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Ryuk Ransomware Attack on Major US Newspapers Came from Russia, Not North Korea, Researchers Say

Researchers at Crowdstrike, FireEye, Kryptos Logic, and McAfee are all reporting that ransomware known as Ryuk is, in fact, being proliferated by professional hack groups in Russia, and not by North Koreans, ZDNet reports. According to the outlet: “The era of individual ransomware operations appears to be ending, with fewer… Read More

12 Arrested in Costa Rica Kidnapping Case, $1 Million Bitcoin Ransom Paid, American Still Missing

Police in Spain and Costa Rica have arrested 12 individuals they believe kidnapped an American businessperson in Costa Rica on September 24th, 2018, The Daily Mail reports. According to various Costa Rican media, William Sean Creighton, also known as ‘5 Dimes Tony,’ was running the ‘5 Dimes’… Read More

Augur “Prediction Market” Inflating User Numbers, Crypto Pundit Says

Alex Sunnarborg, a crypto fund manager at Tetras Capital has questioned user numbers claimed by operators of the “decentralized prediction market” platform Augur, Cointelegraph reports. On Jan 10th, Sunnarborg claimed on Twitter that, in its most recent weekly report, Augur had inflated its user numbers by… Read More

Majority of Korean Crypto Exchanges Fail Security Check

Investigators from the Korean Ministry of Science, Technology and Information and the Korea Internet Development Agency (KISA) have found “weak” security at 31 0f approximately 38 crypto exchanges studied, ZDNet reports. Investigators deployed an 85-point security checklist to participating exchanges and found that, “14 exchanges… Read More

China Issues Rules for Blockchain Prohibiting Anonymous Use and Requiring Industry to Provide “Social Credit” Data

The Chinese National Internet Information Office (CNIIO) issued rules to govern the country’s “Blockchain Information Services” sector yesterday. The rules will go into force February 15th, 2019. The rules, which include ID requirements and development of channels to provide information to China’s “social credit” system (used for… Read More

Malta Actor Says His Name and Image Used to Falsely Promote “Bitcoin Related Scam”

A Maltese-Italian actor and model named Davide Tucci has taken to Facebook to warn the public that his face and name are being used in fake Facebook ads, on websites and and in articles to promote Bitcoin-related scams, Malta Today reports. According to Tucci in… Read More

Cryptocurrency SIM-Swap Hack Victims Band Together Against Telcos with New Website

People who lost millions in cryptocurrencies to hackers that hijacked their cellphones are collaborating to educate the public and strike back against Telecom companies they say aren’t doing enough to prevent the hacks, Motherboard reports. Crowdfund Insider has reported on numerous cryptocurrency thefts involving the… Read More

Estonian European Central Bank Governor Calls Cryptocurrencies “Nonsense”

Ardo Hansson, and Estonian who is also the Governor of the European Central Bank, told conference attendees in Riga, Latvia, recently that cryptocurrencies are “[a] complete load of nonsense,” and will probably fail, Bloomberg reports. He also called the sector, which has been hailed by many,… Read More

Venezuela Challenges US Sanctions at WTO, Including Sanctions on Its Cryptocurrency, El Petro

Venezuela has formally asked the United States to consult on the sanctions it has imposed on the South American country, including sanctions on its state-issued cryptocurrency, el Petro. The request was also, “circulated to the (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body.” Venezuela claims the “unilateral coercive” sanctions against… Read More

More Details Emerge About Possible Executive Succession, IPO, and Layoffs at Bitmain, World’s Largest Cryptomining Firm

A new CEO is already in place at Bitmain, the world’s largest manufacturer of cryptocurrency mining equipment and operator of crypto mines, a source to Hong Kong news outlet The South China Morning Post (SCMP) claims. Though Bitmain itself has refused to confirm the change, a former… Read More

Norwegian Police Seeking Public’s Help in Kidnapping Case; Monero Ransom Demanded

Police and Norwegian media are reporting that the wife of one of Norway’s richest people went missing from her home October 31st, and hasn’t been seen since. According to Norwegian police, “the main hypothesis” is that 68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Hagen was abducted. Police say they found… Read More

37 Layoffs at Crypto Wallet & Trading App Company Shapeshift

Erik Vorhees, CEO of a cryptocurrency hot wallet and marketplace project called Shapeshift, has announced in a company blog post that he has “let go” 37 employees in response to the “Crypto Winter” now underway. “It’s a deep and painful reduction, mirrored across many crypto… Read More

Scammers Selling “E-Krona,” Warns Swedish National Bank. There Isn’t One

The Riksbank of Sweden has issued a warning to the public that, “On certain websites and in social media, false information is circulating claiming that the Riksbank is selling e-kronas.” The Riksbank also says it has been contacted by individuals saying they have been solicited… Read More

Japan Regulators Deny They’re Considering Approving Bitcoin ETF

Regulators from the Japanese Financial Services Agency today told Cointelegraph Japan that, contrary to information provided by an anonymous source to Bloomberg, the agency is not contemplating approving Bitcoin ETFs in Japan right now. According to an FSA source to Cointelegraph: “We are not considering… Read More

Denied an IPO in Hong Kong, Cryptominer Manufacturer Canaan Considering New York Listing

Canaan, the second biggest maker of cryptocurrency mining hardware after Bitmain, may be bringing its bid to go public to a New York exchange after being rejected in Hong Kong, Bloomberg reports. The company may be seeking to sell shares on a US exchange in… Read More

No Shortcut to Trust: Economist Arnold Kling Joins Chorus of Blockchain Naysayers

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Arnold Kling, an economist and adjunct scholar at the Libertarian think tank The Cato Institute, has blogged his reflections on a recent interview with blockchain proponents and tech VCs Andreessen-Horowitz (A-H). Like A-H, Kling was around during the Internet’s nascent phase and made money from… Read More

Aussie Bitconnect Promoter Forbidden to Travel, Assets Frozen

John Bigatton, a licensed Australian finance professional who promote, Bitconnect, an apparent $2.6 billion USD cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme that collapsed last January, has had his assets frozen by an Australian federal judge and has been banned from traveling, The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Bigatton is… Read More

Indian Police Arrest Second in $72 Million Crypto Fraud Scheme, Leader Still Sought

Police in India say they have arrested the second-in-command of an elaborate crypto fraud that bilked investors out of 5 billion rupees (~$71.6 million USD), The Indian Express reports. The man, Rohit Kumar, has now been charged with cheating, criminal conspiracy and violation of the… Read More

Investors Sue Crypto Promoter Who Threw Cash Off Hong Kong Highrise

A man arrested for flinging Hong Kong hundred dollar bills ($13 USD) off a local high-rise in December is now being sued by investors who say he duped them out of $3 million dollars, South China Morning News (SCMP) reports. Four investors staged a protest… Read More

Washoe County, Nevada, Now Issuing Marriage Certificates on Blockchain

San Francisco blockchain record firm Titan Seal has scored a plum contract in Nevada to help Washoe County officials manage marriage records on the Ethereum blockchain, Reno Gazette Journal reports. Titan Seal CEO Phil Dhingra has now moved to Reno to hopefully build out his… Read More

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