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Feature, Bug or Backdoor? AntBleed Code Enables BitMain to Remotely Shut Down AntMiner

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

Feature, Bug or Backdoor? AntBleed Code Enables BitMain to Remotely Shut Down AntMiner

The scandals engulfing Chinese ASIC producer BitMain seem never to end. On April 26, a string of code in the AntMiner firmware was disclosed which can remotely shut down some of the mining machines. BTCManager talked with BitMain’s CEO Jihan Wu and a Canadian Miner; a Bug or Feature? On April 26, the website AntBleed.com went online. It discloses a...

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Zcash Advisor’s Research on Monero Linkability, Refuted by Monero Community

Category: Altcoins, Commentary, News, Tech

Zcash Advisor’s Research on Monero Linkability, Refuted by Monero Community

On April 13, Zcash advisor and assistant director of IC3 Andrew Miller stated that transactions on the Monero blockchain from 2014 through 2016 could be linked. To begin with, Monero uses decoy links called mixins to obscure inputs and outputs of a transaction. Such process anonymizes Monero transactions as it disables users from following traces of a transaction to its...

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“Nobody Knows. Some do Say because they are Horrified by the Alternative…”

Category: Bitcoin, Blockchain, News, Tech

“Nobody Knows. Some do Say because they are Horrified by the Alternative…”

The Large Bitcoin Collider (LBC) tries to break Bitcoin addresses through a brute force attack. In the few past weeks, the project announced their first success. Is Bitcoin no longer secure? Is their cryptographic core broken? Rico, the head of the LBC, explains in detail, what is happening. Who Are You and Why do You Have a Domain Called cryptoguru.org?...

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Autonomy or Just Another Slavery?: Ukraine and Bitfury Start Full-scale Blockchain eGovernance Program

Category: Blockchain, Business, Commentary, News, Tech

Autonomy or Just Another Slavery?: Ukraine and Bitfury Start Full-scale Blockchain eGovernance Program

The Ukraine and Bitfury test new frontiers! The State Agency for eGovernance signed a memorandum with Bitfury, which could be the beginning of the biggest and most ambitious blockchain project a government has started. On April 13 Oleksandr Ryzhenko, head of the Ukrainian State Agency for eGovernance, and Valery Vavilov, CEO of Bitfury, signed a memorandum which could be a...

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Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-based Social Project ‘Upcoin’

Category: Altcoins, Blockchain, News, Tech

Russian Political Party Launches Blockchain-based Social Project ‘Upcoin’

The Russian political party Partiya Rostiya has launched the world’s first blockchain-based social project by issuing its cryptocurrency called Upcoin in collaboration with the blockchain startup Waves to promote blockchain technology awareness and to incentivize its party members to engage in more community-based activities. Russia and the Blockchain Initially, when bitcoin and the blockchain first made waves in Russia, the...

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Hyperledger Approves Intel's Smart Contract Blockchain Platform Burrow: A 'Friendly Rival' for Ethereum?

Category: Blockchain, Ethereum, News, Tech

Hyperledger Approves Intel's Smart Contract Blockchain Platform Burrow: A 'Friendly Rival' for Ethereum?

Following the momentum of its enterprise-grade blockchain platform Fabric, Hyperledger is ready to target yet another blockchain project. Burrow, a project proposed by engineers at Monax and Intel, was approved by the Hyperledger Technical Steering Committee (TSC) and is currently under development. Hyperledger as an open-source collaborative effort populated by various members and companies has a unique approach toward approving...

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CME Group and Royal Mint at Final Stages of Blockchain-Based Gold Exchange Testing

Category: Blockchain, Finance, Tech

CME Group and Royal Mint at Final Stages of Blockchain-Based Gold Exchange Testing

CME Group, the world’s largest gold futures exchange in North America via COMEX, is at its final stage of blockchain testing which will allow investors to trade gold on a platform inspired by Bitcoin. In collaboration with the U.K.’s Royal Mint, CME Group plans to launch a distributed ledger-based gold exchange for the public market toward the end of 2017....

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A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Smart Contracts in Banking

Category: Business, Ethereum, News, Tech

A Cost-Benefit Analysis of Using Smart Contracts in Banking

Smart contracts are one of the most talked about new technologies in financial services today. Blockchain-based smart contracts can be used for two or more parties to electronically agree on terms and conditions of a contract involved in a financial transaction. In the case of banking and financial services, the applicability of smart contracts is very broad and ranges from...

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A Security Threat to the Bitcoin Blockchain?

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News, Tech

A Security Threat to the Bitcoin Blockchain?

In a report to be featured at the 38th IEEE Symposium on Security and Privacy in May, Aviv Zohar of The Hebrew University present findings on how an attack to the Bitcoin Blockchain can occur via the Internet's routing infrastructure. In this paper, Zohar and his collaborators Maria Apostolaki and Laurent Vanbever, show off two ways a Border Gateway Protocol...

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Ethereum: Slock.it Gets $2 Million for Creation of the Universal Sharing Network, WeTrust Receives $4.5 Million with an ICO

Category: Business, Ethereum, Finance, News, Tech

Ethereum: Slock.it Gets $2 Million for Creation of the Universal Sharing Network, WeTrust Receives $4.5 Million with an ICO

Two Ethereum startups aim to build blockchain platforms which enable people all over the world to share and lend money and other things in a secure, trustless and easy way; Slock.it with its Universal Sharing Network and WeTrust with global trustless Lending Circles. Both startups recently received funding to realize their visions. Nearly daily new promising Ethereum projects start with...

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