Monday, 22 October 2018

My Advertising Pays/The Advert Platform Is Closing Down

My Advertising Pays/The Advert Plaform is reportedly closing down and Mike has offered everybody a refund. 
But will anybody actually get one? I'll believe it when I see it.
Mike claims that GPN has returned all of the money that was in TAP, but has said nothing about the missing $60 million that VX Gateway say they have 'stolen' from My Advertising Pays.
The last we heard, Celia and Tim from VX Gateway were supposed to show up at a Court hearing but never arrived. 
They were reported as fugitives who were supposedly hiding out in Trump Tower. Now I know Trump Tower is big, but unless they've been living in a broom cupboard all this time, it seems farcical that they can't be found. 

But enough of that fairy story, let's go to the next one:

Mike said on the 10th October :

So you only have a 15 day window to claim your refund? 
Can you imagine if PPI only had a 15 day claim time? 
This is a ridiculous time limit and is calculated to stop as many people as possible from getting any money. 
I'll report back on this when I hear any news.

I have no news on Mike, but I certainly have some information about Tony and Lynne Booth.

They're trying to sell their house and are rumoured to be skipping the country and moving to The Isle of Mann. 
Thankfully, they don't seem to be having much luck attracting a buyer. The property was originally put on the market for £700,000: 

but has recently been reduced to £670,000:

Watch this space!

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Crypto Currency Markets Have Fallen - Hacking Alert!

Check out the crypto exchanges today - loads of crypto coins have lost value by around 10%. And curiously, the news agencies are reporting vast amounts of cyber thefts this morning:

BUSINESS NEWS OCTOBER 10, 2018 / 1:18 PM / 
Cryptocurrency theft hits nearly $1 billion in first nine months: 
Gertrude Chavez-Dreyfuss


NEW YORK (Reuters) - Theft of cryptocurrencies through hacking of exchanges and trading platforms soared to $927 million in the first nine months of the year, up nearly 250 percent from the level seen in 2017, according to a report from U.S.-based cyber security firm CipherTrace released on Wednesday.
The report, which looks at criminal activity and money laundering in the digital currency market, also showed a steadily growing number of smaller thefts in the $20-60 million range, totalling $173 million in the third quarter.

Digital currencies stolen from exchanges in 2017 totalled just $266 million, according to a previous report from CipherTrace.

Bitcoin’s popularity and the emergence of more than 1,600 other digital coins or tokens have drawn more hackers into the cryptocurrency space, expanding opportunities for crime and fraud.'


Cryptocurrency thefts have risen to hit nearly $1 billion over the course of 2018 as the economy continues to mature, new figures have revealed.

A study by cybersecurity firm CipherTrace reports that around $927 million worth of cryptocurrency has been stolen in the first nine months of this year - an increase of nearly 250 percent compared to the whole of 2017.

The majority of thefts come from cryptocurrencies and trading platforms being hacked, with smaller, more frequent attacks becoming increasing common.

Last month, Japan-based cryptocurrency exchange Zaif was hacked, with around $60 million worth of Bitcoin stolen, just one of multiple attacks to take place this year.


Bitcoin, the world's largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization, dropped 4.77 percent on Thursday, pushing prices well below $6,400 for the first time in weeks.

At 00:58 UTC, just after Wednesday's close, the cryptocurrency shed $400 over the course of 30 minutes, a move that found it crossing $6,400, for a time the market's most reliable lower-bound support, for the first time since September 12, according to CoinDesk priceƂ data.

Bitcoin was last seen trading at $6,238.'