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Lido Gets All-Clear Signal From Blockchain Auditing Experts Statemind

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The firm behind the recent success story, where $350M in damages were prevented from hitting the Avalanche blockchain, has released an in-depth audit report of the popular Ethereum liquidity staking solution, Lido. 

The report has ultimately given Lido an all-clear signal, noting that no significant vulnerabilities were discovered. Here is what newcomer blockchain auditing firm Statemind did find in their Lido report. 

Lido Tasks Statemind With Keeping Billions At Stake Secure

Lido is designed to provide liquidity for staked assets with daily rewards and no lock up periods. Lido staking solutions are available for Ethereum, Solana, Polygon, Terra, Kusama, and Polkadot. Without solutions like Lido, staking Ethereum, for example, requires locking up as much as 32 ETH for many years without being able to use or sell the tokens.  When staking Lido you mint staked tokens which are issued 1:1 to your initial stake. With Lido, your staked tokens can be used across the DeFi ecosystem as collateral, for lending, yield farming, and more.

As Lido expands its stronghold over liquid crypto staking solutions, the need for the underlying code to be squeaky clean and without any potential complications becomes imperative. Billions of dollars in value are at stake across millions of users. Lido has tasked blockchain auditing firm Statemind with reviewing its code and ensuring no critical vulnerabilities exist — and if they do, snuff them out before they become an issue. 

Statemind Makes Huge Splash At Launch, Saving Avalanche $350M

Statemind did just this but outside of its regular clientele, while simultaneously making a huge splash across the cryptocurrency development community. A proactive review of several top blockchains revealed that Avalanche and associated chains were exposed to a critical vulnerability. Estimated damages top over $350M that Statemind was able to save. 

In the more reactive Lido research prompted by the client themselves, Statemind, fortunately, discovered zero critical, high, or medium-severity bugs. Only informational bugs were found, which are easily patched and pose no threat, said Statemind. 

The Results And Recommendations Of The Lido Audit Report

Statemind further outlined the results of the MEV-Boost relay allowlist project and Lido audit in a nine-page report. According to the report, the on-chain relay allowlist is “used by Node Operators participating in the Lido protocol after the ETH Merge to extract MEV.” Node Operators use the contract to ensure up-to-date software configuration at all times.  

“Key recommendations involve checking the number of relays right after the msg.sender check, removing the zero address check for msg.sender, checking if the token address is a contract in the function _safe_erc20_transfer, and utilizing mapping that maps URI to index of relay in the array,” Statemind explained in a blog post. 

What You Need To Know About Statemind Blockchain Safety Audits 

Lido is just one of many of Statemind’s clients, which also include 1INCH and Yearn.Finance. In addition to finding a critical vulnerability in Avalanche, Statemind also just announced the discovery of a two-year-old exploit in Andre Cronje’s latest project, Keep3r Network. 

Statemind is a brand new blockchain security auditing firm with over 100,000 LoC of Solidity and Vyper experience combined. Thus far, Statemind audits have secured over $10B in TVL, and the examples above have only added to this rapidly-growing number. To learn more, visit Statemind.io.

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Cardano Price Surges, Will The Bulls Hold The Recovery?

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Cardano price has been pushed up on its chart by the bulls at the time of writing. In the past day, Cardano moved up 2%. Over the last week, the price action of the altcoin wasn’t positive as it lost most of the gains in the week.

Continued buyer recovery could push ADA past its next resistance level. At the time of writing, however, ADA was trading sideways.

The altcoin has remained sandwiched between $0.50 and $0.44, respectively, over the past couple of weeks.

Although buying strength tried to recover on its chart, selling strength was still dominating at the time of writing.

The support zone for Cardano price rests between $0.44 and $0.40, respectively. Cardano has been one of the altcoins that have moved against the tide.

Bitcoin, however, showed signs of appreciation over the last 24 hours. ADA bulls can quickly fade out if the coin’s buying strength doesn’t move into the positive zone.

Cardano Price Analysis: One Day Chart

Cardano was priced at $0.46 on the one-day chart | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView

ADA was trading at $0.46 at the time of writing. Over the last 24 hours, the coin broke past one of its resistance levels.

The immediate resistance mark for Cardano was $0.49. If the bulls manage to topple over the $0.49 price level, then the bulls can stay put for a longer time.

If buyers don’t come forward, Cardano price will fall to $0.43 and then below the $0.40 mark.

The amount of the altcoin traded in the past session declined, despite a rise in buying strength. This signified the dominance of the sellers in the market.

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Cardano registered an uptick in buying pressure on the one-day chart | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView

The altcoin displayed signs of recovery on the one-day chart. Technical indicators pointed toward the bulls taking over.

At the time of writing, the Relative Strength Index was below the half-line, indicating that buying pressure remained greater than selling pressure.

Cardano price was below the 20-SMA line, and that signified less demand as sellers were driving the price momentum in the market.

With a push from the buyers, ADA could travel above the 20-SMA and 50-SMA lines, invalidating the bearish thesis.

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Cardano depicted sell signal on the one-day chart | Source: ADAUSD on TradingView

ADA’s bulls have still not gained momentum on the one-day chart. As long as buyers don’t overpower sellers’ strength, the bulls will not be able to push the price of the altcoin above the $0.49 mark.

The Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicates the price momentum and price action of the altcoin. The MACD underwent a bearish crossover and formed red histograms, which were sell signal for the coin.

The Directional Movement Index measures the overall price direction. DMI was negative as the -DI line was above the +DI line.

The Average Directional Index was moving up towards the 20 mark, which is a sign of the current price action gaining momentum.

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Quant Adds 10% In 24 Hours While Macro Uncertainty Pulls Others

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Interoperability enabling network Quant has gained 10% in the last 24 hours amidst the general crypto bear market. The token is inexorably climbing up the price charts while other tokens struggle to keep their heads above water. The crypto is steadily gaining, testing new highs after its yearly low in June when its price dipped below $50.

The Quant blockchain was a project geared toward solving the issue of interaction among multiple blockchains. Since its inception in 2018, the token began an upward climb from below $1, culminating in an all-time high just below $400. This unprecedented event in the history of Quant took place in September 2021. Quant soared 200% from $187 to $490 on the month, a spike that analysts attribute to three factors. 

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Quant’s All-Time High Catalysts

The first catalyst outline was the launch of Overledger 2.0.5, the network’s DLT connection for businesses to all networks and DLT. Secondly, Quant offered developers incentives via the “Quant developers Program,” a means to lure devs into its ecosystem. Devs build useful protocols and apps, which in turn, attract more users, thereby ensuring the growth of Quant. 

Finally, Quant’s price boosted when it got listed on major exchange platforms like Coinbase and Binance. This move alone caused the protocol’s trading volume to skyrocket from $9 million to a whopping $740 million, according to coinmarketcap. And the rest, they say, is history. Although the token has not tested such highs since then, it continued to do well for itself till the general market became turbulent.

QNT’s price is currently trading at above $115. | Source: QNTUSD price chart from TradingView.com

Macroeconomics Turned Crypto Assets Bearish

By June this year, when the crypto market dropped into a downward spiral, the Quant token dipped to a low of $49. A combination of macro factors dragged down most cryptos, including Bitcoin, from their lofty heights.

For one, the Russo-Ukrainian war began causing global unrest, which always targets risk-prone assets, e.g., crypto. Then followed inflation and Fed’s hawkish attitude towards digital assets in fixing the problem. Ethereum’s merge with its initial hype and subsequent letdown came into the mix, further muddying up the waters. As a result, crypto assets globally have been testing unheard-of lows. 

At the time of writing, Bitcoin continues to fluctuate around the $20,000 resistance level. This is notably a far cry from its legendary $65,000 high, which occurred in 2021. Similarly, ETH and SOL are not left out of this bearish market turn, trading at $1300 and $33, respectively. Ethereum is 70% down from its all-time high, while Solana is 87% below its own.

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Yet Quant is slowly but surely wending its way up the chart, testing new highs daily. At the time of writing, the token is exchanging hands around $116 after briefly testing $120 earlier in the day. Against the past week’s prices, it is a 7.90% gain, 10% over the last 24 hours.

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Ripple Outperforming Whole Market, What’s Pumping XRP Price? 

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The currency of the blockchain-powered online payment platform, XRP, has gained almost 60% in the past week. After briefly dipping to $0.34 five days ago, the token climbed back and traded around $0.52 this morning.

Crypto influencer Ben Armstrong claims to know the reason behind this continuous climb amid the current general crypto bear market. The multiple-crypto holder shared his two cents about the state of events with his 800k plus followers on Twitter yesterday.

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Influencer Believes Impending Close To Ripple-SEC Case Is Responsible

According to Armstrong, multiple factors are causing Ripple’s insane price surge. However, he can confidently trace one primary reason to the ongoing SEC court battle with the sixth strongest crypto. The influencer tweeted that SEC has given up on its 2-year struggle of trying to prove XRP is a security. As of this week, the Ripple community “can be pretty confident the worst-case scenario is a fine,” the tweet reads.

The last weekend saw both parties in the ongoing case filing for summary judgment. In other words, Ripple and SEC believe enough evidence has been provided for a verdict outside a court case. They wait for Judge Torres’ decision supporting one side or the other based on already available evidence. A court battle that started way over in 2020 might soon be coming to an end.

XRP is currently trading at $0.4975. | Source: XRPUSD price chart from TradingView.com

Ripple And XRP Community Expect A Favorable Verdict

Like Ben Armstrong, the Ripple community and Ripple Labs are expectant of a favorable ruling. If that happens, XRP will not be considered a Security but a digital asset, just as Ripple intended. 

Another crypto influencer predicted that if this happens, it will be the needed boost the bearish crypto market needs. David Gokhshtein tweeted that the crypto market will go parabolic should XRP win this case. He and Brad Garlinghouse, Ripple’s CEO, believe a win for XRP would stamp cryptos stand with regulation. Consequently, it would increase investors’ faith in the ailing asset.

Whale Movements On XRP Blockchain Also Partially Responsible For Price Boost

Another reason for the surge in XRP seems to be whale movements on the platform. On-chain analytics firm, Sentiment data reveal an increase in whale transactions on the Ripple blockchain. 

Furthermore, the Whale Alert crypto tracker revealed multiple anonymous transfers of significant amounts of XRP in the past week. Data showed that a 261 million XRP transfer and another 582 million XRP transaction took place. Ripple was involved in both transactions, moving 80,000,000 of the tokens externally. In total, close to a billion tokens exchanged hands in whale transactions last week. 

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These two factors mentioned above are mainly responsible for the continuous climb of XRP tokens over the last week. One can only wait to see if the XRP community’s optimism is indeed rightly placed and that ripple will indeed win the case. At the time of writing, XRP is currently trading around $0.48 after briefly testing $0.52 earlier today per Coinmarketcap data. 

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Tether Announces Launch of USDT on Polkadot Network

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  • Eleven different blockchains currently support Tether, USDT.
  • A New York court ordered Tether Operations Limited to submit financial records.

Tether, in a statement released on Friday, announced the release of its native token USDT on the Polkadot Network. Polkadot is an open-source blockchain platform that is decentralized. Moreover, it’s a comprehensive Web3 environment that allows for registry and computation amongst different blockchains. 

In addition, the adoption of the stablecoin allows the blockchain platform to further expand its footprint in distributed systems. Concurrently, “potential adverse effects associated with market volatility” will be mitigated thanks to Tether’s incorporation.

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The release blog further states that the Polkadot Relay Chain would enable Tether users to conduct USDT transactions and information sharing in a safe and trustless manner.

According to Tether’s Chief Technology Officer Paolo Ardoino:

“We’re delighted to launch USD₮ on Polkadot, offering its community access to the most liquid, stable, and trusted stablecoin in the digital token space. Polkadot is on a trajectory of growth and evolution this year and we believe Tether’s addition will be essential in helping it continue to thrive.”

Eleven different blockchains currently support Tether, a stablecoin. After adding Polkadot on Friday, the firm says it hopes to continue growing by a factor of many more.

Of the total $81.84 billion in swaps today, 55.60% is settled in tether, and 62% of all BTC exchanges use tether as a counterparty. Support for the Polkadot blockchain came at a time when a New York court ordered Tether Operations Limited to submit financial records demonstrating USDT’s backing. The court’s ruling is the result of a class action complaint that five individuals brought three years ago.

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Iran Commences CBDC Pilot Dubbed ‘Crypto Rial’

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