Research Firm Messari CEO: Threatening Calls After Critical XRP Report Were Made by ‘Punk Kids’

Ryan Selkis, the CEO of cryptocurrency analytics firm Messari, has allegedly received threats after his company published a critical analysis of Ripple (XRP) cryptocurrency. The company reportedly based its analysis on data from cryptocurrency exchanges and third party cryptocurrency data services. As of press time, neither Ripple itself, nor any of its individual employees mentioned in Ryan Selkis’ tweet have commented on the alleged threatening calls. Both Messari and its CEO have not yet responded to Cointelegraph’s request for comment.In its recent Q4 2018 report, Ripple has revealed that the sales of its XRP tokens have declined from Q3 of the same year: the company sold $129 million and $163 million worth of tokens in the respective time periods.

Major Cryptocurrency Thefts of Q3

The report highlights the main cryptocurrency thefts of Q3 2018 as Bithumb, which lost some $30 million in a “cyber intrusion,” and Bancor that lost $23.5 million due to a breach in a smart contract and was forced to shut down operations.

Another Korean exchange Coinrail also lost over $40 million in altcoins while the Bitcoin Gold 51%attack netted thieves in excess of $18 million.

Of note is the fact that the US came out as one of the most vulnerable countries to cryptocurrency theft, with 56% of all attacks happening here.

With cryptocurrency tanking and holders’ portfolios losing value daily, the last thing they need is to have their cryptocurrency stolen due to a cyberthreat.

U.S. department to host a blockchain workshop

According to a request for information (RFI) posted Nov. 19, The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) will host a two-day blockchain workshop in February. A distributed consensus during a workshop “tentatively scheduled for February 14 and 15, 2019, in Arlington, VA.” As stated in the five-page RFI released by the agency’s Information Innovation Office (I2O), “of particular interest to DARPA are so-called ‘permissionless’ distributed consensus protocols.” Permissionless systems are described in the paper as protocols “where any individual may join in the computation.” “Several, less-explored avenues of permissionless distributed consensus protocols.”, the report further indicates.