HAYVN strengthens its APAC presence with ex Citi and HSBC senior hire

Dubai: HAYVN, the Abu Dhabi based digital asset focused financial institution, today announced the strengthening of its APAC coverage team. The company will leverage its expertise in the digital asset market to offer a range of services to clients in the APAC market, which is known for its accelerating adoption of digital assets.Heading up the Asia initiative is Ovidiu Olea, HAYVN’s new Director of Client Coverage, APAC. Ovidiu brings a wealth of foreign exchange, payments and digital asset experience from a career spanning stints in London, Frankfurt, and Hong Kong.Christopher Flinos, HAYVN CEO, stated, “The Asia Pacific region is central to our plans to deliver cryptocurrency payment solutions to businesses globally. A strong Asia Pac franchise is critical considering the scale and penetration of digital assets throughout the region. With the addition of Ovidiu, we will leverage his global and regional experience and expertise to help clients navigate the digital asset landscape.”Ovidiu Olea added, “By joining one of world's leading digital asset institutions, I am looking forward to further strengthening HAYVN’s growing market share in the APAC region. HAYVN’s move to reinforce its APAC presence is a clear signal of its focus in the Asian region, and my goal is to further cement that within this region”.Regulated in Abu Dhabi, Australia, The Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands HAYVN is the trusted partner of governments, corporates, and family offices as well as individuals globally.

Binance Academy launches Sensei

Dubai: We’re excited to announce the launch of Binance Sensei, our new AI-powered tool on the Binance Academy platform, which can be used to enhance your Web3 learning experience!Over the course of the last year, we've seen deep-learning systems such as ChatGPT and DALL-E hit the mainstream. These AI tools have quickly become extremely popular — making 2023 a key year for AI integration. This technology holds huge potential to change how we go about routine tasks and make many types of work more efficient. You’re no doubt as eager as we are to discover the new opportunities that AI brings.Our goal here at Binance is to facilitate the worldwide adoption of Web3 by creating an ecosystem that is accessible to all, while continually embracing cutting-edge technology. As part of that vision, we place a special emphasis on education and knowledge-sharing and have established various educational initiatives and resources to help people learn about the world of digital assets.Given our commitment to education and our interest in where artificial intelligence can take us, we’re thrilled to introduce our latest AI-powered tool: Binance Sensei.What Is Binance Sensei?Binance Sensei is an innovative AI-driven learning tool seamlessly integrated into Binance Academy – the ultimate destination for free education on Web3, blockchain, and crypto. Designed to elevate the learning experience, Binance Sensei transforms how users explore and interact with educational content, ensuring a more engaging process.Binance Sensei enables users to access the wealth of knowledge available on Binance Academy in a more intuitive manner. Whether you're a beginner or an expert, all you need to do is enter keywords or questions in the interactive chat window. Binance Sensei will then swiftly provide you with an easy-to-understand response sourced from Binance Academy's comprehensive collection of articles, guides, and glossary entries, or from other reliable open sources. Users can, for example, enter the keywords “Bitcoin price today” into Binance Sensei and the bot will immediately share back a direct link to the BTC Price page.Powered by state-of-the-art ChatGPT technology, Binance Sensei has been instructed to deliver relevant and easily digestible information. This user-friendly approach makes it easier than ever to dive into complex topics or quickly grasp new concepts, catering to a wide range of learning styles and preferences.Binance Sensei's AI-powered capabilities make it the perfect companion for anyone looking to expand their knowledge in the rapidly evolving world of blockchain and cryptocurrency. With this interactive tool at your disposal, you can now explore Binance Academy's vast array of educational resources with ease and confidence.So, whether you're a curious newcomer seeking to understand the basics of blockchain or a seasoned professional looking for more complex information, Binance Sensei has you covered. This cutting-edge tool is here to guide you every step of the way, ensuring an enriching and enjoyable educational journey through the world of Web3 and crypto.What Is Binance Academy?Binance Academy is a comprehensive educational platform that offers a wealth of resources on blockchain technology, cryptocurrencies, and the Web3 ecosystem. Launched in 2018, Academy provides a wide range of content including articles, guides, videos, and glossary entries, catering to various skill levels and interests.Binance Academy's mission is to make blockchain and cryptocurrency knowledge accessible to everyone, regardless of their level of expertise. The platform is available in more than 30 languages, including English, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Korean, and more, reaching millions of users worldwide. Binance Academy covers diverse topics, from basic concepts to advanced trading strategies, ensuring that users can expand their understanding and stay updated on the latest industry developments.Binance Academy's content is completely free, with no advertisements and no requirement for payment or registration. This allows everyone to learn at their own pace and access information without any restrictions. Furthermore, Binance Academy offers a Learn and Earn program, which allows users to earn crypto while learning about Web3 through interactive quizzes and videos.How To Use Binance Sensei?Are you ready to harness the power of Binance Sensei to enhance your blockchain learning experience? Follow these simple steps to make the most of our new AI chatbot — available exclusively on Binance Academy.Step 1: Visit Binance AcademyTo begin, navigate to the Binance Academy website.Step 2: Locate the Bot IconOn the Academy page, you'll notice a bot icon. Click on this icon to access Binance Sensei.Step 3: Engage with Sensei via the ChatOnce the chat window opens, type in your question or keywords of interest. Binance Sensei will provide you with a concise, approximately 150-word summary (TL;DR) tailored to your needs.Step 4: Explore Recommended ReadingsIn addition to the brief summary, Binance Sensei will also suggest three relevant articles to further expand your knowledge on the topic. Dive into these resources to gain a deeper understanding and satisfy your curiosity.By following these straightforward steps, you'll quickly unlock the full potential of Binance Academy and experience a more efficient and engaging learning process. Get ready to immerse yourself in the vast world of Web3, blockchain, and cryptocurrency with Binance Sensei as your personal AI-powered mentor.

Bybit opens global headquarters in Dubai

DUBAI: Bybit, the world’s third most visited crypto exchange with 15 million users worldwide, announced the grand opening of its global headquarters in Dubai today. The second largest crypto exchange in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)1 also revealed future plans to elevate its global presence with a stronger foothold in the region. Occupying a full floor at One Central, Dubai World Trade Center, Bybit’s corporate headquarters boasts an open space of 16,000 square feet overlooking Dubai’s iconic landmarks such as Burj Khalifa and the Museum of the Future.One of the first exchange services to obtain the in-principle approval to operate in Dubai, Bybit has seized the momentum on a meteoric rise to the No.2 spot among the over 400 crypto and blockchain businesses in MENA in the past year. In 2023, the exchange is on track to double its trading volume in the region2.Building on its ambition to become the world’s Crypto Ark and to facilitate the mass adoption of digital assets, Bybit is looking to power up global expansions from its new home base through new partnership, talent cultivation and product innovation programs.The headquarters will be dedicated to community and trust building, offering a physical space for the global Bybit community to connect and explore a plethora of opportunities at the heart of the city of gold.Community: Bybit welcomes partners and affiliates from around the world to exchange ideas and diversify the community at the new home. From professional meet-ups to livestreaming facilities, members of the Bybit network will have access to exclusive spaces and the support they need to grow the community. Listen, Care, Improve: Bybit plans to bring the product building experience closer to the ground at the new headquarters. In the pipelines are workshops to gather user feedback and shed light on the product design and commercialization processes, as well as sharing sessions about the latest market insights and trends.Talent: Bybit is committed to building a diverse and dynamic workforce in Dubai and globally. It also recognizes the importance of connection to the local community and will be working with local institutions to organize hackathons and other educational and entrepreneurial programs to foster local talent.“We are excited to be part of Dubai’s futuristic skyline and most importantly, to be able to officially call Dubai home,” said Ben Zhou, CEO and co-founder of Bybit. “The digital economy is advancing at incredible speed and crypto and blockchain technology will be the mainstay and the connective tissues. As one of the most progressive digital assets hubs in MENA and the world, Dubai is optimally positioned to capture the opportunities in the sector by bringing together state-of-the-art tech and infrastructure, international talent and vision.”Zhou said the space was designed to encapsulate Bybit’s commitment to openness, creativity and transparency. “The new office will be an innovative hub for dreamers and creators to exchange ideas and unlock next level opportunities of Web3. Our door will be open to friends and members of the Bybit family,” he said. and Binance Card announce partnership

Dubai:, the leading online platform for business transfers, has announced a strategic partnership with Binance Card, the leading cryptocurrency payment card provider. The partnership will enable Binance Card users to receive an exclusive discount on all transportation services that can be booked online via addition to the discount, both parties have plans to further expand the partnership in future. Some of the mechanics may include tiered cashback rewards in cryptocurrency to Binance customers' accounts via Binance Pay. Furthermore, some of these plans would involve NFTs and soulbound tokens."We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Binance Card," said Alexander Sapov, Co-Founder & CEO of "This partnership is a significant milestone for us and is a testament to our commitment to providing innovative and exclusive services to our customers. We are excited to collaborate with the leader in the web3 industry and look forward to exploring new ways to serve our customers."Raj Nandwani, Regional Business Development Lead for Asia Pacific & Eastern Europe at Binance, expressed his excitement for the partnership and stated, "We thank for this unique discount and exclusive service to Binance users. This partnership is an exciting step in the right direction towards crypto mass adoption globally”The partnership between and Binance Card will be effective immediately, and Binance Card users can take advantage of the exclusive discount by entering the promo code provided by at the time of booking.

CRYPTOVSUMMIT to highlight latest developments in the cryptocurrency industry

Dubai: CRYPTOVSUMMIT, the premier conference for the cryptocurrency industry, is set to take place on May 10th, 2023, at the Address Dubai Mall Hotel. The event will bring together industry leaders, innovators, investors, and policymakers to discuss the latest developments and opportunities in the rapidly evolving world of cryptocurrency. With the rise of decentralized finance (DeFi) platforms and the increased adoption of cryptocurrencies as a means of payment, the industry has experienced unprecedented growth and innovation over the past year. At CRYPTOVSUMMIT, attendees will have the opportunity to hear from experts on the current state of the industry and the trends that are shaping its future. Keynote speakers will include industry leaders, such as Veiko Krunberg, the CMO of Riddec, and Dr. Zayed Al Hemairy, the UAE’s leading advisor on Blockchain for Gov. sectors. In addition, the event will feature a panel discussion on the impact of regulation on the industry, with policymakers and industry leaders sharing their insights on the best practices for navigating the changing regulatory landscape. As part of the event, attendees will have the opportunity to network with fellow industry professionals, explore the latest products and services from leading companies, and participate in workshops and training sessions on the latest technologies and trends. “We are excited to bring together the best and brightest in the cryptocurrency industry for CRYPTOVSUMMIT,” said the event organizer. “With the industry experiencing unprecedented growth and innovation, this is the perfect opportunity for attendees to learn from industry leaders, network with peers, and explore the latest technologies and trends.” Registration for CRYPTOVSUMMIT is now open, and limited seats are available due to the invite only policy. For more information on the event and to register, visit the CRYPTOVSUMMIT website

Republic Crypto establishes its MENA headquarters in the UAE

Dubai, UAE: Republic Crypto, a global blockchain firm that provides end-to-end white glove advisory services to accelerate the best crypto companies from seed to liquidity, has expanded to the UAE with an aim to grow its presence and offer its services across the MENA region.Obtaining a license from the DIFC in 2022, Republic Crypto is now extending its tech advisory services to the UAE market. This is the first step towards its plan to deliver its full stack of products and services with an intention to enrich and further develop the local and regional web 3 landscape. The company is also committed to contributing to the regional regulatory framework by collaborating with all relevant governmental entities, starting within the UAE.Bringing its extensive experience advising companies and protocols on tokenization, smart contract development, marketing, fundraising, and more, Republic Crypto will help the region's startups and businesses tap into and leverage the web 3 industry to further realize their full potential. Avalanche, Dappradar, and Zed are a few of the company's many successes thus far.In order to unlock the potential within the UAE's web 3 market, Republic Crypto is partnering with Ghaf Labs, a UAE-based incubator focused on blockchain consultancy services. Ghaf Labs will help Republic Crypto identify and support exciting new projects as well as build a strong presence within the UAE. Together, the two firms aim to provide the highest quality service and support for the UAE's web 3 needs.Ghaf Labs is the sister company of Ghaf Capital Partners, a prominent Web3 private investment firm in the UAE market, which supports the growth and development of innovative blockchain-based startups in the region by leveraging its multifaceted expertise in the Web3 domain. Ghaf Labs is well-positioned to help navigate blockchain startups through the local ecosystem, allowing them to find new areas of collaboration and supporting them throughout the way.In launching the partnership between Republic Crypto and Ghaf Labs, Republic Crypto has signed an agreement with MyCo ( formerly MContent ), a Dubai-based web3 streaming platform, to help build their web 3 strategy, making MyCo the first advisory project from the region. MyCo is the first-of-its-kind vertically integrated streaming platform that empowers creators and users alike and offers a diverse content slate, including film, tv shows, influencer content, live sports, and UGC. Anwaar AlMahmeed, Managing Director of Republic in MENA, stated, "At Republic, we have been evaluating the MENA landscape, building our network, and having consistent conversations with investors, startups, and regulators for our various lines of business. We determined early on that the UAE is a regional leader in the web 3 space. I am excited to finally announce Republic Crypto's local presence and services, along with our partnership with the wonderful team at Ghaf Labs, a leader in the local UAE market, whom I trust will help build our vision for this market according to our shared values and dreams. I am confident that this partnership will be able to foster a robust ecosystem of quality and innovation and help shape the future of the industry in the region."Feras Al Sadek, Founder and CEO at Ghaf Labs, commented on the partnership, stating that “The expansion of Republic Crypto into the UAE market and its partnership with Ghaf Labs is a significant step forward for the local blockchain industry. By leveraging each other's networks and experiences, we shall create a very precise strategy based on growth, acceleration, advisory, and consultancy services. This will allow us to provide cutting-edge solutions to our clients and further enrich the blockchain ecosystem around us."

New clipper malware steals $400,000 in cryptocurrencies via fake Tor Browser

Kaspersky researchers have discovered an ongoing disruptive cryptocurrency theft campaign affecting more than 15,000 users across 52 countries. Distributed under the guise of Tor Browser, the malware operates by replacing a portion of the entered clipboard contents with the cybercriminal’s own wallet address once it detects a wallet address in the clipboard. It is estimated that – so far in 2023 – cybercriminals have been able to steal approximately US$400,000 using this malware.While this technique has been around for more than a decade and was originally used by banking trojans to replace bank account numbers, with the rise of cryptocurrency, this new type of malware is now actively targeting crypto owners and traders.One recent malware development involves the use of Tor Browser, a tool used to access the deeper web. The target user downloads a trojanized version of the Tor Browser from a third-party resource containing a password protected RAR archive. The purpose of the password is to prevent detection by security solutions. Once the file is dropped inside the user’s system, it registers itself in the system’s auto-start and is masqueraded with an icon of a popular application, such as uTorrent.Kaspersky technologies have detected more than 15,000 attacks using clipboard injector malware targeting cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Dogecoin, and Monero. These attacks have spread to at least 52 countries, with the majority of detections in Russia due to users downloading the infected Tor Browser from third-party websites as this browser is officially blocked in the country. The top 10 affected countries also include the United States, Germany, Uzbekistan, Belarus, China, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and France. This means the actual number of infections may be much higher than reported.Based on the analysis of existing samples, the estimated loss for users is at least US$400,000, but the actual amount stolen could be much greater, as this research focuses only on Tor Browser abuse. Other campaigns may use different software and malware delivery methods, as well as other types of wallets.“Despite the fake Tor Browser attack’s fundamental simplicity, it poses a greater danger than it seems. Not only does it create irreversible money transfers, but it is also passive and hard to detect for a regular user. Most malware requires a communication channel between the malware operator and the victim’s system. On the contrary, clipboard injectors can remain silent for years, with no network activity or other signs of presence until the day they replace a crypto wallet address,” comments Vitaly Kamluk, Head of APAC Unit, Global Research & Analysis Team.Learn more about the new Clipper malware on keep cryptocurrency safe, Kaspersky experts also advise users:Only download software from trusted sources: avoid downloading software from third-party websites, and use official sources whenever possible. Always verify the authenticity of the software before downloading it.Keep your software updated: Ensure your operating system, browser, and other software are up-to-date with the latest security patches and updates. This helps to prevent known vulnerabilities from being exploited.Use security solutions: a reliable security solution will protect your devices from various types of threats. Kaspersky Premium prevents all known and unknown cryptocurrency malware.Be cautious with email links and attachments: Do not click on links or download attachments from suspicious or unknown sources, as these may contain malware.Check for digital signatures: Before downloading any software, check for digital signatures to ensure that the software is authentic and has not been tampered with.

Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy drives meaningful discussions on meta, crypto

Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, one of the three chambers operating under Dubai Chambers, has brought together top executives, business leaders, and entrepreneurs in the metaverse and crypto industry for a new edition of the chamber's digital industry workshop series.The workshop was attended by H.E. Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy and board members of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, Hind Seddiqi, Fadi Ghandour and Dany Farha. The workshop discussed ideation, opportunities, and challenges as well as ways to drive progress in the metaverse and crypto fields. H.E. Ahmad Bin Byat, Vice Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, said: "Dubai has a healthy and vibrant digital ecosystem welcoming digital companies across various economic sectors and the adoption of the metaverse is rapidly growing.""The workshop on the metaverse and crypto industry is part of a series of digital industry workshops we continue to host. It is a great platform to connect like-minded leaders in the field to discover the latest developments and provide a space for meaningful discussions. The workshop reflects our commitment to positioning Dubai as a world's leading hub for Web3 and the metaverse industries, underlining our vision of creating a more connected and collaborative environment for digital businesses," he added.Dubai launched the Dubai Metaverse Strategy with the ambition of Dubai becoming one of the top 10 metaverse economies and hubs in the world. The strategy aims to attract more than 1,000 blockchain and metaverse companies to Dubai to develop Web3 technology and its applications for Dubai.Dubai has introduced its own virtual asset regime and established Dubai’s Virtual Asset Regulatory Authority (VARA) to provide a secure and progressive operating framework for the virtual asset sector. Recently, VARA announced its entry into the metaverse with the establishment of its metaverse HQ in the virtual world of 'The Sandbox', thus becoming the world's first regulator to make its debut in the metaverse.Major global crypto players such as Binance, and Bybit have all already moved their leadership to Dubai, favoring the emirate's ‘light touch’ approach to regulation.Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy is committed to involving all relevant parties in building a clear roadmap for innovating Dubai's digital industries.

Apple revises crypto currency guidelines

The company announced the updates on its App Store Review Guidelines.As per the new guidelines, users must use Apple’s in-app purchase system to sell NFTs and related services and “may not include buttons, external links, or other calls to action that direct consumers to purchasing mechanisms other than in-app purchase,” Apple said in a statement.The apps will be allowed to “display, share and browse NFT collections but they are prohibited from exploring other additional features and using their own mechanisms to unlock functionality.”In addition, the company mentioned that it will not allow any cryptocurrency to be used as a form of payment for in-app purchases.Apple has also introduced some updated new guidelines that will prohibit the developers from seeking profits from any recent events such as violent conflicts, riots, terrorist attacks, epidemics, etc.