Tag Archives: Research

ICOs Raised $160 Million in First Half of January, Report Says

Initial coin offerings (ICOs) completed in the first half of January have raised around $160 million. The figure was provided in a report by ICO rating service ICObench shared with Cointelegraph on Jan. 18. ICOs completed by Jan. 15 have managed to raise about 33 percent of the combined amount raised in the previous month of December. Half… Read More »

This Malware Has a Worrying Trick to Mine Monero on Cloud Servers

A recently observed form of malware uses a concerning new trick to avoid detection and mine cryptocurrency on cloud servers. Two researchers, Xingyu Jin and Claud Xiao, from cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, published a report on Thursday, saying that a nasty bit of software from bad actors dubbed the Rocke group is targeting public cloud infrastructure. Once… Read More »

Adoption of Blockchain to Secure IoT Doubled in 2018, Says Gemalto

The use of blockchain technology to help secure internet of things data, services and devices doubled last year, according to a recent survey by digital security firm Gemalto. In a report published Tuesday, the firm said blockchain adoption in the IoT sector grew from 9 percent to 19 percent in 2018, even though the industry is still awaiting regulation… Read More »

Public Gets Chance to Earn Block Rewards by Donating Computing Power to Scientific Research

A startup has unveiled bold plans to tackle the excessive levels of energy consumption seen in cryptocurrency mining, all while giving everyday computer users more of a chance to receive block rewards. Resistance argues that proof-of-work mining “has been hijacked by huge mining farms using tons of energy to take control of the market” — isolating normal consumers… Read More »

Blockchain Research Now Granted Tax Credit in South Korea

South Korea’s government has added blockchain to the fields of research and development eligible for a tax credit meant to boost innovation, English-language local media TheNews.Asia reports on Jan. 8. The local Ministry of Strategy and Finance announced the proposed changes to the enforcement decree of last year’s tax law, which will be enforced in February. The proposed… Read More »

St. Louis Federal Reserve Report: Increased Supply of Altcoins Will Decrease BTC’s Value

The creation of competing altcoins is likely to place downward pressure on the prices of all cryptocurrencies, including Bitcoin (BTC). This conclusion was found by research conducted by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis and published on Jan. 11. The report cites two perspectives: Bitcoin bulls’ belief that the capped supply and increased demand will increase BTC’s… Read More »

NASA Eyes Blockchain Tech to Secure Aircraft Flight Data

NASA – the National Aeronautics and Space Administration – is examining blockchain technology as a means to ensure the privacy and security of aircraft flight data. Ronald Reisman, an aero-computer engineer at NASA Ames Research Center, published a paper on Monday, suggesting that blockchain networks and smart contracts can help mitigate some security issues. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, the… Read More »

Crypto Mining Malware Has Netted Nearly 5% of all Monero, Says Research

Monero (XMR) is by far the most popular cryptocurrency among criminals deploying mining malware, according to a new study. Two researchers, Sergio Pastrana and Guillermo Suarez-Tangil, from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and King’s College London, respectively, published their report last week, estimating that hackers have mined at least 4.32 percent of the total monero in circulation. Pastrana and… Read More »

US Dept. of Energy Grants $4.8 Million to Fund Research of Tech Including Blockchain

The Department of Energy (DOE) of the United States has announced $4.8 million in funding for university research of technologies including blockchain, according to an announcement published Jan. 7. The funding has been announced by the department’s office of fossil energy. Projects eligible for funding include those researching emerging technologies, “such as blockchain and decentralized, peer-to-peer [P2P] internet… Read More »

US Department of Energy to Fund Blockchain Research Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced federal funding of up to $4.8 million for universities working on R&D projects, including those related to blockchain. Announced Monday, the funding is being made available through the department’s Office of Fossil Energy as a part of the “University Training and Research” initiative aimed to develop fossil energy applications. Projects under… Read More »