Eliminating Security Vulnerabilities in Virtual Markets and Decentralized Exchanges

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iComply Investor Services (“iComply”), a leading global RegTech platform for digital finance and cryptocurrencies is announcing that it has partnered with Hosho Group LLC. (“Hosho”). Hosho provides smart contract auditing, penetration testing, and cyber security maintenance services focused on the blockchain industry.

This month, the New York State Office of the Attorney General launched the Virtual Markets Integrity Initiative, which issued a report that analyzed how virtual currencies (cryptocurrencies) are traded.

According to the report: “Few issues are of greater importance to customers of virtual asset trading platforms than the security of the funds … sophisticated criminals attempt to infiltrate these platforms constantly, and have reportedly stolen billions of dollars’ worth of virtual currency. Once an unauthorized third-party gains access to a customer account, those funds can be quickly transferred beyond the reach of law enforcement.”

An average of $23 Million USD of cryptocurrency hacked or stolen each day because of security vulnerabilities.

“Most virtual asset exchanges currently use an inefficient patchwork of products and services in an attempt to enable effective multi-jurisdictional compliance. These disjointed systems create hacker vulnerabilities that risk investor funds, data, and the platform’s reputation,” said Matthew Unger, CEO of iComply. “When we met with the product and engineering teams of these same exchanges we were shocked by the vulnerabilities we saw – specifically from their KYC, facial recognition, and AML providers. Investors’ personal data is being stored on local drives, in email inboxes, and often is neither transmitted nor stored with encryption.”

To remedy this, iComply has developed iComplyKYC which can be used as a white label solution to achieve 100% coverage of every issue outlined in the Attorney General’s report and the standards required by FINRA for security tokens – in a single, encrypted, and secure API.

Hosho reported that on average, 82% of the smart contracts that the team has audited have some sort of vulnerability, 27% of which are critical and contract breaking, which means that funds could have been lost or stolen.

“It is Hosho’s goal to push the blockchain industry towards maturation by improving the overall security awareness and standards across the board. Partnering with iComply is a no-brainer given their ethos and philosophy align perfectly with our own. We are both putting in place the infrastructure, services and technologies necessary to the long-term development of a strong and secure ecosystem,” said Hartej Sawhney, President of Hosho.

The companies have partnered on a MasterClass taking place virtually on October 4, 2018 that will aim to educate participants on cyber security for blockchain and smart contracts.

Both companies will also present at HoshoCon which takes place October 9 -11 in Las Vegas. The conference is dedicated to cyber security and technology standards for blockchain and the decentralized financial market.

About iComply Investor Services Inc. 
iComply Investor Services Inc. (iComply) is a leading global RegTech platform for digital finance and cryptocurrencies that provides turnkey compliance automation, simplifying the multi- jurisdictional requirements of non-face-to-face transactions. The technology leverages blockchain and artificial intelligence for robust, secure, and immutable record keeping, reporting, and transaction monitoring, and is capable of interacting beyond blockchain; it can be used by traditional and decentralized companies alike. iComply has released two products, both adding critical pieces of compliance infrastructure: iComplyICO and iComplyKYC. iComplyICO uses iComply’s proprietary Prefacto™ technology which enables compliance and governance for the secondary trading of tokens on open and public blockchains and is technology agnostic – meaning that new blockchains, mesh networks, or centralized trading systems can be integrated securely. iComplyKYC is an industry leading KYC, AML and risk solution for decentralized finance and cryptocurrency applications. An integrated ecosystem, iComply’s technology enables an efficient workflow and record keeping between investors, regulators, securities issuers, and capital markets service providers. Learn more: iComplyICO.com

About Hosho 
Hosho is the global leader in blockchain security, specializing in enterprise-grade security services for Fortune 500 and early-stage companies alike. Entirely focused on the blockchain industry, Hosho is setting the standard for blockchain security, providing state-of-the-art smart contract auditing and penetration testing services. With blockchain, the repercussions of a security hack are much greater than in traditional technology, making cybersecurity-related services of the utmost importance. Hosho plays an important role in the nascent blockchain industry by resolving issues that often lead to funds being lost or stolen. For more information on Hosho and our comprehensive suite of services, please visit Hosho.io

Media Contact: 
Brittany Whitmore 
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