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Let's see what happened this week:
1. Cybercriminals Use Kobe Bryant Wallpaper For Cyptojack Victims
according to Microsoft Security Intelligence researchers, cybercriminals have embedded a coin mining script into a digital wallpaper starring the recently deceased basketball star Kobe Bryant.
As the world mourns the loss of an NBA legend, cybercriminals are profiting as expected from the tragedy. We found a malicious HTML file posing as a Kobe Bryant background that contains a parts extraction script. pic.twitter.com/w2JwPvqFy5
– Microsoft Security Intelligence (@MsftSecIntel) January 30, 2020
Documented in a series of tweets Microsoft said last week that its Defender SmartScreen was blocking the script after identifying it as a Trojan virus. It is not known if the unscrupulous crooks managed to take advantage of the Bryant explosion.
2. Ex-NFL tycoon rejects plea deal over cryptocurrency laundering costs
Reginald Fowler, a former contributor to the NFL team of the Minnesota Vikings, who was arrested for allegedly running an unlicensed money transfer business used for crypto exchange deposits change rejected a plea offer made by prosecutors.
Fowler is said to have pleaded guilty to one crime on the grounds that he would lose $ 371 million held in more than 50 different accounts, writes BNN Bloomberg.
However, the accused said that he would only accept to confiscate the assets that are currently in the accounts.
3. Luxembourg financial regulator warns of illegal cryptocurrency activities
The Financial Sector Supervisory Commission (CSSF) in Luxembourg issued a warning for a suspected cryptocurrency company last week. According to an announcement from the CSSF, Crypto Bull operates from offices based in Luxembourg, but has not registered with the regulator.
The country's financial regulator was one of the first to issue operating licenses to companies that deal with cryptocurrency with the aim of better regulating space. In other words, avoid or at least be extremely careful when dealing with cryptocurrency companies not licensed in the country.
4. No, Bitcoin ETFs won't be coming anytime soon
A year ago, with growing institutional interest, it seemed possible that a Bitcoin BTC exchange-traded fund (ETF) could be approved by U.S. regulators. But that no longer seems to be the case.
According to The Block 2020 Outlook Survey, most respondents do not believe we will see a Bitcoin ETF approved this year, reports The Block.
106 people from venture capital firms, financial services firms and other businesses in the digital asset sector participated in the survey. Over 77% answered "no" when asked if a Bitcoin ETF would be approved in the United States this year.
5. Twitter adds a Bitcoin emoji
Twitter leader Jack Dorsey tweeted the Bitcoin emoji yesterday and "Crypto-Twitter" is unleashed. Whenever the hashtag #bitcoin is used, Twitter now automatically adds a Bitcoin emoji immediately (you may need to click to see the emoji on the Twitter app or site).
– jack 🌍🌏🌎 (@jack) February 2, 2020
Dorsey also took advantage of CC for Unicode, the Twitter account for industry standards in the way computer text is represented on screens. But according to Emojipedia, the Bitcoin sign was added to Unicode 10.0 in 2017, as a character, but not as an emoji.
Anyway, Twitter now has a Bitcoin emoji.
Now continue your week furiously tweeting Bitcoin emoji.
Posted on February 3, 2020 – 09:24 UTC