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Lawyers want cryptocurrency Quadriga founder exhumed

Lawyers want cryptocurrency Quadriga founder exhumed

Image copyright Facebook/Quadriga Image caption Gerald Cotten was the only person who had passwords to QuadrigaCX digital wallets Lawyers representing users of bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX are asking Canadian authorities to exhume the body of its founder. They say they want an exhumation given "questionable circumstances" surrounding his death. Gerald Cotten died suddenly last year…

Hard Problems in Cryptocurrency: Five Years Later

Special thanks to Justin Drake and Jinglan Wang for feedback In 2014, I made a post and a presentation with a list of hard problems in math, computer science and economics that I thought were important for the cryptocurrency space (as I then called it) to be able to reach maturity. In the last five…

A Leaky Cryptocurrency Faucet

Bitcoin wallets, just like those of other cryptocurrencies, are supposed to be highly secure. You, as the owner of a Bitcoin address - or wallet - are the only one in posession of a private key that can be used to transfer Bitcoin from your address. If you lose your private key, there is nothing…
The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier

The Shady Cryptocurrency Boom on the Post-Soviet Frontier

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center.At the edge of a lake on a fault line of the new Cold War stands a building that, depending on how you look at it, is either a relic of a failed revolution or the beating heart of a new one.In Soviet times, the Kuchurgan electricity plant…
Man sues AT&T after fraudulent SIM swap led to $1.8M cryptocurrency theft

Man sues AT&T after fraudulent SIM swap led to $1.8M cryptocurrency theft

Cryptocurrency theft — AT&T didn't stop employees from selling access to customer phones, lawsuit says. Jon Brodkin - Oct 24, 2019 8:58 pm UTC Enlarge / An AT&T sign outside a company office in New York City.A lawsuit against AT&T alleges that the carrier's employees helped hackers perform SIM-swap attacks on a customer and rob…
Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

Cryptocurrency Mining Employees Expose Nuclear Plant to Internet

While the cybersecurity world took a collective deep breath after the Black Hat and Defcon hacker conferences, there was still plenty of news to be had this week. After first announcing an iOS-compatible YubiKey in January, Yubico has finally released it. We also took a deep dive into the security and privacy enhancements coming to…
The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

The Cryptocurrency Rush Transforming Old Swiss Gold Mines

The small village of Gondo, high in the Alps on the Simplon Pass between Switzerland and Italy, traces its origins to the 17th-century gold mines of Kaspar Stockalper. It was a boom town, but when the mines closed in the late 1800s, the town went into a long decline; today it has around 50 full-time…
Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra, explained

Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra, explained

Illustration by William Joel / The Verge Move fast and bank things What is Libra? It’s an excellent book by Don DeLillo, the American master. Published in 1988, it is a fictional account of the life of Lee Harvey Oswald, President John F. Kennedy’s eventual assassin. It’s better than White Noise but not as good…
Facebook’s cryptocurrency has a trust problem

Facebook’s cryptocurrency has a trust problem

From the beginning, cryptocurrency was about trust. “The root problem with conventional currency is all the trust that’s required to make it work,” Satoshi Nakamoto wrote in the first public announcement of the bitcoin system. “The central bank must be trusted not to debase the currency, but the history of fiat currencies is full of…
Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others: WSJ

Facebook’s cryptocurrency to debut next week backed by Visa, Mastercard, Uber, and others: WSJ

Facebook has secured the backing of over a dozen companies for its upcoming Libra cryptocurrency set to be announced next week, The Wall Street Journal reports. These companies include major financial organizations like Visa and Mastercard, and internet darlings like PayPal, Uber, Stripe, and Booking.com. Each will invest around $10 million to fund development of…

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Google launches Keen, a new personalized search-discovery-social mashup – Search Engine...

To the extent that tech pundits continue to compare Google’s new Keen search and social discovery site to Pinterest, and users also think of it that way, it’s probably destined to fail. Google famously doesn’t promote and ultimately shutters most of these “experiments.” Need to get away from Pinterest. For Keen to survive, let alone…

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