Spectre and Meltdown patches causing trouble as realistic attacks get closer

Enlarge (credit: Simon Smith) Applications, operating systems, and firmware all need to be updated to defeat Meltdown and protect against Spectre, two attacks that exploit features of high-performance processors to leak information and undermine system security. The computing industry has been scrambling to respond after news of the problem broke early a few days into the new year. But that patching is proving problematic. The...

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France Appoints a Cryptocurrency ‘Mission Leader’
Jan16

France Appoints a Cryptocurrency ‘Mission Leader’

Week after week regulators and governments have been announcing plans to regulate digital currencies like bitcoin. This week in France on January 15 the Minister of the Economy Bruno Le Maire announced his decision to create a “digital currencies mission” and a working group that will work towards regulating cryptocurrencies. In addition to the digital currency objectives, Le Maire appointed the former Bank of France (BOF)...

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Companies Deny Having Bitcoin or Blockchain Services Amid China’s Clampdown
Jan16

Companies Deny Having Bitcoin or Blockchain Services Amid China’s Clampdown

After Xunlei was questioned about Initial Miner Offerings (IMO), multiple public companies clarified that they did not and will not tap into the blockchain space. A Shenzhen-based bitcoin miner manufacturer issued a statement saying the business hasn’t generated much profit for the company. Also Read:China’s Regulatory Authority Warns About Risks of Initial Miner Offerings Produce Bitcoin Miners, But Not A...

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Some UK Mortgage Lenders Refuse to Serve Bitcoin Investors
Jan16

Some UK Mortgage Lenders Refuse to Serve Bitcoin Investors

British bitcoin investors trying to use their earnings to buy real estate are facing difficulties in securing loans from mortgage lenders. Several building societies refuse to work with them even after they converted the cryptocurrency to fiat and provided a paper trail for its origins. Also Read: Pineapple Will Match up to $4M in Bitcoin to Test Curing PTSD With Psychedelic Drug Squeamish Mortgage Lenders A number of UK building...

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The Futility of Government Bans – Bitcoin Always Finds a Way
Jan16

The Futility of Government Bans – Bitcoin Always Finds a Way

Cryptocurrencies have been threatened at one point or another by nearly every country on the planet. Rarely does a government venture beyond rhetoric. Those resorting to crackdowns are often met with greater public appetite for decentralized virtual money, making all that initial fuss an exercise in futility. Be they communist strongholds or liberal democracies, bitcoin cannot be stopped.    Also read: India’s Banks...

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