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Baltic Honeybadger 2017 • November 25-26, 2017

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Mt Gox Considers ICO as a Bitcoin Exchange Revival Attempt

Category: Bitcoin, Business, News

Mt Gox Considers ICO as a Bitcoin Exchange Revival Attempt

Mark Karpelès has spoken of an initial coin offering (ICO) on November 16 that Mt Gox is considering as a last-ditch attempt to revive the bankrupt Japanese bitcoin exchange. The once-dominant company fell from a considerable height in 2014 after allegations of mismanagement and fraud. At the time, hundreds of millions of dollars were feared lost, in the form of…

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The Law is Catching Up with Bitcoin’s Criminal Associations

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

The Law is Catching Up with Bitcoin’s Criminal Associations

Bitcoin’s high praise since 2009 has been popularly met with stiff resistance on the other side of the fence. Several investors, famously including Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan, have dismissed the cryptocurrency as worthless for everything apart from criminal activity. While bitcoin does have legitimate uses and has proven so in the many years of its existence, it definitely…

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Group-IB Forecast: Cryptocurrencies to Save the Banking Sector from Hackers

Category: Press Releases

Group-IB Forecast: Cryptocurrencies to Save the Banking Sector from Hackers

Attacks on cryptocurrency services allow criminals to earn more, take less risk, and use pre-existing tools According to the annual report Hi-Tech Crime Trends 2017 presented by Group-IB at CyberCrimeCon, the total damage caused by targeted hacker attacks on the crypto-currency industry amounts to more than $168 million, and the income from attacks on cryptocurrency exchanges varies from $1.5 million (Bitcurex) to $72…

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Russian Foreign Ministry Condemns Vinnik Extradition

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Russian Foreign Ministry Condemns Vinnik Extradition

The Russian Foreign Ministry has condemned the request of the US government to extradite Alexander Vinnik, who has been charged with money laundering in relation to BTC-E and kept in custody by Greek law enforcement agencies. In July, in a report entitled “Breaking open the MtGox case,” Japanese cybersecurity firm WizSec revealed the involvement of Alexander Vinnik in laundering up…

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Feature Interview: Lyn Ulbricht’s Candid Update On Her Son Ross

Category: Interviews

Feature Interview: Lyn Ulbricht’s Candid Update On Her Son Ross

In a 2015 legal case that sent shockwaves through the crypto world, Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison without parole for his role in creating and running the billion-dollar Silk Road online black market. Below in an interview for BTCManager, Ross’ mom Lyn provides a behind the scenes update on her son’s’ imprisonment as well as her “no…

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North Korean Spearphishing Sets Sights on South Korean Cryptocurrency Targets

Category: Bitcoin, News

North Korean Spearphishing Sets Sights on South Korean Cryptocurrency Targets

As bitcoin and other digital currencies emerge as a new and valuable asset class, North Korean cyber criminals are also realizing a new means of state funding. Unhinging a Global Financial System Kim Jong-Un has been featured in the news as exclusively an intemperate world leader with nuclear capabilities. His confrontations with President Trump have sparked global concerns as to…

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Mixing It Up: Feature Interview With Pawel Kuskowski Co Founder of Coinfirm

Category: Interviews, News

Mixing It Up: Feature Interview With Pawel Kuskowski Co Founder of Coinfirm

As previously reported by BTCManager, BitMixer, the most popular bitcoin mixing service announced their shutdown on July 21. Mixing is an anonymous tool for hiding the trail of cryptocurrency transactions by pooling them with multiple users. This practice is seen as controversial in some circles as it has been recognized by Europol and Interpol as an illegal tool which could…

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The WannaCry Bitcoin Funds are on the Move

Category: Altcoins, Bitcoin, News, Tech

The WannaCry Bitcoin Funds are on the Move

It seems that about $143,000 from the WannaCry ransomware attack is on the move. That is, according to Elliptic, a company that works with law enforcement to track down illegal activities conducted with cryptocurrency. On August 3, CNBC reported that hackers responsible for the attack had withdrawn bitcoins stashed in several wallets containing around 52.2 BTC. The balance of all…

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Recently Closed Dark Web Marketplace AlphaBay Was Ripe Ground For Phishing

Category: Bitcoin, Commentary, News

Recently Closed Dark Web Marketplace AlphaBay Was Ripe Ground For Phishing

A hacker, operating under the pseudonym “PhishKingz,” has allegedly generated over one million dollars in just 14 months on the recently closed down dark web marketplace AlphaBay by running a phishing scam. The hacker gave an interview to DeepDotWeb detailing how profitable the operation has been. “I have a trade volume on LocalBitcoins of about 500 BTC in total. This…

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Is North Korea behind the WannaCry Ransomware?

Category: Bitcoin, News, Tech

Is North Korea behind the WannaCry Ransomware?

Security experts assume that hackers from North Korea are behind the WannaCry ransomware which in May infected thousands of computers around the world, encrypted data and demanded bitcoin to decrypt it again. Beyond this, we find some more news about North Korea and Bitcoin. In May the WannaCry Ransomware wave hit 200,000 computers in the world. Like other malware, WannaCry…

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