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Episode 205 - EOS troubles brewing, N. Korea is all about that crypto, and finally... it's a bird! It's plane! It's the Federal Reserve!

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Welcome once again to Flagship Friday! Although one day late, we're still calling it Flagship Friday to keep our tradition alive. Flagship Extended Weekend didn't sound all that nice.

Tune in as Karim and Adam (Brent's got the sniffles :') dive into EOS and its latest scandal, talk about North Korea's crypto project and the Federal Reserve's intervention on the economy, along with some juicy commentary and rants by Karim, our in-house "important things" expert. So if you wanna hear Karim spit some fire preaching and Adam PASSIONATELY agreeing with him, put on your headphones and press play cause this episode is a feisty one. 

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on this week's Flagship Friday.

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Flagship Friday 9/20/19

  • Here Comes The Federal Reserve

    • overnight borrowing rates shot up, forcing the New York Federal Reserve to come to the rescue with a special operation aimed at easing stress in financial markets

      • First wanted to understand overnight rate
        • Amount of cash a bank has can fluctuate a lot based on daily activity, they can have shortage or surplus of cash at the end of the day.
        • Banks with surplus can lend money overnight to banks with shortages to maintain reserve requirements
        • Interest rate that large banks use to borrow and lend from one another.
        • This rate is targeted by the central bank, which is also a participant in the market (lending and borrowing)
        • Since this is the base borrowing rate it can be used as a predictor of short term rates for broader economy. Goes up when liquidity decreases
      • Fed target rate for July? Between 2% and 2.25%. On Monday it hit 5%, which was up from 2.29% previous week, it kept surging until 10% high on tuesday

      • Called an overnight repo operation, where Fed eases downward pressure on markets by purchasing treasuries and other securities

      • Managed to inject $53b into the system
      • One theory was for the stress is a large quarterly withdrawal by US companies to pay Taxes (estimated around $100b total)
      • On wednesday Fed had to pour an extra $75b, so $128b, getting rates to lower to 3% (still above target rate)
      • Bigger pic, we now have a $1 trillion federal deficit so Government borrowing has climbed (Tax revenue decreased because of tax cuts, but bipartisan surge in spending)
  • EOS Troubles Brewing

    • A few weeks ago one of it's early supporters, EOS Tribe, a small company that participated in the launch of the first EOS chain called it quits as an EOS block producer. In a post made on Steemit Eugene Luzgin said "We at EOS Tribe have never participated in the game of vote trading and stayed true to our principles, and hence while we leave EOS as Block Producer, we are also free to speak truth and give warnings to the rest." WHOA. Shots fired!!
    • You guys covered in your EOS 101 how there were issues with governance and that it's pretty centralized. 21 block producers at any time that make governance decisions, establish consensus on the chain, and earn substantial rewards. This has always been a concern and now the most technically proficient BPs are receiving little to no rewards at all.
    • Luzgin called it a braindrain. What does he mean by that exactly?
    • Most of the BPs are in located in China
    • May 8th 2019 they burned $167 million in EOS for the worker proposal system, which was a way to fund EOS dapp development
    • EOS NY proposed an EOS user agreement which was adopted y 15 of the 21 BPs at the time but nothing against vote-buying was in the agreement
    • two forks already, Telos and Worbii. Telos has a token cap at 40k and number of innovations to ensure potential BPs actually serve. Worbii created with certain consumer protections and more of a focus on the financial industry.
    • not saying EOS is a sinking ship but touting themselves as the Ethereum killer is a bit much.

Crypto Around the World

  • North Korea Is Building Its Own Bitcoin
    • NK in the early stages of developing its own Bitcoin!
    • Trying to avoid / circumvent sanctions, apparently they had a blockchain conference in April
    • “We are still in the very early stages in the creation of the token. Now we are in the phase of studying the goods that will give value to it,”
    • There are of course other ways for NK to take advantage of crypto
    • In 2018, Jonathan Foong Kah Keong established a company in Hong Kong called Marine Chain that sold digital tokens in exchange for partial ownership of maritime vessels.
      • Hong Kong called Marine Chain that sold digital tokens in exchange for partial ownership of maritime vessels.
    • According to a U.N. investigation, “the platform could be used to generate money for the regime and as a potential means of evading sanctions on shipping by creating a new method of obscuring the ownership of a vessel.”
  • Cubans flock to cryptocurrency to shop online, send funds
    • the roll-out of mobile internet nearly a year ago has opened the way for cryptocurrency transactions,
    • and enthusiasts have multiplied as the currency helps overcome obstacles created by U.S. sanctions on Cuba.
    • Jason Sanchez, 35, was able to start buying spare parts online last year for his cellphone repair shop in Havana
      • Sanchez, who uses Bitcoin to purchase parts not available new in Cuba from an online Chinese store.
    • since Cubans mostly do not have credit cards, many have to ask relatives abroad to purchase them their first installment of cryptocurrency
    • To show how important a lifeline this can be,
      • Several crowdfunding platforms shut down accounts for victims of the tornado in Havana earlier this year, for example, despite donations being legal, simply due to the mention of Cuba.


    • SEC Filed a lawsuit against ICOBox and its founder, Nikolai Evdokimov over an allegedly illegal $14 million in securities in 2017.
    • Sold to more than 2,000 individuals
    • ParagonCoin, which settled charges with the SEC over its own ICO last year made use of the ICOBox platform.
    • ICOBox exposed investors to investments which are now basically worthless without providing investors pertinent info to make informed investment decisions.
    • Of note, ICO Rating, a cryptocurrency ratings site was fined $269k last year for failure to disclose payments received from issuers of digital assets. basically they got in trouble for shilling


Episode 204 - Binance does an oopsie, BTC transactions hit the billions, and our co-host is heartbroken.

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The CryptoBasic crew is back from the dead!

Last week Brent had the amazing idea of recording an episode while sitting on the passenger seat of his car and talking to the rest of us through his mobile data connection, all while recording NOT through an actual microphone, but an external recorder. This trainwreck of a sentence itself should be, I believe, enough explanation as to why last week's Flagship didn't happen. This week however, all's set to go and we're back at it again!

Tune in to find out what's up with plagiarization accusations against Binance, learn about bitcoin hitting the ONE BILLION USD in a single transaction milestone, discover the true identity of Karim's CryptoBasicStalker, and find out why our co-host Adam Levy ditched this episode. Spoiler alert: he's got the heartache blues. 

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on this week's Flagship Friday.

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Flagship Friday (9/13/19)

  • What have we released?

    Interview with Marius

    Interview with CryptoCanary

  • (Someone moved $1 billion in a single bitcoin transaction)
    • Actually happened late last week, there was a 94,504 Bitcoin transaction
      • BTC was at $10,600 so almost exactly 1b at the time
    • Not the largest BTC transaction ever in terms of BTC
      • We had a 194,993 transaction in 2013 (Around $150m at the time)
      • 550,000 in 2011!, but $3 per btc, so like 1.5m
    • Appears to be the first ever billion dollar transaction, and the fee was 0.065btc ($690)
  • Bullish or Bullshit - Binance caught plagiarizing Bit Mex's Documentation on Futures?
    • Binance did have plagiarized documentation that appeared to be taken from Bitmex.
    • Couple things here:
    • CZ Used to work for OKCOIN, Bitmex used OKCoin documentation to create theirs. They didn't copy it, but CZ was the direct report for those that created it.
    • Binance acquired a company called JEX, and they are who they based their Futures documentation off of.
    • They didn't notice that JEX had literally copypasted from Bitmex.
    • CZ Immediately responded with "Shame on us. 😂 Sorry about that. Missed this in the DD process before the acquisition (didn't read the BitMex docs ourselves). Will fix/remove ASAP."
    • No sharpies.
  • (Trump demands Fed to cut interest rates to zero 'or less')

    • Trump has already been complaining that Powel (who he appointed as Chairman) isn't cutting rates quickly enough (last time they cut rates by 25basis)
    • He is even implying that we want negative rates (what are those)

Crypto Around the World

  • New Data Gives Insight Into How Iranians Use Bitcoin

    • Survey conducted by the analytics firm Gate Trade.
    • Out of 1,650 Iranian bitcoiners surveyed in Persian Telegram groups, 25 percent earned $500 to $3,000 a month from working with cryptocurrency
      • More than a third of respondents, 35 percent, earned that income by mining, while 58 percent earned income through trading
    • Iranian market shifting from global exchange platforms to local exchanges and miners

      • due mainly to most centralized exchanges with KYC excluding Iranians
      • Also high use of VPNs & even purchasing of foreign IDs in black market
    • Most respondents were long-term holders, investing in bitcoin with the intention to hold it for more than a year.


Episode 201 - World's first crypto bank, Chinese government crypto, and Craig Wright gets owned in court?!

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Any Flagship Friday is a happy Flagship Friday when we've got shit to talk about Craig Wright, scamlord extraordinaire, Satoshi Suck-a-moto, the douchebag to end all douchebags. And guess what: this is a happy Flagship Friday. :)

So, JOIN US on this episode to listen to us talk shit about Craig Wright and discuss his defeat in court, something that we've been longing for for quite some time. 

Also, the wonderful People's Republic of China is making a big step towards transparency and democracy with launching its own cryptocurrency! Maybe...! Does something smell fishy...? 

Anyway - all joking aside, on the side of good news we're talking official crypto banks in Switzerland, crypto bird feeders and more!

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on this week's Flagship Friday.

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Flagship Friday (8/30/19)

  • Craig Wright Loses Case again Ira Kleinman

    • A Reporter named Katie Ananina was in the courtroom for the case and was live Tweeting it on Monday.
    • Wright's lawyers continue to argue Wright can't provide proof YET (remember he was moving the goalposts - this time to Jan 21, 2020)
    • They just kept begging for more time in different ways.
    • Kleinman family lawyer gets to recap all CSW lies, including the phrash "Dr. Wright is dishonest. He is a Serial Forger"
    • He even kinda quotes Twain - "The problem with not telling the truth is to remember the lies you previously said"
    • Finally the judge says this "Dr. Wright did not impress me as someone telling the truth. All of his testimonies have been rejected on this matter". Why isn't that perjury?
    • 50% of all patents are given to Dave's estate. 50% of all the supposed BTC is ordered paid as well, which is about 480K BTC.

  • Alleged Capital One Hacker Accused of Secretly Mining Cryptocurrency
    • individual accused of perpetrating a massive-scale hack of credit card issuer Capital One
    • hacked cloud customers’ servers to mine cryptocurrency for herself.
    • Exploited the fact that some people misconfigured the webapp firewalls on the servers they rented
    • Online she posted that “if I had a partner I could have them take over my crypto-jacking enterprise and be a stay at home.”
    • Thompson allegedly gained access to 140,000 Social Security numbers, 1 million Canadian Social Insurance numbers and 80,000 bank account numbers, as well as data pertaining to customers’ credit scores, credit limits and balances.
  • World's First Licensed Crypto Bank Seen As Game-Changer

    • Reported from ZeroHedge the co-founders of Sygnum crypto bank have hailed the award of Swiss banking license as a game changer.
    • Could open the floodgates of integration of cryptocurrencies and other digital assets into established financial sector.
    • First time this type of license has been granted WORLDWIDE. Obviously Zug is a crypto hub so the fact that Switzerland is the first country in the world to do this is not a surprise.
    • The Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority was skeptical bc they wanted to safely and reliably integrate the worlds of crypto and mainstream finance.
    • Sygnum even created its own digital payment token backed by the Swiss franc.
    • Curious what you guys think about the implications of this
  • Telegram Pushes Ahead With Plans for ‘Gram’ Cryptocurrency

    • Telegram doing their own crypto like Libra
    • Called the Gram, and they told investors they are ready to send out first batches withing a few months
      • Leaked, investors had signed NDA lol, this is anonymous but NYT
    • 200m to 300m global users
    • They raise $1.7b in 2018 but unlike FB have mostly kept project secret
    • A spokesman for Telegram did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
    • "company was created by Pavel Durov, a self-described libertarian who fled Russia after clashing with the government and being forced to sell off his first successful social network, VKontakte.'
    • NYT say they saw a pitch for Gram that said it would be decentralized like BTC so it can skirt government regulations. That they will be governed by decentralized network once released (and telegram no control)
    • Telegram promised in legal documents that it would deliver Grams to investors by Oct. 31, 2019, or return the money!
      • Pre offering btw was 2.89b Gram for $1.7B

Crypto Around the World

  • Chinese Government Crypto? Yes! No. Maybe? Bullish or Bullshit?!?!
    • Forbes - Alibaba, Tencent, Five Others To Receive First Chinese Government Cryptocurrency
      • China's central bank will launch a state-backed cryptocurrency and issue it to seven institutions in the coming months
      • Source was Paul Schulte, independent researcher (head of financial strategy for China Construction Bank until 2012)
      • Industrial & Commercial bank of China, Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China, alibaba, Tencent, and Union Pay
      • Forbes says it was confirmed by second anonymous source, said it may launch for their big shopping day (singles day, Nov 11)
      • “China is barreling forward on reforms and rolling out the cryptocurrency,” “It will be the first central bank to do so.”
    • Not Launching a Cryptocurrency in November: China’s Central Bank
      • The People’s Bank of China (PBoC) called the coverages “inaccurate speculation,”
      • Reuters attempted to reach all the seven institutions for confirmation. Alibaba declined to comment, while others did not respond.


  • SUB Shuts doesn Telegram Group - Co-Founder Deletes Twitter
  • Trevon James Facing SEC Charges
    • This was kinda amazing. The title to HIS OWN VIDEO it this - "Trevon James Facing SEC Charges for Bitconnect | Jail Time?!"
    • The first link in his shownotes is something called Trontopia.
    • Spends a decent amount of the video talking about how he shouldn't have even been able to promote it because he didn't create it so its not his fault he didn't make it.
    • He's not getting a lawyer
    • Top comment on his youtube "Trevon now works for the feds. For life. Watch yo back round here" lolol
    • He has 176 Patrons on Patreon. KIDDING ME??
    • He literally has a video that says "CAN I REPEAT THE SUCCESS OF BITCONNECT ON MY CHANNEL NOW" as his latest release. "I'm gonna try to recreate the huge euphoria of Bitconnect with a Decentralized Application" which then cuts to "Hey its not on me dawg" with throwing his hands up.
  • LA man pleads guilty to $25 mill BTC money laundering scheme
  • 25 year old LA man operating an unlicensed biz. $25 mil exchanged over 2 years. Kunal Kalra, known as Kumar, skeclemayne, and coinman.

Los Angeles man pleads guilty to $25 million Bitcoin money laundering scheme | Micky


Episode 200 - Hong Kong, Yang Gang, and Scams galore.

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Today Karim is on a roll with all of his Crypto around the world talk. We go to Hong Kong, Ukraine, and even Russia today.

Learn about the connection with the CEO and a Russian operative, and whether or not Brent would sell state secrets for someone of her attractiveness level. There’s even more to this episode as we go over a long scam that was pretty elaborate, and some other nonsense.

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Flagship Friday (8/23/19)

  • (2020 Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is in favor of blockchain voting) - K

    • Running on Dem ticket, outsider type
    • On his site in his policies he has "modernize voting" section

      • With current tech we shouldn't have to wait in line at polling stations
      • Machines being used are just as vulnerable to tampering/hacking
      • "Americans should be able to vote via their mobile device, with verification done via blockchain. This would dramatically increase participation in all elections, whether local, state or federal."
      • "It is 100% technically possible to have fraud-proof voting on our mobile phones today using the blockchain."

      Modernize Voting - Andrew Yang for President

Crypto Around the World

  • Bitcoin & The Hong Kong Protests - K

    • Going into 11th weekend of protests, 1.7m people marching (about 25%)
    • One of the Crypto ATM providers, Genesis block, giving out water bottles and umbrellas

      • Funded by international BTC donations
      • Bottles themselves have QR code to donate more btc to fund more supplies (rant)

      • Overall ATM providers say they see a decrease in volume (about 10%) and premium price in HK dollars

  • Ukrainian Power Plant Officials Accused of Unauthorised Cryptocurrency Mining - K
    • There is definitely a demand for cheap power, operations setting up in
      • SBU discovered cryptocurrency mining operations at one of the country's nuclear plants
        • alleges that the internet connection installed to facilitate the mining operation posed a significant security risk
        • local court said confidential data about the plant’s operation has also been leaked online.
      • Iceland, thanks to its near-endless geothermal energy
      • Canada - Hydroelectricity
      • Iran - Subsidized energy
    • So the people working at the plant saw a chance to pay no power costs
    • Saw this in Venezuela as well since government subsidizes power
    • A miner in China serving 3.5yrs for stealing energy from a train network for a 50 rig set up (rental near train lines)
  • Moscow's blockchain voting system cracked a month before election - K

    • French security researcher, Pierrick Gaudry, has found a critical vulnerability in the blockchain-based voting system
    • Officials planned on using it for the month
    • Gaudry figured how to derive private keys from public keys

      • He basically said its because they used a method which uses encryption key sizes that were too small to be secure.
      • Dude's Quote

        It can be broken in about 20 minutes using a standard personal computer, and using only free software that is publicly available

      • We dont know exactly what he could do with the private keys, protocols not in English yet.

      • "In the worst case scenario, the votes of all the voters using this system would be revealed to anyone as soon as they cast their vote."
    • TBF - This was thanks to officials posting it on Github and asking researchers to attack
      • Moscow officials agree key is too small, that it was only for trial period. They said they would go from 256 bits to 1024
      • Gaudry thinks they need 2048
      • And Gaudry will get $15k (1m Ruble)


  • Long Story of a Scam - Reddit - B
    • Guy under the username Montana02115 named Dean starts it.
    • User reporting is IdkWutImTalkingAbout
    • Asks him about some project called NKN.
    • Dude says he works with a team that handles private sales of equity for IEOs etc and invites the guy to his Team Speak.
    • Gets welcomed to the research team.
    • Sends a SAFT for a token called Perlin -
      • WTF is a SAFT? Well it stands for Simple Agreement for Future Tokens. This is basically a pinky promise to deliver tokens when something is operational. Since it's "later" it skirts the acredited investor rule.
    • They then ask people what they want to contribute. The people really do send ETH transactions, and are either also scammed or in on it. First one is for 1100 ETH.
    • That's the only transaction he saw, and they said they'd collected 11K ETH so far, so this guy sends 10 ETH, all of his money, and he gets sent a Perlin token. Well it looks like it's a fake token that's been created to LOOK like Perlin.
    • The token even was being held in a Binance wallet, but of course whoever made it could have sent it there.
    • Perlin hasn't had their token generation yet.
    • He brings that up and is instabanned from the group. Then he convinces them to let him back in, and they're doing another one for a token called Sovrin which also hasn't had a Token Gen. They scedule another sale, and he isn't there and gives some excuse.
    • Miraculously no one else is there either so they decide to have it the next day. That day when he said he was low on funds he got banned from the chat.
    • Reddit figured out who the guy was and he created his own subreddit called BinanceIEO
  • List of scams - A
  • - B

    • I saw that Cardano joined the Messari Disclosures Registry so it piqued my interest.
    • They focus on transparency for these projects.
    • They also have their own market cap numbers
    • They have a methodolgy for prices and for supply numbers that is interesting.
    • They use - Maximum, Diluted to 2050, Outstanding, Liquid, Ciruculating

  • Shots Fired!

    Andreas -

    The IRS is using very advanced investigation techniques:They have information that leads them to believe I may have crypto-currency.Say it ain't so!Such sleuthing. WOW. PS. I reported and paid all my taxes properly. They're casting a very wide net blindly. Cheap and easy.

  • Patreon

    New Masternode - The Burrito Project


Episode 199 - HUGE Chinese ponzi scheme, New Zealand’s CryptoSalaries, Moscow’s blockchain and more!

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Join us on another Flagship Friday for your weekly dose of crypto news, shenanigans and goings-on! This week we talk about New Zealand's new step towards adoption, as it legalized using crypto as payment for employees, Moscow's Ethereum-based blockchain designed for transparently functioning city services, and Binance's coins listed for its US platform. Also, Brent never fails to remind us that there are more douchebags in the crypto scene other than Craig Wright, Karim just CANNOT stop buying Cardano and Adam almost died. Twice. Honestly.

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on this week's Flagship Friday. 

Flagship Friday (8/16/19)

  • Barclays ends partnership with Coinbase
    • Relationship began in March last year when Coinbase was expanding in Europe
    • Was mean t to make it easier for users to deposit and withdraw pounds to buy/sell crypto
    • Neither company was down to comment
      • Barclays declined to comment, while Coinbase did not respond to repeated requests for comment
    • Common problem for crypto, one survey showed 3/4ths of crypto businesses in Britain have to bank overseas
      • Even firms that don't handle digital coins, like web designers, just for being crypto associated

Crypto Around the World

  • New Zealand just became the first country to legalize salary payments in cryptocurrencies
    • legally allow companies to pay salaries in cryptocurrency starting September 1
    • The country's tax agency ruled salaries and wages may be paid in cryptocurrencies
      • so long as the preferred digital coin is pegged to at least one standard, or fiat, currency.
      • also requires that the crypto of choice be directly convertible into a standard form of payment.
    • Excludes self-employed workers from switching income into crypto
  • Moscow to Develop a Blockchain System for Transparent City Services

    Moscow officially looking for a contractor to build blockchain system to host city's administrative services

    Announced auction to build ethereum-based system, 57m Rubles ($850k)

    List of services & specs

    • Issuance of documents (property owners, residents, etc)
    • Allocation of slots at city's farmers markets
    • Will use proof-of-authority and max capacity of 1.5m simultaneous viewers (pop 12m)

      They expect it to take 60 days to build once contractor has been chosen & contract signed

      IT Department said it wants to increase confidence in Moscow's electronic services by boosting transparency using blockchain

      Also integrated with other experiments Moscow city gov is undertaking, like "Active Citizen" which lets residents express preferences on matters such as locations of new bike paths, street decor, city events, etc


  • PLUS Token, the biggest Chinese Ponzi scheme has scammed 70k BTC and 800k ETH

    • Dovey Wan reported it. PlusToken started in mid 2018 and a "high yield return". Total scammed is about $3B!
    • Core team were tracked down by police 2 months ago and will likely be in jail for decades
    • Exchanges can't do too much bc Chinese exchanges are closed and Chinese police can't work with exchanges bc it's not legal in China.
    • Was reading an anecdote about this - apparently some lady was selling stuff in her shop and taking it or BTC, and tried to convince the user to join because she got 8% on her money every month.

  • CipherTrace Report says $4.26B was stolen in exit scams so far this year.

    • $124M was stolen from exchanges and infrastructure in Q2, bringing YTD total to $227M.
    • $851M was "lost" by Bitfinex before.
    • Those numbers are based on when the theft happens, and thus the values are even higher .
    • We can thank PLUS Token for 2.9B of that big number.
    • Also in the report that's interesting - XMR is only used for 4% of dark markets and even less for ransomware attacks. Oddly Doge is 5th most used in dark markets.
    • The report has a cool list of summary of big events relating to overall market in Q2.
    • Report mentions the big effect of a new Financial Action Task Force (FATF) rule which requires crypto transactions of more than 1k to have identifying information, and speculates there is a way to secure the data except when law enforcement wants it.

  • Mailbag

    intechnicolor (discord)

    just want to ask, as I'm not entirely sure where to ask this, but has anyone had any luck or experience with crypto cards? I'm looking for essentially the equivalent of a debit card. Does it exist yet? I've come across Ternio a few times in my search, as well as (for better or worse) Coinbase's Shift

  • Rants

    Just a reminder that Roger Ver is also a pos.

    Things getting so much better

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Episode 198 - Bitcoin just can't STOP hitting milestones, N. Korea's CryptoMissiles, new exit scams and more!

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What a week for the cryptocurrency space. We've got a brand new exit scam (like we didn't have enough of those already), we've got bitcoin being traded at high volumes in Venezuela, and we've got.. Craig Wright? Again? You bet!

Tune in to find out whether bitcoin is the world's eleventh largest money supply (hint: it is) and discover which four European countries are the most adoption-oriented out of all (you know you wanna invest in Europe).

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on today's Flagship Friday.

Flagship Friday (8/9/19)

  • $200B Market Cap puts it ahead of
    • South Korea, Australia, Canada, Brazil
  • Says Gold is most popular store of value with $8 trillion marketcap, silver $800B
  • This actually comes from Crypto Voices report on Global monetary base
* [Twitter Link Crypto Voices][5]


  • VERGE! YESSSSS - Brent
    • It's been a while since Verge signed the biggest partnership in the history of partnerships.
    • Reddit user Flenst posted about this
    • Apparently one entity took over the mining algo MONTHS ago.
    • Basically this actor was able to mine the max allowance for any one address over 3 addresses over the course of a day.
    • Looks like they've gotten around $212k
    • The poster doesn't know HOW the chain is being exploited, only that it is because the exploiter is being smart and being predictable, but not overtly obvious. However he can predict with accuracy how much will be mined with this exploit each day.
    • Verge team member comments that a timeshift could be used to do this...buttttt that was fixed months ago AND that isn't how this attack is being performed apparently. All they did was say how it could be done, not that it was happening or that ANYTHING was.
    • Though apparently there is a different way to work time into the equation, and that could be part of it.
    • sunerok goes into the thread to argue with this guy, and given I can't understand coding language, but I do know when someone is being combative because its easier than proving a point, and that's what he's doing. He also used the word legit.
  • False KYC Leak at Binance DAMN I WANTED THIS Also there's more (Adam + Brent)
  • Apparently during the influx on new users in Feb 2018, Binance used a third party KYC company to help deal with all the new customers and apparently that company had a breach
  • tons of passport photos were posted to a Telegram group
  • hacker demanded 300 BTC (LOL)
  • Binance put an up to 25 BTC bounty out on said hacker
  • hacker has KYC info from multiple exchanges. There was an article on Decrypt about a January "hack" from Binance and Kraken where both exchanges said there was no data breach on their end.
  • Still, people's info appears to be out there so stay vigilant and always be on alert.
  • But wait there's more
  • The hacker was using the pseudonym "Bnatov Platon" and apparently he had been reaching out to coindesk purporting that he was able to hack the previous Binance hackers and that he was a white hat hacker trying to help, but he was asking for money .
  • Coindesk got the transcripts of their entire conversation with this dude and Binance.
  • Remember he thinks he's the good guy and says he hacked the hackers.
  • Hes saying he has 60k images of KYC but has been releasing them slowly on the telegram channel.
  • Platon says that the hack back in May was because of a Binance insider. This insider apparently leaked more than the customer KYC stuff if they exist, including info and passwords.
  • This guy gave over 600 files to coindesk, including metadata, hoping they could "force Binance to tell the truth about the hack"
  • Remember Binance has said these aren't their images because there's no watermark.
  • Hacker talked to the CTO of binance, Ted Lin, and Lin basically said fuck off you're not extorting us. He was all "bruh I don't need the money" but then he kept asking for money (300 BTC). Literally the last thing in the chat transcripts is "then pay me"
  • Binance did offer money for information leading to identifying the hacker, as they had publicly done.
  • So he's been posting these KYC images saying that he's being altrustic and if he needed money he'd sell them on the black market...but also is still demanding his 300 BTC.
  • Explanation I like the best -
  • This took place in England, and here was the court ruling
  • Court decided he couldn't prove that he had a global reputation, nor that it was damaged.
  • Apparently the judge even suggested that CSW was trying to game the system by filing in a jurisdiction that was more likely to award him libel claims. Roger is a Japanese citizen and it should have been filed there.
  • The fine is based on what Ver said, not in the court filing, but what is in there is that CSW lost and DOES need to pay those fees.

Crypto Around the World

  • North Korea funds weapons program with stolen cryptocurrency
    • Originally reported by Reuters which says it saw a confidential UN report
      • NK took estimated $2 billion for weapons of mass destruction program
      • Cyber-attacks focused on stealing from banks and crypto exchanges
      • Report also claims Pyongyang continued to enhance nuclear missile programmes
      • They also used cyberspace to launder the stolen money
      • Experts investigating 35 reported DPRK attacks on financial inst, exchanges, and mining operations
      • Security council has unanimously imposed sanctions on NK since 2006
        • Banned exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles, seafood. Capped oil
  • Top 4 European Countries Ranked by Cryptocurrency Adoption..and more...
    • Switzerland #1!
      • Regulation conductive to growth, Zurich super popular crypto city
      • Survey (online, meh) had 7% of internet users owing crypto, 14% of asset holders
    • Austria
      • Interesting that relative proximity, also 7% internet, 12% asset holders
    • Turkey - 6%
    • Romania - 6%, 14% asset
    • This story got me interested in the Bitpanda Report
      • Conducted by GlobalWebIndex, breaks down European holders
      • What kind of savings/investments do you have with 7 options
      • 120k internet users in 2018
    • Interesting Key findings
      • "archetypical cryptocurrency holder will be a young, highly educated, high-income man working full-time or as a freelancer in a major European financial center, in IT, engineering or finance."
      • 1 in 5 are women, 40% over 35.
      • Crypto holders are more likely to have a degree, but still 54% dont
      • Main factors working together to make people invest in crypto
        • Interest in business and tech, disposable income, inclination to run risks and gamble
        • Openess to risk, pursuit of novelty, and strong sense of economic empowerment characteristics of many holders. (seen in affluent internet users, pronounced with crypto
      • Holders are Concerned about privacy but not particularly so, but more proactive (like using VPNs)
      • Crypto rarely first investment, holders twice as likely to have invested in gold or stocks
      • Last but important
        • "Marketing to cryptocurrency holders should target general purpose social and business channels, but also look to niche sites. Characteristically, opinion leaders and video content are important."

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Episode 197 - Bitcoin milestones, the NBA dabbles in blockchain tech, and more

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Today's show is very very crypto. Not that it isn't generally, but most of the time we tend to touch on other issues too - politics, economics, business - but not today. Today's episode is all about cryptocurrency: we talk about Nano's lightning fast confirmation times, Bitcoin's new milestone of 85% of its total supply mined, as well as Litecoin's imminent halving, with the reward going down to 12.5 LTC per block.

Additionally, a sort of motif is present throughout this entire episode. One not very pleasant, one could say. I mean we've got senator Crapo talking about Bitcoin's resilience one one hand, and a "Shitcoin Futures Index" on the other... everything's a bit poopy. This is not a shitty episode however - and that's for sure.

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on today's Flagship Friday.


Flagship Friday 84 (8/2/19)

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Episode 196 - Flagship Friday #83 - A (Justin) Sunny Day in San Francisco

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Another Friday, another Flagship, another excuse to dive into all the crypto shenanigans and goings-on of this past week. What has Justin Sun been up to again and how is it related to the word "chicken"? What do recent stats show about the future use cases of Bitcoin? Could it become the global reserve currency of the 21st century, replacing the gold standard and becoming the basis for a worldwide system of Cyber-Keynesianism or is the person writing this just a closeted bitcoin maximalist? What more could Karim possibly have to say about macroeconomics and politics and what's his new segment all about?

Additionally, today we talk once again about our favorite subject of the month, the Ministry of Truth's cryptocurrency, Libra. Did I say Ministry of Truth? I meant Facebook. Did I quote George Orwell? In the times we live in, can you even blame me?

Dive into the cryptoverse with us on today's Flagship Friday. 

  • Rapid Fire

  • (Story 1) (Adam) Justin Sun is definitely in the news and this is getting murky.

    • A Yahoo article reported that at 3:30PM UTC Justin Sun was not facing formal charges but was not allowed to leave the country. Three hours later Justin was doing a live periscope in SF.
    • He also postponed his Warren Buffett lunch over "health issues"
    • Allegations of illegal fundraising for Tron's ICO back in 2017 but Sun claims he complied with all financial regulators and refunded investors on Sept 20. 2017

      Tron Founder Justin Sun Posts Video Showing Him in San Francisco

      Tron Crypto Founder Accused of Money Laundering & There's Much More To It

      Update (K) -

      Lol So he says kidney stones, then Chinese media outlet Caixin - nha gov is looking at him for money laundering, illegal fundraising, and pai wo shadiness.

      He posts on Weibo

    • It originated because I admire Buffet and his love of charity, and wanting to promote blockchain

    • now says his own “selfishness” and “immature words and deeds” detracted from the effort.
    • his “mouth” got in the way of his good intentions
    • He refers to his own efforts as “failed over-marketing, which has generated a lot of consequences that I completely did not expect.”
    • To be clear he did pay the money
    • He's scared tho from what he wrote, apparently Caixin is aligned with gov and taken very seriously, and this type of thing can be a "call out"
      • In the past few weeks, I had my darkest moment with sickness and tiredness. I suffered the biggest drama ever in my life from people’s doubting and questioning.
      • I bought the Warren Buffett lunch because I admire him a lot and I have a huge passion for charity. The original reasons are good and simple. I cannot deny that I want to promote blockchain related business at the same time. However, because of my immature words, behavior, youth, and vigor, I spoke without thinking twice.
      • He praises Caixin for being a great journal, helping reform, being media teachers
      • "For the elders, leaders and regulators who care about me, I would like to express my sincere apologies to my premature marketing and words and deeds! I am deeply afraid of the adverse effects caused! I am young, not deeply involved in the world, and the blockchain belongs to the emerging industry. I am immature. It is the big pattern of the elders of the regulatory agencies and their great vigilance makes me understand the importance of social responsibility and social influence!
      • he praises Chinese socialism and the reform and just tries to appeal to the party
  • (Story 2) Discussion: Attorney General Barr speaking out against encryption

    • There have been some articles here and there about this and it keeps popping up. AG Barr spoke at a cybersecurity conference to push tech companies to provide law enforcement with access to encrypted devices. What are your takes on this
    • (Story 3) Bitfinex & Tether Respond to NYAG Allegation
  • Bitfinex’s general counsel Stuart Hoegner disputed the NYAG’s accusation that New York residents were using the platform for longer than previously stated by saying it “contains a number of inaccurate and misleading assertions”.
  • It also ceased trading in 2017 and that no NY customer has been identified.
  • Bitfinex & Tether claimed these allegations were misleading.
  • They do not transact with any NY ECPs (eligible contract participants) and are claiming any reference to NY-based trading or virtual currency firms refer to foreign entities.
  • They are also claiming they have not been proven to be a commodity.
  • (Story 4) -
  • (Bitcoin Not Moved for at Least Five Years is at an All-Time High)

    • Summary of Findings from Coin Metrics' State of the Network: Issue 9
    • The amount of Bitcoin (BTC) supply that has been untouched (i.e. not transferred) for at least five years recently reached an all-time high.
    • Store of value > medium of exchange?
    • Chart

    • Even tho supply keeps growing, percentage also ATH at 21.6%

    • Untouched supply tends to mirror Price movements

      And Bitcoin really is special compared to the rest, price change stable while others getting slaughtered.

    • "Several narratives explain the strong relative outperformance in bitcoin over this period"

      • US Regulators
        • This year Poloniex, Bittrex, and Binance all started restricting US traders in certain markets
        • June SEC filed a suit against Kin, CFTC investigating Bitmex, Libra panic
        • Theory is this drives traffic to btc since it gets most "regulatory charity" (we did see this with people praising btc)
      • Geopolitical
        • heightened geopolitical tensions and a growing acceptance that Bitcoin serves as a digital store of value and hedge in uncertain times
        • US-China trade disputes, increased threat of disruption of oil supplies in Middle East, Euro-zone fragmentation risk, tensions in Hong Kong, etc
      • Macroeconomics
        • Environment has shifted towards monetary easing
          • real interest rates down in most major developed countries, on all terms
          • Pockets of weakness in forward looking macro indicators (probably talking about the yield curve for for example) has people expecting recession
          • "It now seems nearly certain that the four major central banks of the world (the Federal Reserve, the European Central Bank, the Bank of Japan, and the People’s Bank of China) are on the cusp of another monetary easing cycle"
          • As interest rates go down, opportunity cost of holding non-yield asset declines
          • And since rates are so close to zero, theyll probably have to do some "unconventional" monetary tool like QE
  • Shots Fired!

    Ramesh Gopinath on LinkedIn: ""What's important is that Food Trust is a community approach. Farmers, breeders, logistics providers, supply chain participators, retailers - they are all putting their best efforts together." #supplychain #foodtrust #foodsafety #blockchain"


    Survey finds adults couldn’t care less about Facebook’s Libra ‘cryptocurrency’

    1799 US adults


    Do you trust FB?

    Compare trust for Libra vs Btc

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Episode 194 - Politicians Weigh in on Libra

Today we’re getting super political, so Karim is all excited. Don’t worry, we’re talking about it being related to Crypto. The House had a hearing and we break down some opinions of some people in Congress. We also go on to talk about a couple of scams from across the globe. It’s Flagship Friday-ish on the CryptoBasic Podcast.

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Episode 194 - Flagship 82

  • Rapid Fire
  • All Kinds of US Policiking about Libra.

    This was 7 hours long.

    • Donald Trump - (R) Does not like BTC (no obvious opinion on Libra)
    • Tom Emmer - (R) Anti Libra, seems to be pro BTC "Individuals insistent on the exclusion of middlemen and the freedom of the individual will continue to create open networks separate from central control. Unfortunately Libra is not designed to minimize middlemen. It in fact relies on them."
    • Kevin McCarthy - (R) Anti Libra, pro BTC "I like bitcoin "Likes decentrlaized nature of BTC "I want to see decentralization because Libra concerns me that they're going to control the market"
    • Ron Paul - (R/I) Pro Crypto, No stance on libra.
    • Treasury Secretary Munchin - Pro Crypto/ BTC, and says Treasury is OK with it with full AML. He was not comfortable with Libra, but was not anti-Libra.
    • Denver Riggleman - (R) He knows his shit. Started right away asking questions about open source, whitepapers, he actually looked at the code and knew that it was written in Rust. Dude checked Github, mentioned who was building the Libra core, asks about scalability issues and why Rust was chosen as the language. Specifically grilling him about the "nightly build" of Rust and why it was being used. David Marcus couldn't actually answer that.
    • House Democrats released a bill called "Keep Big Tech Out of Finance Act" which was anti - Libra, but not pro BTC/ Crypto.
    • Patrick McHenry - R - Skeptical of Libra - Clearly Pro Crypto - Did not take a clear anti Libra stance. Said it could be a plot to increase Twitter presence lol.
    • Warren Davidson said - There's bitcoin and there's shitcoin. (R) Unclear stances

      Colloquially, Shitcoin

      • Wednesday, July 17th 2019 a Congressman asked Meltem Demirors about shitcoins. How is this real life????
    • Brad Sherman - D - Anti Libra, calls it Zuck Buck. Very Anti-Crypto. Anti Crypto, compares it to “We’re told by some that innovation is always good. The most innovative thing that happened this century is when Osama bin Laden got the innovative idea of flying two airplanes into towers,” Says Libra is more dangerous than Al Queda.
  • (Market Cycles)500

    • Lets talk about the psychology of a market cycle.
    • Disbelief, hope, optimism, belief, thrill, euphoria, complacency, anxiety, denial, panic, capitulation, anger, depression, disbelief
    • Simplified market cycle - peak,trough, contraction, expansion

  • (Tether’s $5 Billion Error Exposes Crypto Market’s Fragility)

    • A little reminder that this is still a young market with an infastructure in construction
    • Saturday (7/13) Tether mistakenly created more than $5b in an instant, (marketcap rn $3.9b)
    • Article claims sudden flood spooked the market & btc dropped by 12%
      • About 60% of BTC trading is done with Tether
    • And we've already had the NY AG saying Tether used reserves to cover up $850m in missing funds
    • Basically Poloniex needed to move $50m Tether from Omni network to Tron
      • LOL - The Tether EMPLOYEE who processed the order accidentaly created and sent Poloniex $5b Tether instead of $50m
      • CTO Tweeted it was "an issue with the token decimals, fat finger error"
  • Crypto Around the World
    • U.S. foes are weaponizing cryptocurrency says new report
      • New Study by the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD)
        • Says US adversaries are using crypto to "circumvent the nation's geopolitical supremacy"
        • Focused on Venezuela, China, Iran, and Russia
        • All of these have been aggressively working on blockchain currencies or networks
        • Venezuela backed with oil, Iran is launching one backed with Gold
        • FDD warns that digital currencies, especially those backed by commodities, will make sanctions much harder to enforce
        • Most worried about China, with massive tech its digital currency could compete with dollar based financial system
        • Also fears that nations will just invest in current systems, like Russia is believed to be investing in btc
      • Found the Report itself, Overview of findings
        • Venezuela, Maduro, & the Petro - Total debacle, they did not build the economic or technical infrastructure to make the petro useful to citizens and international trading partners. But it will serve as case study for other nations
        • Basically how the US financial dominance is at risk if any crypto becomes popularly used and an alternate financial infrastructure is created
      • But who is the FDD
        • That name already sketches me out big time
        • Washington THinktank focused on "national security and foreign police" (not exactly what you would think of but maybe)
        • Their own about
          • Founded shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001, FDD conducts actionable research, prepared by experts and scholars from a variety of backgrounds
        • Started looking at their headlines
          • Undeterred Cyber Adversaries Require a More Aggressive American Response
            • As tensions escalate, U.S. must intensify pressure on Iran and the IAEA
            • Australia should place unilateral sanctions on Iran
            • Oman’s Growing Ties with Iran Threatens its Neutrality: FDD Report
      • Long story short - they're just a neocon think tank, hawkish and super pro war. And their funding explains their bias, from their 2011 tax filings
        • "Most of the major donors are active philanthropists to 'pro-Israel' causes both in the U.S. and internationally. With the disclosure of its donor rolls, it becomes increasingly apparent that FDD’s advocacy of U.S. military intervention in the Middle East, its hawkish stance against Iran, and its defense of right-wing Israeli policy is consistent with its donors’ interests in 'pro-Israel' advocacy"
  • Thats a scam!

    • For $15k You Can Fake Trading Volume

      A 20 year old at Moscow State University, Andrey Andryunin, (Let's go MSU!!)

      talks about his company that he co-founded called Gotbit. It inflates trading volume on obscure crypto exchanges for a fee to ultimately get listed on Coin Market Cap. Programs a bot to trade tokens back and forth with each other (what do we call that Karim??) wash trading.

      Exchanges know about it but don't care too much to stop it.

      Hotbit based in Shanghai and BitForex out of Hong Kong are two exchanges that Gotbit uses. Gotbit was found to be one of 14 exchanges that basically had zero genuine trading outside of wash trading in a report by Alameda Research, a crypto trading firm.

      A lot of the coins are top 300-500 market cap trying to appease their investors, maybe make an exit eventually, but ultimately only 2 or 3 of the 30 or so Gotbit clients have a working business model and have reached the point of building an actual product.

      Adryunin does go on to say that this isn't exactly an ethical business and that if this was on NASDAQ he knows it would be a financial crime. Both him and his cofounder understand there is incoming regulation from the Financial Action Task Force which will regulate crypto related services and exchanges so they are pivoting to other more legitimate things like offering IEOs

    • NovaChain

      • Had no idea what it was.
      • It was yet another Lending platform that was based off of "High frequency trading bot passive income"
      • Deleted its website and email list and all social networks.
      • Loss was in the millions.
      • Twitter users were tweeting tons of numbers.


Episode 192 - and more.

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Craig Wright cryies in court, thus proving he is Satoshi Butthurtamoto. . We go over tons of stories from across the globe, including what’s happening with Facebook’s Libra in China. Our friends Waltonchain make another cameo appearance in our “That’s a scam” Section, and we learn how Adam almost lost $10k by being cocky.

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Episode 192 - Flagship 80

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Episode 191 - Flagship Friday - Happy 11k 10k

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Bitcoin’s price goes to 13k, but then back to 10k. The price is on everyone's minds so the team actually sits down and talks about it. We also have some dumb CSW stuff, more of a deep dive on Libra and more. 


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New Section - THAT'S A SCAM

  • Scammers be scamming, $27m in Bitcoin Stolen Through Typos - K
    • Dedicate this story to all GrammarNazis
    • Six people arrested by police in The Netherlands and the UK
      • Connection to 24m Euro ($27m) theft in Crypto
      • Approximately 4000 victims across 12 countries
      • 14-Month investigation, Group of 5 men one woman arrested in their homes
      • South of England, Amsterdam, and Rotterdam (coordinated)
    • They were impersonating a well known exchange, but police wont mention which
    • Used Technique called typosquatting
      • mispspelled URLs trick victims into thinking they're on a trusted site
      • Then site forwards any sensitive user details, which are used to drain wallets & accounts
      • Recently similar tactic used to run a fake token sale,
      • Another impersonated Faceebok's Calibra website with an accent on the i, tried selling LBR for ETH
  • City in Florida has to pay $600k in Bitcoin ransom to get its data back
    • City called Riviera Beach got hit by a ransomware attack.
    • They were completely ground to a halt. Taking 911 calls with pen and paper.
    • They lost phone service, e-mail, hand delivered checks, and even water testing.
    • They had to pay 65 Bitcoin, and voted unanimously to pay the ransom. Looks like the hackers cooperated.
    • This happened in Baltimore and they only asked for $76,000 - but it cost the city an estimated $18M to fix it. It will only cost $1M including the ransom.
    • “Every day I’m learning how this even operates because it just sounds so far-fetched to me,”
  • Some Dumb Craig Wright shit -brent
  • A Fight Over Facebook's Cryptocurrency is Coming
    • Right after FB announcement, US House Financial Services Committee Hearing Scheduled for July 17th
    • Senate Banking Committee hearing Scheduled for 16th
    • Maxine Waters (D, California) - Chair of HFSC called for FB to hault development till regulators have a chance to take action
    • Compare this to the usual pace we see crypto regulation develop at
    • Crypto community's critique of Libra could be its Achilles heel
      • Unlike BTC, Congress can directly identify the people in charge, they can subpoena them, pressure them, etc
      • David Marcus, Head of Calibra, or Mr Popular, everyone loves Mark Zuckerberg
      • How could Waters even ask for a halt in BTC development?
    • With someone in charge, policymakers, regulators, shareholders can lean on them to make changes
      • If the ledger or software can be altered by this pressure, not really permission-less, open, immutable, etc
    • Author believes Libra has done a lot to protect itself from FB (real and perception)
      • Place code under an opensource license
      • Gave network's governance authority to a separate Swiss-based foundation
      • Got 27 external partners to work alongside FB as independent permissioned nodes
        • Verbally committed to transition to permissionless model
      • Basically he feels there's a road-map for Libra to survive and grow independent of FB genesis
    • But follow the money, right now they are paid by Facebook, and its culture permeates
    • When we look at Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApps user count, potential 4 billion wallets
    • Unfortunately the decisions congress makes with Libra will set precedents regarding an open-system to global financial transactions
    • We dont want government overreach here, and our representative is the worst offender of corporate power


Episode 189 - Facebook Coin vs Bitcoin - What's the difference?

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Today we're talking about how the new ZuckBucks (aka Libra) stacks up to Bitcoin. Is it the same? Is it different? Is it even a crypto? We talk about all of these questions in the most basic way that we can.

This is a great episode for those that might know what both Bitcoin and Libra are, but aren't really sure how they work together. So share it with your friends, and join us for Flagship Friday number 78

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Episode 187 - Binance to the US, Facebook, and Brent Gets Hacked again.

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Brent is back on the show just in time to get hacked. Binance is coming to the US, but weren't they already there? Facebook announces more plans for the Libra and announces the help of some serious tech giants. Giants that gave them $10M of course. There's a lot more news to cover on this edition of the flagship.

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Flagship 76 - 6/14/19

Episode 186 - Facebook Coin - Vitalik on BSV - and more news

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Apple said tey're going to be pushing something called the CryptoKit. What's that? What is Facebook doing? Where the hell did Brent go? Find out about all of this and more in the cryptospace on Flagship Friday-ish.

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Episode 185 - Karim is Back!

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Karim is back on the show after his trip to Europe, and he's brought a bunch of crypto aroudn the world news with him. He's talking Africa, he's talking Europe, and he's calling Brent out for being wrong on stuff.

EOS and CSW appear on every show at this point, but the news is never good. Why is EOS not a good blockchain? Did they pump their own ICO? Who knows, we talk about the evidence.

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You can now buy bitcoin at Coinstar machines at the grocery store (adoption) -

Excel lists Bitcoin as a currency -

Kraken paid 250 salaries in crypto -

Samsung moving to integrate crypto to Samsung Pay -

IOTA has announced a solution to remove the Coordinator -

Reserve Bank of Malawi spooked by Crypto -

Mthuli Ncube -

Project Khokha -

North Korea Launched Cryptocurrency Attacks in Response to Sanctions, Says FBI -

Egypt Lifts Cryptocurrency Ban & Will Allow Licensed Companies -

Egypt Lifts Cryptocurrency Ban & Will Allow Licensed Companies -

Egypt Lifts Cryptocurrency Ban & Will Allow Licensed Companies -

Report on EOS alleges that they engaged in wash trading during the year long ICO. -


Episode 182 - So many scams, only one Flagship

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Scams. So many of these projects are turning out to be scams, and we knew it was coming. This space is perfect for scammers, and perfect for seizing control from the bankers. HitBTC, Cobinhood, Cryptopia, yo never know which exchange is next. Find out what we’ve seen, as well as some other news from across the land.

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Episode 182 Flagship 73

New Section - THAT'S A SCAM

  • Bitconnectttt Is Coming Back (Hey hey heyyyyyy)

    • Now now, we all love a good Bitconnect joke believe you me but this is not a joke. They are planning on relaunching July 1st. the V2.0 website is up and everything with a countdown.
    • They are trying to capture the portion of the world that isn't on social media and doesn't know about BCC and their previous fraud. Honestly, this coin is a large part of the reason why CBP was started. To educate the murky and complicated waters that is the crypto landscape. It's tough especially when it feels imaginary. There is no physicality to the coins. And to all you Basic Bitches, please please please let any of your friends and family who have questions about the space to let them know about stuff like this. No one should ever have to lose their life savings on a scam.
  • HitBTC Insolvent? (Brent)

    • Cryptointelligence has reported that Coinfirm, a firm they're partnered with, has done an analysis on HitBTC's wallets and found they likely only have $3M worth of coins stored there. Take the story with a slight grain of salt, as a research firm they want to make sure people use them, but the information appears to be factual.
    • They talk about red flags, which are the most important in the space.
      1. Proof of Reserves for HitBTC
        1. Big thing here - Per ETH they have in their storage they have $31.5k worth of volume. This is compared to Kraken's $5, Bitrex's $6, and Kraken's $20. In BTC this is even higher - $2.2M - this is compared to Kraken's $1k, Bitrex's $630 and Poloniex's $2900
      2. Withdrawal issues following the new KYC/AML policy introduced by HitBTC
        1. Big thing here - They tend to selectively enforce their AML / KYC laws and cause withdrawal delays. This is anecdotal.
      3. High withdrawal fees (over 10X the benchmark)
        1. Their fees can be as high as 40x.
      4. Anonymous team
        1. This worked out well with Bruno blocks right?
        2. Literally no one on their team is known.
  • Tether Has Admitted that it keeps some reserves in Bitcoin (Brent)
    • This is ridiculous. Their lawyer David Miller admitted that they invested in Bitcoin with their reserves. Quote - “Prior to the April 24th order … Tether actually did invest in instruments beyond cash and cash equivalents, including bitcoin, they bought bitcoin.”
    • They he goes on to act like the courts are being ridiculous and overstepping their boundaries.
    • Miller argued that the Attorney General’s Office wants to have restricted language that limits Tether’s investments to cash or cash equivalents because “they don’t like some of [Tether’s] investments.” Miller claims the Attorney General’s Office is acting beyond its jurisdiction in trying to exert regulatory authority.
    • He said it was a small amount
    • Paolo Ardoino, CTO of Bitfinex, said in a tweet that on May 16, 2019, Tether owned 0.076 BTC. It’s still unclear how much bitcoin the firm has owned historically and in how many addresses. Stuart Hoegner, General Counsel for both Bitfinex and Tether, in a tweet referred to this report as “neither breaking (as advertised) nor news.”
  • Cobinhoob Exit Scams after raising $3M
    • They already had an ICO in 2017 and raised $13, but decided to do another one called DEXON. I imagine it was some kinda DEX in theory,.
    • THey raised $3M
    • Sent out tokens, and then started dumping the tokens they had left.
    • Almost immediately filed for bankruptcy and to be liquidated.
    • ALl of this happened before the ICO funds were even unlocked to the public sale.
    • Ran buy a guy named "Popo" for a nickname and called Cobinhood.
  • Mailbag

    I read an article at the Bitcoinist about JP Morgan telling people that "the US-China trade war could boost safe haven currencies.". Do you think it's likely that the weakening yuan will push the Chinese to use crypto as "the" safe haven asset, now that Russia has already bought the gold? - Mili (Discord)


Episode 177 - Tether and other Crypto News


DescThis week's top story - Tether is in trouble again. Is this a tale of sound and fury signifying nothing like the Bitcoin Maximalists such as Adam Back would like you to believe? Or is there something more going on here? Before we get to that story we talk about Vitalik, Elon, some scams and more.ription

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Episode 177 - Flagship 70

This week's top story - Tether is in trouble again. Is this a tale of sound and fury signifying nothing like the Bitcoin Maximalists such as Adam Back would like you to believe? Or is there something more going on here? Before we get to that story we talk about Vitalik, Elon, some scams and more.

  • Rapid Fire

  • Vitalik and Elon chat on Twitter (Story 1)

    Elon Musk on Twitter

    • Elon Musk on Monday sent out a one word tweet, Ethereum. Then apparently said jk. Then Vitalik got involved and said to come to Devcon in Denver. THe internet erupted. How absurd is it that someone can just say one word on the internet and have the internet in an uproar.
    • Then Elon asked what should be developed on Ethereum and Vitalik replied with a mini tweet storm on projects with different use cases he likes on the Ethereum platform
    • MolochDAO, Ethereum Name Service,, were all named.
    • then a bunch of trolls on twitter said dumb things about tesla and crypto. Justin Sun got in there to mention Tron, all the regulars (Pomp, Ari David Paul, Neeraj)
    • hope something comes of it at some point
  • Crypto_Brahma Scam - Brent
    • I don't know anything about who this was before - but I looked into it a little bit because of this letter I came across on Twitter to his "group" .
    • He ran a paid Discord group where you could join and get some trading advice and get gems from him. ONLY 35 MONTHLY MEMBERS....but he was actually running two of these exclusive groups simultaneously.
    • It was called the fucking Moon Club
    • Apparently at some point he decided to do a fund.
    • ANNNNNNNND It's gone.
    • Literally he took everyone's money, gambled it via a bad call on Margin trading, and then sent a letter saying that he'd totally get everyone their money back. He just needed to clear his head so that he could trade in a stress free environment. Timeline - 5 Months. LOLOL
  • Millions in Crypto Stolen first quarter 2019.... and its gonna need laundering (Karim)

    • Article based on a report by company called CipherTrace, 'Q1 2019 Cryptocurrency AML Report'
    • Estimates $356 million stolen, and payments from US based exchanges to offshore crypto wallets up 46%
      • $16m from Cryptopia in January
      • CoinBene and DragonEx (Singapore) combined $46m in March (ETH backed)
      • Bithumb in S Korea $13m in EOS stolen and (allegedly) another $6m in Ripple
        • Company described it as an "accident involving insiders" lol
      • Coinbin also S Korea forced into bankrupcy after loosing $26m, blamed an insider
      • And then there's QuadrigaCX...
        • The report 'tentatively' categorized the $190m as theft as opposed to hack or exit scam
    • Bottom line this money has to be cashed out in innovative ways to turn it into cash, and a lot of ways to exit US and European jurisdictions.
    • Article concludes with a warning that "A tsunami of tough, global antimoney laundering and counter-terror financing regulations will “roll over” the cryptocurrency ecosystem throughout the coming year",
    • Even links to an article showing Finland just recently adopted AML regulation for crypto
    • But one thing to keep in mind......

  • Austin Transportation Partners With Iota Foundation to Develop Interoperability Ecosystem ADAM

    • visions of a system in which every transit system can interact with the same payment app and a single digital identity
    • this is the second partnership this week. the other is United Kingdom car manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover will use Iota’s distributed ledger to reward drivers with cryptocurrency for data reporting
    • Iota and internet of things (IoT) firm Evrythng announced a partnership to combine and apply their distributed ledger and IoT technologies to provide greater transparency for consumer goods supply chains
  • Bank of America secures patent for risk assessment of cryptocurrency transactions; (Karim)

    • BOA secured a patent on April 30 for a cryptocurrency risk detection system.
    • On the basis of the system, a risk score will be levied on cryptocurrency transactions between a customer and a third party.
    • 'Processor' would receive request for transaction with third party, then it can "perform a slew of functions, retrieve blockchain information, determine the value of crypto in the transaction or calculate the “risk score” of the transaction based on the preceding factors."
    • BOA also filed for a patent for crypto storage system for business transactions (Aug 2018)
  • CoinMarketCap turned 6 yesterday - Adam

    Happy 6th Birthday! DATA Alliance, Block Explorers and more - CoinMarketCap

    • transparency alliance for cryptos and exchange. Basically KYC
    • list of 17 things for crypto and 24 for exchanges
    • starts in june 14th
    • CMC blocks explorers much like etherscan which will help users have more visibility into the blockchain
    • merch shop
    • finally have an Android app
    • ios updated version (so the search function ACTUALLY works)
  • Main Story - Tether situation - Brent

    • The NY Attorney General released a statement saying that, among other things, Bitfinex used Tether to mask a missing $850 Million of their assets.
    • The response to the NYAG releasing this from Tether? Decidedly hand wavey - First it was from Bitfinex not Tether, but they're the same. They basically say that the money was "seized" and not hidden. They're setting up for the ol' "if they hadn't said anything it all would have been fine" defense.
    • Lets do a recap of the Tether red flags, YES red flags.
    • The original white paper is unequivocal in the backing of Tether - it will be backed on a 1:1 basis
    • The Paradise Papers leak showed that Phil Potter and Giancarlo Devasini are both a part of There and Bitfinex.
    • $30 Million dollars was "Stolen" but don't worry Tether won't be redeeming those Tethers so it's all fine.
    • They hired and fired an auditor named Friedman LLP.
    • They took any promise of getting audited out of their FAQ.
    • A few months ago we reported this but it bears mentioning again - Tether took down it's 100% backed statement and replaced it with a new one. "Every tether is always 100% backed by our reserves, which include traditional currency and cash equivalents and, from time to time, may include other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties, which may include affiliated entities (collectively, “reserves”). Every tether is also 1-to-1 pegged to the dollar, so 1 USDâ‚® is always valued by Tether at 1 USD."
    • Now it gets even worse.
    • The Lawyer for Tether has admitted to the court in plain english that as of April 30, Tether is only about 74% backed by fiat equivalents, which is cash and short term securities.
    • It looks like this "seized" amount is a line of credit from Tether to Bitfinex, which is most likely going to function as one of those cash equivalents.
    • Tether did say that the terms of this credit line were negotiated "on an arms length basis on commercially reasonable terms"
    • Both agreements were singed by the same guy - Giancarlo Devasini.
    • Attorneys are arguing that Tether doesn't have to be 100% backed, it totally says so on the website.
    • If BSV got delisted because CSW is an asshole, I'm really hoping the community would put pressure on the exchanges to delist Tether.
    • They aren't.
    • Bitcoin maximalists like Adam Back seem to be aligned with Tether her, even comparing it to fractional reserve banking saying that it's way better than them. Sometimes the Bitcoin community makes it really hard to like them.
    • Finally - the ETH wallet on Bitfinex has been drained of 800k ETH in the last week, and they only have 1.1M ETH left. Good luck to all that have funds on there :(
    • LINKS

  • Shots Fired!

    • Reddit User M0ountainDew - Dear Justin sun this is not a "comprehensive developer guide" this is just a list of where to buy Tron.

      It's literally a list (barely any of them linked) in alphabetical order - but Binance is at the top over aBCC Exchange.

    • You know we like to keep you up to date on Substratum bullshit

      Brian and William were posting again this week.

      Substratum Deleted the Team Members page of their website.

      Originally it could still be accessed directly just not clicked on from the main site.

      Now it's gone completely

      They also took down their whitepaper. Only "technical paper" is left.


Episode 174 - Craigh Wright is a turd, Exchanges Delist BSV, and Satoshi's Treasure


You’ve seen the drama. We’re a little late to the party but we weight in on the ridiculous Craight Wright and Calvin Ayre antics. We stand with Hodlnaut, we stand with Peter McCormack, and we can’t wait to see this court battle for the ages. We also talk about the Satoshi Treasure prize that’s out there, the US states rulings with regards to crypto laws, and talk about Forbes articles because we can.

Ledger Nano S - The secure hardware wallet


Episode 174


Episode 171 - SEC Decision, Trons Lambos, and tons more news.

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Ledger Nano S - The secure hardware wallet

Flagship Friday 171 (4/5/19)

  • Rapid Fire

    Twitch has removed crypto as a subscription payment method. (Honestly forgot they took it)

    Nanex Exchange is shutting down get your nano off.

    DASH is now default instant send - meaning private (And likely higherish fees). Might mean it's time to take another look.

  • SEC Statement On Crypto - Adam, Karim, Brent

    • Not experts
    • Looked over it, and it all seems very "plausible deniability"
    • They list out a bunch of factors that would make it OK to not be a security....then they say "Although no one of the following characteristics of use or consumption is necessarily determinative, the stronger their presence, the less likely the Howey test is me"
    • To me that literally means nothing...mostly.

      • The network is fully armed and operational
      • Holders can use it on the network right away.
      • The asset is designed to meet the needs of its users, not to feed speculation.
      • The value should remain stable or depreciate over time (dafuq?) specifically saying don't hodl.
      • If it's a currency it needs to be used to make payments - like really needs to be used for goods and services without converting it first. That or it's a store of value.
      • If it represents another good or service it can be redeemed and is pegged to that value.
      • Economic benefit is incidental.
      • Marketed in a manner that emphasizes the functionality and not increase in value- and if you'd like to advertise with us please reach out.
      • Restrictions for transfers are not for speculation but are a part of the use case.
      • Again "Digital assets with these types of use or consumption characteristics are less likely to be investment contracts."
      • And "The discussion above identifies some of the factors market participants should consider in assessing whether a digital asset is offered or sold as an investment contract and, therefore, is a security."

      Statement on "Framework for 'Investment Contract' Analysis of Digital Assets"

  • Don't Buy Bitcoin - Karim

    • From CNBC
    • Basically Crypto blew up, but before you go buy!
    • Peter mallouk "What we're going to see, most likely, is, we're going to see cryptocurrencies collapse."
    • There are so many types of virtual currencies — like litecoin, ethereum, ripple and, of course, bitcoin — that "there's no way that even a fraction of them can survive,"
    • "in the meantime," if you buy cryptocurrency, "you get no income. It's not a real investment. It's speculation."
    • Then compares it to the TV "tv worked out but everything that comes out of it we dont want to watch. Palm and Blackberry were fantastic, but Apple came in and took them out. Lycos and Excite were here before Google."
    • Then Kramer - Bitcoin Mafia, go to Vegas
    • JP Morgan quote Jamie Dimon "Bitcoin is a fraud"...but dont mention they developed a crypto

      Don't buy bitcoin, warns wealth manager: We're likely 'going to see cryptocurrencies collapse'

  • Bithumb Hacked for $13M - Brent

  • Bullish or Bullshit - Justin Sun Gives away a Tesla on Twitter

    • Our boy Justin Sun is at it again.
    • He announced a $20 Million Dollar Giveaway on Twitter
    • On March 27th they were gonna draw a winner of a Tesla.
    • So they had a video where they were picking the winner, and they uploaded it...and then deleted it saying there were compression problems.
    • This is the internet tho so here it is
    • @uzgaroth (XRP_uzgar) was the twitter user that was supposed to win. He was the 88th name drawn because I guess the first names didn't meet a criteria.
    • Justin tweets and says the team decided that only live streams are acceptable for drawings, oops.
    • In the original video there's a fucking frame where the winner actually appears before the drawing.
    • They go as far as congratulating him on Twitter.
    • Don't worry, it has a happy ending. XRP_uzgar gets a ticket to the Tron summit and all expenses paid to fly out and see it.
    • That was the resolution for a couple of days.
  • Crypto Around the World

  • Bull Signs

    Andreessen Horowitz Is Blowing Up The Venture Capital Model (Again)

    • Andreesseen Horowitz filed to become a registered investment advisor (RIA) in part to gain flexibility in crypto investing, all 150 employees are registering as financial advisors. Less relevant is the firm is raising 2-2.5 bill growth fund expected to close in the next few weeks.

      Cryptocurrency trade volume hits new all-time high - Coin Rivet

    • $87 bill volume, eclipsing the previous record by 16 bill, set in Jan 4th 2018. Last week's average was $31 bill

    • BTC is now above the 1D cloud on massive volume and flipped bullish for the first time since early 2018. 🤑. For all you technicals out there it's called the Ichimoku cloud. First time in 15 months, 442 days to be exact that a positive candle was closed on a chart

  • Shots Fired!

    Waves takes a shot at our boy Justin

    Brent makes a post

    Elon Musk shits on Bitcoin

    Elon Musk shits on the SEC... not Bitcoin =)

    Did send Doge price up 27%

    But says "dogecoin value may vary."

  • Mailbag

    Jerry from Cedar Rapids, Iowa asks what is your absolute favorite coin out there?


Episode 167 - XLM and IBM, XRP, Tether, and more.

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Episode 167 - Flagship Friday

On Today's Episode the team talks about Tether, Binance in Austrailia, and the big news being IBM partnering with Stellar. Is this a real partnership? It probably is, but is it good for Crypto currency? What does it have to do with Ripple and XRP? What kinda cereal are the boys fans of? Find out now.

Co-Founder of Wikipedia says that you should use Brave.

Coinbase Pro ends 0% maker fees.

Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang was tweeting about bitcooin corrections in 2013!

  • Tether is not fully backed by fiat (Bullish or Bullshit?) - Brent
    • From Tether's New Terms - "Every Tether is always 100% backed by our reserves, which include traditional currency and cash equivalents and, from time to time, may include other assets and receivables from loans made by Tether to third parties, which may include affiliated entities (collectively, “reserves”). Every tether is also 1-to-1 pegged to the dollar, so 1 USDâ‚® is always valued by Tether at 1 USD."
    • They also made a proof of funds page, to make it seem like they're on par with other stable coins that show what they have in reserve...It's the same document from months ago that says they totally had the funds on a specific day.
  • Binance Lite Becomes the Firm’s First Fiat-to-Crypto On-Ramp in Australia - Adam
    • Over 1300 newsagents (whatever that is) will have access to bitcoin
    • In order to remain compliant with Australian regulations, users need to register with Binance Lite. There's already a map charting all the newsagents in Australia where you can utilize this.
    • Binance is making strides to make their presence known world-wide. Pretty insane for a company less than 3 years old.
    • They also have plans to do the same thing in Singapore.
  • IBM Partners With Stellar - Brent
    • 72 Countries, 47 currencies, 44 banks.
    • It's called the IMB Blockchain World Wire.
    • This is basically IBM entry and exit points as a trusted gateway on the Stellar Network.
    • I know they have their own internal Blockchain services.
    • Reddit hates IBM
    • It's already live.
    • Discuss - why didn't they choose XRP?
  • Facebook’s blockchain cryptocurrency could kill 'fake news'? Or just make them money - Karim

    • As we've covered before FB has begun developing their own cryptocurrency (bloomberg and NYT)
    • FB has not confirmed reports, just admitted to exploring DLT, so the rest of the story is from unamed sources
    • First they claim the crypto would allow you to send money to your WhatsApp contacts, so taking on venmo & paypal -
    • NYT report claimed they already talked to crypto exchanges about it, others argue theyd use a stable coin
    • Barclay's internet analyst Ross Sandler said FB coin would make the company $19b by 2021

    • part of the idea here is higher customer conversion rates, you already have currency on the platform and FB keeps payments in their own network

    • FB could also use cryptography to authenticate users through hash keys, and making sure people posting new are people and not bots (dont think this really handles it)
    • Could also help with General Data Protection Regulation (GDRP) since users could control data and delete it by for example deleting their hash, making info not accessible
    • n order to authenticate them; it means Facebook now becomes the repository for a lot of personally identifiable information....
  • Cisco Reports: By 2027 Blockchain Will Capture 10 Trillion of the Worlds Wealth]( - Adam

    • By 2027 blockchain will capture 10 trill of the world's wealth.
    • This is from Cisco, not just anyone talking about blockchain
    • Joe Lubin believes in twenty years half of the world's wealth will be on blockchain
    • True innovation is the ability to automate trust between two parties using it
    • Cisco report claims 83% of execs believe trust is the cornerstone of the digital economy
  • SHOTS FIRED! (There's one of these big enough for a story)
    • Craig Wright Leaves Twitter! (Bullish or Bullshit?) - Brent
      • He deleted 10,000 Tweets in about 24 hours.
      • He decided to say he'd sue anyone that copied his tweets or harassing him.
      • As you know the internet usually responds well to this.
      • Bots were popping up left and right with his name on them.
      • Even Jihan Wu from Bitmain was following the fake CSW account.
      • Some stupid Tweets by CSW.
        • He complained about not being in CoinDesk's most influential people in Crypto. Coindesk responded. "But...but...'Satoshi Nakamoto' IS on the list! ;p"
        • in 2017 he said 2018 was the year of BCH.
        • He said Bitcoin isn't Trustless earlier in 2018.
        • Told people who thought Bitcoin was permission-less to go work on EOS.
        • Said BTC would go down to 1000.
        • He answered the question "Will you attack your enemies or let them all on their own" with "Yes"
        • This is it. Screw you Toddler. I am going to undelete my writings. You want competition... screw you. I am going full billionaire mode. You want this. You get it. You asked for this. You will not like what is coming! You think I cannot choose what I prove, to whom.... watch - June 2018
        • He tweeted in August 2018 some code out as a response to someone saying he couldn't print hello world - it was copy pasted.
      • Remember that one of Craig's proof attempts that he's Satoshi are from a paper he wrote in "2001" that was very similar to the Bitcoin whitepaper...but it was similar to the 2nd draft that was released not the first lol.
      • And of course his "signature" was just public information as well.

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