Roundup – 02/02/19 – ‘CookieMiner’ Malware Targets Mac Users, Ethereum’s ProgPow Update Delayed? & more

New Malware ‘CookieMiner’ Targets Mac Users

A new type of malware is targeting Mac users and aims to steal informations, cookies and ultimately cryptocurrencies. Researchers from the cybersecurity firm discovered the malware and dubbed it ‘CookieMiner’. As it also tries to install crypto mining software to mine a lesser known cryptocurrency called ‘Koto’. CookieMiner targets all bigger exchanges and wallets. Another target is credit card information and anything that includes the keyword ‘blockchain’.

Ethereum Developers Vote On ProgPow Update Delay

Ethereum developers are currently voting whether to delay Ethereum’s ProgPow upgrade or not. ProgPow will disable ASIC miners to work on the Ethereum blockchain. This would enable much more GPU miners to mine Ethereum which effectively contributes to the decentralization of Ethereum. However, at the cost of hash power. The delay would be in favor of continuing audits before the update as the efficiency of the upgrade is still disputed.

Crypto ATM Producer Cottonwood Received Bitlicense in New York

Cottonwood, a crypto ATM manufacturer, has received a Bitlicense by the New York State Department of Financial Services. The company already entertains 88 crypto ATMs in New York alone and intends to expand in the future. The company is the second in its specific branch that has received the Bitlicense after Coinsource.

SatoshiPay Partners With Germany’s Largest Publishing House

The Startup SatoshiPay announced on Thursday that it has partnered with the German Axel Springer AG. UK-based SatoshiPay will process payments of the AG via its blockchain. However, the process does not involve any cryptocurrencies and merely enables clients to pay Axel Springer directly. This is a more cost-efficient and faster solution to the traditional alternatives. Axel Springer publishes Germany’s newspaper with the highest circulation ‘Bild’. Other publications include ‘Die Welt’ and ‘Business Insider’.