Kinesis Wallet Security

We would like to remind you that Kinesis currencies are digital ownership of gold and silver on the blockchain; inherently there are processes and methodologies that need to exist in order to align with the core principles fundamental to operating on the blockchain. SECURE CODEBASE, RUNTIME & HOSTING 1. Encryption Everywhere: User details such as private keys are encrypted at rest using AES 256-bit cipher encryption and all traffic (both to serve the wallet app and communicate with the blockchain) takes place over secure HTTPS. This protects users in the event of their devices becoming compromised as well as against ‘man in the middle attacks’. Furthermore, the password created by a user and used for browser-based (eWallet) decryption is not stored anywhere. What does this mean to me? If someone attempts to fake the Kinesis Blockchain Network and get the app running in the browser to communicate with it, it will fail. If malicious JavaScript attempts to load into the running eWallet on the user's machine, the stored user details are not readable since they are encrypted with the user’s password. If someone compromises the user’s machine and somehow finds the browser data where the user’s data is stored (which is itself encrypted), the user’s private keys are encrypted using their password, making it unreadable/usable. 2. Distributed by design for better security: The eWallet user details such as their ‘name’, ‘contacts’ as well as encrypted private & public keys are stored in the browser. No eWallet user details or keys are stored centrally by Kinesis and this is by design. By not storing details centrally,, it makes large scale attacks that target Kinesis users very difficult, since there is no server or data store that contains all user data, i.e. anyone that has an eWallet. Furthermore, browsers are not addressable (i.e. they don’t have an IP address) that remote attackers can use to target. Finally, it is worth bearing in mind that this design is intended to protect the Kinesis community as a whole, since as the Kinesis user base numbers increase, so does the scale of this problem for attackers attempting to perform malicious acts; the more Kinesis users, the harder it is to perform a large scale attack to get user data. What does this mean to me? If a user decides to use password managers, air-gapped laptops, encrypted hard drive storage or any other manner of increased security policies, then the Kinesis wallet benefits as a result and an attackers ability to attack the whole network reduces. Remember, Kinesis is here to allow you to become your own Central Bank — one where you should be able to find a way to securely store your own private key. 3. Blockchain = auditable & extendable by design: Since Kinesis runs over a public API, custom third-party monitoring tools can be used by users should they want to monitor transactions emanating from an account. What does this mean to me? Our blockchain uses the standard Stellar Horizon API and is entirely public. If users want to augment their own individual security postures, e.g. extra things like multi-signature, then they should, by all means, be allowed to do so. Users can use third-party integrations/monitoring solutions (or even build their own) to watch their accounts and alert them in the event that transactions occur that they are unfamiliar with. 4. Some common questions: What if my machine is compromised? The security of a users machine is their responsibility and something that Kinesis (nor any other website) will ever be able to fully take responsibility for. The scope of what is compromised and how is simply too great. With Kinesis there is no central database of usernames & passwords waiting to be compromised. In the present day, this is the far more common security liability. No plain text stored API tokens for communicating with backend systems are cached. With Kinesis, only the personal key is stored in the user browser, but it is encrypted and decrypted by the user-supplied password on every interaction with the blockchain. There is no ability to “Remember me” with the wallet. If a laptop is found on a train, they will still need to log in with a password. Should a user use a standalone/air-gapped/locked-down/another laptop to store wallet funds? Any additional security the user wants to place around their wallet should be encouraged. The wallet is secure at an application & infrastructure level, but enhanced security and practices by the user should always be encouraged. This is analogous to using password managers, or IT security policies around locking down sensitive data on laptops. Disclaimer: The content of this Kinesis Wallet Security article is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content in this article. We make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content of the article is accurate, complete or up to date.

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04/04/2019

Kinesis Updated Timelines

At Kinesis we have been very busy bringing to life the many complex aspects that make up the Kinesis Monetary System. Today we have some updates to our timelines that are necessary due to the addition, expansion and evolution of the underlying technology that Kinesis is building. UPDATED CONTRACT SPECIFICATIONS After much discussion with existing and future liquidity providers, we have identified new opportunities to source deep liquidity and competitive pricing. We are aligning our KAG specification more closely with the products offered by said liquidity providers. By doing so, we anticipate that participants within the Kinesis Monetary System will see the immense benefits. The updated specifications are now published in a revised version of our Blueprint and Whitepaper, available immediately following this announcement. KAG is now based on 1oz of silver and the minimum contract for minting KAG is 200oz. KAU remains unchanged. This variation has contributed to the slight delay in releasing the Kinesis Mint. However, we see the enormous benefits in terms of pricing and liquidity significantly outweighing any negatives. UPDATED Kinesis Mint RELEASE DATE Due to the aforementioned changes, we have moved the Kinesis Mint release date and the ability to mint from 18th March, to 25th March, 2019. Once the Kinesis Mint is launched on the 25th of March, KVT holders will have special access to create their eWallets and start minting KAU and KAG, while also enjoying the preferential Initial Minting Offer1 rate. The features you can expect in the Kinesis Mint on launch are: Kinesis Mint Minting from fiat currencies Minting from existing bullion holdings through the Exchange Physical for Digital (EPD) program Kinesis Wallet / Vault Kinesis Blockchain Explorer 1. Formerly referred to as the pre-ICO period, INITIAL MINTING OFFER: Kinesis Mint RELEASE In order to give people sufficient time to capitalize upon the 3x yield multiplier effect for all minting completed during the Initial Miniting Offer period2 and to account for the evolution of the Kinesis Blockchain Exchange (KBE), we have decided to extend the Initial Minting Offer to 30th June, 2019. This will be followed by the full public release of the Kinesis Mint and KBE on 1st July, 2019. 2. Formerly referred to as the 15% Pre-ICO Minting Yield. REVISED PUBLIC LAUNCH DATE OF THE KBE Post 1st July, 2019, with the Kinesis Mint and the KBE live, participants will be able to redeem physical metal, trade in and out of KAU and KAG positions and a variety of other trading pairs and participate in a variety of our unique yields. This will mean those who don’t have the ability to mint can start to trade KAU and KAG on the KBE. THE KVT EXTENSION INLINE WITH THE KINESIS MINT PUBLIC RELEASE As the KVT is a utility token which grants the holder early access to the Kinesis Mint and its Initial Minting Offer, there is no benefit to listing on other exchanges or allowing trade in the KVT at this time. In light of this, we have instead opted to slightly delay the KVT activation date until after the successful launch of the KBE; being the 1st of July 2019. We believe this additional time will contribute to the Initial Minting Offer successfully attracting significant amounts of metal into the ecosystem, and gives a good opportunity for the KMS to begin generating positive yields for the KVT holders. We will also be revealing an initiative to reward those who mint minimum values of the Kinesis currencies with KVTs in an effort to attract the most metal possible to the Initial Minting Offer. This will be revealed in upcoming announcements, inline with the Kinesis Mint Initial Minting Offer launch on the 25th March. The KVT sale ends with the launching of the Kinesis Mint and KBE, once the official minting offer (IMO) has finished, on June 30th 2019. CONFIRMED DATE FOR FIRST YIELD PAYMENTS 30th August is when the first yield payments will be processed. Our yield engine will be fully operational and our key focus is on generating velocity via ease of payment solutions, including partner integrations and the Kinesis debit card. DEBIT CARD Anticipated August/September, 2019 We have begun development, testing and API integration work and are exploring new countries and regions for the Kinesis debit card. As we are developing outside of an internal environment, we are at the mercy of protracted processes which throw an element of uncertainty in actual launch date. The debit card solution we are proposing is the fully integrated service where gold and silver KAU and KAG can be spent via the Kinesis debit card. This will also integrate into the KMS for the seamless management of all of your currencies. CONCLUSION These updates are reflected in our Offering Memorandum that can be found here. The Kinesis Blueprint has the KAG contract specifications, timelines, and the yield table updated accordingly. These updates are now live and can be found here. The Whitepaper also has updated timelines and can be found here.

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04/04/2019

Kinesis announces new appointments to Advisory Committee

London 06.03.2019: Kinesis, the leading digitised commodity monetary system, has today announced the appointment of Sergio Fernandez de Cordova and Francisco de Borbon to its advisory committee. Fernandez de Cordova is co-founder of the Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development at the United Nations. Cordova comes with an established and significant investment portfolio and insurmountable expertise in blockchain investment as well as being a Director, Founder or Chairman in 10 other ventures, with as well as over 18 years of working globally with Governments at all levels, structuring public-private partnerships. This experience at the commission in addition to Mr. Fernandez de Cordova’s diverse and unique experience will bring immense value to Kinesis. De Borbon is the co-founder and managing partner of Alpha Trading and Alpha Themisyu and the Cora Alpha group. He is also the CEO, co-founder and chief visionary behind the Elysium City project, the first and largest sustainable smart city ever developed in Europe — emphasizing his commitment to sustainable development and good governance across Europe. De Borbon has previously been appointed to the advisory board of Allcott and PVBLIC Foundation, highlighting his tremendous experience and value in an advisory capacity. Thomas Coughlin, CEO of Kinesis Money comments: “This distinguished committee brings together a uniquely talented group of experts and visionaries who understand the global market and the importance of ensuring transparency, responsible investment, regulation and governance in a fast-changing landscape. Their knowledge of different markets across the world and depth of technical and innovative thinking will provide Kinesis Money with the inputs needed to establish a strategy and direction that will become market leading and set the standard for others to follow.” Thomas continues: “It’s a privilege to bring such prominent investors to our advisory board. The rationale behind these appointments is to showcase the growing confidence and trust in the Kinesis monetary system and its potential for global market leadership. Our strategy and growth will benefit immensely from their prestige, good governance and expertise in investment portfolio growth. We look forward to a long and prosperous relationship with our new advisory team.” In addition to our UAE partners, which are continuing to grow, these new appointments reflect the growing support and interest from leading figures in business and finance for Kinesis, particularly in key European markets. We encourage to research these individuals as they have impressive backgrounds.

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06/03/2019

New Advisory Board Member & Growing Interest In The UAE

We are proud to announce the appointment of a new member to the Kinesis Advisory Board, Sheikh Mohamed Al Qasimi. With a background in banking, finance and economics. He hopes to see blockchain technology gain success across the Gulf region. Mohamed is an influential member of the Al Qasimi royal family that rules over the Emirate. The Al Qasimi family has diversified economic and financial interests within the region and with a focus on strategy for steady growth through alliances and acquisitions. This fits closely with Kinesis’ strategy to continue to build strong partnerships around the world. Mohamed’s interest in Kinesis is inextricably intertwined with his knowledge of precious metals. He can provide access to strategic partnerships within the region as he introduces Kinesis to his network of royalty and government officials. To learn more about the Kinesis Advisory Board and other key members of the Executive Team click here.

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28/02/2019

Kinesis partners with Elysium City

We are proud to announce Kinesis is now a developmental partner with Elysium City, the first major smart sustainable city project in Europe. One of the most ambitious leisure and hospitality destination projects in Spain and the largest of its kind on an international scale, Elysium City will be built from the ground up, with a healthy budget of around $20 Billion. The project is being backed by California development firm Cora Alpha, a division of Cora Global, which is run by John Cora, a former VP of the Disney corporation in charge of theme park operations and resort development. The plans are to develop the Elysium resort on a 1,200-hectare parcel of land in the Extremaduran town of Castilblanco. The first phase expects to complete in 2023 and would consist of a casino, four hotels, a golf course, several theme parks, plus a 40k-seat football stadium and an assortment of infrastructure projects to serve a 2k-home residential complex. The second phase would follow in 2028 and would add more residential space, a solar power plant, a Formula One racing track, a convention centre and other amenities. The first phase would require an outlay of around $3.5b while phase two would require another US$10b. The city entails an investment of 3,500 million in a first phase and up to another 8,000 million in a second stage. Kinesis will have exclusive rights to build a vault within the city and to create a trade zone in which we can implement the Kinesis Monetary System.

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17/12/2018

JFX Partnership

London 13th November, 2018: Today, Jakarta Futures Exchange (JFX), the leading futures and derivatives exchange group in Indonesia, have announced an expanded Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Kinesis Money and Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX). The partnership will seek to develop an Indonesian based and regulated blockchain exchange using Kinesis technology. Together, Kinesis and ABX have developed an evolutionary monetary system using real assets (gold and silver) as the basis for digital currencies. These currencies are transacted on the Kinesis Blockchain Exchange, a fork of the Stellar Network which is able to handle more than 3000 transactions per second. The system is also integrated with mobile banking and fiat currency exchange services. ABX, the world's leading electronic institutional exchange for physical precious metals, has been working with JFX to expand gold investment opportunities in Indonesia. JFX is a leading exchange for gold futures contracts, and is now launching a spot physical Sharia Gold Contract, in partnership with ABX, having been granted approval by Indonesian regulators and the Indonesian National Shariah Board. A blockchain exchange version of gold-based currencies, through collaboration with Kinesis and ABX, is a natural extension of the JFX and Indonesian government vision. The expanded partnership between JFX, Kinesis and ABX envisions an Indonesian blockchain exchange based on the technical advances of the Kinesis Blockchain Exchange. This partnership is part of JFX's future intention to create blockchain-based solutions in addition to existing infrastructure, allowing investors alternatives, in which to benefit from an increased ease, speed and security of transactions. The future development of this partnership propels institutional acceptance of blockchain technology, through the sharing of concepts, business models and technology solutions. Stephanus Paulus Lumintang, President Director, Jakarta Futures Exchange, comments: "JFX is committed to providing the best solutions and services in the futures and derivatives industry. It's increasingly become clear to us that the benefits of distributed ledge technology, or 'blockchain' will unlock tremendous amounts of value for Indonesia and Indonesian people.” "Blockchain regulation in Indonesia is currently in progress, and it is quite an important, yet difficult task. However, JFX is ready to be a blockchain exchange company in Indonesia, in compliance with any legal and regulatory requirements." "Our future partnership with Kinesis and ABX will enable us to not only tap into these advantages but to create a secure and transparent blockchain network that provides a credible alternative to existing systems of exchange." Thomas Coughlin, CEO Kinesis; CEO ABX, comments: "The bespoke blockchain network that we developed creates a complete monetary system which enables real, physical assets to be transacted and exchanged digitally, at speed and at low cost. We believe that the integration of physical precious metals and distributed ledger technology offers tremendous value to the Indonesian market, with its dual interest in gold and in blockchain. We look forward to continuing our partnership with JFX to bring this to fruition." About Jakarta Futures Exchange Jakarta Futures Exchange (JFX) is the first futures exchange in Indonesia to provide an exchange infrastructure for its members in order to be able to conduct futures transactions.

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13/11/2018

MBAEX Partnership

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12/11/2018

TicketSocket Partnership

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22/10/2018

Kinesis Announces Liquidity Partnership with Finemetal Asia

Kinesis, the creator of bullion-based currencies traded on the blockchain, has announced a liquidity partnership with Finemetal Asia, a specialist distributor of physical precious metals. Finemetal Asia will be providing liquidity for the soon to be launched Kinesis currencies, which are based on allocated physical gold (KAU) and silver (KAG) and traded on the Kinesis Blockchain Exchange (KBE). Finemetal Asia, in cooperation with Argor Heraeus, is based in Hong Kong and covers multiple Asian physical bullion trading locations. Among its customers are some of the largest jewellery chains and gold dealers in the world. The strategic partnership will boost the liquidity available for users of the Kinesis currencies and enhance relevant real-time price assurance. Ryan Case, Head of Sales & Trading at Kinesis, comments: ‘It is great to see this support coming from the physical bullion industry. We’re setting out to deliver an evolution of the precious metal market and implement a practical and efficient method for physical bullion to be used as a medium of exchange. As we do so, support from key liquidity partners such as Finemetal Asia greatly increases our standing.’ Pádraig J Seif, CEO of Finemetal Asia Ltd, adds: ‘We are excited by the opportunity that Kinesis presents and are ready to participate as gold and silver trading evolve into the digital era. As one of the initial members of the Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX), we have seen its potential to increase our presence and two-way liquidity across multiple trading hubs. Similarly, we see great potential to add to our physical bullion liquidity by providing liquidity for the gold- and silver-based digital Kinesis currencies.’ Kinesis was founded by Allocated Bullion Exchange (ABX). ABX already has the extensive infrastructure and fully operational technology for the trade and storage of physical bullion in 7 locations around the world. About Finemetal Asia: Finemetal Asia Ltd. is a specialist distributor exclusively of Argor Heraeus (Switzerland) produced physical precious metals. Based in Hong Kong, it primarily serves the Hong Kong market, but has recently expanded into Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan. Among its customers are some of the largest jewellery chains and gold re-sellers.

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11/07/2018