A cryptocurrency is a digital or virtual currency that uses cryptography for security. A cryptocurrency is difficult to counterfeit because of this security feature. Many cryptocurrencies are decentralized systems based on blockchain technology, a distributed ledger enforced by a disparate network of computers. A defining feature of a cryptocurrency, and arguably its biggest allure, is its organic nature; it is not issued by any central authority, rendering it theoretically immune to government interference or manipulation.
Technologies are increasingly penetrating into our lives and, of course, they could not help but touch the financial sphere. With the advent of the first crypto currency in the world - Bitcoin, much has changed. So, the concept of currency became different. An ignorant person finds it difficult to understand how to trade on the сryptocurrency exchange. Everything would be much simpler if the сryptocurrency had one course, however, it is constantly changing. Even over the past 2 months, BTC rate has grown by more than 100%!
The validity of each cryptocurrency's coins is provided by a blockchain. A blockchain is a continuously growing list of records, called blocks, which are linked and secured using cryptography. Each block typically contains a hash pointer as a link to a previous block, a timestamp and transaction data. By design, blockchains are inherently resistant to modification of the data. It is "an open, distributed ledger that can record transactions between two parties efficiently and in a verifiable and permanent way". For use as a distributed ledger, a blockchain is typically managed by a peer-to-peer network collectively adhering to a protocol for validating new blocks. Once recorded, the data in any given block cannot be altered retroactively without the alteration of all subsequent blocks, which requires collusion of the network majority.
Peercoin: Like Nxt, Peercoin (abbreviated PPC) uses a proof-of-stake system; in fact, it was the first proof-of-stake coin. It’s worth about $0.40 on the USD and has a market cap of almost ten million. This coin has everything going for it and might be a smart bet as far as cryptocurrency goes. As an bonus to the confidence and quality of the coin, Peercoin was developed by Sunny King. Sunny King is, or might be, the person who created Bitcoin or another coin, or maybe Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent. It’s hard to tell as the culture of cryptocurrency puts importance on peer-to-peer, code, and coin over developers. Still, he is important, and like-it-or-not little things like this could be the deciding factor in whether a coin sinks or swims in the new market. Peercoin has a story like Nxt and Namecoin where they are long-running coins.
Central to the appeal and function of Bitcoin is the blockchain technology it uses to store an online ledger of all the transactions that have ever been conducted using bitcoins, providing a data structure for this ledger that is exposed to a limited threat from hackers and can be copied across all computers running Bitcoin software. Every new block generated must be verified by the ledgers of each user on the market, making it almost impossible to forge transaction histories. Many experts see this blockchain as having important uses in technologies such as online voting and crowdfunding, and major financial institutions such as JPMorgan Chase see potential in cryptocurrencies to lower transaction costs by making payment processing more efficient. However, because cryptocurrencies are virtual and do not have a central repository, a digital cryptocurrency balance can be wiped out by a computer crash if a backup copy of the holdings does not exist, or if somebody simply loses their private keys.
Cindicator is a project that is building a hybrid AI and human intelligence ecosystem that will predict movements in financial markets. They have been able to build an ecosystem that generates over 400,000 forecasts a month utilizing over 30 machine learning algorithms. Cindicator already has a working platform and they have over 115,000 analysts that are providing their predictions. Cindicator uses the wisdom of the crowd each day by sending out questions about financial and cryptocurrency markets. Analysts answer the questions and the answers are aggregated. The AI portion will come in when Cindicator has to analyse these responses in order to come up with a reasonable prediction. The analysts are studied to determine patterns and common factors. Cindicator will then use advanced data analytics models and machine learning to improve upon themselves and refine the algorithms. Cindicator has a pretty strong team component and the founders each have backgrounds in data science, trading, platform development and marketing. They also have some well-known advisors on board including Anthony Diiorio and Charlie Shrem. The native token in the Cindicator network is the ERC20 CND token. This is used in the Cindicator ecosystem to get access to the predictions. The team held a token sale in September of 2017 and was able to raise $15m for 75% of the total supply. CND tokens hit the exchanges not long after the ICO and have been quite volatile since. They reached an ATH in January of 2018 but have since traced the market lower. There is reasonable liquidity for the token however over 96% of the trading volume is taking place on the Binance exchange. Token remains very volatile so trade with caution. *Coin Bureau's views are not investment advice. Do Your Own Research.
On 21 November 2017, the Tether cryptocurrency announced they were hacked, losing $31 million in USDT from their primary wallet. The company has 'tagged' the stolen currency, hoping to 'lock' them in the hacker's wallet (making them unspendable). Tether indicates that it is building a new core for its primary wallet in response to the attack in order to prevent the stolen coins from being used.
In 1983, the American cryptographer David Chaum conceived an anonymous cryptographic electronic money called ecash. Later, in 1995, he implemented it through Digicash, an early form of cryptographic electronic payments which required user software in order to withdraw notes from a bank and designate specific encrypted keys before it can be sent to a recipient. This allowed the digital currency to be untraceable by the issuing bank, the government, or any third party.