Tag Archives: Online Privacy

ShapeShift Aided 60 Law Enforcement Inquiries in 2018, Erik Voorhees Reveals

It seems like ShapeShift has done exactly as its name suggests, changing form almost beyond recognition. Founder, CEO, and no fan of the SEC, Erik Voorhees’ exchange once existed without accounts. Now they have full KYC and hand over customer data upon request. ShapeShift Shocked Crypto World With KYC In what can only be described as a seismic… Read More »

China Quietly Makes It Illegal to Run a Node Without Gov’t Approval

China has introduced new regulations intended to promote the ‘healthy development’ of blockchain technology. However, the new law also entitles the Cyberspace Administration of China to supervise node operators, as well as to request private information.  New Blockchain Regulations China’s Office of Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission (CAC) issued new regulations dubbed “Regulations on the Management of Blockchain Information… Read More »

Bitcoin ‘Tremendously Successful as a Store of Value,’ Says David Chaum [Interview]

Legendary cryptographer and digital money pioneer David Chaum explains to Bitcoinist why his newest project, Elixxir, is focusing on scalable privacy-focused digital cash and why Bitcoin is unlikely to provide similar privacy despite being “tremendously successful as a store of value.” Bitcoinist: As a pioneer in anonymous communications and digital money, do you think privacy improved or worsened over… Read More »

Once Cash is Gone, Bitcoin is Society’s Best Hope For Privacy, BitMex CEO Warns

BitMEX CEO Arthur Hayes delivered a stark warning to the British public January 3 in a mainstream newspaper article proclaiming Bitcoin as the new cash. End Of Cash ‘Sooner Than You Think’ The article, which came in an edition of the Times along with a front-page advertisement to honor Bitcoin’s tenth birthday, forecast the death of cash coming… Read More »

‘How to Use Bitcoin Anonymously’ Article Gets Banned on Medium

Publishing platform, Medium, has allegedly jumped on the censorship “ban-wagon”, after suspending an account which posted a Bitcoin anonymity guide. Whilst Medium has not confirmed the reason, several Twitter users have claimed previous account suspensions based on crypto-related content. Storm In A Teacup So what can have incurred the wrath of Medium so much that they felt it necessary to wield… Read More »

Bitcoin UASF Showed Users Are In Control via ‘Market Forces,’ Says HashCash Inventor

More than a year later after Bitcoin UASF, Blockstream CEO and inventor of Bitcoin’s proof-of-work technology, Adam Back, recalled the event as ‘an emphatic’ victory’ for users. Who Was in Charge of UASF? Remember UASF? The movement to get users to run full-nodes and support SegWit? Yes, the one with the cool-looking hats. Developer Peter Todd wearing a UASF… Read More »

Nations Should Embrace Privacy Coins Like Monero and ZCash, According to Weiss Ratings

Privacy-focused coins such as Dash, Monero, and ZCash are controversial as they can anonymize criminals online. However, privacy is important as many people live under the auspices of corrupt governments where such technology represents a beacon of hope. Governments should fear privacy coins as a form of money. The degree of anonymity is startling. Governments should also warm… Read More »

Huobi Heads Down Under — Offers Ten Cryptocurrency/AUD Trading Pairs

Huobi, the fourth largest cryptocurrency exchange platform by volume, has begun operations in Australia. The move comes less than a week after the platform launched its London-based office aimed at serving the EU market.  Huobi Australia Huobi, like its rivals, has been pursuing an aggressive expansion drive as platforms seek to own the greater share of the emerging… Read More »

The Pirate Bay Resumes Cryptojacking But Should it Even be an Issue?

The Pirate Bay (TPB) has resumed its cryptojacking activities. The P2P file-sharing platform launched another browser script that hijacks unused CPU power of site users to mine cryptocurrency. TPB launched a similar browser script in September 2017 but discontinued it after vociferous protests from site users. TPB is Running the Crypto Loot Web Miner According to reports, the… Read More »

2.3 Million Cryptocurrency Addresses Monitored by Clipboard Hijacking Malware

CryptoCurrency Clipboard Hijackers — malware which replaces cryptocurrency wallet addresses with attacker’s addresses via Windows’ copy and paste mechanism — are not particularly new. However, one new sample has been discovered which monitors more than 2.3 million cryptocurrency addresses.  Clipboard Hijacking on the Rise Nobody ever called cryptocurrency ‘user-friendly.’ (Or, if they did, they were wrong.) In the… Read More »