• Parity, the wallet and blockchain provider, is shutting down its PICOPS platform effective May 24, 2018, due to complications stemming from the new EU GDPR guidelines. The company announced the decision in a blog post on its website on May 18. PICOPS: The Latest Casualty of the New EU GDPR The General Data Protection Law (GDPR) of the EU is causing problems for blockchain and cryptocurrency. Part of the fundamental principle of the blockchain is

    Parity Forced to Shut Down ICO Passport Service (PICOPS) Due to GDPR

    | 2018/05/21 3:00 am
  • Electrum, the popular Bitcoin wallet, has released proof that a copycat wallet is stealing users’ bitcoins. According to Electrum, the malicious knockoff, Electrum Pro, is designed with malware to hijack private seed keys. The platform is urging users to be wary of the fake bitcoin storage service. Electrum vs. Electrum Pro Bitcoin Wallet The development team at Electrum has since been trying to alert users to the possibility that Electrum Pro is a fake. According

    Warning: This Wallet App is Stealing Bitcoin

    | 2018/05/10 2:00 pm
  • Nikolai Nikiforov, the Russian Communications Minister, has said the government might ban Viber the same way it did Telegram. According to the minister, failure to comply with the request by the Federal Security Service (FSB) for encryption keys could see the app banned in the country. The FSB recently secured a court ruling prohibiting Telegram from operating in Russia. Viber May Be Banned If It Fails to Comply According to reports in the local media,

    Russia Targets Another Messaging App, May Ban Viber

    | 2018/05/04 10:00 am
  • Kromtech Security has revealed a data breach tied to investors of the Bezop cryptocurrency. The cybersecurity firm made the announcement on April 25, 2018. The leak exposed confidential information about investors of the Bezos cryptocurrency. Details of the Data Breach The sensitive information exposed by the breach include full names, wallet information, and even scanned photos of ID documents. More than 25,000 investors were affected by the leak. Apparently, the team at Bezop had failed

    Data Breach Exposes Thousands of Investors in a John McAfee-backed Cryptocurrency

    | 2018/04/26 12:30 pm
  • Telegram, one of the most popular messaging apps in the world, has been shut down by the Russian government.  “Privacy Is Not for Sale” A recent Forbes article has reported that the Russian government has moved on shutting down Telegram, the major messaging platform, in Russia. The FSB, Russia’s main intelligence agency, requested the encryption keys for the app multiple times, but the messaging platform refused to hand them over. The founder of Telegram, Pavel Durov,

    Telegram Could See Its Token Benefit from Russian Ban

    | 2018/04/18 10:00 am
  • The current state of digital advertising is interesting, to say the least. It’s dominated by a very small number of extremely powerful and influential companies, who harvest our personal data for an enormous reward. To give you an idea of the scope of the issue — Google and Facebook alone account for 70% of online ad revenue. That’s two companies, together responsible for a significant majority of all the advertising revenue on the internet. This duopoly

    We Want Our Personal Data back – But Are We Really Going to Stop Using Google Chrome or Safari?

    | 2018/03/16 11:00 pm
  • Europol has noted that cybercriminals are becoming better at covering their tracks by opting for more privacy-focused, anonymizing cryptocurrencies like Monero, ZCash, and Dash. Europol Sees ‘Distinct Shift’ to Anonymizing Altcoins A cybercrime analyst at Europol, Jarek Jacubchek, recently told Business Insider that the unified European police agency is seeing a “distinct shift” from Bitcoin to alternative cryptocurrencies that offer greater privacy. Jacubchek said:  So basically, you can achieve a higher level of privacy using

    Europol: Monero, ZCash, and Dash Are a Major Problem

    | 2018/02/27 5:30 am
  • Ukrainian company REMME has recently released the alpha build of its REMME Core 0.1.0 protocol, which hopes to eliminate human error in the cybersecurity domain by getting rid of passwords entirely. Password management is no joke. Despite the ever-expanding advances made in cryptography over the years, poor password discipline remains the greatest weakness to modern computer systems. Besides phishing attacks and easily guessable passwords, users have even been shown to give up their passwords for

    Get Rid of Your Passwords – REMME Announces Alpha Release of its Distributed Public Key Infrastructure (PKId) Protocol

    | 2018/02/23 11:00 am
  • As debate rages upon the subject of gun control, a professor at Washington State University has suggested using blockchain technology to make an impact. The topic of gun control has become a hot topic once again in the United States due to the recent school shooting in Florida. As pundits from both ideological sides of the issue rage back and forth, a new wrinkle has emerged: blockchain technology. A professor of public health at Washington

    Could Blockchain Impact Gun Control?

    | 2018/02/23 4:45 am
  • The daddy of all cryptocurrencies gained a surprising defender in its case for mainstream validity this week. The US Department of Homeland Security described it as “a lot more legitimate than people give it credit for”, as reported by CNBC. It’s just used by criminals isn’t it? So the scare-mongering tactics of certain elements of the press would have the uninformed believe. One of the most frequent arguments heard against bitcoin is that its “untraceable” nature attracts

    The Bitcoin ‘It’s Not Actually All That Good for Crime’ Shocker!

    | 2017/09/01 4:00 am
  • One of the pillars of Bitcoin’s popularity is also one of its biggest misconceptions and that is anonymity. It is true that Bitcoin is more difficult to trace than other types of transactions but it is not truly anonymous. Because of this, bitcoin users are continuously searching for new and better ways to anonymize their transactions. [Note: This is a sponsored article.] Bitcoin Mixers and Tumblers Traditional bitcoin mixers and tumblers combine your bitcoins along

    ChipMixer : Building a Better Bitcoin Mixer

    | 2017/06/06 4:00 pm
  • As the controls on the Internet, or more accurately, the World Wide Web become more and more pervasive and intrusive, the creator of this revolutionary program is sounding an alarm against government abuses of power and violations of privacy. World Wide Web Creator Slams Mass Surveillance The Internet, or more accurately, the World Wide Web, has changed the world of information transfer forever. This has been a boon to the average consumer, who has more

    World Wide Web Creator Bashes Gov’t Controls, Promotes Privacy

    | 2017/02/23 1:00 am
  • The recently submitted Senate Bill 741 would prohibit the sale of raffle tickets for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies in the state of California. Raffle Yes, Crypto No A bill that addresses the regulation of organizations that conduct charity raffles in California was submitted by Tony Mendoza, a California State Assemblyman last week. Senate Bill 741 would allow non-profit organizations “established by, or affiliated with, a district agricultural association, county fair association, or citrus fruit fair association” to

    California Proposes to Ban Bitcoin from Charity Raffles

    | 2017/02/22 12:00 pm
  • Bitcoin privacy may be reduced with the launch of QLUE alongside other deanonymization tools used to trace Bitcoin transactions and reveal user identities. QLUE for Law Enforcement on ‘Financial Crimes’ Although Bitcoin is known for being used in criminal activities like the sale of illicit items on the deep web, its pseudonymous nature makes it less than optimal for cyber criminals. But the misconception that Bitcoin is untraceable is a common one and it’s often still referred to as

    QLUE Wants to Unmask Bitcoin Users Committing ‘Financial Crimes’

    | 2017/02/21 11:00 am
  • As the world of Bitcoin becomes bigger, more lucrative and more mainstream, there are going to be more eyes on the industry. Here are three easy ways to boost your privacy and security. Spotlight On Your Security Whether its surveillance from government agencies or hackers looking for bitcoins and information, here are three ways to improve your Bitcoin privacy that you may know, but aren’t exploiting. Using Bitcoin is not anonymous, as most current users already

    Three Easy Ways to Improve Your Bitcoin Privacy & Security

    | 2017/02/12 6:00 am
  • Amir Taaki’s Bitcoin evangelism has been described by a critic as “defense of criminality” during the Sundance Film Festival 2017. Taaki’s ‘New-World Defense Of Criminality’ Taaki is one focus – along with 3D gun producer Cody Wilson – of ‘The New Radical,’ a documentary premiering at Sundance directed by Adam Bhala Lough. In a review of the film, Owen Gleiberman of Variety considered Taaki, who has been involved with Bitcoin since its earliest days, as

    Sundance 2017: Amir Taaki, Cody Wilson and ‘Defense Of Criminality’

    | 2017/01/30 4:30 am
  • 2017 will be the year where many more substantial changes happen. These changes will affect the future of cryptocurrencies. Big Changes in 2017 We’ve seen some great developments across the cryptocurrency landscape these past few years. Recent changes have made the cryptocurrency scene even livelier than anticipated. As reported before, more than 2.3 billion people can now shop on Amazon using Bitcoin. New regulations are being put in place by Europol, Interpol and the Basel

    Big Changes in 2017 Will Shape the Future of Cryptocurrencies

    | 2017/01/29 5:00 am
  • In its Internet Health Report 2017, the Mozilla Foundation points towards a more transparent and decentralized internet, in which the Bitcoin’s underlying technology the Blockchain will play a significant part. What Makes a Healthy Internet? Although we usually think of the internet as a global network that is open and equal to all, this is often not the case. Different countries apply different rules and restrictions, some of them enforcing them with methods like the ones

    Mozilla Foundation: Bitcoin’s Technology Bolsters Internet Health

    | 2017/01/23 12:00 pm
  • The U.S. government has acknowledged monitoring the progression of cryptocurrencies. However, Bitcoin’s transparent public ledger and pseudonymity may allow it to fly under the radar.   U.S. Gov’t Monitoring Bitcoin Since Beginning CSRA Inc., which provides information technology services to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has confirmed to Newsweek that Bitcoin was under surveillance as early as its initial development. The biggest concern is that the peer-to-peer, trustless monetary network may lead to an unprecedented creation of

    U.S. Gov’t is Monitoring Crypto, But Bitcoin May Fly Below Radar

    | 2016/12/25 4:00 am
  •   Depending on your perspective and personal political leanings, the heading and course of the Tor Foundation since the ousting of Jacob Appelbaum can be characterised anywhere from “chaotic” to “unmitigated shit-show.” Highlights include A smear Campaign levelled at the former project head, controversial restructuring, an exodus of key volunteers, and a marked increase in focus on identity politics within the Foundation’s ranks. As expected, the masses have responded with that familiar vitriol and lack

    Comedy Forks of Tor Emerge in response to Foundation Drama

    | 2016/08/19 2:02 am
  • What happens to cryptography once quantum computers are everywhere? Will it still be possible to keep encrypted systems — like the Bitcoin network — secure? Also read: The Halving Month Is Here; What Will Happen to the Bitcoin Price? This week, Google addressed the question with a blog post titled, “Experimenting with Post-Quantum Cryptography,” which looks at how possible computing speeds in the future could compromise encryption, even today. Quantum computing, long a computer science

    Google Experimenting with Crypto for the ‘Post-Quantum Era’

    | 2016/07/08 5:00 am
  • It’s been a bleak time for Tor in recent months. Now, with rape accusations against developer Jacob Appelbaum, it is becoming uncertain whether or not the project will be able to survive.  Also read: Hacker Sells Twitter Data Dump on Deep Web for 10 Bitcoin Ex-devs have been working with federal law enforcement to undermine the software project’s effectiveness, and changes to criminal codes could make users open to unwanted law enforcement investigation. Most recently, Appelbaum

    Tor Woes: Can the Project Survive its Recent Troubles?

    | 2016/06/09 6:03 pm
  • User beware if you’re a TeamViewer! According to recent reports across Reddit and elsewhere, we have come to determine that the remote viewing service has had a data breach recently, rendering account usernames, password, and 2-factor authentication details compromised.  Also read: Cyber attacks to the federal reserve under our noses for the past five years  TeamViewer Access Credentials Stolen As a casual Bitcoin user, if you have ever hired an external developer or perhaps used TeamViewer

    TeamViewer Credential Breach, Bitcoiner Computers at Risk

    | 2016/06/02 9:38 pm