The city of Washington attacked by Romanian hackers

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Ukraine prepares for Davos

Russia wants to have blockchain in few years

Romania

Romanian hackers spread ransomware via surveillance cameras installed in Washington DC, the US authorities announced. According to the Romania Insider, in the early 2017 two Romanian hackers operating outside of the US were infiltrating 123 out of the 187 outdoor cameras, used by the police, in the American capitol. Romanians are also accused of using the computers behind the cameras “to distribute ransomware through SPAM emails” aiming to lock the victims’ hardware. They were finally traced through their registered email addresses.

Five other Romanian hackers were arrested over the last week in connection with an international cybercrime investigation.

In 2016 cybercrime cost the global economy USD540bn. According to the Hiscox Cyber Readinesss Report 2017, in 2016 over 2 billion of personal records have been stolen.

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Ukraine

The Interfax announces the “first-ever Ukrainian House to open in Davos during World Economic Forum”. According to the agency, the country plans to present itself during the event with the theme “Ukraine: Creativity, Innovation, Opportunity”.

It will develop a Ukrainian House – a multi-format space where it will promote its IT and innovation sectors. The organizations in charge of the project are the Ukrainian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (UVCA), Western NIS Enterprise Fund (WNISEF) and Victor Pinchuk Foundation.

The Ukrainian House will operate between January 22nd and 26th, 2018.

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Russia

Russian Sberbank, as the first Russian bank, joined non-profit alliance Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, engaged in research of using blockchain technology on the Ethereum platform. “If we talk about Russia, we have the largest number of implemented projects concerning blockchain. Although, they are all in the experimental mode. Maybe in 2018 we will be able to introduce some products on a large scale. The blockchain technology is one of our tricks. I estimate the implementation horizon of the technology in 8-10 years,” said Herman Gref, CEO of Sberbank

Mr. Gref believes that commercial implementation of the Ethereum platform will take another 1-2 years.

EEA was established in February 2017 to evolve Ethereum into an enterprise-grade technology. Sberbank is a state-owned, the largest bank in Russia.

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What’s up in indexes

BET (of Bucharest) increased from 7,800.40 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 7,803.41 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s up 0.04 per cent d/d and up 11.12 per cent y/y.

BUX (of Budapest) increased from 38,846.60 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 39,140.22 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s up 0.76 per cent d/d and up 23.22 per cent y/y.

CROBEX (of Zagreb) decreased from 1,845.53 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 1,839.23 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s down 0.34 per cent d/d and down 5.00 per cent y/y.

OMXR (of Riga) decreased from 1,005.42 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 993.01 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s down 1.23 per cent d/d and up 35.77 per cent y/y.

OMXT (of Tallinn) increased from 1,218.45 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 1,220.61 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s up 0.18 per cent d/d and up 13.92 per cent y/y.

OMXV (of Vilnius) decreased from 652.96 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 648.71 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s down 0.65 per cent d/d and up 17.64 per cent y/y.

PX (of Prague) increased from 1,075.86 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 1,077.70 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s up 0.17 per cent d/d and up 17.45 per cent y/y.

SAX (of Bratislava) decreased from 327.48 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 325.09 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s down 0.73 per cent d/d and up 2.22 per cent y/y.

SOFIX (of Sofia) increased from 663.79 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 665.76 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s up 0.30 per cent d/d and up 15.80 per cent y/y.

UX (of Kyiv) decreased from 1,342.94 index points Wednesday, December 20th to 1,322.11 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s down 0.21 per cent d/d and up 69.21 per cent y/y.

WIG20 (of Warsaw) increased from 2,459.33 index points Wednesday, December 19th to 2,463.59 index points Thursday, December 21st. It’s up 0.17 per cent d/d and up 27.79 per cent y/y.

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