• 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
  • Coinbase undergoes some changes, Bitcoin can’t break it’s drug habit, and Silk Road has a heart of gold. Here’s what you might have missed in this week’s cryptocurrency news: Also read: Industry Report: Bitcoin Hears Thunder, Ethereum’s Biggest Crowdsale, Kaspersky Kills Crime COINBASE Bitcoin exchange Coinbase is changing its name to Global Digital Asset Exchange (GDAX) after announcing support for Ether trading on its platform. Why is Ether suddenly all the rage? Recently, Ethereum has

    Industry Report: Bitcoin Is Still on Drugs, No Detox in Sight

    | 2016/05/22 6:00 am
  • (NAB 2016, LAS VEGAS, April 18, 2016) – Live Planet (www.liveplanet.net) debuts the first “no compromise” live Virtual Reality (VR) video camera, Quantum Leap Pro, which will begin taking orders at the end of May for less than $10,000, making it the only professional-grade video camera to stream live experiences in HD to Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR and other VR devices.  Delivery is slated for Q4 2016. Disclaimer: This is a press release. Bitcoinist

    Live Planet Creates First ‘No Compromise’ VR Broadcasting System

    | 2016/04/18 6:04 pm
  • Apple recently won their case against the FBI, and the FBI cracked the iPhone in question anyway, with the help of Cellebrite, a government contractor that provides “forensic extraction” tools to investigative agencies. Their new methods in securing evidence have bordered closer to hacking, bringing the legality of them into question.  Read Also: Homeland Security Task Force Tracks Domestic Bitcoin Traders The federal investigative agency has shown a pattern of reluctance to release their data acquisition

    Why the FBI Encryption Debate Is Less Significant Than You Think

    | 2016/04/13 12:00 pm
  • 31 March 2016 – The federal government now has a task force dedicated to tracking and analyzing domestic and foreign “unlicensed bitcoin exchangers.” The task force, part of the Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) branch of the DHS, came to light in a federal affidavit outlining the investigation and arrest of David Burchard for large scale distribution of marijuana on Tor hidden services, under his alias, “Caliconnect”. This kind of inquiry, previously restricted to the FBI

    Homeland Security Task Force Tracks Domestic Bitcoin Traders

    | 2016/04/01 1:24 am
  • 30 March 2016 – Decentraleyes, a decentralized privacy addon for Firefox goes above and beyond to deliver a private experience for users of the browser by loading local versions of common content libraries that mine user data. Web sites increasingly rely on these delivery systems to collect data with ad-blocking and cookie destruction becoming more and more mainstream, and traditional privacy measures tend to break these sites. By offering local, auditable versions of these content

    Decentraleyes Addon Fixes Browser Privacy, Circumvents CDNs

    | 2016/03/30 7:45 am
  • The online privacy discussion is heating up again as President Obama and the Brave browser raised concerns regarding data collection from both the government and the private sector. This time, the debate hits close to home for Bitcoiners, since both Obama’s recent South by Southwest speech and Brave Software take particular interest in our favorite digital currency. Also read: The Vanbex Report: The Tangle and the Blockchain Will Obama Put Bitcoiner Privacy in Jeopardy? On

    Obama, Brave Inc Raise Concern for Bitcoiner Privacy

    | 2016/03/15 6:00 am
  • Apple and FBI have squabbled over the information relating to the murder of fourteen US citizens in a terrorist attack in San Bernardino early this year.  Just Yesterday, the Justice Department stated that Apple Inc. has used “false” arguments to avoid handing over information pertinent to the investigation of the attack. President Obama is now speaking out on this issue, arguing that there needs to be a balance between privacy and national security. Also Read:

    Obama Doesn’t Want You to Have A Swiss Bank in Your Wallet

    | 2016/03/12 4:46 pm
  • Last week, the Omni Foundation announced the release of the OmniDex 1.0, a trustless cryptocurrency exchange. The Omni Foundation claims that their exchange is the first of its kind, bringing truly-decentralized trading through a platform that “has no human component.” The purpose of this exchange is secure and trustless trading; OmniDex wants people to be able to buy and sell without getting “Goxxed.” Also read: Visa Is Looking for Blockchain Developers OmniDex: Trustless Cryptocurrency Exchange

    OmniDex: Keeping You From Getting Goxxed?

    | 2016/03/05 6:00 am
  • KeepKey is a next level, premium hardware wallet. It protects your digital currency from hackers and thieves, offering cutting-edge security in a beautiful package. Also read: Multi-Sig Wallet BitGo Integrates With ShapeShift.io API The KeepKey Hardware Wallet Its function meets style and there’s no other hardware wallet on the market comparable. KeepKey, which went on sale last September, provides advanced security with a sophisticated design — it’s a product you won’t be afraid to use or

    KeepKey Offers ‘Sophisticated Simplicity’ to Bitcoiners

    | 2016/02/18 4:00 pm