In today's edition of Bitcoin in Brief we cover the development of two upcoming crypto phones, the involvement of cryptocurrency in cyber spy games, and why the Binance CEO came out against Etherum-founder Vitalik Buterin. We also cover the latest case of cryptojacking, this time inside a popular video game client.
New details about two upcoming blockchain phones have come out in recent days. HTC, the Taiwanese company which is developing Exodus, has announced it is partnering with Cryptokitties to incorporate the game in its mobile devices. "This is a significant first step in creating a platform and distribution channel for creatives who make unique digital goods," the company stated. "Mobile is the most prevalent device in the history of humankind and for digital assets and dapps to reach their potential, mobile will need to be the main point of distribution. The partnership with Cryptokitties is the beginning of a non fungible, collectible marketplace and crypto gaming app store."
Sirin Labs, which is designing the Finny in Israel, has revealed that the final design of the device contains a "Safe Screen". The standalone screen that functions on dedicated firmware is meant to independently verify that wallet transactions are being sent to the correct addresses, allowing users to verify they're not being tricked by malware or hackers. Zvika Landau, Co-CEO, said: "We've been working around-the-clock to provide our users with a multi-layer cyber protection suite to guard them against network attacks, host attacks, and malware fishing. The secured layers, combined with our revolutionary "Safe Screen" and the ultra-sleek design, enable us to offer our users comprehensive levels of cyber protection. This truly remarkable combination of protection, software, and the design of the phone, cohesively transforms the mobile environment into one that is secure enough for cryptocurrency transactions."
And in other news from Israel, authorities have revealed the arrest of a 38-year-old man who tried to sell stolen software code for $50 million in cryptocurrency on the dark web. The man was an employee of the cyber espionage firm NSO Group and allegedly decided to steal the highly sensitive material after he was called for a hearing, which is a preliminary step before getting fired. The company, which officially provides "authorized governments with technology that helps them combat terror and crime," is mostly known for developing the Pegasus iPhone spyware which was called the "most sophisticated" smartphone hack ever when it was publicly discovered. State Attorney's Office stated that "the accused committed these crimes out of greed, despite knowing, even if he shut his eyes from seeing it, that his crimes might damage state security and lead to the collapse of a firm employing 500 workers."