More than 170,000 devices in Brazil were targeted in a cryptojacking attack last month. According to a blog post published by security firm Trustwave, a wide-scale cyberattack was launched on MicroTik routers late last month. The effort led to the installation of the Coinhive mining software in a “mass” infection of more than 17,000 devices. Trustwave security researcher
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The mainnet for decentralized encyclopedia startup Everipedia is now live. The blockchain-based Wikipedia competitor announced the launch on Thursday, allowing users to earn its IQ tokens for adding or editing articles to the platform. These tokens, in turn, will let users participate and vote on network governance issues. Everipedia’s developers hope that this type of model
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“Regulators would be wise to avoid the chainsaw when microsurgery could do” when it comes to blockchain technology, says author Don Tapscott. Tapscott, the co-founder and executive director of the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI) – a multi-million dollar global blockchain think tank – published a report Wednesday calling for increased regulatory clarity on blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
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Microsoft has just rolled out an additional consensus mechanism for clients building ethereum-based apps on Azure that does away with mining. Called “proof-of-authority,” the mechanism notably replaces the proof-of-work mining process that is common in public blockchains. However, it is only applicable in a permissioned network scenario – that is, on private or consortium blockchains where
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Bitcoin (BTC) could defend the immediate support of $6,000 in the short-term as the recent downtrend is looking overstretched, according to technical studies. The world’s largest cryptocurrency by market capitalization fell for the third straight day on Wednesday to hit a three-week low of $6,121 on Bitfinex and was last seen trading at $6,320 –
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There are early adopters, then there are early early adopters. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, the first coder to work alongside bitcoin’s pseudonymous creator Satoshi Nakamoto, Martti ‘Sirius’ Malmi, is joining a team of developers launching a new cryptocurrency called AXE. The project, which is combining Malmi’s Identifi online reputation system with decentralized database system GUN, is
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Kim Kardashian promotes Bitcoin: Reality television star Kim Kardashian-West announced to her 114 million Instagram (IG) followers that she staked a physical Bitcoin (BTC) in a charity poker event in LA last night. West’s sisters, Kendall Jenner and Khloe Kardashian, along with their mother Kris Jenner, hosted a table at yesterday’s ‘If Only’ Texas Hold’Em Charity Poker
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Crypto security startup BitGo’s latest technology – “predictive UTXO management” – sounds technical, but it’s got an end goal that everyone will understand: cutting crypto fees. Revealed exclusively to CoinDesk, BitGo is the first mainstream crypto company adopting a spin on “coin selection,” a scaling technology that’s been one of many touted as a way to
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