Kodak is the latest company to see its share price soar thanks to cryptocurrency

2018 is only 10 days old, but thanks to Kodak we’ve already reached peak 2018. Kodak, in partnership with the blockchain development company, WENN Digital, is set to launch its own cryptocurrency and blockchain-powered platform, KODAKCoin and KODAKOne.

The blockchain platform, KODAKOne, will create an encrypted, digital ledger of rights ownership for photographers to register both new and archived images that they can then license within the platform.

Photographers can then take part in a “new economy for photography” and using KODAKCoins will be able to receive payment for licensing their work or to sell their work “confidently on a secure blockchain platform”.

“For many in the tech industry, ‘blockchain’ and ‘cryptocurrency’ are hot buzzwords, but for photographers who’ve long struggled to assert control over their work and how it’s used, these buzzwords are the keys to solving what felt like an unsolvable problem,” said Kodak CEO Jeff Clarke.

“Kodak has always sought to democratize photography and make licensing fair to artists. These technologies give the photography community an innovative and easy way to do just that.”

Kodak has been accused of jumping onto the cryptocurrency bandwagon, and if that’s the case then it’s certainly working.

At the time of writing, Kodak’s share price stood at $6.80, which represents a 117% gain.

However, beyond associating itself with an in-vogue technology it’s not clear why Kodak needs a cryptocurrency.

Describing the the companies’ reasons for creating a crytocurrency WENN Digital CEO Jan Denecke said: “Engaging with a new platform, it is critical photographers know their work and their income is handled securely and with trust, which is exactly what we did with KODAKCoin.”

“Subject to the highest standards of compliance, KODAKCoin is all about paying photographers fairly and giving them an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of a new economy tailored for them, with secure asset rights management built right in.”

Featured image courtesy of aradaphotography / Shutterstock.com

In an interview with the BBC, author of Attack of the 50ft Blockchain, David Gerard, also cast doubt on whether using a blockchain platform could really do what Kodak claim.

“Storing the information in a blockchain doesn’t protect your copyright any more than copyright law already does,” said Gerard.

However, given the success Kodak’s crypto offerings are experiencing perhaps it won’t be too long until we see more major brands releasing their own tokens and currencies.

Kodak’s initial coin offering will open on January 31, 2018 and is open to accredited investors from the US, UK, Canada and other select countries.

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Almost a quarter of hackers have not reported a vulnerability that they found because the company didn’t have a channel to disclose it, according to a survey of the ethical hacking community.

With 1,698 respondents, the 2018 Hacker Report, conducted by the cybersecurity platform HackerOne, is the largest documented survey ever conducted of the ethical hacking community.

In the survey, HackerOne reports that nearly 1 in 4 hackers have not reported a vulnerability because the company in question lacks a vulnerability disclosure policy (VDP) or a formal method for receiving vulnerability submissions from the outside world.

Without a VDP, ethical, white-hat hackers are forced to go through other channels like social media or emailing personnel in the company, but, as the survey states, they are “frequently ignored or misunderstood”.

Despite some companies lacking a VDP, the hackers surveyed in the report did say that companies are becoming more open to receiving information about vulnerabilities than they were in the past.

Of the 1,698 respondents, 72% noted that companies have become more open to receiving vulnerability reports in the past year,

That figure includes 34% of hackers who believe companies have become far more open.

Unlike a bug bounty program, a VDP does not offer hackers financial incentives for their findings, but they are still incredibly effective.

Organisations like the US Department of Defence have received and resolved nearly 3,000 security vulnerabilities in the last 18 months from their VDP alone.

India (23%) and the United States (20%) are the top two countries represented by the HackerOne hacker community, followed by Russia (6%), Pakistan (4%) and the United Kingdom (4%).

The report revealed that because bug bounties usually have no geographical boundaries the payments involved can be life changing for some hackers.

The top hackers based in India earn 16 times the median salary of a software engineer. And on average, top earning hackers make 2.7 times the median salary of a software engineer in their home country.

In terms of which demographics are attracted to a life of ethical hacking, the report found that over 90% of hackers are under the age of 35, and unsurprisingly the vast majority of hackers on the HackerOne platform are male.