Russian Authorities Imposing New Digital Surveillance Layer to Combat Anonymous Message App Telegram

If all goes well with current tests, Russian telecom companies will soon be required to implement new content-censoring tech in order to surveil and intercept messages sent on prohibited anonymizing apps like Telegram, BBC Russia reports. The system, which has been being competitively tested by… Read More

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Says Digital Currency for the EAEU Region “Inevitable”

Russian Deputy Finance Minister Alexei Moiseyev has told the local press his ministry is exploring the creation of a digital currency for the EAEU region – in part as a response to international sanctions, Rambler reports. Moiseyev says the currency may be expected in 2020… Read More

Sberbank Now Allowing Users in 42 Russian Cities Make Instant Contactless Payments Using Pay-QR

Russian banking firm Sberbank announced earlier this week it is now allowing users in 42 Russian cities to make instant contactless payments using Pay-QR on smartphones. According to Sberbank, the project’s goals are to provide a convenient new QR code payment technology for individuals and a… Read More

Lawyer: Greek Justice System Violating Rights of Accused Bitcoin Launderer Alexander Vinnik

The legal rights of a man at the centre of an international tug-of-war have been violated by the Greek justice system, a lawyer for accused BTC-e administrator Alexander Vinnik argued in court this week. “You have violated the rights of Alexander Vinnik, who hasn’t received… Read More

Russian Payment Platform Yandex.Checkout Now Providing Online Stores With Google Pay Option

Yandex.Checkout, an online payments service based in Russia, announced on Wednesday its partners may now accept payments through Google Pay without any additional development required: the payment method becomes available to them as they send a request for it. This news comes just days after Yandex.Checkout announced it has integrated… Read More

Russian Crypto Association Cooperating with Iran to Create “SWIFT Counterpart”

In early November, SWIFT, the Belgium-based company that operates the global payments network of the same name, announced that “certain Iranian banks” would be cut off from using the service: “In keeping with our mission of supporting the resilience and integrity of the global financial… Read More

Russian Online Payments Platform Yandex.Checkout Announces Integration With WeChat Pay

Yandex.Checkout, an online payments service based in Russia, announced on Thursday it has integrated with WeChat Pay. According to Yandex.Checkout, the new feature will notably be well suited for merchants who are working with Chinese tourists in Russia or looking for an opportunity to start… Read More

Russian Online Lender MFC Zaymer Joins Robo.cash

Automated peer to peer platform Robo.cash has issued a note saying Russian microfinance company MFC Zaymer is joining their platform. The company operates Zaymer.ru that offers short-term (payday) loans with interest rates for investors of 14% in Euros and up to 18% for loans originated in Rubles…. Read More

Sberbank & Yandex.Checkout Introduce B2B Payments Service

Yandex.Checkout and Sberbank have launched a new B2B Payments service allowing companies to accept online payments from corporate clients.  The new feature aims to reduce the payment process time frame to 1–3 minutes. Yandex.Checkout and Sberbank claim the title for the first platforms to offer… Read More

Seven More Russians Indicted in US for Alleged Crypto-Funded Spying

Seven more Russian spies have been indicted in the US, charged with multiple counts of attacking industrial, sports, anti-doping and anti-chemical weapons organizations across the world. The personal records of rival athletes were also targeted. Prosecutors in the Western District of Pennsylvania also claim the… Read More

Russia’s Sberbank Now Offering Loans Without Proof of Income Through New Pilot Project

Russian bank Sberbank announced last week the launch of its new pilot project that will allow loans to be issued without proof of income. The bank reported that up to RUB 300,000 will be given per loan. Speaking about the project, Sergey Shirokov, Managing Director… Read More

Texas Issues Emergency Cease and Desist Orders Against Three ICO Projects

The Texas State Securities Board (TSSB) has issued emergency cease and desist orders against three ICO/cryptocurrency projects soliciting investors in Texas: Coins Miner Investment Ltd., DGBK Ltd. (DigitalBank) and Ultimate Assets LLC. All three projects allegedly used misleading information to promote their projects, and none… Read More

Mario Draghi: Euro Cryptocurrency Not a “Concrete Option” for in Near Term, Cash “Remains Popular”

Costs presently outweigh benefits, and so the European Central Bank (ECB), “has no plans to issue a central bank digital currency,” at this time, though it is investigating the matter, says ECB president, Mario Draghi. Draghi made the comments in a September 12th letter responding… Read More

Official Says Russian Central Bank’s ICO Pilot a Success

Ivan Semagin, Deputy Director of the Financial Market Development at the Bank of Russia, told attendees at a finance and trade conference in Vladivostok this week that the Bank of Russia’s first “sandbox” trial of an ICO (intitial coin offering) blockchain system went well technically, though… Read More

Catching Waves: New System Protocol for Blockchain, Launches SIMDAQ on Tidex

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The Waves Platform, a decentralized global platform offering an ecosystem for blockchain developers, has begun its process of activating Smart Contracts on the platform’s MainNet. According to the platform, Waves released a new system protocol for its blockchain, the first stage of the launch of Smart… Read More

Sberbank Teams Up With 500 Startups to Launch New Russian IT Startups Program

Sberbank announced on Friday it has formed a partnership with international accelerator 500 Startups to launch a new program specifically for Russian IT startups. According to Sberbank, the accelerator program is designed for the following areas: E-commerce Digital medicine Lifestyle services Cloud B2B services Advertising… Read More

Russian Police Seize 22 Bitcoin ATMs from Company BBFpro

Police in Russia have seized all 22 Bitcoin ATMs belonging to the company BBFpro without warning, Russian media outlet RBC reports. Police are said to be acting on orders from the Prosecutor General’s Office, orders induced by a letter from the Central Bank of Russia… Read More

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