Crypto Moves — Bitcoin and Ethereum decline; North Korea may be behind $100m crypto hack

Update Crypto Moves — Bitcoin and Ethereum decline; North Korea may be behind $100m crypto hack
Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency internationally, traded lower on Thursday, falling by 1.26 percent to $20,003.20. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 30 June 2022

Crypto Moves — Bitcoin and Ethereum decline; North Korea may be behind $100m crypto hack

Crypto Moves — Bitcoin and Ethereum decline; North Korea may be behind $100m crypto hack

RIYADH: Bitcoin, the leading cryptocurrency internationally, traded lower on Thursday, falling by 1.26 percent to $20,003.20 as of 8:10 a.m. Riyadh time.

Ethereum, the second most traded cryptocurrency, was priced at $1,088.40, falling by 5.12 percent, according to data from Coindesk.

Russia investigating 400 cases related to cryptocurrency

The Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation is trying to detect around 400 cases in which cryptocurrencies are involved, the agency’s director, Yury Chikhanchin, revealed the number during a meeting with President Vladimir Putin.

Russian law enforcement authorities have already initiated 20 criminal cases related to digital assets, Bitcoin.com reported. 

Chikhanchin acknowledged that Russians continue to actively use cryptocurrency platforms located outside the country.

“This phenomenon continues to exist. And only on two foreign sites, two exchanges, several hundred thousand Russian citizens participate in transactions worth tens of billions,”  he said. 

According to official data released earlier this year, the number of lawsuits related to cryptocurrency mining in Russia exceeded 1,500 in 2021.

Experts suspect North Korea behind $100 million crypto hack

Digital investigative firms have concluded that North Korean hackers are most likely responsible for an attack last week that took as much as $100 million in cryptocurrency from a US company, according to Reuters.

Cryptocurrency assets were stolen on June 23 from Horizon Bridge, a service provided by Harmony blockchain that transfers assets between blockchains.

The hackers’ activity since then suggests they may be affiliated with North Korea, which experts say is among the most prolific cyberattackers. 

The UN sanctions monitors say Pyongyang uses the stolen funds to finance its nuclear and missile programs.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Chainalysis, a blockchain firm working with Harmony to investigate the attack, said the attack pattern and high velocity of structured payments to a mixer were similar to previous attacks attributed to North Korea-linked actors.

“Preliminarily this looks like a North Korean hack based on transaction behavior,” said Nick Carlsen, a former FBI analyst who now works for TRM Labs investigating North Korea’s crypto heists.

A report released by another company, Elliptic, on Thursday indicated there are strong indications that North Korea’s Lazarus Group may be behind the theft.

“The thief is attempting to break the transaction trail back to the original theft,” the report said. “This makes it easier to cash out the funds at an exchange,” it added.

If this attack is confirmed then North Korea would account for 60 percent of total funds stolen in 2022, according to Chainalysis, totaling $1 billion in stolen funds.

South Korean officials and experts told Reuters that the recent drop in cryptocurrency values may have made it harder for North Korea to sell stolen assets.

(With inputs from Reuters)


Anaam’s shares lead the market gainers after it swings to profits in H1

Anaam’s shares lead the market gainers after it swings to profits in H1
Updated 9 min 26 sec ago

Anaam’s shares lead the market gainers after it swings to profits in H1

Anaam’s shares lead the market gainers after it swings to profits in H1

RIYADH: Shares of Saudi poultry processing firm Anaam International Holding Co. surged in early trading after it turned a profit of SR1.6 million ($425,599) in the first half of 2022, against a loss of SR2.4 million in the year-earlier period.

Anaam’s shares topped market gainers, surging 9.94 percent to reach SR20.8 percent at 10:32 a.m. Saudi time.

Anaam attributed its performance to an 84 percent surge in sales and revenue during the first six months of the year to reach SR7.2 million, according to a bourse filing.

Its accumulated losses reached SR7.23 million, representing 2.3 percent of capital, as of June 30, 2022.


NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds

NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds
Updated 26 September 2022

NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds

NADEC shares rise as it signs MoU with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds

RIYADH: National Agricultural Development Co. which signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Leha Agriculture to produce potato seeds in Saudi Arabia saw its share prices increase during the early trading hours.

NADEC’s share rose 1.96 percent to open Monday at SR26.05 ($7) as of 10:09 a.m. Saudi time.

The MoU, which will take effect on Oct. 1 and expire on April 30, 2023, outlines a general framework for joint cooperation between the two companies, including a desire to study joint investment in potato seed production, Nadec said in a bourse filing.

Both parties agree to combine their investment efforts and serve their mutual interests.

The parties further agreed to appoint independent financial, legal, and technical advisors if they so desire or if the official authorities so request.

The full financial value will be determined and announced after legal, financial, and commercial due diligence.

Leha Agriculture provides storage and cooling solutions for agricultural products in Saudi Arabia and specializes in cultivating and marketing potatoes and potato seeds.


TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell

TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell
Updated 26 September 2022

TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell

TASI extends loss as oil prices drop below $85: Opening bell

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s main index continues to decline in response to oil prices dropping below $85 for the first time since January and fears of a global recession due to aggressive interest rate rises.

The Tadawul All Share Index fell 0.45 percent to start Monday at 11,110, while the parallel market Nomu fell 0.11 percent at 19,853, as of 10:09 a.m. Saudi time.

Brent crude traded at $85.30 a barrel and WTI crude reached $77.96 a barrel, as of 10:06 a.m. Saudi time.

Saudi oil giant Aramco started with a 0.43 percent decline, while Rabigh Refining and Petrochemical Co. added 0.3 percent.

The Saudi National Bank, the Kingdom’s largest lender, decreased by 0.16 percent, while Saudi British Bank declined by 0.53 percent.

National Agricultural Development Co. gained 1.96 percent, following the signing of a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Leha Agricultural Co. to produce potato seeds in the Kingdom.

Retal Urban Development Co. gained 1.62 percent, after selling its share in a land located in Al Khobar city for SR67 million ($18 million) to Maali Holding Co.

Anaam International Holding Group gained 5.6 percent to lead the gainers, after reporting that it turned into profits of SR1.6 million during the first half of 2022.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday
Updated 26 September 2022

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Monday

RIYADH: Saudi stocks started and ended sharply lower on Sunday, in response to the Saudi Central Bank raising interest rates in line with Fed's steep rate hike and forecast for further hikes to curb inflation.

The Tadawul All Share Index lost 2.61 percent to end the session at 11,161, while the parallel market slid 1.92 percent to finish at 19,875.

Kuwait’s index declined 2.5 percent, followed by Qatar's index declining 1.5 percent for a second session.

The index in Bahrain traded down 1.4 percent, while both Egypt’s blue-chip index and Oman index tumbled 0.3 percent.

Oil prices fell below $85 for the first time since January, Brent crude traded at $84.94 a barrel and WTI crude reached $77.70 a barrel, as of 9:20 a.m. Saudi time.

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Nadec has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with the Leha Agricultural Co. to produce potato seeds in the Kingdom.

Sure Global Technology Co. set its price guidance for a direct listing on Saudi Arabia’s parallel stock market at SR70 ($19) per share.

Retal Urban Development Co. sold its share in a land located in Al Khobar city for SR67.44 million to Maali Holding Co.


Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing

Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing
Updated 26 September 2022

Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing

Saudi tech firm Sure Global sets price guidance at $19 for Nomu listing

RIYADH: Sure Global Technology Co. announced the publication of the registration document for a direct listing on the Nomu-Parallel Market, setting its price guidance for the listing at SR70 ($19) per share.

Sure International reached an agreement with its shareholders to allocate 1.284 million shares, representing 25 percent of its capital, to offer and sell in the market to natural or legal persons in order to meet liquidity requirements.

Sure received approval from the Capital Market Authority on June 30 for its registration to trade on Nomu-Parallel Market.

Established in 2006, Sure International Technology offers a wide range of services, including wholesale and retail sales of computers and accessories, printers and inks, systems analysis, software design and programming, and senior management consulting.