Citizens of Ukraine and Moldova bought EU passport for bitcoins. The scheme disclosed

Law enforcement authorities of Bulgaria have uncovered a shadow scheme for the sale of Bulgarian passports in the country. The criminals were selling the documents for Bitcoin the citizens of Eastern Europe. According to the investigation, in the Commission of a criminal act were involved the official representatives of DABCH (sovereign Agency for bylgaria in a foreign land).

Note that DABCH deals with all matters related to the acquisition of Bulgarian citizenship by foreigners. After several suspicious transactions three members of the authority has come to the attention of the police. Later the Prosecutor-General Ivan geshev revealed the names of suspects.

Peter Haralampiev, green Toms and mark Stogov was arrested for the illegal issue Bulgarian passports to citizens of Ukraine, Moldova and Macedonia.

And although all three of them completely deny his involvement in the fraud scheme, the Prosecutor’s office has solid proof of illegal transactions. In Bulgaria this scandal has gained serious momentum, he became involved even Prime Minister Valery Simeonov. Recently, he publicly stated that he is not going to relinquish power because of the high level of corruption in one state Agency.

Recall that Bulgaria is in the EU and provides a passport issued by the European Union. Possession of such a document gives the right to free movement and residence throughout the EU. Because of this, selling fake passports has become very common in shady business. Recently the Bulgarian police managed to uncover another group of 20 criminals who were selling fake documents for 5600 dollars.

A similar scheme was also uncovered in Greece in 2016. Then Europol has covered even a branch of the offenders in the Czech Republic. Five persons from the “managers” were Ukrainians, the rest had the nationality of the Sudan and Bangladesh.

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The end of anonymity: Bitmain was asked to produce a passport to buy ASIC miners

Until recently, buy ASIC miner was not difficult. In General, the procedure was to transfer the requested amount to the account of the manufacturer and the delivery address. It’s not so simple: anyone who wants to buy a device for mining company Bitmain, are required to present their passport details.

According to information received from an official letter, 24 August the company launched a user authentication system. Bitmain requests as soon as possible to get the identification procedure in order to avoid blocking of accounts or limitations on purchases.

“The process of identification and authorization start on the official website https://www.bitmain.com/ 24.08.2018 00:00 (UTC / GMT +8). Please complete authentication as soon as possible, otherwise the purchase could be restricted/blocked”

The reason for such measures — the need for compliance with regulatory requirements. Because of this, the company is obliged to store users ‘ personal information, including name, identification number, passport number and residential address. Fill in all necessary data in the tab “User Center”.

It is alleged that the information collected will not be disclosed to third parties without your consent. Exception — the need to fulfill governmental, legal or other regulatory requirements.

Bitmain urged to provide only accurate information to avoid problems that may occur during subsequent editing.

Unwilling to reveal their identity to face limitations. The limit will be $ 0 for those who did not send the documents and for those who have not passed the test. The first class from China is waiting for a limit of 43 thousand dollars.

The transition period will last a month: from 24 August to 24 September.

It seems that the cryptocurrency world is increasingly imposing the procedure of “Know your customer”. Recall that in late July, this step went hashcoins datacenter, violating the terms of the contracts with users.

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The passport Telegram is vulnerable to brute force attacks

Newly released Telegram messenger Passport, as it turned out vulnerable to brute force attacks. So says the company Virgil Security, Inc., which operates in the field of cryptographic software and services.

July 26 Telegram announced the launch of the Passport Telegram intended for the encryption of personal information of users. The service allows you to share your credentials with third parties such as ICO projects cryptocurrency wallets and other organizations who have to adhere to KYC rules.

User data are stored in the Telegram cloud using end-to-end encryption, and then enter the decentralized cloud. Further, if the user needs to grant access to this data to any third companies, they just need to enter your password. However, in their recent study, Virgil Security expressed concern over such protection.

According to Virgil Security, Telegram uses SHA-512 hashing algorithm that is not designed for password hashing. This algorithm makes the passwords vulnerable to brute force attacks, even if they are mixed with random data.

In cryptography, such additional data is added for additional protection.

The security of the data you upload to the cloud, Telegram, greatly depends on the complexity of your password as attacks a brute-force search is quite effective for crack this hash algorithm. And the lack of a digital signature allows, provided that there is a password, change your information without your participation.

In Virgil Security claim that the “cost” of such an attack would be $ 5 to $ 135 for the password. However, the company also acknowledge that such an attack can only be performed with access to the internal structure of the Telegram, and this can be done through phishing attacks or using social engineering techniques.

In March, the founders of Telegram, Pavel and Nikolai Durov said that in the second round of its ICO they managed to collect $ 850 million, which will be used to develop your own blockchain platform Telegraph Open Network (TON).

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The Telegram messenger introduces a “passport system” — the first service for blockchain platform TON

On 26 July, the popular messaging app Telegram announced the introduction of the Telegram Passport — a unified method of authorization for services that require identification. Now once you download the documents to the messenger, and then instantly complete the verification procedure on the services that require identity verification.

According to the communication Telegram, an identification of the clients ‘ documents and personal data will be stored in Telegram cloud using end-to-end encryption. Telegram does not have access to store information from the Telegram-passports. The user himself chooses the third party service he wants to share data, be it the Internet shop, application, payment system or host ICO.

If you want to see the passport Telegram in action, go to the website ePayments.com — the first system of electronic payments, supporting a registration check using the Passport Telegram. Simply click on Sign Up With Telegram (“Enter with a Telegram”) and enter the password.

To access this feature you need the latest version of Telegram.

“Thus, some services do not even will need to request your data, instead, be assumed that the account was tested Telegram, and real person,” writes the Telegram team

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