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Fraudsters create a deepfake of a Binance executive to con crypto developers

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It’s common for scammers to impersonate companies or executives but one group has taken it even further

A group of fraudsters have targeted a Binance executive by creating a deepfake image.

Deepfakes can use a celebrity’s face or manipulate their lips to say something else.

The team used news interviews and TV appearance of Binance’s Chief Communications Officer, Patrick Hillmann to impersonate him having meetings with other crypto developers.

The executive was surprised when people began thanking him for listing their projects on the Binance platform.

“This was odd because I don’t have any oversight of or insight into Binance listings, nor had I met with any of these people before,” he said.

In a recent blog post, Hillmann says there has been a recent increase in these instances.

“Beyond this latest incident, there’s been a recent spike in hackers pretending to be Binance employees and executives on platforms such as Twitter, LinkedIn, Telegram.”

PATRICK HILLMANN, BINANCE’S CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

The company is urging crypto developers to be careful with who they trust.

Costa is a news producer at ticker NEWS. He has previously worked as a regional journalist at the Southern Highlands Express newspaper. He also has several years' experience in the fire and emergency services sector, where he has worked with researchers, policymakers and local communities. He has also worked at the Seven Network during their Olympic Games coverage and in the ABC Melbourne newsroom. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Professional), with expertise in journalism, politics and international relations. His other interests include colonial legacies in the Pacific, counter-terrorism, aviation and travel.

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SWIFT could soon be opening up with blockchain assets after new deal

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SWIFT could soon open up even further with blockchain assets

The financial telco is teaming up with the blockchain oracle network, Chainlink.

The pair are working on a proof-of-concept, which would allow SWIFT to allow token transfers across a range of blockchain environments.

The company believes this will give financial institutions the chance to become blockchain-friendly, without higher costs.

It’s not the first time these two firms have worked together. In fact, another proof-of-concept around bond issuance was tested around five years ago.

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We know how the crypto market will recover, but when?

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$2.2 Trillion Institutional Crypto Price Prediction Reveals Bitcoin And Ethereum Could Be Poised For Recovery

The crypto market took a huge hit after the Federal Reserve’s announcement of quantitative easing, but one analyst is predicting that both bitcoin and ethereum could stage a recovery in the near future.

According to a report from investment firm JP Morgan, the two largest cryptocurrencies by market capitalization could see prices rise to $14,000 and $3,900 per coin, respectively.

This would represent a significant rebound from their current levels of around $10,000 and $200.

The report cites the recent influx of institutional investors into the crypto space as a key driver of this price growth.

With more and more big money players getting involved in crypto, JP Morgan predicts that the market could soon see a “new paradigm” of price discovery.

So far, crypto has been largely driven by retail investors, who are often more prone to emotional buying and selling.

With institutional investors coming in, there could be more stability in the market and less volatility.

JP Morgan’s report is just one of many bullish crypto predictions that have come out in recent months.

With more and more mainstream companies and financial institutions taking crypto seriously, it seems that the once-niche market is finally coming into the mainstream.

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Ex-Crypto boss Do Kwon denies he’s on the run

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Do Kwon is denying reports he is on the run

The founder of Terraform Labs denied reports he is on the run from South Korean authorities.

It follows an international arrest warrant being issued for the cryptocurrency executive

Kwon’s company was behind the algorithmic stablecoin terra and its sister token luna, which collapsed in value from around $60 billion to nearly nothing in May.

The collapse of these tokens caused a ripple effect throughout the cryptocurrency industry, with those exposed to terra and luna, including Three Arrows Capital, feeling the pain.

Kwon insists that he is not fleeing from authorities and is cooperating with investigators.

Some analysts say this case highlights the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrency.

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