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Nov 12, 2020

‘Ragnar Locker’ Gang Uses Facebook Ads in $15 Million Bitcoin Ransom

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A hacker group targeted a major Italian alcohol producer and demanded a Bitcoin ransom—taking out Facebook ads to “pressure” the victims.

Nov 5, 2020

The feds just seized Silk Road’s $1 billion stash of bitcoin

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Forfeiture comes two days after mystery party transferred 69,369 BTC out of wallet.

Nov 4, 2020

Nearly $1 billion worth of bitcoin linked to Silk Road black market is on the move, analysis shows

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About $950 million worth of bitcoin believed to have originated from the site was moved out of a bitcoin wallet, according to Elliptic.

Oct 30, 2020

Blockchain aims to solve AI ethics and bias issues

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Many Machine Learning and AI algorithms are centralized, with no transparency in the process. Now a blockchain-based start-up aims to improve transparency bias in business workflows.

Oct 26, 2020

JP Morgan says Bitcoin value could triple, challenge gold

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Millennials’ embrace of Bitcoin could see it “crowd out” gold in the long term, JP Morgan writes.

Oct 18, 2020

The Nvidia RTX 3090 GPU Can Probably Crack Your Passwords

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The new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 is a gaming powerhouse, but that’s not all it can do. According to the makers of a popular password recovery application, the RTX 3090 is also good at brute-forcing passwords. That’s great if you forget an important password, but that’s probably not why people are using such tools. The latest Nvidia cards could make cracking someone else’s files almost trivially easy.

The RTX 3090 is Nvidia’s latest top-of-the-line GPU with a GA102 graphics processor sporting 10,496 cores and 24GB of GDDR6X memory. It is monstrously, obscenely powerful by today’s gaming standards, and comes with a correspondingly high price of $1,500, give or take a few hundred depending on supply. With a focus on high core counts, GPUs are also great for parallel computing. That’s why you couldn’t even buy a GPU for several months when Bitcoin was at its peak. In the same vein, GPUs are very good at cracking passwords.

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Oct 11, 2020

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Oct 7, 2020

How I Cornered the Bitcoin Mining Market Using a Quantum Computer (Theoretically!)

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Whenever I tell my friends about the potential of Quantum Computing, for example, how a Quantum Computer (QC) can do a large number of calculations in parallel worlds, they look at me like I’m kind of crazy.

Sep 27, 2020

No Internet, No Problem. Venezuela Gets Bitcoin Satellite Node

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Venezuela has poor internet infrastructure. Using Blockstream’s satellite technology to broadcast Bitcoin transactions could get around that.

Sep 25, 2020

How China Is Closing In on Its Own Digital Currency

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While there’s no launch date yet, the People’s Bank of China is likely to be the first major central bank to issue a digital version of its currency, the yuan, seeking to keep up with — and control of — a rapidly digitizing economy. Trials have been held this year in a handful of cities and tests have started with some e-wallets and online apps, with the Covid-19 pandemic and need for social distancing providing a new sense of urgency. Unlike cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, dealing in the digital yuan won’t have any presumption of anonymity, and its value will be as stable as the physical yuan, which will be sticking around too. Behind China’s rush is a desire to manage technological change on its own terms. As one PBOC official put it, currency isn’t only an economic issue, it’s also about sovereignty.

Not all the details are out, but according to new patents registered by the PBOC and official speeches, it could work something like this: Consumers and businesses would download a digital wallet onto their mobile phone and fill it with money from their account at a commercial bank — similar to going to an ATM. They then use that money — dubbed Digital Currency Electronic Payment, or DCEP — like cash to make and receive payments directly with anyone else who also has a digital wallet. Some questions remain, including the impact on Big Tech companies such as Ant Group Co. and Tencent Holdings Ltd. that already offer payment services.

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