Week 18, 2019 — Outlook | XRP | TRON

Welcome to this week’s newsletter! My feeds were filled with news about different variants of crypto malware ranging from traditional cryptominers to more exotic mnemonic phrase stealers and fake QR code generators. Electrum is still getting pounded by the DDoS botnet. Several interesting hacks were reported such as an “accidental” exploitation of a backdoored TRON smart contract, an exchange mishandling unique XRP features resulting in a $2 million loss, and last but not least a string of exchange account compromises coming from the recent Outlook email breach. Finally, the long expected research paper on Stellar weaknesses was released and confirmed our previous speculations on the network being at risk of failure due to over-reliance on just three validators.

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