What Is a Dead Drop?

A mainstay of spycraft still has plenty of relevance in the digital...

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Crypto Community Erupts Over Ethereum Foundation Member’s Arrest
Nov30

Crypto Community Erupts Over Ethereum Foundation Member’s Arrest

On Friday the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) announced the arrest of Ethereum Foundation member Virgil Griffith for allegedly “assisting North Korea in evading sanctions” by teaching “his audience how to use blockchain technology.” After the Manhattan U.S. Attorney revealed the news, the cryptocurrency community erupted in outrage. Also read: German Banks...

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Bitcoin Cash Double Spend Statistics Invoke 0-Confirmation Debate
Nov30

Bitcoin Cash Double Spend Statistics Invoke 0-Confirmation Debate

On November 28, the creator of doublespend.cash, a web portal that tracks and collects double spend attempts on the Bitcoin Cash network, explained that only 1 out of 1,105 double spends succeeds when they broadcast one second after the first transaction. The website’s creator highlighted that in most cases “only when submitted simultaneously, can a double spend succeed.” Also read: German Banks Authorized to Store...

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German Banks Authorized to Store and Sell Cryptocurrency in 2020
Nov30

German Banks Authorized to Store and Sell Cryptocurrency in 2020

Next year German banks will be able to manage cryptocurrencies like bitcoin after the fourth EU money laundering directive goes into effect. The directive passed in the German parliament, Bundestag, allows banks in the country to act as cryptocurrency custodians rather than rely on third-party custodial services. Also read: Germany Barely Avoids Recession, Economy Remains Stagnated German Banks Will Soon Be Able to Manage...

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Photonics Bitcoin Mining Tech Aims to ‘Democratize’ Energy Use
Nov30

Photonics Bitcoin Mining Tech Aims to ‘Democratize’ Energy Use

Three researchers have published a paper at Cornell University’s arxiv.org proposing a system called Optical Proof of Work (OPOW) to potentially be employed in Bitcoin mining. According to the paper, “heavy reliance on electricity has created scalability issues, environmental concerns, and systemic risks.” The authors state that silicon photonics could be used to shift mining costs away from energy-intensive to...

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