Ledger CEO confirmed the possibility of authorities gaining access to customer private keys

Government may require companies storing passwords from cryptocurrencies connected to LedgerRecover to disclose this information. Crypto Upvotes expert review

Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier admitted that authorities could gain access to the private keys of users of hardware cryptocurrencies. And that will be connected to the new Ledger Recover service. On the What Bitcoin Did podcast, Gauthier noted that this could only happen through the courts, so it’s unlikely.

The LedgerRecover service is a voluntary feature that allows users to split a secret phrase (seed-phrase, or private wallet key) into three pieces. And send them to three third-party companies for storage.

If the secret phrase is lost, it can be recovered. At the same time, by combining these three fragments on the Ledger device and passing identification. Ledger Recover costs $9.99 a month.

The new service has sparked a wave of criticism – users were outraged by the fact that not only the owner can have access to the data on a hardware device.

Ledger shareholder and former CEO Eric Larchevec said. That governments could demand access to user funds stored on Ledger devices that subscribe to the new service. Now users are concerned. And that their funds could be blocked by the authorities if they use the service.

These comments have raised questions for Ledger users. But Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier said such a scenario is unlikely.

According to Gauthier, it is not worrisome because governments only issue such subpoenas for serious reasons. And for example, in connection with events related to terrorism or drugs. The head of the company noted that “the average person doesn’t get a criminal court summons every day”.

Ledger postponed update due to scandal

Ledger postponed the launch of LedgerRecover, a scandalous password recovery service, due to criticism. In a letter to users, Pascal Gauthier, head of the hardware cryptocurrency wallet maker, said. That Ledger won’t introduce the new feature before publishing its open source code.

Ledger does not release all of its product codes to the public. But, according to Gauthier, the company has now learned a lesson from its “unintentional mistake in communicating” with the audience. And it will be publishing operating system and tool codes on an expedited basis.

“We’ve decided to accelerate the data discovery roadmap! We will open up as much Ledger operating system code as possible, starting with the core components of the OS, and LedgerRecover. Which will not be released until this work is completed,” he wrote.

Code openness won’t affect the security of the device or improve it in any way, the company promises. But it will make the information transparent to users. And experts will be able to verify that malicious codes are not present in the devices’ software.


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Ledger could always access the private keys of users

Ledger, a company that makes hardware cryptocurrencies, said it had always been able to install firmware on the devices that would allow customer passwords to be extracted. This message was later removed

Protecting its new product, hardware cryptocurrency wallet maker Ledger caused a scandal in the cryptocurrency community. With its statement that it has technically always been able to get users’ keys giving access to their crypto-assets.

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“Don’t worry about us holding a gun to your head the whole time. And see? It’s not like you’re dead, so there’s no problem with us continuing to hold a gun to your head,” Ledger commented on Ledger’s social media statements.

The company soon deleted its message. But it had already made its way around the web. Ledger later wrote that her words were misunderstood. And there are layers of protection and control in the firmware of its devices to ensure that no hacker (even internal) can introduce malicious firmware.

In response to this, one user noted that when he bought a Ledger device, he was not buying “layers of control”. He was simply buying a cold wallet in which the seed phrase could not leave under any circumstances. Never before has a real-time company ruined its reputation like this, another commenter stated.

Protection from critics

Ledger tried to protect its new lost key recovery tool Ledger Recovery, announced on May 16, from criticism from the cryptocurrency community with its firmware statements. The tool allows you to create a backup copy of a seed phrase. And that will help restore access to the Nano X cryptocurrency wallet in the event that a secret phrase is lost.

The new service breaks the seed phrase into three fragments. Which in encrypted form store three different sides. As Wired reported in February. Those firms would be crypto company Coincover, Ledger itself. And backup service provider EscrowTech.

If a key is lost, the owner of the wallet will have access to its backup by authenticating themselves. The Ledger Recover service will be paid for and voluntary.

The Ledger tool has been very badly received by the cryptocurrency community. The main complaint of users is that the company positioned its cold wallet as a way to autonomously store cryptocurrencies. That is, access keys could only reside on it and not be allowed to leave it.

By adding the ability to upload keys, albeit in encrypted form, Ledger set a precedent. Which completely contradicts its initial claims. According to critics, the new tool reduces the security of the device, making it vulnerable to scammers.

“This is a terrible idea, do not enable this feature,” wrote Polygon Labs Director of Information Security Mudit Gupta.

Also Ledger says this backup option will be popular. That’s because the possibility that assets could become inaccessible simply because a key is lost is a deterrent to investing in cryptocurrencies.

“That’s what future customers want. It’s a way for the next hundreds of millions of people to really move to cryptocurrencies,” Ledger CEO Pascal Gauthier was quoted by CoinDesk.

Our experts point out that at the end of March it became known that Ledger attracted funding of up to $100 million. Gauthier said that the company will use the funds received to develop its business, expand its network of distributors. As well as increasing production and improving products.

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LayerZero crypto protocol raised $120 million at $3 billion valuation

LayerZero is a project whose solutions use the leading DeFi protocols for conducting cross network transactions. It will spend funds to promote in Asia and add to the team

Crypto protocol developer LayerZero has raised $120 million at a valuation of $3 billion, The Block reports. LayerZero Labs developers have closed a Series B funding round. Thirty-three investors participated in this funding round, including a16z Crypto (Andreessen Horowitz), Sequoia Capital, Circle Ventures, Samsung Next, OpenSea and Christie’s.

LayerZero is a protocol for exchanging data between blockchains from different ecosystems. The Series A funding round for the project took place in March 2022. At the time, LayerZero raised $135 million at a valuation of $1 billion.

Leading DeFi protocols such as Uniswap, SushiSwap and PancakeSwap use LayerZero for cross-network transactions. LayerZero Labs co-founder and CEO Brian Pellegrino said. That the company now plans to expand its cooperation with gaming projects and for this purpose will increase the number of employees from 40 to 70.

Also the company will direct the received funds to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region.

LayerZero is also one of the potential contenders for the release and distribution of their own tokens. The project is often mentioned in topical discussions of possible airdrops on social networks. Commenting on the fundraising, Pellegrino declined to say when his token would launch.

Other Perspective Projects that have not yet launched their token

Our experts note that earlier this spring hardware wallet maker Ledger reported raising funds from investors. As well as the development-oriented artificial intelligence (AI) crypto project Fetch.ai.

Ledger has raised the bulk of the planned €100 million at a valuation of €1.3 billion, and intends to continue fundraising in April. The company will use the money raised to develop its business and expand its distribution network. As well as increasing production and improving its products.

Fetch.ai has received $40 million from the investor, which will be spent on blockchain infrastructure development. It will also be used to create and deploy automated applications using artificial intelligence.

Also on April 4, it became known that Dragonfly Capital invested $10 million in the cryptocurrency derivatives exchange Bitget. The platform will spend them on the development of spot trading, the creation of new profitable products. As well as supporting startups and attracting new users to cryptocurrency industry.

According to CoinGecko, Bitget ranks fifth among derivatives exchanges in terms of open interest (OI) and trading volume. At the same time, the Japanese regulator in March issued a warning to the site for working with Japanese residents without proper registration.


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